BoCo Strong is all about building relationships that will help us thrive when life or disaster try to stop us in our tracks.
Emerging out of the 2013 floods, we saw how vital connections were to our recovery:
- Getting to know our neighbors meant that we have first responders right next door.
- Connecting to non-profits around the county allowed us to access resources when we didn't have what we needed.
- Familiarizing ourselves with local government and policy makers meant that we could advocate for any changes that needed to be made.
If we're going to be all wonky about it, this is technically called building social capital. Research shows that social capital has far reaching impacts on mental health, community cohesion, and even economic stability. In practice, this means that we are passionate about connecting people and organizations, building new skills, and integrating knowledge and resilience building projects around Boulder County.
So far we've piloted a resilience leadership program to cover identified gaps in community capacity and created a countywide resilience assessment to look at gaps and strengths. We also hold regular workshops to build organizational skills and networks, and strive everyday to find and connect people working on great things around the county.
While sustainability is about making existing systems better, resilience is about creating strength in the face of change. And by connecting with one another, we give each other the support and resources that we need in order to transform, innovate, and thrive in the face of disruption.