Course Outline
Resilience Course
Teresa Seabra Pereira

Module 0 - Introducing the course

An introduction to the course, themes, learning objectives and structure.

0.1 - Themes, Goals & Learning Objectives

Here we view the overall themes, goals and learning objectives of the learning journey.

0.2 - How to get the most out of the experience

How to get the most from the course whether you are doing it by yourself, with a partner or as part of a cohort.

0.3 - Team, Disclaimer and Closing

A brief introduction to each of the CoCo Labs team members, how this learning journey is meant to be used, what it is and isn’t meant to provide and wrapping up.

Module 1 - Wellbeing, Complexity and Systemic Change

By the end of this module you will have a clearer understanding of systems, systemic change, the importance of wellbeing for systemic change, and an understanding of your current wellbeing status, including any challenges that you would like to address.

1.1 - A Systemic Change Story

Adam Molyneux-Berry shares his experience in Egypt during the Arab Spring. We invite you to do some reflection on your own experience of creating change and tending to wellbeing.

1.2 - Introduction to Complicated and Complex Systems

An introduction to understanding what we mean by “systems’.

1.3 - Wellbeing

An introduction to a framework for understanding wellbeing.

1.4 - The 8 Domains of Wellbeing

A deeper dive into each element of wellbeing in the wellbeing framework.

1.5 - The Wellbeing Wheel

A tool for reflecting on the state of your own wellbeing using a tool called the “Wellbeing Wheel”.

1.6 - Social Determinants of Health

An introduction the larger systemic factors that influence individual wellbeing, using the World Health Organization’s five social determinants of health.

1.7 - Wrapping Up

Closing Module 1.

Module 2 - The Nervous System and Wellbeing

Having some background about the connection between wellbeing, leadership and systemic change, we introduce you to the central role of the nervous system. By the end of this module, you will understand the role the nervous system plays in effective leadership, the importance of working with your nervous system, and how to identify and regulate the state of your nervous system. You will practice using some simple tools so that you are more consistently able to function from a settled, grounded and, therefore, more effective state.

2.1 - We all get triggered sometimes

The impact on us when we get triggered or “lose it”.

2.2 - Safety, Threat and The Body

How the human nervous system evolved and it’s relevance for us today.

2.3 - How the nervous system works

An introduction to the autonomic nervous system works and it’s impact on us.

2.4 - Polyvagal Theory

Introducing Polyvagal Theory - begin to look more closely at how the human autonomic nervous system.

2.5 - Polyvagal theory part 2: The top of the ladder

More about the autonomic nervous system.

2.6 - Polyvagal theory part 3: The next levels down

And even more about the nervous system!

2.7 - When We Feel Safe

How the nervous system functions when we feel safe.

2.8 - Tools for Self-Regulation

Several exercises to support you in working with your nervous system so you can be more effective in your leadership and your life.

2.9 - Wrapping Up

Closing Module 2.

Module 3 - Relationship & Conversation

With some understanding and tools for regulating the nervous system and cultivating greater resilience, we move into how we can bring that grounding and resilience into the substance of our work. By the end of this module, you will recognize that relationship is a core foundation of leadership, and gain tools to enhance the quality and effectiveness of those relationships. You will also understand and gain some practice in the kind of listening that supports cultivating trust, the key to working together effectively.

3.1 - Trust

Since all work happens through relationship, it’s important to recognize that taking effective action together requires that these relationships be grounded in trust.

3.2 - Conversations: Speaking

Building on the map of your relationships, along with your assessment of the level of trust in those relationships, we now look at how you actually interact in those relationships.

3.3 - Conversations: Listening

In this section we shift focus to look at an often neglected part of conversations, listening.

3.4 - Wrapping Up

Closing Module 3 and the course.

Innovations in Financial Wellbeing, Resilience, and Freedom

To combat the economic instability facing a growing number of Americans and to empower vulnerable populations to achieve financial security, BNY Mellon and Ashoka partnered in 2018 to launch a national social innovation challenge, “Unlocking ₵hange: Innovations for Financial Wellbeing, Resilience, and Freedom.” 

The results were inspiring. People from 44 states across the U.S. shared 114 solutions for financial wellbeing from over 44 states across the U.S., providing support and services to a diverse spectrum of under-served communities.  

Submissions ranged from early-stage ideas to established programs with years of demonstrated results, but all share a commitment to expanding financial wellbeing to under-served communities and have exciting potential to scale their impact.  

After a close examination of these ideas, six distinct trends emerged among the most innovative solutions. These trends indicate a shift from the status quo and demonstrate a change in the mindsets, relationships, and resources traditionally associated with financial wellbeing:

  1. Prize Good Financial Behaviors
  2. School Financial Education
  3. Leverage the Local
  4. Base on Place
  5. Reimagine Community to Capital
  6. Support Small Business for Big Impact  

The purpose of this report is to celebrate the ingenuity and innovative ideas of the Challenge’s foremost social entrepreneurs, hold up their ideas as best-in-class examples for others to consider and incorporate into their work and invite collaborations that advance the field of financial wellbeing. The report also aims to be an instructive resource for practitioners, funders, and others who work in this space, highlighting the value of programs adapted for and tailored to the needs of communities and individuals in the greatest need. 

⬇️ Read the report below: