Buoyancy, flexibility, toughness, elasticity. The capacity to adapt to change. The capability to absorb shocks to the system without losing the ability to function. The aptitude to thrive in turbulence. A form of creative resistance to adversity.

These are defining characteristics of resilience. Scientists have long understood that the possibility of resilience is inherent in the natural world. More recently, they have documented ecosystems that have the capacity to respond to disturbance by resisting damage and recovering quickly.

We believe that language and story are essential tools for understanding the world and telling each other about it. We work to pursue essential questions about our human experience through exploring the relationship between story, place, and community.

Through the literary arts, we see an opportunity to challenge and reconsider assumptions, examine values, and renew our spirit. 

The Island Institute’s interest in collaboration has been inspired and informed by the work of David Chrislip, a consultant in the field of collaborative leadership who notes, “Collaboration is not just another strategy or tactic for addressing public concerns. It is a means for building social capital, sustaining a democratic society, and transforming the civic culture of a community or region.”

Our collaboration efforts are focused in two arenas: civic collaborative leadership initiatives and collaborative partnerships with other organizations and individuals in our community