This change will be felt directly in Greater Western Sydney, Australia’s most diverse and rapidly growing region. We need to rethink resilience – with and for the people and communities of GWS – and actively co-create this now and into the future.
Resilience is not just adapting to, or bouncing back from adversity. Rather, we can imagine it as the capacities to transform the conditions of social life. These capacities are socially-embedded, distributed and generated between individuals, networks, communities and things.
Resilience is increasingly shaped by the digital – which is so much more than technologies for doing research, making decisions or delivering services and products. The digital is a setting for social life which shapes how we experience things like health, work, learning and community.
By working across generations, forms of expertise and places in co-research, design and testing of initiatives we can foster the resilience of people and communities to live well and participate fully in social life.
And we are starting right here, in Greater Western Sydney.