1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
2. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
Resilienza is resilience in Italian.
The word first really came to may attention when I watched and interview with Italian entrepreneur Gianluca Vacchi. He had the word tattooed across his torso and spoke about the significance of the word. When I started to think about the true meaning of the word and my own life of entrepreneurship I really identified with the deep implications and value of being able to recover from difficulties. In fact life is all about this.
It was then during the early days of COVID in 2020. The world watch as Italy was hit hard. A country wide lockdown was instated and the country was brought to its knees with thousands of people dying. In many places in the outside world life continued as normal with many people failing to prepare for what was soon to come.
Italians shared messages of hope, warning, and resiliency with the rest of the world. Meanwhile those who were paying attention in communities around the world began to create plans for their community. From the basics of food, water, health care, and utilities.
The Resilienza Project was born from the spark of wanting to share the ideas, practice and philosphy of resiliency with people around the world. At first I imagine I would use my interview skills to begin doing interviews with different interesting community leaders who were actively instating resiliency projects. Then as the idea continued to evolve I realized that positive messaging in difficult times was the direction the project needed to go.
In my town of Monteverde, Costa Rica there is a public chalkboard that random artists from time to time engage with beautiful works of art. I put one and one together and immediately began conceptualizing the idea of running an ongoing positive message campaign. One new mural per week for one year straight. Hire local artists to do the work. Share the images online and inspire other communities to participate.
After the initial inspiration I contacted Mario Rivera and Edda Pacheco who immediately became involved in the project. The rest is history.