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Cultivating Resilience

Resilience is the ability of all living beings to bounce back from adversity or stress. Natural systems are inherently resilient – we can’t produce resilience. We can, however, nurture it through our actions. We can avoid injuring the organism or ecosystem in the first place. And, at the social level, we can remove obstacles to communities’ self-healing powers. We do this by liberating positive elements, inhibiting negative ones, catalyzing positive effects, and nourishing their growth.


In the centre of Magog, a working-class town in the Estrie region of Quebec, near Lake Memphremagog, where the multi-millionaires of Québec gather, there is a modest business, a smoke den and a restaurant, frequented by neighbourhood workers who find food and a warm home there. They also used to be able to buy lottery tickets there, until the day Loto Quebec withdrew the owners’ license....



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Jacques Dufresne's

The editor of L'Encyclopédie de L'Agora and well known newspaper chronicler and philosopher, analyses actuality through the looking glass of Belonging.
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