After researching character development, narratives, and resilience in communities on and around the Cumberland Plateau, we wanted to share some of our findings and create further conversation, thus the Virtues, Narrative, and Resilience Conference, 2015. This conference was designed to bring together researchers, policymakers, advocates, and community stakeholders with different backgrounds and expertise.
Participants had interests ranging from violence, narrative, resilience, to positive psychology. These are areas that have much to learn from one another but have had limited crossover. We hoped this conference would be a source of learning and lay the foundation for future collaborations.
Unlike many meetings, this conference included ample time for discussion and also opportunity to experience writing narratives, practicing mindfulness, and engaging in prevention firsthand.
We like to think communities benefit from our research, but we also want to see what our research can learn from the experiences of community stakeholders. So in addition to traditional research to practice conversations, we “flipped” it by facilitating practice to research discussions.
This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this work are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.