Resilience was the theme of the 2015 Your Workplace Conference, or as Merriam-Webster would have it, “The ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Peppered over the conference tables were decorative pears and apples (Your Workplace does like to keep you healthy!), speakers occasionally ducked away for interviews and massages were generously on offer.
The subject matter is difficult by nature — resilience in the face of adversity is never an easy feat, otherwise why would some 200 people gather to talk and ponder about it?
But the conference itself was an optimistic affair. Off-beat performances included a beautiful hair-raising violin solo by Kai Kight and a performance by Toronto-based spoken word poet Britta B, with gut-wrenching poetry that quite literally drew tears. (This almost inevitably happens when we as humans write about our pained childhoods and stand in front of a crowd to share).
Perhaps the drive to be creative is itself an act of courageous resilience.