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Resonance and Narrative: Facilitating Transformation in Traumatic Times

Date & time
Thursday, June 17, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson


This event is free



We are living in times where collective trauma and tragedies abound. How do we stay grounded and continue to thrive in these times?

This overview workshop is for leaders and practitioners of change and transformation in highly complex and ongoing contexts of trauma. In the era of our COVID-19 pandemic and social justice movements, this is essentially all of us. We are navigating Grey Zone Change, the space in-between systems – between the from and to of transformational change- that is undefined and unknowable. In these contexts, collective/organizational trauma is the experience of reduced emotional, mental and overall psychological functioning as a result of the ‘siesmic’ events of 2020 and 2021 that have deeply challenged our core fundamental beliefs of how we live and work. In the Resonance and Narrative workshop, participants are introduced to the Resonance Framework for Facilitating Transformational Change in highly Complex and Traumatic Contexts (see short sample of the framework here). This work is grounded in the principles and research of transformative learning, narrative & posttraumatic growth and the idea that transformation and thriving, not just stress, are realistic outcomes in trauma and posttrauma contexts.

By the end of the session, participants will have:

  1. Explored the impact of organizational/collective trauma. 
  2. Experienced resonance stories and the power of creating alternative narratives. 
  3. Been guided through the Resonance Transformation Framework. 
  4. Shared insights and applications for using the framework and concepts introduced

Prework: Watch TedxSFU talk by Dr. Gilpin-Jackson: here


Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson (she/her/hers) is a multi-award winning scholar-practitioner in human & organization development with research awards and professional recognitions in Canada, UK and the United States including International African Woman of the Year by UK-based Women4Africa and the prestigious Harry Jerome Award given in recognition of Black-Canadian achievements and contributions. She is an executive leader, consultant and educator in Leadership, Organization Development and Transformative Learning in academia and across the private, public and non-profit sectors. She is adjunct/sessional faculty for undergraduate and graduate courses in her areas of expertise at Simon Fraser University, Concordia University and elsewhere. Dr Gilpin-Jackson holds a Ph.D. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University where she is an Institute for Social Innovation Scholar. She initially received the social innovation award for her research and dissertation into the transformational leadership experiences of African immigrants and refugees. That research and 10 years of subsequent praxis is the basis for her groundbreaking book on Transformation After Trauma: The Power of Resonance. She is also the author of the Grey Zone Change framework, has written peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in Organization Development and Tranformation, short story collections about global African experiences (Identities & Ancestries) and is Lead Editor of the We Will Lead Africa book series. 

Twitter: @supportdevelop 
Facebook: @yabomewriter

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