Welcome back BounceBack!

BounceBack is a serious game, a tool to help build mental toughness by asking people to respond to real world challenges using the Skills & Attitudes of resilience.

We hope to have our first decks available for purchase by September 2017. Watch our No Cost Resilience Tools page for the free downloadable Demonstration Deck.

We suggest several ways to use BounceBack below. But you may choose to use these cards differently. That’s the beauty of BounceBack. It’s flexible. It can be used alone, with a coach, with a peer or in a small group. There are many ways to use BounceBack. Take a look at our suggestions below or create your own game according to your unique needs.

 

First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism

Chapters 1-15 Posted

“First Night is a wonderful tale of hope and cynicism spun from the whole cloth of down home Maine humor and fundamental values. The book is a page-turning flight of fancy that captured modern man’s struggle with assimilating new technologies without losing the fabric of past times. I loved it. A fast read that took me to other times and places I hadn’t had time to think about since my iPad crashed!”

Captain W. Russell Webster, CEM, US Coast Guard (Ret.), Maritime Author and Historian

 

S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Vital to Resiliency

If you are to be resilient or to be hopeful, you must set clear and achievable Graphic showing five differently colored houses in a row each having a letter of the word SMART posted to the front. The word goals appears below the display. Graphics appear above each rooftop. From left to right they are: target, meter, thumbs up, check mark and timer.goals. These are often referred to as S.M.A.R.T. goals. The first letter, S, stands for specific. We know exactly what we would like to do. If we have a health issue, such as decreasing our level of cholesterol, we want to be able to set a specific goal. In other words, we want to make that goal measurable, which is the second component of a S.M.A.R.T. goal. We need to set a specific figure. We would like to get our cholesterol down to 140, for example, so we will know whether we have achieved that goal or we haven’t. Continue reading “S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Vital to Resiliency”

PocketConfidant AI is developing the first virtual coach powered by Artificial Intelligence.

 

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Building Resilience…Survival Skills for the 21st. Century was conceived by Ron Breazeale, Ph.D., in order to promote and facilitate the acquisition of resilience skills and attitudes among individuals and groups of diverse origin and a wide array of vocations, with a need to survive the tragedy and adversity that befalls each of us at one time or another. To that end, he gathered a team of professional colleagues, interns, friends and volunteers willing to help pursue the goal. Building Resilience is an outgrowth of Maine Resilience and its ambitions.  Maine Resilience is a non-profit agency started in January of 2007.  Building and sustaining the resilience of all Maine citizens its goal. Dr. Ron Breazeale and Alpha One worked together to form Maine Resilience and to create materials used to teach resilience through storytelling. Building Resilience has partnered with others over the years in order to facilitate an increase in resilience skills. We have provided more than sixty workshops with diverse groups including individuals with disabilities, first responders and educators since 2007.

One of our newest partners is PocketConfidant AI. PocketConfidant AI is developing the first virtual coach powered by Artificial Intelligence.

“Our goal is to be a preventive tool, supporting individuals going through personal, professional or academic transitions, helping them develop the competencies they need to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills, become more resilient and self-confidant.”

PocketConfidant virtual coach will learn through interaction with users. Think of this as the development of a huge library of knowledge from which to draw the right question at the right time. Would you like to help build the library that enables PocketConfidant to be the best tool possible?

PocketConfidant AI seeks to engage organizations, institutions and/or businesses whose patrons might benefit from this unique coaching tool; the purpose of which is to empower people and develop resilience through technology. We encourage you to participate. Contact us or contact PocketConfidant AI to be a part of this innovative coaching experience.

This is an exciting opportunity and we hope that you’ll take advantage of it. If you have questions please address them to us or to PocketConfidant directly.

Thanks for you support.

Charlene Fernald Moynihan

New Chapters Posted!

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Continues.

Use this link to read the new chapters of “First Night.”

First Night - book cover

First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism’ resumes the story of Lee Brazil whose reemergence encounters a future world assimilating change, mystery and a cascade of new characters, encountered from the past, that lead the reader into a story that cannot be put down. Walk with Lee as he encounters a world changing in ways not earlier conceived, a kaleidoscope of sensation, trepidation, hope, and adrenalin rush. ~ Richard Lumb, criminologist and contributing author of The Police Journal “First Night”

Read First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism On-line

First Night - book coverNew Chapters Now Posted

To read your free chapters of First Night follow this link.

“Suspenseful, bold, and provocative, First Night takes the reader on a journey — ahead in time and across the globe, deep into some essential questions about what it means to live in an age of technological strides without losing the human heart.” ~ Rev Allen Ewing-Merrill, United Methodist Pastor

Radicalization

Isolation of one individual.

Most acts of terrorism in this country in the last ten years have been committed by persons radicalized in this country, not newly arriving immigrants or terrorists who have come across our borders.  These are people who have grown up in this country.  Some are first generation Americans, but many are fifth or tenth generation Americans.  But all have one thing in common.  They have not been integrated into our society.  They have not been integrated into our society not because they rejected us and our values, but unfortunately because in many ways we have rejected them. Continue reading “Radicalization”