Earlier this year I gave a talk called “A Resilient Serbia?” at the 2014 Mikser Festival. The concept of “resilience” hasn’t really entered the culture in Serbia, so this was intended to be an introduction to resilience in the context of national recovery after the massive floods that struck the region in May.
So the talk – to a packed room, cough cough – was a quick tour through the post-flood situation in Serbia, the basic idea of resilience, and how we might use that idea in approaching the recovery and reconstruction of flood-affected communities. The response was generally positive, but (surprise!) government plans are unlikely to pick up on these ideas.
Unfortunately Mikser didn’t record any of the festival talks, which was a shame – there were some really interesting speakers. You can download a PDF file of my presentation and speaking notes from this link: A Resilient Serbia?
The White Review is a fantastic magazine that supports experimental writing, and Chiral is a stream-of-consciousness story. It’s only three paragraphs long, but each paragraph is one sentence, and each sentence is 1500 words.