Resilience Walks

Fostering resilience through community conversation.


Neighbour Lab’s resilience walks are neighbourhood-specific walking tours that raise awareness about local community threats, share information about existing initiatives, and generate conversations about neighbourhood preparedness while providing an opportunity for neighbours to meet. Their goal is to build resilience by fostering connections among residents and between organizations and communities through dialogue and experiential learning.

Our first resilience walk:
In October 2017, Neighbour Lab collaborated with Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability Lab (DESIS) to host a Resilience Walk around the liquefaction zone surrounding Emily Carr University in Vancouver’s False Creek neighbourhood.

At each stop along the route, Neighbour Lab lead a storytelling activity to visualize changes in Vancouver’s landscape post-earthquake and facilitated conversations to help participants think about how they could react and how the community would recover. The walk ended at a nearby Disaster Support Hub where participants learned about the importance of community spaces and were encouraged to make personal earthquake plans to share with friends and family.

We hope to help facilitate more resilience walks for neighbourhoods, blocks, and even building-specific sites, where neighbours can meet to identify the strengths and opportunities of their community.

If you are interested in a resilience walk with your neighbours or coworkers, reach out on our contact page!


Steph Koenig and Emi Webb leading a resilience walk around the False Creek neighbourhood on a crisp fall afternoon.


Asset mapping

Visualizing local resources and skills.


An asset mapping activity on the street, using a large printed and laminated map of the neighbourhood, will provide an opportunity for neighbours to synthesize their ideas of resilience, record their learnings, and visualize the location of resources and skills in their community in a tangible way. The activity will be supported by written and visual prompts (i.e. What physical resources exist in the vicinity of your neighbourhood that would be helpful after an earthquake?

What skills and services would you be happy to offer your neighbours on a day to day basis? What about after an earthquake?). This asset mapping activity will incorporate a prompt scenario based on VanSlam EQ Exercise. The map itself will be large and colourful and will be left with the community as a resource for future exercises, as well as being digitized and printed by Neighbour Lab to leave with the community.

Steph Koenig and Leah Karlberg  engaging neighbours in the visualization of resilient infrastructure and community relationships.

Steph Koenig and Leah Karlberg engaging neighbours in the visualization of resilient infrastructure and community relationships.