Tag Archives: resilience

Communities & Banking: Resilience Circles Born in a Struggling Economy

by Sarah Byrnes, Institute for Policy Studies Communities & Banking, a Publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Fall 2012 Think back to September 15, 2008. Lehman Brothers had just crashed. No one was sure what it meant. Would other banks go too? Would the economy unravel, even collapse? In the midst of the […]

The “Successful” Small Group – What the Heck Does That Mean?

I once heard from a Resilience Circle facilitator in Michigan that his group “hadn’t really worked out.” “What do you mean?” I asked. “Well, all we did was start a community vegetable garden.” What? I was flabbergasted. I tried to assure him that in my mind, at least, his group was a huge success. After […]

The Post Carbon Institute and Resilience.org

The Post Carbon Institute is leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world. Their website Resilience.org features an array of resources for community resilience, including a map of local groups such as Resilience Circles. Add your group to the map! Click here.

Building a Resilient Congregation

“As we share recipes, the cost of childcare, plumbing expertise, and the work of making a vegetable garden on the church lawn, we are taking steps toward having ‘all things in common,’ a part of true discipleship.”

Desperately Seeking Hozho, by Alan Wartes

Though difficult to define in fewer than a hundred English words, hozho encompasses the Navajo ideal of living in harmony with all that is, of being in right relationship with the world. It is about balance; about personal and communal beauty that adds its voice to the whole blended ensemble of creation. Hozho teaches the […]

Homework for Session 5: Crash Course in Resilience, by Sarah Van Gelder (Optional)

From YES! Magazine, Fall 2010 We can strengthen our communities and ourselves to prepare for the uncertain world of failing economies, climate change, and oil depletion. To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival. —Wendell Berry When we are no longer able to change a […]

Homework for Session 7: The Resilience Quiz

Click here to take the Resilience Quiz on YES! Magazine. Be sure to remember your score! Click here to add a comment about the quiz.

What is “Resilience”? You Tell Us.

Take the YES! Magazine Resilience Quiz with your Common Security Club or a group of neighbors and figure out what it means about your community. Tell us below in the comments. And tell us if this inspires you to take some next steps so that in six months, your community’s score might be a little higher.

Personal Preparation, by Chris Martenson

My advice here is crisp and clear.  Find the smallest and easiest thing you can do, and then do it. I don’t care what it is. If that thing for you is buying an extra jar of pimentos because you can’t imagine life without them, then buy an extra jar next time you are shopping […]

What Will Make Our Lives Better? By David Orr

front porches around a village green; bricks or other heavy objects hurled at high velocity through a television screen; public parks and libraries full of bright-eyed kids; evenings spent reading good books bought from Powell’s; well-prepared meals for the entire family consisting of locally produced food…

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