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The Community Level Solution is Just Right

Many of the “solutions” we read about are either at the itty-bitty individual level or the super-huge global policy level. These are equally disempowering. But like that third bowl of porridge Goldilocks found, the community level solution feels just right.

A Link Between Climate Change and Joplin Tornados? Never.

Check out and share this video mash-up of Bill McKibben’s Washington Post op-ed connecting extreme weather events around the globe.

Should Unions Organize Common Security Clubs?

By Chuck Collins and Glenn Scott Davis Should unions organize Common Security Clubs?   Yes! The “small group organizing” approach demonstrated in the growth and experience of Common Security Clubs can be an effective tool for labor unions and their members in these hard times. Common Security Clubs are also known by other names such as […]

Building Resilience: The New Economy in the Shell of the Old

On a Thursday night around 6 p.m., people gathered for the fourth meeting of my Resilience Circle. The meeting started with a potluck…

Visualizing the Future – 2040

It’s 2040 in the United States, and the changes over the past 30 years have been dramatic. Things began to unravel in 2008, when the US economy took a first hard hit, followed by the economies of much of the developed world.  After a bumpy ride through the next decade, it became clear that peak […]

The New Facilitator Guide! Plus – Our New Name…

Thanks to the excellent work of facilitators around the country who provided us with great feedback, we are offering a new, improved Facilitator’s Guide!

Real Change: Join the Club

By Alan Preston Via Real Change Do you lie awake at night wondering if your job is secure? Are you one of the growing number of Americans who are officially unemployed, underemployed or anxiously employed? Do you worry about your children’s future and wonder what their lives will be like in the face of economic […]

Homework for Session 3: Toward a Vision of Security, by Linda Schmoldt

You get up in the morning to a house that is appropriately warm or cool. You can turn on the heat o air conditioning because you know you can afford it and that the earth can afford it since it is powered by a renewable source of energy.

Make > Shift: From Finding a Job to Crafting a Livelihood

Make > Shift is a collaborative learning process that shifts attention at this time of job scarcity to the abundance of possibilities for meaningful work that can generate both income and community benefits.  Meeting seven times over a four-month period, participants brainstorm ideas for products and services stemming from current demographic and market trends – such […]

From Field to Skyscraper: Tomorrow’s Farms

Imagine a world in which we could grow our food by sustainable methods, produce and distribute enough for everyone, and repair the heavy ecological damage inflicted by today’s farms. Can we realize this vision if we continue farming as we have for the past 10,000 years? Dr. Dickson Despommier, author of The Vertical Farm (, […]