Communities


the world we've built

Our local communities provide us with some of our most important needs: access to basic materials like food and water; essential services like public safety, transportation infrastructure, and education for our children; and, not least, the social and cultural contexts through which we make sense of the world. We organize in communities to provide for the common good — especially in the face of problems larger than what one person or one family can face.

The complex and interconnected challenges of the 21st century were largely created by what we humans have accomplished by working together for economic and technological progress. We'll need to work together to solve these challenges, and build resilient communities will thrive in this new world of economic, energy and environmental uncertainty.

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Meet Ashoka Fellow Janelle Orsi

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Meet new Ashoka Fellow Janelle Orsi. Janelle is Executive Director of Sustainable Economies Law Center, and a Fellow of Post Carbon Institute.

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What You Said

Ken White    Jul 31, 2014   

Change lever image via shutterstock. “Give me but one firm spot on which to stand, and I will move the earth.” — Archimedes   The systemic challenge we’re … >>

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The Latest Trends in Sustainable Communities

Michael Shuman    Jun 03, 2014   

Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington is a popular place for small local farmers, merchants and craftspeople. Scott McCracken/flickr. Originally posted at Solutions Journal. Solutions … >>

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Resilient Against What?: How Leading U.S. Municipalities Are Understanding and Acting on Resilience

Daniel Lerch

Resilience is often understood simply as the ability to “bounce back” from a single disaster like a hurricane or earthquake. This survey commissioned by Post Carbon Institute found … >>

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Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems

Philip Ackerman-Leist

Foreword by Deborah Madison.

Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they are sowing, … >>

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