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.

videos

Rob Hopkins on Transition and the Power of Just Doing Stuff

length:   credit: Tufts Peace and Justice Studies

Post Carbon Fellow Rob Hopkins spoke about what communities can do to meet the challenges we face by "making the politically impossible politically inevitable". This talk was given at Tufts University. Rob was one of 3 speakers.

Rob's talk begins at minute15 and ends around minute 41.

more videos

associated fellows

latest related publications

The Catalytic Effect of Community-led Action

Rob Hopkins    Apr 14, 2014   

One of the most fascinating recent studies into the impact of Transition was Local Communities Leading the Way to a Low Carbon Society, a report published by AEIDL (Association … >>

more posts

Bill McKibben interview - time for the climate movement to get on the front foot

Bill McKibben    Oct 31, 2013   

Interview by Adam Ramsey, Open Democracy Leading American climate change activist and founder of 350.org Bill McKibbon calls for environmentalists to get on the front foot ahead of his European … >>

more articles

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 … >>

more reports

Rebuilding the Foodshed

Philip Ackerman-Leist

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, growing, selling, and eating food … >>

more books