Practical Tool 8

Resources to accompany 10 Practical Tools for a Resilient Local Economy

Practical Tool #8: A New Definition of “Success”

· Dave Wann, Simple Prosperity

· Cecile Andrews, Less is More. See my review at

A successful new economy would include:


· NEF concept of The Great Revaluing

· Tim Jackson’s concept of “Changing social logic,” pages143, 147 of Prosperity Without Growth

· Asset redistribution – David Holmgren’s concepts of asset ownership in Permaculture: Principles and Pathways


· NEF concept of The Great Redistribution, giving people a voice

· “People skills” like Open Space, World Café, Fishbowl, etc. – see Transition ingredient “Community Brainstorming Tools


· The “connecting” part of our psyche

· Tim Jackson’s TED talk. His 4 quadrants concept, including “other-regarding behavior”

· Jeremy Rifkin, “The Empathic Civilization,” YouTube We are actually softwired not for aggression, violence, self-interest, utilitarianism, but for sociability, attachment, affection, companionship. The drive to belong. Thinking of the human race as fellow sojourners, other creatures, the biosphere.


· Rethink your concept of Time:

“There is an appropriate velocity for water set by geology, soils, vegetation and ecological relationships in a given landscape. There is an appropriate velocity for money that corresponds to long-term needs of communities rooted in particular places and to the necessity of preserving ecological capital. There is an appropriate velocity for information, set by the assimilative capacity of the mind and by the collective learning rate of communities and entire societies. Having exceeded the speed limits, we are vulnerable to ecological degradation, economic arrangements that are unjust and unsustainable, and, in the face of great and complex problems, to befuddlement that comes with information overload.”— David Orr

· Slow movement, “Tempo Giusto” … See Carl Honore, “Finding the Tempo Giusto” chapter from In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed

· Rather than leisure, reskill. Find your bliss within the skills of self-sufficiency, of a powerdown future

· Study – learn about what is happening to our world, and more importantly, What We Can Do about it.

· Volunteer. Get in action, helping to build local resilience. …

· Slow Money –


· Norbert-Hodges: rethinking education

· Jeanette Armstrong, “Sharing One Skin,” as printed in The Case Against the Global Economy and For a Turn Toward the Local, Jerry Mander, ed. (1996). Portions of this essay are online: portion of part I, edited selections from part II – locate the physical book for the full beauty of this piece.


· Helena Norberg-Hodge, “The Economics of Happiness”

· Nine Tools for a Happier Society

· Barbara Sher, Live the Life You Love 



About envirochangemakers

We are a community group in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles (LA 90045 near LAX airport). Founded in 2005, we offer classes, events, and community gatherings focused on building a resilient future. We are part of the international Transition Network.
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