Practical Tool 1

Resources to accompany 10 Practical Tools for a Resilient Local Economy

Practical Tool #1: Inner Resilience

Personal resilience:

  • Fortify yourself, psychologically and spiritually, in order to weather the massive changes ahead. Locate a counselor or spiritual advisor who is prepared to deal with the inevitable disappointment, life goal reorientation, and introspection inherent in these issues.
  • Redefine yourself. You aren’t your possessions. You aren’t your job. Who are you, within the context of all life upon the planet? It is time to explore new “inner” ideas such as redefining the concept of success.
  • Develop a proactive outlook – seeking and implementing solutions. We can build a better world.
  • Connect with a community group where people understand the issues of peak oil + climate change + economic contraction
  • Locate a counselor or spiritual advisor who is prepared to deal with the inevitable disappointment, life goal reorientation, and introspection inherent in these issues
  • Explore new “inner” ideas such as redefining the concept of success (see Practical Tool #8)
  • “Preparing Emotionally for the Coming Chaos,” Carolyn Baker on Peak Moment TV, Episode 225 (video, 28 min.)
  • Regardless of our spiritual tradition, we can each benefit by studying the Buddhist concept of impermanence. Humans attempt to set things up to be permanent and lasting, yet the nature of life itself is ongoing change. The works of Thich Nhat Hanh offer a nice introduction.
  • Solo survivalism won’t work, particularly within the urban environment. We need each other. Join with others who understand these ideas.
  • Volunteer. Get in action, helping to build local resilience. Give generously of your talents, services, and any surplus you can share. Begin building the open flow of reciprocity and connectedness inherent in a “gift culture.”

Families/kids:

  • Living Simply with Children, by Marie Sherlock
  • Live Simply in the City, by Jonathan Allan and Lynne Cantwell
  • Transition-oriented booklist for kids from Transition Los Angeles
  • Kids and Transition: How do we juggle parenting our children with the work we know we must do to facilitate a livable world for them when they are grown?Part IPart II
  • Sharon Astyk, Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front

Community Resilience:

  • Raise awareness within your circle of friends, your neighborhood, and your local community. Tell them about all these issues, and help them do these things too.
  • Discuss what localizing and decoupling will mean for your specific neighborhood. Consider the suggestions elsewhere in this booklet.
  • Set in motion community preparedness. Inventory community resources. (see Transition US, “Working Groups”) Food production, water harvesting, basic clothing manufacture — begin building what your community is missing.
  • Read the materials of the Breaking The Chains project of the Organic Consumers Association and the New Rules Project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. These projects are not without their flaws (of the type that Hopkins has pointed out here) but they do offer some useful ideas.
  • Join with others who understand these ideas, and help spread the word.
  • The Empowerment Manual, by Starhawk

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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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