The Resilience Imperative
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The Resilience Imperative


295 Pages

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  • National advertising: Municipal World, Planning, Mother Jones, Communities Magazine
  • National print campaign: Yes! Magazine, Utne, Mother Jones, Orion, Ode
  • Online/social media campaign: Email promotion to members of Canadian Centre for Community Renewal, Social Economy Research Alliance, Transition US. Institute for Local Self Reliance
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  • Excerpts in: Making Waves, Canadian Community Economic Development Quarterly, Yes! Magazine, Mother Jones, Municipaly World, Planning
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  • Michael Lewis is the Executive Director of Canadian Centre for Community Renewal and was key founding member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network.
  • Patrick Conaty is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, Research Associate at the University of Salford and Director of Common Futures.
  • The central premise of this 300+ page book is that the implications of the cross-cutting trends of peak oil and climate change will compel us, no matter where we live, to innovate ways of reweaving our economic life on a much more local and regional basis
  • Author has spoken widely across Canada and Europe on the topic of community economic development, community organizing and the social economy
  • Intended audience includes: activists, policy developers, students, and researchers, network leaders, municipal planners
  • No other book looks at the range of pioneering innovations and proven strategies for a low-carbon, steady-state economy to help communities strategically navigate transition and strength resilience.
    Includes case studies
  • Arguing for a major SEE Change (Social, Ecological, Economic) it sets out the contextual, historical and theoretical cornerstones for SEEing the world differently, replacing the economic growth paradigm with the resilience imperative that enables us to move towards a decentralized, cooperative, steady-state economy

  • The Resilience Imperative – Table of Contents
    Chapter 1
    Getting off the Economic Growth Treadmill: The Resilience Imperative

    Do we SEE Change as Possible? (SEE refers to social, ecological, economic)
    Seeing, Seeking, Securing – A Pedagogy for Redefining What Counts
    Climate Change and Fossil Fuel Descent: GLOCAL Drivers of Transition
    The Problem with Viewing Life through the Rear View Mirror and the Persistence of Dysfunctional Myths
    Revealing what is Hidden : SEEing the World Afresh
    Resilience: Strengthening our Capacity to Adapt where we Live
    Concepts and Practices that Can Help Maintain and Restore Resilience
    Reclaiming the Commons
    Reinventing Democracy where we Live
    Beyond Self-Centered Economics: Constructing a Social Solidarity
    Pricing as if People and Planet Mattered
    Guide to the SEE Change: Discerning Pathways Forward

    Chapter 2
    Back to the Future: Seers from our Past – Guides for the 21st Century?

    Beyond the Market: Probing the Roots of Economic Life
    Private Wealth vrs Commonwealth: The Struggle for Land Reform and Economic Democracy
    Ecological Economics: From Economic Growth to Balance within Ecological Limits
    Seeing the Bars of our Cage: The Manufacturing of Money and Debt by Banks
    Breaking the Back of Debt-based Money and Compound Interest: Is it Possible?
    Wisdom for the 21st Century?

    Chapter 3
    Seeking Strategic Pathways from the Grip of Compound Interest: Sweden’s JAK Bank – Financing Transition
    Challenges of Transition
    The Challenge:
    The Destructive Power of Compound Interest
    A Strategic Question
    How do we create interest-free financing mechanisms that foster self-reliance at the household and community level and increase local capacity to finance transition strategies?
    A Signpost
    Solidarity Finance – Interest Free Lending at Work
    Key Points in the JAK Philosophy and Analysis (JAK is a co-operative
    bank in Sweden)
    How the System Works
    Financing Social and Ecological Enterprises: The Local Enterprise Bank
    The Household and Community Economy: Impacts of JAK Model
    Transition Factors
    Resilience Reflections

    Chapter 4
    Seeking Strategic Pathways to Affordable Housing: The Case for Land Reform

    Challenges of Transition
    The Challenge
    Removing Land Costs from the Market and Capturing Public Subsides in Perpetuity
    Strategic Questions
    How do we remove land in perpetuity from the market in order to increase the stock of affordable housing?
    How do we capture the value of public subsidies for low income housing to ensure long term affordability, maintaining it as a public good rather than a vehicle for unearned private equity gains?
    The Evolution of the Community Land Trust Model in the U.S.
    Key Features of the CLT Model
    The Champlain Housing Trust Vermont: Demonstrating Household, Community and Taxpayer Benefits from Restoring the Commons
    Bridging 250 Years of Land Reform Effort into the 21st Century: Land Trusts in Britain
    The Mutual Home Ownership Model : Scaling Up Impact
    The Household and Community Economy: Impacts of Land Trusts
    Transition Factors
    Resilience Reflections

    Chapter 5
    Seeking Strategic Pathways to Energy Sufficiency

    Challenges of Transition
    The Challenge
    Warming Households, Reducing Carbon and Relieving the Fuel Poor
    The Strategic Question What is needed to empower communities to mobilize public and local resources to radically reduce household energy consumption and carbon while reducing fuel poverty?
    Mobilizing and Focusing Local Energy : Reducing Carbon, Decreasing Fuel Bills and Generation Economic Benefits – Dramatic Results in Kirklees, U.K.
    The Challenge
    Building Low Carbon Community Energy Self-Reliance
    The Strategic Question
    How do we build community based and owned renewable energy systems?
    Municipal Leadership to Become Fossil Free in 26 Communities – Kristianstad, Sweden

    The Household and Community Economy: Impact of Kirklees Energy Savings
    Transition Factors
    Reflections on Resilience

    Chapter 6
    Seeking Strategic Pathways to Sustainable Food Systems

    Challenges of Transition
    Pathways and Signposts
    Navigating the Succession of Next Generation Farmers
    Strategic Questions
    How can we transfer increasingly valuable land in a manner that is affordable for a new generation of farmers while ensuring aging farmers are assured of a fair and respectful retirement?
    How do we ensure that the economic, social and ecological value of the land is transferred into tenures that carry with it the responsibility of contributing to the public good of a food security for local and regional populations?
    Signpost 1
    Intervale Centre, Burlington Vermont
    Signpost 2
    The Indian Line Farm Community Land Trust
    Transition Factors related to Succession
    Resilience Reflections

    Reconstructing the Missing Links
    Strategic Question
    How do we rebuild a local-regional food value chain to facilitate the expansion of local and regional markets, ecologically sound food production and improved incomes for farmers?
    Signpost 3
    Federating Grass Roots Innovation: Building a Transformative Path - The Seikatsu Club Consumers Co-operative

    The Household and Community Economy: Adding in the Cost of Sustainable Food
    Transition Factors
    Resilience Reflections

    Chapter 7
    Organizing for Transition: Reweaving Local Economies

    Strategic Question: How do we organize ourselves for transition where we live?
    Basic Economic and Social Functions
    RESO: Urban Revitalization in Montreal
    Coastal Enterprises Inc. Rural Revitalization in Maine
    Transition Factors
    Resilience Reflections

    Chapter 8
    Capital SEE Change Required! : Transforming the Ecology of Finance

    Challenges of Transition
    The Challenge
    Investors focused on maximizing financial return are part of the problem. Transition finance requires multiple bottom lines to be integrated into longer term, limited financial return investments capable of financing SEE change. However, even among co-operative and social finance institutions there are signs of cultural captivity. Progress is being made but connecting the dots of limited innovation to create an ecology of finance capable of meeting the social, ecological and economic challenges we face is a goal far from being realized.
    Strategic Question
    How can we organise and weave together the key forms of investment capital - seed capital, equity and different forms of low-cost debt financing – to scale up the financing of the innovation and transition required to meet the basic needs of households and communities from production re-situated in the localities and regions where people live?

    Towards a New Ecology of Finance
    Signpost 1 Illustrative Tools and Techniques
    Organizing Angels: The Cigales Network in France
    Making it Happen on the Rock: Mobilizing Community Capital in Nova Scotia
    Withdrawable Share Capital – Participation Financing
    Do it Yourself Banking and Relational Microfinance – Zopa and Kiva
    Community Land Trust Facilitation Fund – Seed funds and Risk Pooling
    Summary of Key Features and Limits
    Signpost 2 Community Innovations that Connect the Dots
    Resuscitating Relationship Banking: Empowering the Marginalised through Community Banking Partnerships
    Federating Mutuality to Scale up Innovation
    Re-conceptualising Micro-finance – Mutual Aid to meet the needs of the Self-employed
    Reviving ‘relationship banking’ and homeopathic financing for transition in localities
    Summary of Key Features and Limits
    Social and Community Banking – Why is this Sector not an Alternative yet?
    Fair Trade Banking - A Strategic Opportunity for Social and Community Finance?

    Chapter 9
    Securing the SEE Change : Federating for Influence and Power
    Challenges of Transition
    Strategic Question
    How do we build on and join together promising innovations in a way that secures our capacity to foster transformative change, to build the road as we travel it?
    Signpost 1
    Quebecs ‘Chantier’: Francophone Construction Site for Building the Social Solidarity Economy
    Federating a Development System to Build the Social (Solidarity) Economy
    Planning, Research, Promotion & Advocacy
    Human Resource Development
    Transition Factors
    Resilience Reflections
    Signpost 2
    La Via Compensina: Building a Global Movement for Food Sovereity
    Transition Factors
    Resilience Reflections

    Chapter 10
    Finance, Democracy and Ownership:
    Challenges of Transition
    Strategic Question
    What are some of the key elements that would make up robust strategies able to expand economic democracy and local ownership?
    Signpost 1 The Case of Mondragon
    Signpost 1 Ownership Transfer Corporations
    Transition Factors
    Resilience Reflections

    Chapter 11
    Wiring and Weaving Scaled Up Approaches to Transition

    Challenges of Transition
    Strategic Question
    Given the current challenges we face, can we imagine ways of organizing that synergistically contribute to solving current problems and advance transition to a low carbon, more resilient society.

    Scenario 1 Rolling Back the Home Foreclosure Crisis
    Scenario 2 Retrofitting for Energy and Jobs while Seeding Innovation in Finance



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