The mission of the NorCal Resilience Network is to promote a Just Transition to an equitable and regenerative future by supporting and activating community-based and ecologically-grounded solutions.
The vision of the NorCal Community Resilience Network is to transform our homes, neighborhoods, and communities into vibrant, regenerative places. We are a building a Network of solutionaries – citizen activists, businesses and grassroots organizations – who are turning despair into action through people-powered, nature-inspired, and community-based solutions that address the most pressing social and environmental problems of our time.
We realize we need to move away from an extractive, exploitative economy toward holistic systems that will support human life in self-sustaining harmony with nature as we move into the future.
Here in Northern California, we are blessed with an abundance of community groups working to realize the regenerative future we need. The NorCal Community Resilience Network seeks to unite these groups into a loosely-affiliated network that offers strategies for collective impact and builds collaboration for a more resilient world.
The First Peoples of this land lived in this way for millennia, integrating the ethics of care for the Earth, the people, and the future through sustainable, “permanent cultures,” which were and continue to be suppressed through colonization. We honor these Indigenous roots of permaculture and seek to address colonial legacies in contemporary social and environmental movements, allowing historically marginalized communities to lead the process of “re-indigenizing the people to the planet.” This is a journey of relearning and unlearning for peoples of all cultural, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds that requires courageous conversations across the divides that separate us.
The NorCal Network envisions its work as part of this collective transformation, in which we are co-creating a model for resilient community care and healing—one that starts at home and spreads out beyond our region to the world at large.
Our Guiding Principles
The Earth has all the abundance necessary for life to thrive. We stand united for a world in which all life, human and non-human, is treated with justice and equality. A world where all beings are liberated to do what we love in service to a thriving ecosystem. We begin this transformation within ourselves, our homes, workplaces, communities, and region in the hope that it radiates out across the world.
Earth Care. We hold respect for the Earth. As fully as possible, we are mindful of environmental practices. We recognize the interconnection of all systems and species, working toward a healing balance of human systems in harmony with natural systems.
People Care. We practice radical inclusivity regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, age, disability, and religious belief or disbelief. We defend our right to healthy systems of food, governance, education, health, and labor. We communicate respectfully with one another, standing in solidarity through our work to build regenerative communities rooted in fierce belonging.
Fair Share. We are united in our vision of equitable systems that support us in flourishing as individuals, as communities, and as a planet. We actively engage in practices that allow all people to access the education and resources we need to thrive.