Resilience: The ability to anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly through survival, adaptability, evolution, and growth in the face of turbulent change.
– Community and Regional Resilience Institute
Why Resilience in the Context of Communal Living?
In communities across the world, people of all ages, colors, and creeds are feeling overwhelmed and helpless in the face of climate catastrophe, social injustices, and a global economic system that values profit before people. Resilience is the ability to adapt and spring back when faced with adversity, whether the entity at risk is a person, a community, an economy or an ecosystem. In the face of the turmoil of our time, strength and adaptability are vital if we are to bring humanity into right relationship with the Earth. Our work is all the more urgent in the wake of the recent U.S. presidential election, as many search for ways to mobilize to protect what they love that is being threatened. This is a crucial moment to support people who are newly awakening to the need for engagement in their local communities.
The community resilience movement has quietly been gaining traction, both here in the Bay and beyond. Yet the movement is still fragmented, segregated and disorganized. Permaculture is perceived as largely white and exclusive, and does not often intersect with food justice projects doing similar work in urban communities. Grassroots groups like Transition Initiatives and Time Banks are still volunteer-based and lacking the capacity they need to thrive.
The NorCal Community Resilience Network was founded to address these gaps. We are building the only hub in Northern California for people-powered, nature-inspired, community-based projects; a multi-racial, multi-sector coalition that unites citizen activists, volunteer-based organizations, nonprofits and businesses alike. Together, we can adapt and spring forward, catalyzing collective action and engagement in the movement toward food, water and energy independence. Using the Network as a vehicle, we can build up our communities to be stronger, healthier, more beautiful and more resilient!
“Now is the time for us to take stock and to start re-creating our future in ways that are not based on cheap, plentiful and polluting oil but on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being.”
– Transition United States
Northern California is blessed with hundreds of regenerative solutions-based projects, from food forests to Time Banks and holistic health collectives. The NorCal Community Resilience Network is generating a platform for collective engagement and an educational archive of creative strategies people can employ to build community resilience. Our groups and projects encourage individuals and organizations to take collective actions that allow us to meet basic needs while reducing carbon emissions and strengthening our local economies. Many of these solutions are rooted in permaculture principles, while many are inspired by community-based approaches that intersect only inadvertently with the permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share.
We must roll up our sleeves and get to work with friends, neighbors, and community members to make our homes and communities more resilient. Let’s work together to conserve energy, regenerate nature, and protect the people.
Here are just a few of the benefits you can experience by engaging in our community resilience initiatives:
♦ Save money by swapping, bartering, or reducing your water bill.
♦ Eat healthier foods by planting a garden.
♦ Build a stronger local economy by buying from a local business.
♦ Strengthen your body by taking a group bike ride.
♦ Build community by participating in a Transform Your Lawn workshop with your neighbors or a work party at a local nonprofit.
And you’ll have fun!
More resources for resiliency coming soon!