The Resilience Imperative
Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-state Economy
We find ourselves between a rock and a hot place compelled by the intertwining forces of peak oil and climate change to reinvent our economic life at a much more local and regional scale. The Resilience Imperative argues for a major SEE (Social, Ecological, Economic) Change as a prerequisite for replacing the paradigm of limitless economic growth with a more decentralized, cooperative, steady-state economy.
The authors present a comprehensive series of strategic questions within the broad areas of:
- Energy sufficiency
- Local food systems
- Low-cost financing
- Affordable housing and land reform
- Democratic ownership and sustainability.
Each section is complemented by case studies of pioneering community initiatives rounded out by a discussion of transition factors and resilience reflections.