"Pathways to Community Resilience"

 eBook #23. Dedicated to the 2015 NorCal Permaculture Convergence.

Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Media

Download eBook #23 here.

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Select Quotes from eBook 23 –

Sacrifice is used metaphorically to describe selfless good deeds for others or a short term loss in return for a greater power gain, such as in a game of chess. Recently it has also come into use as meaning 'doing without something' or 'giving something up.' How do we sacrifice for Nature? In Nature? - Willi

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Examining the Sharing Vision from the Tradition Movement -

Values > Customs > Initiations > Traditions > New Mythology + Symbols - Willi

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What is Resilience?

There is a bit of confusion about what resilience means - it's a term that has been adapted from the physical sciences and is now used in many other disciplines including emergency management. Across these various disciplines the term resilience is used to mean slightly different things but simply put, in its broadest application, resilience describes how well a system is able to adapt positively when faced with adversity and cope with abnormal or unexpected threats without changing beyond recognition. - Tal Fitzpatrick

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A Sharing Center is envisioned to be as off-grid and family / neighbor run as possible. Gratitude-fueled! Training programs are coupled with material and services exchange where possible. The vision utilizes what skills and values are already there – and to teach each other new ones when possible. SC is a hands-on resilience machine as rural America reels from the eminent toxic corporate collapse and springs back to stability. - Willi

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It’s astonishing to arrive at the realization that our structure of law works great for Corporations but no longer recognizes (real) people as having those same rights. The very framework we were brought up to believe in is now more fantasy than reality. It’s a pretty powerful thing when you wake up to this fact. - Delaney Pearson

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Community Mapping was a big community event done many years back now. There were many ideas, dreams, visions and projects proposed, though as in any 'brainstorming' type of process, only a few actually stick. Some of them have been in the form of working groups that are now on their own and working quite successfully, with a lot of positive impact on the community. - Rev. Julia Bystrova

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The Hoop House Community Incubator is envisioned to support a new “Collective Initiation” - a renewal for residents of West Baltimore and other places. HHCI is a multi-stage community revitalization process with the Community as the Hero: the end of the so-called “Urban Desert.” Two adjacent row house buildings become connected and supported by new shared, integrated and consolidated HVAC, water and security systems including solar and roof-top garden technologies. Two often, boarded up residences are crime scenes or victims of arson. The roof-top location of the raised beds, hoop houses and solar arrays support a better security profile. - Willi

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In Resilience Circles, we usually sit in circles. It’s reflects the way we relate to each other as peers – we can all see each other, and each person is visibly included. There is a learning component in Circles, but we primarily learn from each other instead of from books or an ideology. Our stories are the basis of the learning, and the basis of the relationship-building. - Sarah Byrnes

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Enter the Permaculture Corps for Planet Earth: as the graphic depicts, we can include families, youth groups such as 4-H, Boy and Girl Scouts, countless environmental and neighborhood groups and school Nature and sustainability programs in the labor mix. We have a burgeoning supply of certified Permaculture Designers looking for more experience and the land owners struggling to bring back damaged lands to a desire yield. We need many more educational sites for permaculture! - Willi


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