Community Building

Podcast

Becca Martenson: Building Community

How to increase the value of the relationships in your life
Sunday, May 10, 2015, 3:17 PM

Building community takes time and real effort. Especially in today's society, where many of the old social norms that fostered community during our grandparents age have been severed by suburban fences, the rat-race workstyle, and the false sense of belonging offered by television and the Internet.

So how exactly does one do it? » Read more

Daily Prep

A Global Economic Reset?

Don’t wait to find out; build something better
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 12:04 PM

A review of a new report, Trade Off by David Korowicz, on how and why a collapse of our global financial and economic systems are likely to occur.  Take actions now to build resilience and prepare yourself and your family for the changes ahead.

http://www.resilientcommunities.com/the-global-economic-reset-is-coming-fortunately-theres-time-to-build-something-better/

Daily Prep

Book Highlight: The Good Food Revolution

Insights and inspiration on how change can happen
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 9:34 AM
A book sure to inspire and help motivate you to build better communities and change the way you think about sustainable urban farming.
 
Amazon Book Description:
A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities.

The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents.

In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm—a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen’s organization helps develop community food systems across the country.

An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

Find it on Amazon or support your local bookstore: The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
What Should I Do?

Hands coming together

A Case Study in Creating Community

Finding support and building resilience
Monday, November 8, 2010, 10:33 PM

Take a little trip with me...

Ben Bernanke finally prints A Dollar Too Far. Or the bond vigilantes have their day. Or various foreign countries begin to dump their Treasuries en masse one Wednesday morning. Or Fraudclosure pitches the TBTF banks (and mortgage insurers, et alia) into a hole too deep for any bailout. Or oil producing nations decide to cut back exports by 20% when it becomes apparent that some of their largest fields are well past peak and starting down the steeper part of the back side of the curve. 

You can pick one of any number of liminal events, or more likely several of them will make up the Family-Size Valu-Pak o'Doom. But it's obvious to me that El Ponzo Grande is beginning to develop a mortal wobble. Like the top in the last shot of "Inception," it only continues to spin endlessly in a world of illusion. In the real world we inhabit, wobble indicates the top is getting ready to fall. » Read more