Tag Archives: Resilience
At least being stuck in limbo offers time to prepare
by Chris Martenson
Friday, May 3, 2013, 12:10 AM
I am happy, bored, and frustrated all at the same time.
My frustration is one I share with everyone who believes that fundamentals (a.k.a. 'reality') matter. This frustration is fueled by the endlessly-propped financial markets in which good news and bad news are both good and worse news seems to be even better. No matter what the latest headline might say, it seems to ignite a new round of buying of stocks, bonds, and anything else that the central banks deem worthy of dressing up.
Reduce fragility and vulnerability
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 2:23 PM
At some point, absorbing more information about the unsustainability of the Status Quo yields diminishing returns; it becomes emotionally draining and thus counterproductive. Part of this exhaustion results from recognizing our powerlessness within the Status Quo, where independent thinking and structural innovation are winnowed out as threats to existing institutions and industries.
Don’t wait to find out; build something better
by Jason Wiskerchen
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 4:04 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.
Rob Hopkins is a true pioneer of the movement to intelligently prepare and adapt society for entering a post-Peak Oil future. His brainchild, Transition Towns, has been one of the most successful initiatives to date in inspiring hundreds of cities, towns, and communities around the globe towards using local cooperation and interdependence to shrink their ecological footprints.
Many readers on our site lament the inertia or hostility we all frequently encounter when trying to ‘wake up’ family, friends, and neighbors to the warning bells we see on the economic, energy, and environmental fronts. Chris and I often get asked for advice on how to make the red pill ‘tasty’ for the uninitiated. So we look at the success Rob’s model is having at spurring individuals and communities to action, and ask him: What’s your secret?
In short, it’s about making Transition feel “more like a party than a protest march.” Make it personal to the participants. Focus on celebrating the local benefits and empowerment it produces. As Rob says, the core Transition principles are “not about taking people back to something worse than today; they are a step forward. They are about building resilience, bringing people together, giving them the sense that anything is possible in such a way that everybody benefits.”
If you have children in your life – as a parent, grandparent, educator, or in any other way, the question of “What Should I Do?” takes on a particular urgency. You have likely asked yourself how you can enable them to navigate the complex and uncertain times ahead – to greet the future with creativity, flexibility, resilience, and joy.
“How can we nurture and raise our children so they can grow into adults who are able to survive, thrive, and contribute to shaping a new and different future?” is how I pose this question to myself as I look into the hopeful eyes of the children whose lives I have the opportunity to touch through my work.
If you have found your way to this website, you already know that the “rules” are about to change; in fact, they are already changing. You already know that most people in our society are not yet aware of the depth of these changes.
The old paradigm of our culture, based on limitless growth, endless acquisition, and the belief that more is always better, is rapidly changing as we run up against the limits of a finite planet. Some people, myself among them, question whether these were ever genuine markers of what a good life means.
Already some people are beginning to create a new story about what a good life can mean, exploring ways we can live in mutual relationship with our planet, rather than viewing it as something to be exploited.
What Should I Do?
The events in Japan – stripping grocery shelves and leaving thousands of families without food, water, electricity, or sanitation – provide us with grim motivation to assess our own levels of personal resilience. How prepared are you if a similar disaster (natural or man-made) were to suddently strike where you live?
I, for one, still have more gaps than I would like. Like many folks, I've been genuinely intending to get around to filling them soon, but noble plans have little value the moment after the unexpected occurs. As Chris often says, it's immeasurably better to be a year early with your preps than a day late.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 3:01 AM
Abraham Maslow detailed a hierarchy of human needs as drivers of human motivation, postulating that we first attend to our physiological needs for air, food, and water, followed by our need for safety. Only when those needs are met do we then attend to higher level needs, such as creativity and achievement. Recognizing that energy descent will require significant changes in standard of living for most of us, we immediately want to secure the basics and find ways to make supplies of those basics resilient.
Like many people, when I first learned about Peak Oil about six years ago, I began with physical preparation for a lower energy future. It makes total sense that many of us do this when recognizing danger ahead. The What Should I Do? guide here really supports us in learning about physical preparation. Chris says, “We are more resilient when we have multiple sources and systems to supply a needed item, rather than being dependent on a single source.” However, as Chris and many others have pointed out, all of our physical preparations are “necessary but insufficient,” because we simply don’t know what exactly will happen and we are totally dependent on natural resources for everything we consume every day.
So what else can we do? I believe we need to focus a significant part of our crisis preparation on developing inner resilience in addition to cultivating external, physical resilience.
If you are concerned about the future, I have something for you to consider.
It is a well known fact that when people are anxious or fearful, their ability to act is significantly diminished. Once a year, we deliver a seminar to help people better prepare for the future by turning our attention to the most important, but usually overlooked, elements of preparation: one’s state of mind.
Our weekend-long seminar is designed to help provide clarity, focus and relief from the anxiety you might feel about the future.
Setting the Crash Course in the back ground, we traverse over to the other hemisphere of the brain so that ‘what you do’ can come into better alignment with ‘what you know.’ We’ll discuss how to deal with a reluctant partner, dive into the underlying reasons we act or fail to act, and cover the basics of resilience, all while providing participants with plenty of room to interact.
Our What Should I Do? blog series was launched in early November, and the community response so far has been encouragingly positive. The model of having CM.com readers share their practical expertise with this site’s material seems to be as useful as we’d hoped.
As I plan out the content calendar for 2011, I’d like to get a sense for what you’d like this series focus on next year:
- What new topics would you like to see addressed?
- Are there any CM.com readers who you’d particularly like to see share their knowledge (perhaps based on your appreciation for the quality of their forum and comment contributions)?
- Are there any subjects you yourself are interested in contributing a post on?
- Do you have any other ideas for improving the series?