I’m Cliff Figallo. I work mostly in the online social sphere, specializing in virtual community strategies. I lived for over a decade in an intentional community and I managed one of the early, groundbreaking electronic communities, The WELL. I have grandchildren and I’m concerned about the world they will live in when they are adults.
Obama campaigned on the theme of Change We Can Believe In.
pResilience is about Change We Must Adapt To.
While most of humanity has been struggling with dire challenges since time immemorial, most of us in the developed world are just encountering what it means to live within hard limits – limits of income, of space, of resources and of waste.
We feel the impacts of these limits hitting us where we live – in our hometowns, our communities, our immediate surroundings and regions. Suddenly, all of the wealth that has let us create our individual cocoons is not looking so assured.
pResilience is not so much about finding solutions to our crises that will allow us to return to the good ol’ days of the 20th century. It’s about how we will change socially to adapt to our new realities at the local level.
Maybe we used to be more interdependent in previous generations, or when most of us lived in small rural towns and villages, but we’ve forgotten most of that today. We need to relearn the social skills of collaboration, compromise, trust and cooperation if we are going to adapt successfully to these rapid and radical changes.
pResilience looks for evidence of social adaptation and identifies best – or at least promising – practices that you, in your locality, can learn from or apply to your own unique situation. I heartily invite contact and discussion on this blog.
pResilience also has an attitude, based on the following assumptions:
- We have entered an era of major change that requires major adjustments in expectations for all humans, especially for those likely to be reading this blog. We may be in species crisis mode for generations.
- We have reached the Age of Limits where we can no longer fall back on the crutches of “plenty” as in “There’s plenty of oil,” or “There’s plenty of land.” Nope. Not any more there isn’t.
- Most of us living relatively affluent lifestyles have forgotten how to live as members of local communities. We relate mostly through politics and organizations, but not directly as communities of people who can rely on one another. When’s the last time you borrowed a cup of sugar from a neighbor?
- Government has devolved to become an institution very separate from its constituencies. Our representatives are no longer very representative of the people they govern. We need to re-establish open, trusted, working relationships between grassroots communities and government, beginning at the most local level.
In this blog, we’ll be tracking the work of organizations and collaborative platforms that are addressing issues like those above. These include Transition Towns, Post-Carbon Cities, ICLEI, WorldChanging, WiserEarth and all of the others shown in our blogrolls and links.
May we live in interesting times.