We find ourselves between a rock and a hot place-compelled by the intertwined forces of peak oil and climate change to reinvent our ecomic life at a much more local and regional scale. The Resilience Imperative argues for a major SEE (social, ecological, ecomic) change as a prerequisite for replacing the paradigm of limitless ecomic growth with a more decentralized, cooperative, steady-state ecomy. The authors present a comprehensive series of strategic questions within the broad areas of: * Energy sufficiency * Local food systems * Interest-free financing * Affordable housing and land reform * Sustainable community development Each section is complemented by case studies of pioneering community initiatives rounded out by a discussion of transition factors and resilience reflections. With a focus on securing and sustaining change, this provocative book challenges deeply embedded cultural assumptions. Profoundly hopeful and inspiring, The Resilience Imperative affirms the possibilities of positive change as it is shaped by individuals, communities, and institutions learning to live within our ecological limits. Michael Lewis is the executive director of the Center for Community Enterprise and is well-kwn internationally as a practitioner, author, educator, and leader in the field of community ecomic development. Patrick Conaty is an horary research fellow at the University of Birmingham and a director of Common Futures. Since 1999 he has worked for the new ecomics foundation (nef), where he has produced a wide range of publications about predatory lending, financial inclusion, community land trusts, and social venture finance.
Michael Lewis is Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal He is well-known internationally as a practitioner, author, educator, and leader in the field of Community Economic Development. Michael has worked with a wide range of businesses, organizations, communities and governments on initiatives related to transition, community resource management, development finance and the social economy. Until recently he also led the B.C. -- Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance, a university/ practitioner platform for applied research. Patrick Conaty is a Californian working in England and Wales. He is a Fellow of new economics foundation and a research associate of Community Finance Solutions at the University of Salford. Pat specializes in developmental research on cooperative and mutual enterprise and is a national expert in the fields of community development finance and community land trusts.