Resilience – Resources

A feed of resources from, part of Post Carbon Institute’s Resilience program dedicated to building resilient communities as we transition away from fossil fuels.


22 January 2018. New Study on Climate Sensitivity not What Poor Media Headlines, Deniers are Saying

One swallow doesn’t make a spring, and nor does one scientific paper change a whole body of evidence. But you could be mistaken for thinking so after the poor media coverage last week of a new piece of climate research.

22 January 2018. Reimagine, Don’t Seize, the Means of Production

One of the most difficult systems to reimagine is global manufacturing. If we are producing offshore and at scale, ravaging the planet for short-term profits, what are the available alternatives? A movement combining digital and physical production points toward a new possibility: Produce within our communities, democratically and with respect for nature and its carrying capacity.

22 January 2018. Peak Oil Review: January 22, 2017

Last week oil prices recorded the biggest weekly loss since October as the IEA, EIA, and OPEC all forecasted large increases in US shale oil production during the next two years.  

22 January 2018. Trading Away our Future?

Early trade was about ecological adaptation, transporting essential food or other essential goods to a places where they were lacking. Very little in present international trade is based on that. Instead, trade in itself creates shortages.

22 January 2018. Stereotypes

Even though many stereotypes have blurred, some parents today continue to hold narrow views of what it means to be a girl or boy.  We may be shocked and disgusted by stories from the #Metoo movement but perhaps such actions are the result of stereotypes that encourage boys to be dominant and girls to be submissive. 

21 January 2018. The energy of Bitcoin, the information economy and the (possible) decentralization of the world "Bitcoin - is it the currency of the future?" Graphic by Ayouben (2015).

[Despite reservations], I find one aspect of the blockchain technology behind the explosion in digital currencies to be promising. This technology offers a possible path for decentralizing banking and finance and myriad other Internet-related services we’ve come to rely on from big corporations.

19 January 2018. The Value of Values in Talking Climate (and not mathematical ones)

The lessons I’ve learned along this journey seem to have come from stumbling into every possible pitfall.   Want to talk climate change? Best scrub up my science, I thought. Entirely the wrong direction to head in in my quest to become an effective climate communicator! In this post, I explore the necessity of re-welcoming emotions and values into our conversations.

19 January 2018. Oregon-based Opportunity Village Eugene Addresses Homelessness with Tiny Houses

Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE) is a “tiny house” community in Eugene, Oregon, that provides secure accommodation for around 35 people who were previously homeless. OVE provides residents with more than just affordable shelter — being part of the village offers the dignity of having a private space…

19 January 2018. Urban Agriculture and Forced Displacement in Iraq: “This Garden is my Kingdom”

The Lemon Tree Trust is a United Kingdom-based nonprofit organization which facilitates greening innovation and urban agriculture in refugee camps in Iraq, Uganda, and Jordan. “People are arriving with almost nothing and are literally making home, so the garden becomes representative of a space that people have control over, some ability to be creative, and a space to just be in after they’ve undergone this process of forced migration,” says co-founder Mikey Tomkins.

19 January 2018. Why Walkable Streets are More Economically Productive

What is the value of a street where people can walk safely? Why build streets that are constructed with the needs of people in mind, not just the needs of cars?

19 January 2018. Post-Fire Mudslide Problems aren’t New and Likely to Get Worse

In the popular press these flows were termed “mudslides,” but with some rocks as large as cars these are more accurately described as hyperconcentrated flows or debris flows, depending on the amount of sediment mixed with the water. Why did these deadly flows happen?