What’s Next for Earth: Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience

Michele Guieu | October 21, 2022 | Leave a Comment


“In 2015, Post Carbon Institute surveyed the academic literature on resilience and talked to scholars, activists, and local leaders around the country to determine how the concepts of resilience might be most usefully applied in communities by people who aren’t resilience scientists. We found an easily understood framework that speaks directly to the challenges communities face regarding equity, group decision-making, and their complex social and economic contexts. We identified six foundations that appear necessary for community resilience-building efforts to be successful. And these are: people, systems thinking, adaptability, transformability, sustainability, and courage.”
– Richard Heinberg

Welcome to the fourth chapter of the Think Resilience course: Resilience Thinking. In this session, we’ll dig into the science of resilience to better understand how our communities function and how they need to change.

You are invited to participate in @WhatsNextForEarth’s art call Six Foundations for Building Community Resilienceopen until December 31th, 2022. What’s Next for Earth is a participative art project on Instagram that invites artists to respond to a bi-monthly topic, reflecting on the human predicament. An online exhibition will be on view on this website and on the What’s Next for Earth’s website.







1. Very important: please create artwork or share a project in response to the Post Carbon Institute free online course – lesson 15: SixFoundations for Building Community Resilience.

The best is to watch all the lessons before this one to get an overview of the Human Predicament. Each video is related to the previous one. Sign up for the THINK RESILIENCE COURSE if you did not do it before.

2. Create your piece using any format/technique you wish.

3. Post it on your Instagram page. Include a description of your piece in your photo’s caption: title, technique, size, and, most importantly, the relationship with the theme.

Copy and paste all these tags at the end of your description – select the whole list (from top to bottom), copy and paste in your post, right after the description of your piece:

#BuildingResilinece #artcall

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About the THINK RESILIENCE online course


Richard Heinberg 2015

Richard Heinberg

Think Resilience is hosted by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s leading experts on the urgency and challenges of moving society away from fossil fuels.

We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval. What should we do?

Think Resilience is an online course offered by Post Carbon Institute to help you get started on doing something. It features twenty-two video lectures—about four hours total—by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost experts on the urgency and challenges of transitioning society away from fossil fuels. Think Resilience is rooted in Post Carbon Institute’s years of work in energy literacy and community resilience. It packs a lot of information into four hours, and by the end of the course you’ll have good start on two important skills:

1. How to make sense of the complex challenges society now faces. What are the underlying, systemic forces at play? What brought us to this place? Acting without this understanding is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.

2. How to build community resilience. While we must also act in our individual lives and as national and global citizens, building the resilience of our communities is an essential response to the 21st century’s multiple sustainability crises.

Here are the previous lessons:
CHAPTER ONE – Our converging Crisis
– Energy, (lesson 2)
– Population and Consumption (lesson 3)
– Depletion (lesson 4)
– Pollution (Lesson 5)
CHAPTER TWO – The Roots and Results of Our Crises
– Political & Economic Management (Social Structure) (lesson 6)
– Belief Systems (lesson 7)
– Biodiversity (lesson 8)
– Collapse (lesson 9)
CHAPTER THREE – Making Change
In this session, we’ll learn how change happens and how we might influence change in human society:- Thinking in Systems (lesson 10)
– Shifting Cultural Stories (lesson 11)
– Culture Change and Neuroscience (lesson 12)
CHAPTER FOUR – Resilience Thinking
– What is Resilience? (lesson 13)
– Community Resilience in the 21st Century (lesson 14)

What’s Next For Earth is an art project created by Michele Guieu, eco-artist, and MAHB Arts Coordinator, to reflect on the climate emergency, the human predicament and envision a desirable future. The project is supported by the MAHB. If you have any questions, please send a message to michele@mahbonline.org. 
Thank you ~

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