The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy

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New Society Publishers, 12. jun. 2012 - 400 sider
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“[The authors] argue that with more integration and cooperation between businesses, governments and communities, a more sustainable economy is possible.” —The Environmental Magazine

We find ourselves between a rock and a hot place—compelled by the intertwined forces of peak oil and climate change to reinvent our economic life at a much more local and regional scale. The Resilience Imperative argues for a major SEE (social, ecological, economic) change as a prerequisite for replacing the paradigm of limitless economic growth with a more decentralized, cooperative, steady-state economy.

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.

“Resilience is the watchword for our dawning era of economic and environmental instability . . . The Resilience Imperative is exactly what’s needed to get us moving in the right direction.” —Richard Heinberg, author of Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival

“Exceptionally valuable—in vision, in strategic understanding, in concrete ways to build forward. A handbook for a morally meaningful and sustainable future!” —Gar Alperovitz, author of America Beyond Capitalism
 

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Indhold

Wealth versus Commonwealth
39
InterestFree Lending at Work 71 InterestFree Lending at Work The JAK Cooperative Bank
74
The Hartwick Family
80
Seeking Strategic Pathways to Energy Sufficiency
111
Seeking Pathways to Sustainable Food
127
Reweaving Our Economies Close to Home
157
Seeds for Transition
185
Vulnerable Homeowners
203
Economic Democracy and Cooperative Capital
245
Accelerating Transition
265
From Cultural Captivity to Focused Intention
301
The Great Transition
331
Notes
342
Bibliography
364
Index
374
About the Authors
389

Securing the Gains
213

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Om forfatteren (2012)

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.

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