Resilience, Resilience, Resilience
When communities become less dependent on external systems they become less vulnerable and increasingly resilient. The capitalist economic world system, the centralized global food system, the electrical grid, the military industrial complex, and a wide variety of other non-local systems, each hold us in some varying degree of dependence. By identifying these dependencies, and actively working to disentangle them, we develop resilience. Resilience as a term and concept is currently experiencing an overwhelming amount of attention within the scholarly literature of many fields of study. For the purposes of The Common Unity Project, resilience refers to a group’s ability to prepare for, mitigate, and bounce back from systemic ‘shocks’. The more interconnected we are, the more resilient we are. The more food we grow ourselves, the more resilient we are. The more knowledge we are empowered by, the more resilient we are. The more we generate energy from alternative sources and compost the majority of our waste, the more resilient we are. Even though its a rather elusive and invisible concept, resilience is an extremely important thing for communities to have, especially when the you-know-what hits the fan!