Six foundations for building community resilience

Number of pages: 46 p.

This report draws on some of the most compelling recent thinking about resilience from academia, sustainability advocacy, and grassroots activism. It is intended as an accessible resource for local leaders and activists in the United States, and as a contribution to the larger public conversation about resilience in human communities. It provides a conceptual starting point for community resilience built on in future products focused on practical actions and tools.

The first half of the report presents the challenges communities are facing, the relevant insights of resilience science, and the case for building resilience at the community level. The second half presents the six foundations for building effective community resilience: People, Systems Thinking, Adaptability, Transformability, Sustainability, and Courage.