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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 Low-cost financing Affordable housing and land reform Democratic ownership and sustainabilityEach 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.

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