Resilient communities are self-defined groups that work together to insulate themselves from potentially damaging effects of global change, like the loss of employment, food, power, and security. In Detroit, community groups working towards the revitalization are implementing programs like urban gardens, community schools, neighborhood patrols, other activities that compensate for the lack of traditional State support. Grace Lee Boggs is a proponent of many of these activities.

This conceptual model creates a set of new services that allow the smallest viable subset of social systems, the community (however you define it), to enjoy the fruits of globalization without being completely vulnerable to its excesses. These services are configured to provide the ability to survive an extended disconnection from the global grid in the following areas (an incomplete list):

  • Energy.
  • Food.
  • Security (both active and passive).
  • Communications.
  • Transportation.

-- From John Robb, an author who often describes the topic in the context of insurgency.

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