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

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We find ourselves between a rock and a hot placecompelled 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 Imperativeargues 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 Imperativeaffirms the possibilities of positive change as it is shaped by individuals, communities, and institutions learning to live within our ecological limits. Michael Lewisis the executive director of the Center for Community Enterprise and is well-known internationally as a practitioner, author, educator, and leader in the field of community economic development. Patrick Conatyis an honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham and a director of Common Futures. Since 1999 he has worked for the new economics foundation (nef), where he has produced a wide range of publications about predatory lending, financial inclusion, community land trusts, and social venture finance.

Author Biography

Robin Murray, Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and author of Co-operation in the Age of Google Michael Lewis is the Executive Director of the Canadian Center for Community Renewal. Pat Conaty is a Fellow of the new economics foundation and a research associate of Co-operatives UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Resilience: The 21st-Century Imperativep. 1
Navigating the SEE Change: The Pedagogy of Transitionp. 2
Unprecedented Volatility: A Sign of the Timesp. 3
Progress and Growth: Navigating through the Rearview Mirrorp. 14
Another Way? Five Exit Rampsp. 18
Navigating the Transition to a Steady-State Economyp. 35
Wealth versus Commonwealthp. .39
The Demise of Moral Economy: The Great Transformationp. 40
Evolution of the Big "M" Market I: The Struggle for Land Reformp. 44
Evolution of the Big "M" Market II: The Ascendency of the Corporationp. 49
Evolution of the Big "Mö Market III: Banking Masters and Debtor Slavesp. 54
The Economics of Sufficiency: Living within the Planetary Commonsp. 66
The 21st Century: A Chapter the Living Must Writep. 69
A Path beyond Debt: Interest-Free Lending at Workp. 71
Interest-Free Lending at Work: The JAK Cooperative Bankp. -.74
Impacts on the Household Economy: The Hartwick Familyp. 80
Transition Factorsp. 82
Resilience Reflectionsp. 83
Uniting the "I" and the "We": Affordable Housing in Perpetuityp. 85
The Community Land Trust Model in the United Statesp. 87
Community Land Trusts in Britain: Rekindling Land Reform in the 21st Centuryp. 97
The Mutual Homeownership Model: Scaling up Urban Affordabilityp. 101
The Household Economy: Land Trust Impacts on Transitionp. 107
Transition Factorsp. 107
Resilience Reflectionsp. 109
Seeking Strategic Pathways to Energy Sufficiencyp. 111
YES to Conserving Energy: Yorkshire Energy Services at Workp. 114
Fossil-Fuel-Free Kristianstadp. 118
The Impact on the Household and Community Economyp. 124
Transition Factorsp. 125
Resilience Reflectionsp. 125
Seeking Pathways to Sustainable Foodp. 127
Cheap Food and Its Pricep. 128
Seikatsu: "Living People" Transforming their Relationship to Food and Each Otherp. 134
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)p. 141
Who Will Grow Our Food? The Problem of Successionp. 142
Solidarity and Succession: Securing Local Foodp. 145
Restoring Salmon: Restoring the Commons in Alaskap. 148
Impacts on the Household Economy: The Hartwick Familyp. 155
Reweaving Our Economies Close to Homep. 157
The Core Economic and Social Functionsp. 160
RESO: Transforming Montreal's Poorest Neighborhoodsp. 168
Coastal Enterprises Inc. - Community Development Finance in Rural Mainep. 175
Transition Factorsp. 180
Resilience Reflectionsp. 183
Convivial Banking Innovations: Seeds for Transitionp. 185
Linking Money and Debt Advice to Finance: Community Banking Partnershipsp. 187
US Credit Union Innovations: Federating Solutionsp. 192
Beyond Microcredit: Integrated Approaches that Workp. 194
Equity Angels Grounded in Communityp. 197
Cooperative Capital in the UK - Withdrawable and Transferable Sharesp. 198
Relationship Banking from a Distancep. 201
Low-Interest, High-Impact Lending for Vulnerable Homeownersp. 203
Revolving Loan Funds for Affordable Housing: Risk Poolingp. 205
Social and Ecological Banks: Investing in the Unconventionalp. 206
Transition Factorsp. 208
Resilience Reflectionsp. 211
Federating the Change Agents: Securing the Gainsp. 213
Reinventing the Guilds: A Way Forward?p. 216
Constructing the Social Solidarity Economy in Quebecp. 221
Transition Factorsp. 227
Resilience Reflectionsp. 229
La Via Campesina: Building a Global Movement for Food Sovereigntyp. 230
Transition Factorsp. 238
Resilience Reflectionsp. 239
Federating to Advance Fair-Trade Finance: A Transition Challenge;p. 240
Economic Democracy and Cooperative Capitalp. 245
Outwitting Enclosure: The Mondragon Formula to Equityp. 246
Democratizing Social Care in Italyp. 251
Cooperative Energy Services: Mobilizing Green Economic Actorsp. 257
Transition Factorsp. 260
Resilience Reflectionsp. 262
Ownership Transfer: Accelerating Transitionp. 265
Structural Dysfunction of the Global Investment Industryp. 266
Trusteeship: A Way out of the Enclosurep. 275
Evolution of the Trusteeship Model: Toward a Framework for Ownership Transferp. 283
Transforming Property Rights: A Solution in Search of a Homep. 289
Establishing a Cooperative Land Bankp. 293
Implications for Reweaving Local Economies and Navigating Transitionp. 296
Transition Factorsp. 298
Resilience Reflectionsp. 298
From Cultural Captivity to Focused Intentionp. 301
Beyond Eden: Our Disconnect from Naturep. 303
Transition: An Inner and Outer Journeyp. 305
Breaking the Armor of our Cultural Captivityp. 310
The "Price" of Transition: Are We Willing to Pay Our Way?p. 314
Weaving the Strands into a Resilient Fabric: Possible?p. 320
Rescuing Main Street from Wall Streetp. 321
The Crucible of Home: Revisiting Household Economicsp. 325
Epilogue: The Great Transitionp. 331
Notesp. 342
Bibliographyp. 364
Indexp. 374
About the Authorsp. 389
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