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Resilience Hubs: Empowerment for All

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Beyond withstanding the damage we are currently doing to our families, communities, economy and ecology, are you interested in creating an abundant thriving future in the face of today's critical challenges? Yes? You have just defined "Resilience" as a personal, communal, and global goal. You are not alone. There are hubs or networks of people committed proactively to co-creating resilience for themselves, their families, their communities, and our planet. These are folks who are living out Gandhi and Bucky Fuller's advice to create what you do want rather than destroy what you don't. The Resilience Circle Network (also called the Common Security Circle Network) is a pilot project of the Institute for Policy Studies Program on Inequality and the Common Good ( "On the Commons" has also provided resources to develop the curriculum for Resilience. (

The network identifies their view and role as primarily helping organizers and facilitators who wish to start and sustain what they refer to as Resilience Hubs. The Network states they are not trying to build a new organization or sell anything. In my personal experience, theirs is an empowerment for self-sufficient communities. info|AT|localcirclesthe

Consider the following questions put forth on the Resilience website:

Are you interested in building resilience at the personal, household and community levels?

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and work with others to make this happen, knowing that we are all in this together?

Do you believe that we can engage the power of our creativity and resourcefulness to create an abundant thriving future?

Would you agree that re-localizing our economy (without being insular), re-skilling our people (without "going backwards") and utilizing the power of permaculture design in open and accessible ways can help us get there?

Then you've come to the right place! (From Portland, Maine's Resilience Circle).

You may well ask, "What are Resilient Circles?"

Consider the question, do we want to be resilient in the face of this dominator culture of politicians, corporations and banks? Or, is it simply that we wish to be self-reliant and not be dependent on an economic and business culture that is psychopathic?

Resilience Circles can be seen as hubs of freedom. They are ways of supporting "bottom-up" decision-making. Are our current day politics and life styles fostering psychiatrist Eric Fromm's thesis that we Escape from Freedom? Can Bottom Up movements like Resilient Circles lead us towards true freedom? Or do we remain under the control of corporations and their underling governments.

Could it be that being Communist, Democrat, Republican, Fascist etc. are all means to escape from our power and freedom?

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