Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption
By Ma’ikwe (Yana) Ludwig
Real hope comes from looking unflinchingly at our current circumstances and then committing wholeheartedly to creative action. Never has that been more urgently needed than right now, with the climate crisis looming larger every day.
Together Resilient is a book that advocates for citizen-led, community-based action first and foremost. Why wait for the government when you can take action today, with your neighbors? From small solutions to the full re-invention of the systems we find ourselves in, this book mixes anecdote with data-based research to bring you a wide range of options that all embody compassion, creativity, and cooperation.
Intentional community is a viable model for a low carbon future. While looking realistically at the state of the world and the realities of climate disruption, this book finds hope in examples of communities that already live high quality lives that the planet can sustain. It also looks at community as an essential element for surviving the coming (and already present) changes with more resilience and grace, and offers concrete examples of building community as a tool for reducing carbon emissions, outside the context of residential intentional communities.
Paperback, 2017, 166 pages
About the Author
Yana Ludwig has 25 years of cooperative living experience, including four community start-ups. She serves on the board of the Foundation for Intentional Community, and as a trainer and consultant for progressive projects.
Yana has been awarded the Communal Studies Association 2017 Book of the Year Award for Together Resilient. She is the former Executive Director of both the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and Commonomics USA, an economic justice organization. She is also the author of The Cooperative Culture Handbook, in collaboration with Karen Gimnig.
Her 2013 TEDx talk, Sustainable is Possible! kicked off a new era for her as a public speaker and advocate for communities. She is a founding member of the Solidarity Collective, an income sharing community in Laramie, WY. Yana currently lives in Bellevue, WA where she is the Executive Director at Leadership Eastside.
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If you dream of creating an ecovillage, cohousing, coliving and permaculture community, this course will show you how to make it happen. Get ready for the experience of a lifetime as you join participants from around the world who are endeavoring to create communities.
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Reviews of Together Resilient
“When people ask me where to move to escape climate change, I tell them there’s no escape and that the thing to look for is a strong community. This book explains how to build that kind of community anywhere — it’s a manual for the future.”
Bill McKibben, author and environmental activist
“Is it possible to jettison our current system of exploitation and environmental destruction, and create a new system, that is not only sustainable but affords us a comfortable and fulfilling life? The answer is a resounding yes. Ma’ikwe Ludwig eloquently reminds us how the way is fraught with challenges and shows us how to conquer them. This is a must read for anyone who cares about the future of the human race.”
Chong Kee Tan, founder of Bay Bucks
“The future of the planet lies in the creation of small groups that allow for personal growth and efficacious action at a larger scale. Ma’ikwe Ludwig is a veteran of this movement and Together Resilient provides the latest report from the front.”Dr. David Sloan-Wilson, Author of Does Altruism Exist?