Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Daniel Lerch
    Pages 1-8
  3. Understanding Our Predicament

  4. Gathering the Needed Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Howard Silverman
      Pages 131-145
    3. Margaret Robertson
      Pages 147-161
    4. Brian Walker, David Salt
      Pages 163-178
  5. Community Resilience in Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Denise Fairchild, Al Weinrub
      Pages 195-206
    3. Scott Sawyer
      Pages 227-245
    4. William Throop
      Pages 247-260
    5. Mike Lydon
      Pages 279-291
    6. Asher Miller
      Pages 309-315
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 317-340

About this book


The sustainability challenges of yesterday have become today’s resilience crises. National and global efforts have failed to stop climate change, transition from fossil fuels, and reduce inequality. We must now confront these and other increasingly complex problems by building resilience at the community level. But what does that mean in practice, and how can it be done in a way that’s effective and equitable?

This volume offers a new vision for creating resilience, through essays by leaders in such varied fields as science, policy, community building, and urban design. It combines a fresh look at the challenges humanity faces in the 21st century, the essential tools of resilience science, and the wisdom of activists, scholars, and analysts working with community issues on the ground. It shows that resilience is a process, not a goal; how resilience requires learning to adapt but also preparing to transform; and that resilience starts and ends with the people living in a community. Despite the formidable challenges we face, this book shows that building strength and resilience at the community level is not only crucial, but possible.

From Post Carbon Institute, this book is a valuable resource for students, community leaders, and concerned citizens.


resilience science Post Carbon Institute sustainability challenges transition from fossil fuels reduce inequality

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Lerch
    • 1
  1. 1.Post Carbon InstituteSanta RosaUSA

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