Here is an overview of the impact of some of the TRCC community members followed by a summary of how TRCC supports their work:
Region-specific Network Hubs
- The NorCal Community Resilience Network (San Francisco Bay Area), New England Resilience and Transition Network (New England), and Thriving Salish Sea (Pacific Northwest) are networking hubs building resilience alliances with dozens of partners within their regions.
Regional Network Hubs with Translocal Reach
- Daily Acts runs permaculture training and events in the North SFBay and anchors the Community Resilience Challenge that has recorded over 46,000 actions. Their local engagement strategy has created enough institutional power to change regional water use and California greywater use policy.
- Bay Localize offers trainings and youth camps in low-income communities of color. Their Community Resilience Toolkit is used in 34 countries. They lead cross-cultural grassroots-institutional alliances including the Local Clean Energy Alliance and the Resilient Communities Initiative.
- Movement Generation offers trainings and movement-building models while providing co-leadership for the Climate Justice Alliance/Our Power Campaign of over thirty front-line organizations across the USA. These strong grassroots allies are taking on the extreme energy economy driving climate change. MG is also a key player in the launch of the Reinvest Network, a financial cooperative to move endowment assets being divested from fossil fuels into investments in the thriving resilience of frontline communities.
Translocal Network Hubs with Regional Depth
Pioneering whole-community translocal networks that support multiple local place-based hubs include:
- Bloom Network hosts “spore” initiatives for festival-goers in 50 cities with regular ongoing gatherings.
- Shareable connects sharing activists in over 40 cities; its online knowledge hub has 100,000 unique annual users.
- TransitionUS provided social and knowledge support for over 150 official locations plus 200+ in-progress.
- The TRCC is itself a trans-local hub, with a regional footprint in the SFBay, New England, & Pacific Northwest.
How Does the TRCC Support Place-Based Networks?
TRCC gatherings, reviews, & trainings provide ongoing opportunities for valuable allies, feedback and learning. In 2016, TRCC is funding at least $8,000 in co-lab support for regional network convening.
The TRC Co-Project Initiative, which the TRCC hosts, prioritizes funding place-based networks. In 2016, the Initiative focuses on regional depth in the SFBay, and breadth in New England (click here to see the full docket). In 2015, the two biggest grants were given to front-line and cross-cultural “rainbow” alliances.
- The front-line Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) grant helped fund the Summer of Our Power engagement campaign, COP21 strategizing, and the birth of the Reinvest Network.
- The rainbow Just Resilience Collaborative (JRC) grant used the Community Resilience Challenge to develop cross-cultural engagement. The JRC alliance was born within the TRCC community and continues to work on collective impact campaigns that span from grassroots to institutions. Some preliminary JRC metrics:
The organizations that form the JRC have a strong record in driving local action that makes global change:
Social and Knowledge Technology Experts
Social technology experts develop media and stories, participatory convening designs, people-skills trainings, forums, and tools. Knowledge technology experts develop policies and advocacy, science and technology, analysis, earth-skills trainings, etc. Each place-based network has impressive internal social and knowledge technical capacity. For example, the Daily Acts tracks its actions, and Shareable and Bloom Network conduct detailed surveys and track online community metrics. However, given their engagement mission, the place-based networks must rely heavily on technology experts (sometimes called movement support organizations) such as Post Carbon Institute, Art of Hosting, Center for Economic Democracy, Institute for Policy Studies, and New Economy Coalition (all TRCC members).
How does the TRCC Support Social and Knowledge Technology Expertise?
TRCC has funded several co-labs which incubated successful programs and tools including the Map Your Future project, Weaving the Movement Report, and Building Community Resilience Guide, and offered the Dismantling Racism training. The TRC Initiative usually funds grants to at least two technology expert organizations. TRCC is now piloting an in-house homegrown “LiftUp” capacity-building program based on members’ needs to better connect the technology experts with the place-based leaders to build capacity where it’s needed most.