Many Perspectives of Thriving & Resilience
A social movement renaissance to revitalize local, place-based communities is occurring all over the world in what may be the largest social movement in history. In response to the fragmenting effects of globalization and other conditions of modern life, a metamovement is reactivating the creative potentials of local communities by reconnecting local people and resources. Intentional communities, civic renewal initiatives, dialogue and social network technologies, and city and college sustainability programs are just a few success stories of meaningful progress in learning how to wisely organize our lives together for a world that works for everyone. The journey involves major social changes that may take generations, but we hold the perspective of hope, courage, and commitment that we’re on our way.
What IS a world that works for everyone? How do people describe the world they want to live in? What vision engages their passion and commitment? Rob Hopkins (Transition Movement) defines a resilient society as one with the ability to function indefinitely and to live within its limits, and able to thrive for having done so. During the 1999 Healthy Community Agenda Campaign, more than 4000 people summarized the following patterns of a healthy community:
- Practices ongoing dialogue
- Generates leadership everywhere
- Shapes its future
- Embraces diversity
- Knows itself
- Connects people and resources
- Creates a sense of community
(Adams & Pittman, Seven Patterns of a Healthy Community, 2000 online article).
There are many local eco-social change movements which use different language but have similar local dreams and intentions at heart, including: Commons, Compassionate, Healthy, Livable, Local, Occupy, Peace, Resilient, Sustainable, Thriving, and Transition. We members of the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory work in local projects across different movements, but ThrivingResilience emerged as our consensus dual-concept name for our collaboration. In describing theoretical perspectives and patterns in this website, we use the common language of wisdom. For more information about each movement perspective, please visit Movements. We consider each of these movements to involve essential components of the ecosocial journey, each necessary for the collective wisdom of the whole. We invite you to imagine that at the core of the metamovement which has many names is the same human yearning for the wellbeing of people and the places they call home.
A thriving, resilient society begins within you and me, today.