This case study excerpt from the Talanoa Report showcases members’ whole-community work across the U.S. Each case study lists key people and planet impact indicators (signified by “•”) applicable at our public grassroots scale: Ecosystems, Policy, Economy, and Engagement. Partner and Communications indicators are aggregated across the TRCC network.

Regional Network Hubs run resilience public grassroots programs and work with many partners within their regions. They often serve as experts and develop networks, tools, and/or media beyond their region.

Daily Acts (San Francisco Bay Area) catalyzes culture transformation through action, education and alliances on food, water, soil, energy, waste, disaster recovery, local and state water policy, and community building.

  • Ecosystems: 30 Community Gardens, 500 landscape transformations, 25,000,000 gallons water saved
  • Engagement: 57,542 people engaged & educated, 79,265 actions in Community Resilience Challenge

New England Grassroots Environment Fund (New England) uses stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. They host a national RootSkills Training Series and Conference.

  • Economy & Engagement: funded over 2,000 projects in over 60% of New England cities and towns

Multi-Region Network Hubsare resilience grassroots networks across regions. They often act as experts.
Compassion Games fosters creativity to develop empathy into action around the globe.

  • Engagement: 15,000,000+ people served

Movement Generation offers trainings and movement-building models while co-leading the Climate Justice Alliance of over fifty frontline organizations taking on the extreme energy economy.

  • Ecosystems: multiple land sites in 8 states & Puerto Rico eg. Black Mesa Water Coalition

Permaculture Action Network connects educators, community organizers, grassroots projects, and performance artists through Permaculture Action Days and educational events.

  • Ecosystems: 85 projects –  public food forests, urban farms, low-income housing, etc.
  • Engagement: 12,000 people in 62 cities in 25 states

Shareable engages sharing activists in over 40 cities and hosts a website of 500,000 annual users.

Transition US provides social and technical support for 163 official local and regional initiatives plus 200+ in-progress. They organize Transition and collaboration trainings and offer toolkits like Transition Streets.

  • Engagement: 13,441 in their 418 trainings, 30% were 2 day-intensives, over 60,000 viewed recording

People & Planet Technology Experts provide technical support and expertise. People technology experts develop art and music, media and stories, participatory gathering methods and forums, people-skills trainings, etc. Planet technology experts develop physical systems for production, finance, transport, earth-skills trainings, etc. Experts often host or partner with grassroots hubs.  

Center for Economic Democracy grows capacity in our communities to transform American capitalism into a more just, sustainable and democratic economy.  CED incubates the Boston Ujima Project, a community controlled business & finance ecosystem and the Solidarity Economy Initiative with a funder partner network.

  • Economy: $200k of local grants made through participatory process

Institute for Evolutionary Leadership develops leaders who effectively redesign worldviews, cultures, and institutions for a better world through programs such as Evolutionary Leadership Intensive, Gooddler Social Innovation Youth Incubator, Collaboration Incubator, and Evolutionary Future Challenge.

  • Policy: Directly helped write and pass 12+ state and local laws; supported or influenced dozens more
  • Engagement:  Over 10,000 workshop participants, over 800 Legal Cafe Clients

Sustainable Economies Law Center provides legal tools so communities can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community. Tools include Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, Food & Farm,  Community Renewable Energy Cooperative, and Policy Advocacy.

  • Policy: Co-produced the first Sharing Economy Policy Guide and published 65 model policies that are already in use in multiple cities in their book Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons
  • Engagement:  Over 10,000 workshop participants, over 800 Legal Cafe Clients

Shareable, PostCarbon Institute, New Stories, and Transition US are partnering multi-region hubs with experts to publish Disaster Collectivism stories of how communities have responded to environmental crises to take care of each other’s needs regardless of government response.

The Working World anchors the Peer Network, a cooperatively managed set of loan funds investing in strategic frontline communities, like those led by Climate Justice Alliance.

  • Economy: 98% repayment rate on $5 million in cooperative investments, all from profits

TRCC hosts an annual democratic fundingCo-Project Initiative. TRCC leaders and funders nominate grants based on movement strategy dialogues. A Council of majority TRCC leaders and minority funders review proposals as peers. The top co-projects are funded by the Threshold Foundation and other aligned funders.

  • Economy: $1,000,000+  grasstops projects funded over seven years

TRCC Network: Aggregated Partners and Communications

Active Partner Organizations

  • about a third have 50+ partners, more than a third have 20-50, the rest have 10+  
  • Some member networks have 100+ member eg. New Economy Coalition 213, TransitionUS 163


Websites: over 175,000 unique visitors per month
Films: over 150,000 viewers

Enewsletters: over 120,000 readers
Facebook: over 150,000 likes