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Resilience Imperative

Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-state Economy

We find ourselves between a rock and a hot place compelled by the intertwining forces of peak oil and climate change to reinvent our economic life at a much more local and regional scale. The Resilience Imperative argues for a major SEE (Social, Ecological, Economic) Change as a prerequisite for replacing the paradigm of limitless economic growth with a more decentralized, cooperative, steady-state economy.


Michael Lewis

At 25, Mike Lewis founded what is now known as the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal. Ever since he has been engaged community economic development (CED), development finance and the social and co-operative economy. He is a prolific author and a respected practitioner. From entrepreneurial development to building national networks, from strategic assistance to CED organizations in impoverished settings to designing tools and curriculum to strengthen community resilience, Mike has led hundreds of projects over the last 35 years. Drawing on this diverse experience, motivated by his grandchildren and increasingly conscious of the interplay of climate change, peak oil and the outrageous excesses of the global finance industry, Mike considers the issues and innovations outlined in ‘The Resilience Imperative’ as the core focus of his vocation.

Pat Conaty

Pat Conaty is a Californian working in England and Wales. He is a Fellow of new economics foundation and a research associate of Co-operatives UK. He specializes in action research on innovative forms of economic democracy and mutual enterprise. His work has been mainly in the fields of household debt solutions, community development finance and community land trusts.

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For the last 200 years, the ideology of unregulated markets, free-flow-ing capital, and minimalist government has waxed and waned. The unbridled markets of the 1920s gave way to state investment … ; 36 $3.60


Unlocking the debt trap is hugely difficult. Ironically, the primary solution advanced by banks and the International Monetary Fund is to issue more debt and charge compound interest for the … ; 16 $1.60


The unprecedented financial, economic, and social fallout from the credit crunch presents governments with a structural set of problems when it comes to housing. A steep decline in prices in many … ; 28 $2.80


Our energy diet has put us between a rock and a hot place. On one hand, we are hooked on oil and demand is increasing. On the other hand, if we do not radically reduce our fossil-fuel use, we … ; 19 $1.90


Food production has been transformed from a local affair into a complex web of supply chains crisscrossing the planet that miraculously deliver a multitude of foodstuffs right to our doorstep. … ; 33 $3.30


Despite 60 years of global economic expansion, incomes over the last 30 years have stagnated. People who were once beneficiaries of spiralling growth are no longer participants. The migration of … ; 30 $3.00


Before the rapid globalization spurred by deregulation, community residents and local businesses in the commercial strips of towns and cities had a long-term relationship with the local … ; 30 $3.00


We must secure the innovations that are getting results by scaling up and broadening their applications. Many of the cases we have set out show how particular innovations have been scaled up and … ; 33 $3.30


There are two kinds of freedom: “positive freedom,” which is “freedom to” — freedom to build toward the realization of a “cooperative commonwealth,” and … ; 21 $2.10


The importance of closing the equity gap and the crucial role of low-cost finance have been central to the cooperative innovations we have featured in this book. In micro-ways they roll back the … ; 40 $4.00


We are so interconnected that if Western shoppers stopped going to Walmart to get more on the cheap, the Chinese economy might falter, putting at risk the financing of American debt and throwing … ; 33 $3.30


“There is no such thing as econom-ics, only social science applied to economic problems.” And once he did apply his scientific and social science lenses, which just happen to include … ; 12 $1.20