Resilience & Local Livelihoods

An ever increasing part of our everyday lives is determined by external factors, making us more and more dependent of forces outside our local communities. This globalisation of our lives has been driven by excessive consumption of fossil fuels, which have moved production of many necessities to the countries with the lowest wages and poorer labour standards. This system of dependence is not sustainable.

This theme will investigate the topic of building resilience through the creation of more locally-based livelihoods. Livelihoods, where there are closer connections between humans and nature, linking the cities with land and sea.

This theme will cover questions like:

  • How do we go from a system of individuals disconnected from the ecological systems that is the base of our subsistence, to a system of interdependent actors forming resilient livelihoods – where the food systems that nourishes our lives becomes the mediator between people and nature?

The plenary session related to this workshop theme will be led by Rob Hopkins, who will also lead the Solution Labs Saturday. The Solution Labs Sunday will be led by illustrator/writer Jacob Rask, who will focus on Systems Thinking.


To prepare well for the workshop we recommend the following texts:


Hopkins, R.: The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience.

  • We live in an oil-dependent world, and have got to this level of dependency in a very short space of time, using vast reserves of oil in the process – without planning for when the supply is not so plentiful. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome. These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities, which will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials. They can also encourage the development of local currencies, to keep money in the local area.

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