Friday, October 15, 2010
Building resilient communities
During our recent holiday I had a chance to stop in at a favourite cafe, the Mondragon, which happens to be a worker co-op. They have a bookshop, green grocery, and coffee house (and downstairs in the same building is an awesome bicycle shop, Natural Cycle, also run as a worker co-op, and where my sister happens to work). I always like to browse the book selections, and picked up the most recent issue of Yes! Magazine. I have always liked the concept of Yes! Magazine, whose byline is "powerful ideas, positive solutions" and I believe it used to be called "the journal of positive futures". It's a magazine with a critical voice, yet always offering hopeful stories and solutions. This issue is about building resilient communities - exactly the kinds of things we are hoping to do as urban homesteaders, as transition town groups, as barter networks, as food co-ops, as bicycle co-ops, and so on. I highly recommend getting a copy of this magazine!