Building Community Resilience Through Courageous Storytelling

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:15pm

A shared story and history that gives a community a sense of itself -- its struggles and lineage -- can be an important source of resilience. From its own experience, a community can draw examples and role models for bouncing back from hardships. In this tele-seminar, we will explore ways of developing our story as communities in transition, and how important fresh narratives can be for unleashing a coherent transition town initiative.


Jeff Vander Clute is one spark in a growing movement to build a world defined by compassion, happiness, and thriving resilient local communities. He is the executive director of New Stories, a nonprofit that supports cultural transformation through changing the stories we tell. Jeff is also a co-founding editor of Great Transition Stories, a project that has synthesized over a dozen deep narratives that suggest how humanity can transition to more balanced and harmonious ways of living. A serial entrepreneur and former software engineer, Jeff advises for-profit and nonprofit organizations; and he serves on the boards of the Compassionate Action Network International, the Happiness Initiative, and New Stories.


Clare Hintz has been actively engaged in research and action to build a thriving rural and local economy, develop a stronger local food system, and build a sense of community celebration around sustainability work in the Chequamegon Bay Ecomunicipality Region, on the shores of Lake Superior in Wisconsin. Clare also runs Elsewhere Farm, based on production permaculture, in Herbster, Wisconsin.



Duane Elgin, MBA and MA, is an internationally recognized author, speaker and media activist. His books include: The Living Universe, Promise Ahead, Voluntary Simplicity, and Awakening Earth. He has done research on the long-range future since the early 1970s while working as a social scientist on a Presidential Commission on the American Future. In 2006, Duane received the international “Goi Peace Award” in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.” His current work involves bringing together more than a dozen "Great Transition Stories" that offer new ways of understanding our time of profound global change. See:  Duane’s personal website is:



























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