The Handbook of Practical Resilience

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How to Survive in the 21st Century

As your comfort zone disintegrates and the howling winds of change shred your futures, you need to grasp a stable framework.

Look at the Resilience Wheel below. Place yourself at the centre. Surrounding you is the infrastructure you need.

Use the Handbook to learn how it works and how to adapt it for new situations. Discover how to develop it into a more resilient form as familiar ground shifts under you.

Build on this framework with all the knowledge and experience you can gather. Test yourself using the instructions in the Handbook. Use these instructions to develop a personal Resilience Plan.

Practical Resilience isn’t about dealing with your feelings. It’s about sourcing food and power, learning new skills, strengthening your communities and coping with emergencies. Having achieved all this, you’ll feel so much better.

Resilience isn’t just about scoring green points. Here comes the wave – learn to ride it!

the resilience wheel


“Accessible ground level strategies are combined in the move towards resilience, where every positive effort counts”

‘The Handbook of Practical Resilience’ is the guide to how the interacting complexities of modern life can be managed to create a future with less energy use, but a better quality of life.

Resources are being depleted across the globe, while demand for them rises. Nations will have to move towards greater self sufficiency as their trading partners need to keep more for their own use.

Our current lifestyle in Britain is dangerously dependent on non renewable energy sources, such as fossil fuels and nuclear power. Without substantial imports of food, we cannot support 70 million people on this island.

Yet only seventy years ago, just after the all-out self sufficiency campaigns of the second world war, we could have fed our entire population. Craftspeople ran small businesses in every High Street where items could be bought or repaired. Town centre market gardens thrived.

We could have built on this resilience to become a nation self sufficient in essentials, but chose instead to pursue the path of consumerism. Now, the High Street is occupied by chain stores who remove money from your local area as soon as it passes over their counters. The market gardens are car parks, and the population has nearly doubled.

Environmentalists argue with politicians, scientists with religious leaders, and year after year nothing is done. The endless economic growth promised seems to have turned sour. Resource wars are flaring up.

However serious the situation is, however impossible a solution seems, we arrived here slowly, one piece of shopping at a time. We need to take back our power and make new choices. We can rebuild a resilient culture. There’s no time to lose!

This Second Edition includes your Personal Resilience Assessment and instructions for creating and following your own Resilience Plan.

The last few copies of the First Edition are now only available by contacting the author in person.