Resilience From the Ground Up


This design opportunity builds upon and deepens the process begun by Resilience by Design (RBD), catalyzing greater change from within the Bay Area’s multifaceted efforts to create resilience. To truly reach resilience requires extensive, long-term work to build up a general culture of resilience to underpin all other efforts. That is, communities at the grassroots level who co-construct a culture of resilience also politically support government investment in resilience infrastructure, collaborate across communities, and build social and environmental equity.

To create this culture entails looking to existing community-level initiatives for resilience, then supporting, amplifying, and connecting these for scaled-up impact. Our efforts thus begin with a collaborative Bay-wide asset mapping to chart the social/organizational landscape, primarily at community level, to understand who is actively creating resilience and how, and to identify gaps to greater success. To conduct this mapping we will recruit young local leaders from each county along the Bay to serve as Community Resilience Ambassadors (CRAs): these leaders will learn from our team — as designers and ‘experts’ — as we learn from them. We will conduct research online and in person, host listening sessions, and do one-on-one information gathering, all in partnership with the CRAs, in order to understand and develop relationships with many local groups.

This mapping process will generate:

(1)   Data-based visualization of ground-level resilience initiatives, including details on their ethnic and social composition, funding sources, existing connections, and resiliency focus areas; this data provides info for the communities themselves and other resilience stakeholders like city officials to understand the landscape of local resilience.

(2)   Understanding of community needs for additional knowledge, training, and resources to improve their resilience infrastructure (i.e. gaps); this focuses our curriculum development and resource collection for use in the next phase.

(3)   Additional insights on how these communities wish to be engaged and supported by governments, NGOs, and the private sector, which will help us formulate recommendations to share with RBD, governments, agencies, water districts, and others interested in supporting and partnering with community-led resilience.  

Following this mapping/assessment/research/resource-gathering phase we will organize the “Summer of Resilience”, wherein we partner with 5-10 local groups throughout the Bay to co-organize hands-on workshops that also increase broader ecoliteracy and network these groups with efforts at other scales. While many groups are already creating resilience, and this phase will help them implement additional decentralized infrastructure (e.g. rainwater catchment systems, food gardens, earthquake preparedness), we will build on this with education connecting  issues and communities, and building political will to implement resilience infrastructure at larger scales.

During the design phase and Summer of Resilience, we will lay the groundwork for extending and institutionalizing this program with a long-term organizational home (which could be a partnership between related groups like the SF Estuary Institute and the Resilient Communities Initiative). To create this ‘upward spiral’ requires initiating exploratory conversations with many relevant organizations, researching funding opportunities, and establishing a strong data-gathering methodology to evaluate the impacts of our workshop-based interventions.


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Resilience From the Ground Up

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P+SET (Permaculture plus Social Equity) is a collaboration comprised of individuals and firms passionate about community-led design that provides beneficial outcomes for people and planet. P+SET composes with rather than imposes upon, because we believe that designing with community is indispensable to any design’s vitality and success. We also design as members of this particular community, as our team includes longtime locals who are deeply familiar with the social and ecological challenges our communities face.

Placemaking—connecting people to places where they live to create mutual...

P+SET (Permaculture plus Social Equity) is a collaboration comprised of individuals and firms passionate about community-led design that provides beneficial outcomes for people and planet. P+SET composes with rather than imposes upon, because we believe that designing with community is indispensable to any design’s vitality and success. We also design as members of this particular community, as our team includes longtime locals who are deeply familiar with the social and ecological challenges our communities face.

Placemaking—connecting people to places where they live to create mutual interdependent relationships amongst residents and the environment—is the cornerstone of our work. We have decades of experience engaging communities in assessment, ideation, and implementation, based on rigorous scientific and site-specific analysis. From this we generate practical, implementable, pattern-based approaches to resilience that emphasize egalitarian ownership and respond to local needs while enhancing ecosystem performance. Resilience emerges from public ownership of and engagement with productive commons, constructed to meet the needs of people and technically designed to optimize ecosystem function. We believe permaculture design can be used to present a novel vision for regionally replicable resilience blueprints, with place-based implementation possibilities that support social equity, inclusion, productive landscape partnerships and generative human material economy.

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