We must prioritize community cohesiveness through securing the basic needs of all, so that everyone can contribute time and resources to resilience.
Maslow’s hierarchy is a pyramid of human needs, with physiological needs, like air, food and water at the bottom, and self-actualization, including contributing to collective social good, at the very top. Before we can expect citizens to give their time and resources prioritizing the resilience of their community, we must address everyone’s basic needs first. How can we expect a citizen give more of themselves to the community if food and water security, personal safety, or education and health care are inaccessible or at risk of being lost?
Greater cohesiveness and connection in a community results in more resilience to weather disruptions in those systems that meet basic needs. In WWII the U.S. public was asked to grow food, collect metals for reuse, and use fuel conservatively, all to support the collective will of the country to defend itself.
YESTARDAY AND TODAY
Today, we are defending our communities from the threat of resource scarcity, pollution, overpopulation, mis-information, and the vulnerabilities of globalized supply chains. The modern poster representing our collective will are very similar to those of the past, promoting community resilience through local production, energy conservation, and material collection and reuse in local circular economies.
There are tremendous positive externalities that come from deglobalization and localization of how we meet basic needs and modern technological needs.
Social cohesiveness builds when citizens know the people that supply their resources, whether it’s a co-op farm / ranch, repair shops, or a solar micro-grid.
Decreased vulnerability due to overstretched supply chains, means less risk of not meeting community needs due to disruptions.
Collective intelligence, confidence and security when a community invests in the businesses, systems and governance supporting self-reliance.
“Globalize Ideas, Not Stuff”, is the belief that open-sourcing the knowledge that improves the lives of others, has the reciprocal effect of securing your own community from any threat from those without their basic needs met.