Shared-Sufficiency grew from discussions beginning around 2010 – anticipating that global networks of supply would be greatly disrupted in the coming decade. How could people enhance resilience and connectedness during catastrophic events?
Especially in First World countries natural disasters and “glitches in the works” can do serious, widespread and long-lasting damage to the modern supply networks for food, water, pharmaceuticals, fuels of all kinds, communication and coordination of services.
Hazards mitigation specialists and risk estimators routinely up the ante about the extent of such likely disruptions to the supply chain – made increasingly fragile by its very complexity and elaborate reliance upon electricity and data.
Rather than wring hands, our workgroup looked for solutions in the most resilient and potentially resource-rich local communities since antiquity… small towns and villages. Appreciative of the agrarian New England village up to the present day, for inspiration we also examined indigenous villages, old rural Irish villages, and early French & English North American settler villages of the 18th & 19th century.
One ancient compelling theme has been “Shared Hardship, Shared Connection, Shared Work, Shared Harvest” – embodied in the southwest Irish value of “méitheal.” This strenghens our appreciation of Shared Sufficiency as a patiently built set of values, localised resources and re-learned skills. Small communities are interwoven by commitment to every one of its members… pledging to share hardship and rewards together.
This website is our way of collecting Shared Sufficiency resources, trading information, and connecting people together who want to use similar methods in their own towns, villages and neighbourhoods.
Send donations, ideas and requests for solutions to: P.O. Box 517, Montpelier, VT 05601 USA, or… Research & Resources Consultant – Michael Cerulli Billingsley +1.802.380.6408 firstname.lastname@example.org