Resilience Hubs

Places where people gather for skill-building and sharing, social and organizational connectivity, and emergency preparedness that focuses on local adaptation to climate change impacts. A “Resilience Hub” can also be a central space for meetings or events of groups that have common missions to create more overlap and inclusion and less duplication of work.

This concept is inspired by the national organizing group, Shareable, whose toolkit “The Resilience We Want: A guide to making your community space into a hub for local resilience & mutual aid”, introduces the vision and model of a Resilience Hub as “a space where people can take more pride in their neighborhood, learn new skills together, provide for basic needs, prepare for disruptions, and build a more inclusive and joyful community.” The overarching purposes and practices of Resilience Hubs include:

  • Community engagement and inclusion
  • Disaster preparedness and response
  • Local ecosystem stewardship and permaculture
  • Creating opportunities for collective work that lasts
  • Providing sanctuary and other basic needs
  • Hosting and supporting community activities

Each Resilience Hub can (and should!) be different because the concept is place-based with community co-creation as a guiding principle. CROs and partnering organization, Building A Local Economy (BALE), will work with individual communities to:

  • Leverage existing networks in the White River watershed and harness connections in and between communities.
  • Partner with community members to identify physical locations that may already be hubs of activity or have strong potential.
  • Build on existing capacity, momentum, and infrastructure.
  • Assist with organizing local leadership, resilience-building events, resource-sharing, and networking between communities.
  • Connect hubs with resources for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects and emergency preparedness.