Need: For an open access bank of knowledge on successful whole systems, grass roots approaches to resilience that work locally and are replicable globally.

Goal: A resilient future where public, private and civic sectors have tools to rapidly scale behavior change to facilitate sustainable community development. The key to achieving this is to democratize resource flows by making systems thinking easily learned, open source and engaging.

Solution: – The Community Resiliency Bank (CoRE Bank): a curated, scalable, Open Data repository for community and neighborhood groups in partnership with local businesses and government to engage localized best practices for use in their local resiliency initiatives. The bank will collect and make available sustainable resource flow patterns to guide the investment, policy and behavior change necessary to implement community, institutional and corporate resiliency and sustainability plans. Each pattern serves as a replicable, inspirational and adaptive template for entities to draw upon as they engage in designing the shared future they want. The bank is designed specifically as a resource for the Civic Ecology process but can be used by other sustainable community initiatives.

What is a resource flow pattern? It is a basic piece of sustainable community DNA that illustrates how energy, water, waste, materials, food, money, culture and information are exchanged and flow within and around a geographic community. The systems integrate resources that are used and shared by businesses, citizens, local government, non-profits and institutions. The following sample patterns represent grass roots-designed solutions to some of the sustainability problems commonly faced in community work.

Who is the target audience? Families, community groups, non-profits, businesses, institutions and local government

What are the benefits of the CoRE Bank?

  • User friendly: highly graphic and engaging interface
  • Facile: enables rapid prototyping, don’t reinvent the wheel, start with what works
  • Adaptive: take a pattern that works and adapt it to different place
  • Accessible and equitable: open-source to all communities
  • Systemic: patterns represent systems of integrated resources flows
  • Scalable: applicable to a block, village, town, suburb, neighborhood, campus, city or region
  • Data-driven: Enables modelling to measure performance
  • Collaborative: Facilitates co-creation among a variety of community stakeholders
  • Sustainable: continually updated to reflect the latest thinking in sustainability
  • Comprehensive: templates to guide the design and integration of future energy, water, waste, capital, food, culture and information systems.

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