Resilient P2P Innovations Means a Thrivable World Is Possible

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An important argument by John Robb.


"When I started to work on resilience, I focused on relearning age-old lessons of self-reliance. My goal was to find useful traditional methods for producing everything locally, so I could stitch them together into a useful resilient strategy.

However, as I dove into the topic, I found something completely unexpected.

All of those lessons on how to produce at the local level were rapidly changing. Innovation was everywhere. New methods and techniques. Better technology. Deeper knowledge and insight. More science.

This is useful, tangible innovation. Innovation that meant it was now possible for people to produce more at the household and community level than ever before.

For example, today’s Resilient Roundtable conference call was with an open source company doing work on producing electricity from a process called wood gasification. Wood gasification is an old technology that was used extensively in the last century (mostly during the oil shortages of WW2) to burn wood in a way that powers a combustion engine.

Used correctly, it’s a wonderful technology. It not only allows people to locally produce electricity from inexpensive biomass, it’s very good for the environment. Unfortunately, until recently, this technology was notoriously finicky and required constant supervision to work correctly.

That’s completely changed.

With recent innovations, it’s now possible to run a wood gas engine at peak efficiency for days without any oversight. That’s a BIG deal. So big that I suspect we’ll see hundreds of millions of people burning wood for electricity within the next twenty years.

So, what does this mean in the big picture?

I can only conclude one thing. Abundance is possible everywhere!

Producing more locally isn’t just a survival strategy anymore, or a way to get by in an increasingly unstable world. No, producing more locally using these new methods is fundamental shift. A way of living that could change the world if people voted in their billions with feet, minds, hands to adopt this successful approach to life.

It is a way to thrive." (