The Resilience Project builds on four decades of work at Commonweal on healing ourselves and healing the earth.

We focus on the Global Challenge—more than two dozen environmental and social stressors that have created a “perfect storm” of human and biosphere threats.

We hope to explore how we can build personal and community resilience in our own communities and organizations. We want to learn from others building resilience in their communities and organizations around the world. We welcome your interest.

In 2019, we hosted The Resilience Gathering through The New School at Commonweal. Keynote speakers Nate Hagens and Joanna Macy, leading authorities in the field, engaged several dozen participants on these questions: Can we avoid civilizational collapse? Can we “bend” and not “break”? We face a “perfect storm” of interacting global stressors. Is resilience a possible response? What does real resilience look like?

We continue to host and participate in resilience gatherings with our partners. 

Joanna Macy presents at The Resilience Gathering.