- are rooted in community and are not dependent on any one person
- find common ground among the many individuals and groups who care about the well-being of the community
- are inclusive; avoiding “us and them”
- use peak oil awareness as a tool to help people think about living with low energy usage and with local resilience
- provide forums for people to dream of positive outcomes, and create a vision of an abundant future
- create a sense that something new, fascinating, and transformative is happening
- address widely held concerns
- move forward flexibly, with ideas reworked regularly
- incubate many specific projects; in many cases by working with other community groups
- respond to both the need for practical life skills and for psychological training in how to cultivate positive visions and deal with fear, discouragement, etc.
- keep an emphasis on personal responsibility, and use advice as recommendation, not prescription
Four Key Assumptions
- Life with much lower energy consumption is inevitable and it’s best to prepare.
- We currently lack the resilience we need to cope with a lower-energy future.
- We have to act collectively now.
- With our collective genius we can design an energy descent that features better ways of living than our current lifestyle.
TSC adds a fifth:
- It is impossible to be resilient without also being equitable.