Amidst the array of storms challenging us ecologically, economically, socially, and spiritually in this winter of hardship, last week’s ice storm and its accompanying power outages offered many lessons in local resilience. “Resilience” is the term used by British author Rob Hopkins to describe a community’s capacity to absorb disturbances and reorganize itself in the face of change in a way that retains its own structure and identity. Resilient communities “engage with the wider world, but from an ethic of networking and information-sharing rather t
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