The book "Resilience, Community Action and Social Transformation: People, Place, Practice, Power, Politics & Possibility" by Thomas Henfrey, Gesa Maschkowski and Gil Penha-Lopes is a unique collection bridging research, theory and practical action to create more resilient societies. It includes accounts from people and organisations at the front line of efforts to build community resilience, cutting edge theory and analysis from engaged scholar-activists, and commentary from sympathetic researchers, including the head of Wuppertal Institute's Berlin office, Maja Göpel. Her article summarises some key concepts on understanding Large System Change from the 2016 book "The Great Mindshift". It presents an account of how deeply entrenched the neoclassical economic paradigm with its homo economicus and unlimited growth ideals has become in our societies and why this inhibits solutions for sustainable futures.
The book's content ranges from first hand accounts of the Transition Movement in the UK, Canada and Spain, theoretical reflections on resilience theory from Transition Network, challenges to accepted ideas of resilience in politics and sustainability practices, the shifts in mindsets and perspectives required for transitions to sustainability, and post-colonial perspectives on Transition.
It was published in April 2017. Maja Göpel's article is available for free download from our publication server.