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2013: The Year of the Hedge

2013: The Year of the Hedge

Okay it’s true.  We have not written in a while. We have been busy living our lives and took a long Christmas break.  This not only meant family, surfing, playing… Read more »

A better way to think about chaos and disruption

A better way to think about chaos and disruption

Unless you’re in a coma, you already know that the world today is an increasingly chaotic and uncertain place. Riots in Greece, economic chaos in Europe, tensions in the Middle… Read more »

A thank you letter from Eustace Conway

A thank you letter from Eustace Conway

Update: Friends, the response to our story last week about what local government is doing to one of America’s last true mountain men has been overwhelming. In less than four… Read more »

500 hot showers from one pile of compost!

500 hot showers from one pile of compost!

Jean Pain is a guy that you’ve probably never heard of… He was a French innovator and inventor who developed an innovative compost-based bioenergy system that produced 100% of all… Read more »

What losing my car taught me about Black Friday

What losing my car taught me about Black Friday

“If you want to learn, increase every day. If you want to have wisdom, decrease every day.”—Lao Tzu  “It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us… Read more »

The Oddball Farmer

The Oddball Farmer

Years ago when I was in my early-20’s and still knew the absolute right answer to all of life’s questions, one of my best friends from childhood and I got… Read more »

Worlds Smallest House

Worlds Smallest House

We’ve talked a lot about small houses, but this one wins the prize for the absolute smallest!!!  

So what is a Highly Reliable Organization (HRO)?

So what is a Highly Reliable Organization (HRO)?

Today, Part Two from ResFam reader Terrence Gilbey on what makes up a Highly Reliable Organization…  If you read my first article – Accidents Happen – I talked about accidents… Read more »

What would it take for Brooklyn to be food self-sufficient?

What would it take for Brooklyn to be food self-sufficient?

Reading time: Approximately 3 minutes If anything underscores the importance of local food production, it’s this summer’s brutal drought in the Midwest. At its core, resiliency is about redundancy. It’s… Read more »

Accidents Happen

Accidents Happen

Reading Time: Approximately 4 minutes Today, a guest post from Terrence Gilbey, a ResFam reader, on the importance of building resiliency and “slack” into highly complex systems. This is important… Read more »

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