Personal and close to home: the foundation of resiliency

The essence of resilient investing is to keep your eye on all 9 zones of our handy Resilient Investing Map—each of them is equally important.  But in some very real ways, the key to it all is how you work with your Personal Assets.  Some of this involves inner work and growth, though the heart of the personal is relationships with those around you, the investments we highlight in Zone 1.

Becca Martenson has been thinking about these questions for years as part of the Peak Prosperity community, one of key resources for localization and resiliency training that we featured in our book. She recently expounded a bit on the “how to” of building community in a 45 minute conversation that’s available for listening online or as a podcast; this page has those links, plus a transcript of the conversation if you’d rather read it. Some highlights:

I would really begin internally and ask: What are my passions? What are my gifts? What is most important to me in the world? And then, I would seek other people through volunteering opportunities or through nonprofit organizations or through spiritual communities, or through sporting communities—whatever it is. Find others that share those same passions, interests, and values. Then, just begin to build connection. Begin to schedule activities together and find ways to intersect with the same group of people as frequently as possible. It’s that frequency of connection I think that’s really, really important. Then again, if you can come together with people around a shared expression of some kind, let’s say you are putting on an event together or you are hosting an activity together. There is something really powerful about coming together with others to create something, whatever that might be.

…One of the things I want to describe is the community orchard planting that we did.

We invited a couple of experts in the field to come and join us for the day. (Then, we) just put out the call—we’re planting an orchard. Come and learn. Come and be a part of it. I think over the day we had about 35 people that showed up in different cycles. Some people came early on and helped add amendments to all of the holes and some people came for the actual planting of the trees and then some people were there afterwards when the trees were all planted and it was time to do the first pruning on them. It was this really joyful experience where, by the way, we got a lot done. It was amazing what we got accomplished with all of those people over the day that would have been very taxing for you and I to attempt to do solo.

…If I lived in an apartment building in a city, one thing I might start by doing is having a little potluck for all of the people that lived on my floor. Just put a flyer under different doors in people’s apartments and just say “I want to get to know you. Come on over to my place on Friday at six and bring a dish and let’s just get to know each other.” So, the classic potluck model I think is a great one for bringing people together that may or may not have shared values and connections and just begin that stage one level of figuring out who is around. What are the different skill sets of the people that live in your general proximity? You’re looking for connections. So, you’re looking for things that you share, whatever that might be.

Q: How would you describe for people the relative importance of your community to you at this point in your life?

Becca Martenson: Gosh you know, it’s so hard to quantify for me because it’s so woven into my life that it’s hard to sort of pull it apart and say how important is this to me. It’s like how important is food to me. It’s woven into the fabric of my life in a way that provides nourishment to me on many, many levels. So, it’s very hard for me to quantify other than to say it’s woven into every part of my life.




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