In considering "How Globalization Undermines Resilience" and the question of building community resistance (based on the Think Resilience course by the Post Carbon Institute), I thought of my painting "We Are Stardust" which I created in 2020 in a time of strife that was environmental, social, political, economic and framed in the context of an unprecedented global pandemic.
In this piece, inspired by Joni Mitchell's song, Woodstock, I tried to convey what I imagined a healthy community could look like in terms of a flourishing garden. Here there is balance and wellness precisely because of the rich diversity and symbiotic relationships that benefit all and make for a fertile and functioning ecosystem where everyone benefits instead of just a few.
"In this time of over-globalization, one alternative—re-localization—offers
substantial benefits. It creates local jobs, increases the diversity of local
occupations and skill sets, and thereby increases social capital—the richness of
the relationships between people who live within a region."