Together Resilient & The Cooperative Culture Handbook (paperback bundle)


Written and designed as companion paperback books, both to inspire and offer practical tools. Together Resilient examines why citizen-led, community-based action is key to addressing our world’s greatest problems. The Handbook offers a framework and practical toolkit for how groups can solve such problems.


Together Resilient & The Cooperative Culture Handbook

by Yana Ludwig and Karen Gimnig

If we are going to survive the crises of our time, we must learn how to work together.

Written as companion books, you will want to read these back-to-back. Together Resilient (2017) examines with real examples of how intentional communities are modeling low-carbon lifestyles and action-oriented living. This book will leave you inspired and ready to join the movement.

The Cooperative Culture Handbook (2020) is the follow-up guide with 52 exercises for groups to effectively problem solve and work together towards a more just and healthy culture. This handbook will give you the tools to effectively move toward tangible solutions.


Together Resilient:

Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption

by Yana (Ma’ikwe) Ludwig

Real hope comes from looking unflinchingly at our current circumstances and then committing wholeheartedly to creative action. Never has that been more urgently needed than right now, with the climate crisis looming larger every day.

Together Resilient is a book that advocates for citizen-led, community-based action first and foremost: why wait for the government when you can take action today, with your neighbors?

From small solutions to the full re-invention of the systems we find ourselves in, this book mixes anecdote with data-based research to bring you a wide range of options that all embody compassion, creativity, and cooperation.

Together Resilient looks at intentional community as a model for a low carbon future. While looking realistically at the state of the world and the realities of climate disruption, it finds hope in examples of communities that already live high quality lives that the planet can sustain.

It also looks at community as an essential element for surviving the coming (and already present) changes with more resilience and grace, and offers concrete examples of building community as a tool for reducing carbon emissions, outside the context of residential intentional communities.f


Cooperative Culture Handbook:

A Social Change Manual to Dismantle Toxic Culture & Build Connection

by Yana Ludwig and Karen Gimnig

Cooperative groups are our best hope for addressing climate disruption, racism, poverty, homelessness, oppression and even pandemics. The good news is that groups form every day to address these issues. The bad news is that they struggle with conflict, gridlock, power battles, and falling participation.

In short, we lack the skills to convert our passion and intelligence into effective action.

With 52 transformative group and individual exercises, here’s a practical toolkit for groups to solve problems, build community, and change culture towards greater empathy and authenticity. This is an essential resource for leaders, facilitators and changemakers to develop core practices in discernment, curiosity, communication and engagement.



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