Sarah Byrnes is the Director of the New Economy Transition in New England, a program of the Institute for Policy Studies. She supports the local “Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition” pilot program and work to enhance the resilience of the New England region as a whole. Sarah also coordinates the network of Resilience Circles, small groups focused on mutual aid during this tough economy. Sarah has collaborated with many grassroots groups around the country to build community and enhance resilience, and has written about the importance of mutual aid, relationships, and community connections in activism and organizing. Before coming to IPS Sarah worked with Americans for Financial Reform, Americans for Fairness in Lending, the Thomas Merton Center, and the Center of Concern, and she has degrees from Boston College and Harvard Divinity School.

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Resilience + Resistance: A Recipe for Justice and Sustainability

In order to achieve climate justice, we must use both resistance to interrupt and prevent encroachment by a politically powerful fossil fuel industry and resilience to build new skills and institutions for sustainable communities.
Sarah Byrnes

Figuring Out Your Role: Talking Resilience with Sarah Byrnes

An interview with Sarah Byrnes
Small food shop lit at night

A Tale of Two Supermarkets: One Transition Town’s Efforts to Respond to Gentrification

It takes much more than one project or policy to address gentrification. It takes a movement.
Farmers market

New England Can Feed Itself: A Vision for Regional Food Resilience

A regional food system does a better job at providing healthy food for all, supporting sustainable farming and fishing, and supporting thriving communities.
Egleston Farmers Market

Food, Livelihoods, and Bridging Race and Class Divides

If we are to have an economy that works for everyone in harmony with the planet, then everyone has a part to play in the transition.

For Real Change, Conversations Not Debates

On the art of the "One-to-One" and the potency of small group organizing

Resilience Circles help communities recover from extreme weather, disasters, and outages

With many Americans only recently recovered from extreme weather, transportation challenges, and power and communications outages, some explore ways to strengthen local circles of support.

For Real Change, Build Relationships: Resilience Circles & Occupy Wall Street

Resilience Circles talk about social action as something members can do as a group, not just as isolated individuals. Occupy takes that understanding of social change and magnifies it to a huge scale.
Reality TV’s “Stories of Stuff”

Reality TV's "Stories of Stuff"

New reality shows offer an unwitting window in to the new green economy.
A Strategy for Coping with Unemployment

A Strategy for Coping with Unemployment

Resilience Circles are springing up across the United States.

With unemployment now at 9.2 percent, "Resilience Circles" help others adapt to a changing world

As hard economic times get harder, many Americans turn to helping each other.

Building Resilience: The New Economy in the Shell of the Old

"Resilience Circles" are popping up all around the country. They're transformative, hopeful, and fun.

Don't Get Fooled Again: Writing Our Own Economic Future

My neighbors and I know we can't go back to the old economy. But what can we do to build a new one?

What Makes Us Secure?

It's not about deadbolts and surveillance cameras - it's about having people you can turn to for help.

Rocky Times Ahead: Are You Ready?

At many crucial moments in our past, small groups have played an essential role in incubating the seeds of great change.

Program on Inequality and the Common Good

In the News

A Strategy for Coping with Unemployment

The Register Citizen (Torrington CT) | July 13, 2011

A Strategy for Coping with Unemployment

The Wilson County (TX) News | July 11, 2011