I think every home should be a productive asset. An asset that helps you succeed in life and supports you as you get older. Unfortunately, most people don't see it that way. They see a home as an empty shell. Their perfect home doesn't produce. In fact, it costs money. Their homes only generate a return if you are lucky enough to sell it for more than you bought it. That doesn't cut it for me.
Particularly when there are a great many low cost — in time, effort, and money — things that can be done to increase your homes ability to produce. Simple things people can do to avoid wasting money and making themselves vulnerable to adversity. The best way to do start is to take a modular approach.
A Global Economic Reset? Don't Wait to Find Out. Build Something Better
By John Robb
Building a resilient life, home and community is its own reward. It's simply the best way to live a good life. However, there's also another reason to do it. It's where the global system is headed, and the penalties for not starting early are steep. To really understand this, here's a well-written and detailed report on how and why a collapse of our global financial and economic systems are likely to occur.
It's a new report called, “Trade Off” by David Korowicz. Here's a quick summary:
The global financial and economic system is now a network. Everything is connected.
This system has become VERY big and VERY complex. It's simply beyond what government bureaucracies and markets were designed to manage/control.
Inevitably, as with all unstable systems that can't be manged/controlled, it will collapse. It will shrink to a size that can be managed through markets and bureaucracy.
As reports on this topic goes, it's very well written and provides quite a bit of conceptual detail. However, as with ALL reports on this topic, it doesn't offer a solution. Why? There simply isn't one available for the system as it is today. No fix. No patch. No tweak that will auto-magically fix our system's problems. So, what happens when the global system resets? Nobody really knows, but….
Sandy knocked out power for 8.5 million people, mostly in New York and New Jersey. Wow. What's worse?
A week later, nearly a million people were still without power.
Now, a Nor'easter — a freezing cold version of a tropical storm that plagues New England during the Winter — just dropped nearly a record amount of snow on these same people.
NOTE: Again. Any time you hear “record-breaking” in relation to Finance and Weather, it usually isn't good news. When you hear it all the time, like we have recently, it's usually a sign that something is very wrong.
Of course, it doesn't have to be this difficult. A home and community that is resilient can bounce back from a regional disaster like this in seconds, if not hours. For example, my home and the homes of other people reading this letter right now didn't suffer an outage when the power went down. We produced our own power. Enough for us to serve as islands of resilience for our neighbors that didn't have this capability. To help them stay warm, recharge cell phones, take a hot shower, etc….