Vashon Organizing for Community Resilience


Help Backbone organize our Island community - and share our lessons, experience and tools with our larger world - by making your contribution here. We're all in this together!

The CoViD-19 pandemic is terrible. The opportunity for change is great. We needed a massive pivot to localization, sustainability, and use CoViD-19 as an escape hatch out of the collective madness of capitalism's cult of consumption. This crisis comes with so much suffering that to simply go back to business as usual would be a sin, a squandering of perhaps our final chance to restore balance. #ReMakeTheWorld

This blog page is dedicated to collecting resources and opportunities and lessons learned from our local resilience organizing in our home community of Vashon-Maury Island. Connectivity is the antidote to isolation and disempowerment. Backbone is also offering regular How To Zoom tutorials and other web-based presentations.  Watch our calendar to sign up to participate in upcoming opportunities. 

Food for All Vashon Zoom Discussion

In light of public health, community safety, and increasing restrictions on convenings and  movement, folks could be feeling more isolated, and our connections to each other and the land seem even more important.  Who knows what the economy will do, but wouldn't it be great if we could help make sure there is food for everyone on our Island?  Vashon Island farmers recently joined for a discussion hosted by Backbone Campaign  Join the conversation - this moment needs your creativity, skills and ideas. Continue reading

Vashon Food for All Volunteer Survey

If you are interested in helping to increase food production on Vashon, please check out our volunteer (and assets inventory) survey here.  Continue reading

Vashon Food Resources Update

  This blog post focuses on our Vashon Food for All organizing and resource sharing. We will continue to update this post with local resources and opportunities related to food production, preparation and distribution on Vashon-Maury Island.  There may be lessons for others here - and we are very interested in learning from other communities, so please send you suggestions to  Continue reading

Neighbor Power in a Time of Pandemic

Jim Diers, of Neighbor Power on community resilience, neighbor power and localization. Recorded Friday, March 13th, 2020 Jim spoke about social connection needed, especially during times of this public health crisis. (See his blog post on Community Resilience in light of the COVID-19 virus.)   Continue reading