This book is a revision of the author’s original doctoral thesis on emergency preparedness through community radio in North Indian villages into a widening array of possible reapplications in other community development fields.

The author expands on the process of transforming emergency preparedness education through community media in rural North India and applies this to the development of community-prosperity, defined simply as human and planetary well-being, anywhere in the world. A new theoretical framework is presented which combines the pivotal Integral Worlds Approach developed by Lessem and Schieffer with Critical Theory, thus exploring a new way to envision and implement social change, leading to innovation and social transformation.

This book introduces the term "constructive resilience," which is a type of community-building that occurs alongside dominant societal structures that are either oppressive or ineffective. An evolving field of study and practice, it is emerging from the work of academics and community-builders who are members of the Bahá’í Faith. Bahá’í "consultation," a process of inquiry and decision-making, is offered as a systematic and effective method of defining problems and enacting solutions and is examined in the context of emergency preparedness education and local capacity-building.

With its integral development approach, its unique combination of themes and theoretical components, and integration with the Bahá’í Faith, as well as its interdisciplinary nature, this book will be invaluable reading for researchers in many fields. It will be of particular interest in university-based training programs in disaster management and the various disciplines of international community development, as well as practitioners in the areas of micro enterprise, disaster management, community development, rural communications, rural economics and emergency preparedness education.

chapter 1|10 pages

Constructing resilience

From preparing for emergencies to community economic sustainability

part I|38 pages

My inner and outer call

chapter 2|20 pages

An unlikely story

My subjective inner calling and burning desire

chapter 3|16 pages

Defining the objective problem – disasters

A challenge for India, humanity and the planet

part II|24 pages

Exploring the context

chapter 4|22 pages

The context

Exploring Uttarakhand: “The Land of the Gods”

part III|55 pages

Co-creating for resilience

chapter 5|17 pages

Co-creating together

Gaining knowledge through telling stories

chapter 6|20 pages

What goes wrong and what goes right

Correcting the impediments to community cohesion and resilience, and analyzing imbalances in theory and practice in India and beyond

chapter 7|16 pages

How the research was done

Reflections and new applications

part IV|62 pages

Contributing to transformation

chapter 8|17 pages

Transformational innovation

The contribution of the Uttarakhand research to community resilience

chapter 9|22 pages

From theory to action

Creating constructive resilience through reawakening community consciousness

chapter 10|21 pages

Implementing constructive resilience

Co-creating community prosperity