Resilience Teams share resources and skills, save money, time and energy, and support each other through the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of life. Learn how to organize, facilitate and develop a Resilience Team with the free information, resources and downloads on this site.


Resilience Teams decide what activities to pursue — from helping each other grow and preserve food, to prepping for emergencies, to learning new skills such as cooking, gardening, and composting, to working together to reduce carbon footprints. Along the way, teams have fun while building trust and relationships to help and support each other when times are good, or when life is more challenging.


Life is full of uncertainties. Most of the time, it’s the everyday, garden variety of uncertainty. Will it rain today, will I get a promotion, will my project be successful, etc. At other times, we are met with challenges that can make life extraordinarily difficult.

Resilience is what enables us to adapt, recover and keeping going no matter. Research shows time and again that individual resilience is far stronger when we are rooted in a strong, supportive community.


Although life has always been uncertain, in an increasingly fragmented and volatile world, community ties that once supported us through crises can be difficult to maintain. For some these types of connections have all but disappeared. When challenges come our way – whether ordinary or extraordinary – without community, it’s more difficult to be resilient.

Ordinary challenges might include stressful job changes, moving, trying to lose weight, or finding a reliable car mechanic. Extraordinary times might include short-term emergencies such as losing power during an ice storm or water rationing during drought. Examples of longer term challenges could include economic downturns, job loss, chronic illness, recovering from natural disasters such as storm damage or wildfires, or family disruptions (new babies, caring for elderly parents, death in the family).


While people often talk about yearning for community, they may not know how to go about creating community or how to reconnect with others in a meaningful way. After hearing from many in our community that a framework to help small groups of people grow together would be useful, Transition OKC’s coordinating team created the Resilience Teams program for that purpose.

The program follows a simple process (documented in the information and resources found on this site) focused on helping people connect, celebrate good times, and support each other during more challenging times. With these free resources, you and your friends, family or colleagues, are empowered to grow your own community  – your own “resilience team” to help make life more fun, fulfilling and secure.

Enjoy the journey!


Resilience Teams Organizer Kit

Resilience Teams 3-session Facilitator’s Guide

Resilience Team Modules (coming soon)

  • Exploring local food
  • Solar cooking
  • Sharing
  • Composting
  • Edible landscaping
  • Water conservation
  • Fermentation
  • Emergency preparedness

“Joy shared is twice the joy. Sorrow shared is half the sorrow.” ∼  Swedish proverb

Resilience Teams are a Transition OKC program. Questions? Email info (at) transitionokc (dot) org.