'Resilience-UK' was created in 2008 by Denis Bellamy and Usha Ladwa Thomas, two private individuals who have practical cross-sectorial management experienced in signposting communities to make plans for sustainable futures.
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The wiki is an educational resource to support the teaching of cosmopolitanism with illustrations as to how communities can become models of environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability, by making plans that:-
  • Sustain vibrant economies where all people can realize their full potential;
  • Minimize their ecological footprint;
  • Attract and retain talented people, and encourage creativity and entrepreneurship;
  • Foster respect for one another, inclusiveness, kindness and human dignity;
  • Include new arrivals with grace and speed;
  • Have buildings and public spaces that are beautiful and accessible;
  • Build on their distinctive human, cultural, historical and natural heritage;
  • Ensure a civil and peaceful society for all people;
  • Be places where people take personal responsibility for the success of their community.


Community social sustainability is a process of community development, supported by governments and institutions in some kind of animateur linkage with people that ensure harmonious social relations to enhance social integration and improve living conditions for all citizens. The redistribution of resources, as well as equal access to the means by which to fulfill basic human needs, including housing, employment, public facilities and services that are all central to social sustainability. Social sustainability emerged as a fundamental component of community resilience, with the recognition that environmental sustainability is unattainable without accompanying social justice to address the instability brought about by social ills.

Social ills, such as poor education, racism, joblessness, broken families, drug abuse and crime, all reinforce one another, thereby perpetuating a cycle of poverty, inequality, violence and despair. These conditions are significant barriers to supporting or attracting businesses and civic institutions necessary for a healthy community, and they possibly put at risk future prosperity if a growing number of residents are not given the opportunity to participate fully in the economy.


Social sustainability can be defined as the highest attainable level in living standards measured against the lowest negative impact on the environment, culture and the economy. More specifically, social sustainability within cities and communities means that the following conditions are present:
  • The basic needs of citizens with respect to food, shelter, education, work, income and safety are met;
  • Access to opportunities are distributed equitably and fairly across society;
  • There is an environment of conviviality, wherein citizens live together harmoniously and in mutual support of each other;
  • Individuals have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in civic processes (formal and informal).

Essentially, this is the system of Integrated Community Sustainabililty Planning (ICSP) invented in Canada to link government and other resource providers with communities.