Which will come first, a sustainable future, or the collapse of civilization? Most people’s answer is collapse. What humanity needs, however, is a sustainable future. Therefore, it seems prudent that we be able to survive the collapse first.

Most of us think planning for collapse is impossible. There are a few things, however, that we don’t consider. For one, when the collapse of civilization comes, it means that money won’t exist anymore. So if we’re planning for a time when there is no money, then why should our plans include money? When the complexities, calculations and arguments of money are removed, then planning the future becomes simplified many times over. Planning then, becomes doable. We also don’t consider the amount of waste that’s inherently built into our systems of money. When money is removed the hollow place that waste used to fill, can then become like a buffer zone that can absorb much of the loss the collapse would create. Then, if we add to that buffer zone, organization, food growing techniques, emergency services, FEMA, water, shelter, safety, personal hygiene, privacy and essentially extend the normal two-week emergency plans into plans that lasted for around two years, then we would have time for Phase II to kick in. Phase II would be where a new power system is installed. Phase I is when humanity designs its own sustainable future.  

Phase I is a way that we can plan our survival as quickly as possible. After we have the plan done, then we can go back and make it better. Having a plan, however, is the most important part because it gives us a map to follow. It like the difference between being lost in a desert without a map and being in a desert with a map that shows the way out. Having a map will quell our sense of being lost when the collapse comes because we’ll know what we need to do. Then we won’t feel so much need to panic.

Another favorable result of planning to survive collapse lies in the assumption that most people think of collapse as an apocalyptic scene of zombies, guns, and gangs. In short, it’s a vision of fear. Having plans ready before the collapse replaces our vision fear.



The graphic begins on the left with humanity’s vision of fear for the collapse. Some entity, be it the library system (which has extensive internet capabilities and is basically already set up), or if a bunch of us pooled our money and hired a private contractor, however it happened, if we had a place on the internet to work from and a framework to work with, then we would be on our way. By framework I mean organization of a plan set. Similar to building a skyscraper, for example, each floor, room, door, etc. would have its own specific location in the plan set. A private company could help us set up the same type of order for all the different areas all over the world. Then neighborhoods would have a place to put their plans. Additionally, many plans could be standardized so that they could be used in more places. Once we have plans for how to survive collapse then our vision of the future changes to a vision of confidence.

So now we’re at the first vertical bar which says collapse of civilization. Let’s say that collapse does happen and that we implement our plan to survive. Then, after we’ve stabilized, probably in a month or so, then Phase II can begin. We make our Phase I plans to last two years because that would give us time to bring on the essentials of Phase II, which would include a new energy system and methods to heal our planet. When Phase II is fully implemented, then Phase I would no longer be needed.