Creating a website of this scale and complexity is simply not possible without the contributions of many talented and very thoughtful people. As the current moderator and founder of the site I would like to offer warm thanks to all of the people who helped create this website including:

Website Content Contributors: has been very lucky in having a very talented group of contributors offer their advice, editing, ideas, and general support in the development of this website. I would particularly like to thank Earle Arney, Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Gregory Greene, Gordon Graff, Peter Howard, Lyle Scott, Brian Watkinson for their help in developing this site.

Website Layout and Graphics:  I would like to thank all the people at Electromedia for making the world of website technology easier to comprehend, and just as importantly, for helping create the very high level of graphic quality on this site. Paul Chato and Flavio Mester have been creative geniuses behind the look and feel of the site, and have donated a great deal of their time and considerable expertise to making this site so effective.

Website Strategy and Editing:  Paul Heron, of Complex2Clear brought his excellent writing skills to the task of making the content clear and concise, and David Rutherford has added significant value with his strategic input and precise and highly tuned editing of the site's content.

Website Video Production:  Isaac Cravit is one of those amazing filmmakers that can capture so much content and context is such a small time and video frame. He showed extraordinary patience as we worked through all of the ideas to be presented, and did an amazing job in distilling the key concepts into a set of very engaging and content rich videos.

ResilientCity Design Ideas Competition:  Mila Dhaki helped rescue this effort with a great deal of effective coordination of the PayPal and Yousendit administration. Mila's volunteer efforts are much appreciated! Both Paul Chato and Paul Heron are also to be thanked for pulling together all of the writing and organization of these pages.

Important Influences:  I would also like to acknowledge and express my appreciation for the influence that three seminal texts have had in both inspiring this website and helping to guide many of the planning and design principles:

Thomas Homer Dixon's The Up Side of Down was very important in establishing the context for the key relationship between peak oil and climate change, and more importantly raising the red flags about our society's current lack of resilience in the face of these two realities.

Gwynne Dyer's Climate Wars was a bracing jolt out of complacency in its ability to capture the essence of the combined problem of climate change and peak oil in extremely compelling scenarios. His courage in recommending that we must ultimately consider the use of geo-engineering was also important.

Rob Hopkins' The Transition Handbook - From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, was an extremely useful guide to developing some of the key concepts for planning and design principles. Hopkins' book is primarily about creating resilient communities and small towns, but many of the ideas can be extrapolated to the larger urban context. However, I believe that the author's greatest contribution is his great optimism and determination to turn lemons into lemonade.

And last, and certainly not least, I would like to thank my partner Jane Thompson for all of her great strategic advice and constant encouragement and support as this website went from being an idle Saturday afternoon daydream to a full-fledged reality.


Craig Applegath, Moderator