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Resilience & the 10 Forms of Capital

There are many ways to define resilience. I define resilience and how you get there this way:

Resilience is the ability to negotiate internal and environmental changes with calm and connectedness to other living beings. This is done through:

  • leading a values-driven life

  • the increasing integration of mind, body, spirit

  • recognition that we are an indispensable part of this beautiful living planet

  • creating a life of connection with others and our environment that allows us to thrive

It is my deepest belief that we are entering a time on this planet where we will experience changes that none of us have ever faced before. (See Prosper by Chris Martenson) There are many ways to prepare for these changes. Each individual’s and family’s path will be different. Even small changes can make a difference. No matter what: take some action to be more prepared and resilient.

One of the best ways that I know to become resilient is to work on your 10 Forms of Capital.*

The 10 Forms of Capital is a deep dive into the knowledge necessary to lead a resilient, soul-infused, and pleasure-driven life.

Six years ago, I ended my life as I knew it and retreated to a cabin I had built for $1800 in Marlborough, Vermont.

The retreat was precipitated by the non-renewal of my contract as the Director of Integrative Health Services at a federally funded health center. This termination was not performance-related, my boss admitted, but due to the fact that I had spoken truth to power. Although I stood by what I had done, I still found myself in a difficult situation. As the first born son of a fantastically successful entrepreneur, my sense of success was deeply challenged. I was ashamed and burdened with the debt and alimony obligations of a necessary divorce. My financial capital situation was dire…… seriously negative cash flow! I knew I had to do something fundamentally different.

I had to surrender. And I did for the first time in 60 years.

The first night at the cabin, I slept deeply for the first time in over six months. I had resolved to lead a simpler life connected intimately to nature.

I judged myself as poor. That was such a mistake. Within two weeks, I had read and absorbed the 8 Forms of Capital by Ethan Roland & Gregory Landua and begun to realize that I was a very wealthy man in terms of my knowledge capital, my social capital, my spiritual capital, and my access to the generosity of nature through living capital.

The single most important capital, in terms of resilience in this world, is our social capital. Our family, our extended family, our chosen family, our friends, and community. Over the course of the next two years, the depth of my gratitude for the people I knew, and their skills for living in concert with nature, increased profoundly. I also turned my financial situation around. I began to rapidly pay off my debts. High levels of debt is not resilient.

So for six years now, during these dark times of the year, I have prepared an 8 Forms of Capital Strategic Life Plan for the year, specifying goals and intentions in both the short and longer term.

Not only have I survived and become more resilient, I have thrived.

As Amelia, my love and partner, and I create our new business, the Kailo Mentoring Group, the now 10 Forms of Capital provides a platform for survival, thriving, preparation, and resilience. And, delightfully, provides clear pathways for the integration of ego & soul and living a values-driven life. The 10 Forms of Capital Strategic Life Plan helps us to use well our most precious capital, our Temporal Capital. We are more conscious of how we use our limited hours, days and weeks on this beautiful planet.

Two weeks ago, Kailo Mentoring Group offered our first workshop on the 10 Forms of Capital. Although I have been working with most of my clients on developing strategic life plans based on these forms, gathering in a group gave an opportunity to learn the deep rationale for these forms of capital, as well as time to reflect, share, and create a living document to help each of the participants to overcome familiar and enculturated patterns….. to be our most authentic, resilient selves.

We are offering another workshop on Wednesday, February 21 from 7-10 pm est.

Whether you can make it or not, we invite you to begin your own 10 Forms of Capital Strategic Life Plan. Click here to download a template to help you begin. Within this document, you will also find a more detailed explanation of each of the 10 Forms of Capital.

With best wishes for your increasing resilience….. and pleasure.


We have been inspired by the 8 Forms of Capital as described by Ethan Roland and Gregory Landua, who wrote in the context of permaculture.

To their list, we added Temporal Capital, Emotional Intelligence Capital & Pleasure Capital.

After a discussion with Chris Martenson, we have also combined Intellectual and Experiential Capital into Knowledge Capital (as we only really know something when we engage our minds and our bodies in action).

For more info, check out these sources:

“8 Forms of Capital” by Ethan Roland & Gregory Landua

Regenerative Enterprise: Optimizing for Multi-Capital Abundance

by Ethan Roland & Gregory Landua

Prosper!: How to Prepare for the Future and Create a World Worth Inheriting

by Chris Martenson

"10 Forms of Capital: an overview" by Erik Muten

Click here for more helpful tools for creating a resilient, conscious, and pleasure-filled life.

#resilience #10FormsofCapital #8FormsofCapital #Values #strategiclifeplan

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