Isle of Lismore: a recipe against recession

The isle of Lismore is a small island in front of Scotland that has developed a unique balance between the community and the individual, which could provide a model for small societies everywhere. Their collective commitment to community could be defined as a new economy, because the emphasis is on helping the island to survive rather than on individual gain. While Lismore’s residents shared sense of responsibility — which includes volunteering, car sharing, swapping services such as babysitting and generally lending a hand — may not be a panacea to the global economic crisis, it has helped to protect the island from its effects: the recession has never been felt because it never arrived.

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