Sustainable Post-Peak Livelihoods

Economy Won't Get Back On Track

As the cheap, abundant oil we built our current economy disappears, most of the jobs we now hold will no longer exist. Little attention has been paid to just how we will support ourselves in a future that was once at our doorstep but is now walking right into the homes of millions of unemployed Americans and will soon to be the way of the world. 

But in the highly original, cutting-edge workshop Sustainable Post-Peak Livelihoods, Paul and Sarah Edwards will do just that. They describe the new Elm Street Economy we need to be creating in our local communities as the era of big business, Wall Street and the franchise-strip-malls of Main Street fade. They provide a snapshot of and a long list of possibilities for the kinds of livelihoods we can expect will flourish in place of the outdated jobs and careers we’ve been trained for and with which 90% of us support ourselves. 

The workshop will outline pathways for getting from our current salaries and skills through the transition we have already experienced to supporting ourselves in sustainable, resilient local communities of the future. Before, during, and after the course, participants will have an opportunity to assess their own circumstances and explore how their interests, needs, and talents can fit into a post-peak future. 

Decide for Yourself

  • Will your current job still be around post peak? 
  • Will your training be obsolete? 
  • What will you need to learn? 
  • Where will you fit? 
  • What are your best-bets for providing for yourself and loved ones post-peak?
  • How can you afford to get from where you are now to where you need to be post-peak?  


  • What constitutes a sustaining career?
  • Who will I be in a post-peak world?
  • Where will I fit?
  • How will I support myself?


  • The seven features of the economy that will most likely replace Wall Street and Main Street  
  • The nine criteria for sustaining yourself and loved ones in that new economy
  • The three major sectors of a basic post-peak economy
  • 17 specialties within the major tomorrow’s economic sectors. 
  • Three stages of planning for a post peak career

Take Away

  • A comprehensive assessment tool for finding where you can fit in a post-peak economy
  • Three extensive proprietary lists of 200+ livelihoods with current income potential, usefulness through the transition, and projections for ultimate longevity.

Take the Sustainability Test

The instructors have designed a test to help you determine how sustainable your livelihood is for the world ahead of us. You can take the test here.

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Sarah Edwards, PhD., Paul Edwards, JD

Authors of Middle Class Lifeboat and Working From Home

International speakers and workshop leaders, Paul and Sarah Edwards, have been long aware that our current way of life is damaging our personal, family, and community health as well as damaging our environment. They are authors of 17 books on creating meaningful work that supports healthy lifestyles and have hosted television and radio shows on this topic for 15 years.

Sarah, a PhD ecopsychologist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is one of 18 US Transition Initiative Trainers working with local community groups and organizations. Paul, a JD and public affairs specialist, is one of a limited number of US Transition Initiative consultants to business and government.

Together the Edwards co-direct Let’s Live Local, a non-profit Transition Initiative in Pine Mountain Club, CA, formed in 2005. Their most recent book is Middle Class Life Boat, Careers and Life Choices for Navigating a Changing Economy.

Sustainable Post-Peak Livelihoods is their newest course which they are most excited to offer officially for the first time through The Edwards web sites are and

When and Where

The course is 2 hours long and takes place at:
1pm PST / 4pm EST
Saturday April 7, 2012 (convert to other time zones).

It is an online course, so you will need an Internet connection.

You will also want a good long distance plan or calling card, or you can use a service such as Skype to join the conference call. If you do use Skype, you will need to purchase Skype credit ahead of time so that you can call the conference service through your computer. We do not use voice-over-IP for our courses.


The registration price is $39. You will receive 90 minutes of exactly the material you need to know plus 30 minutes of Q&A with the instructors. Participants can email the instructors with followup questions. Come explore how our world is changing and how you can thrive in it.

Register for the UnCrash Course at the same time and save $20. First click the above Register button, then you will be able to add the discounted UnCrash Course at the bottom of your shopping cart page.

What Else Is Included?

In addition to the material covered in the course, you will also receive:

  • Appendix of 200+ Elm Street Economy Livelihoods by economic sector and time frame: a $12.95 value
  • Sustainable Livelihoods Personal and Community Assessment for finding where you will fit: a $7.95 value
  • Course Outline Including Amplifying Instructor Notes: a $10.00 Value
Recommended for Transition

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is Sustainable Post-Peak Livelihoods applicable to countries other than the US?

A. Sustainable Post-Peak Livelihoods focuses on the circumstances that are changing how people in the Western world and developed world support themselves. It provides guidelines for how to shift from what one can do now to earn a living to how one will ultimately be able to support oneself in a post peak world.

The over 200 careers featured are based on the 17 basic needs of a sustainable community, so they are applicable to anyone living in a developed Western country. In writing their books and developing this course Paul and Sarah Edwards have tracked trends and explored sources from around the world. Their books have been translated into eight languages. In addition, they are at the forefront of the Transition movement in the U.S. This movement originated in Britain and is now spreading across the world. Thus a primary concern in the Sustainable Post-Peak Livelihoods course is how one can earn a livelihood in one’s own local area. It is accompanied by a worksheet participants can use to tailor and apply the course material to their personal and community circumstances.

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