Oddly enough, Cuba post 1961 looks like a valuable example of how to effectively rebuild a society from the grassroots despite so much lack:
(quoted from More with Less @ globaloneness project)
To support outer efforts towards sustainability we need to radically adjust our inner attitudes toward the material world. Relationships based on greed, over-identification with ownership, and the use of material goods to establish status and power over others, can be traded for new values and ways of living that empower a healthy and dignified relationship to all the earth’s resources.
This shift in how we think about and relate … is a requirement …
—will write more in a bit ~