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This is a public talk with presenter Dyan Dunsmoor-Farley.
It is not unusual for people to perceive governance in a very narrow way – as formal processes through which political representatives are elected to act on behalf of citizens. For many people governance begins and ends there. In the face of the unstable mutations of global capital, communities may scramble to react and respond or simply believe they must succumb to the ongoing incursions. Islands in the Salish Sea experience a unique set of vulnerabilities – the need to protect rare ecosystems and rural communities located in the midst of a densely populated, highly industrialized region — over which they appear to have little or no control. On Gabriola Island, the intersection of place, people and a lean formal governance structure provides a testing ground for enacting a range of governance modalities. This chapter examines how the household, social and political economies have come together to create a site of innovation and autonomous local action.