There was a local community meeting held here Sunday evening - an organizing effort to get our sh!t together. There have been lots of similar meetings over the past 20 years that I have lived here, which all proved out as windy BS, due mostly to a lack of perception of a real enough threat for people to activate around. This one felt different, and I actually recruited a number of people to participate in my particular focus on building a resilient economy based on local small businesses serving energy conservation and environmental restoration.
I think that FINALLY folks will start to invest their own real effort and money in such things and abandon the idea that we can get the government to take care of it.
Another sector amping up is political activism. Ours happens to be a solidly blue demographic, but the Democratic party here is lame and unprogressive. There is a strong cadre of local Progressives, but the Dem party leadership is entrenched and has been resistant to fresh ideas. Perhaps the Trumpocalyse will improve that scenario.
"You can't fix a problem until you understand what the problem is." Logtroll