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Getting Started

The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.

—Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee chief

As the saying goes, a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. Sometimes the hardest part of doing something is just getting started. The more ambitious and challenging the journey, the more daunting the first steps may seem, and bringing down civilization is definitely an ambitious undertaking.

Personal productivity writer David Allen (of Getting Things Done) often asks people working on a project to write down two things: the ultimate goal of the project, and the next step they need to take in order to make progress on that project. We’ve defined the goal. For most people, the obstacle is that next step. Thousands of people write to us or ask us at talks and conferences: “But what do I do now?” Hopefully having read this far, you have a pretty good idea. But it never hurts to have a list to choose from.

To that end, here is a not-even-remotely-exhaustive list of some (low-risk) entry points to the grand strategy, a few ways of getting started or expanding your resistance activity, out of the thousands or hundreds of thousands of options available. We’ve broken it down into aboveground and underground actions, but the lists are not mutually exclusive.