The thing about energy-driven collapse is that it’s uneven — it’s not like the calendar flips back and we all return to having the things we had in the past.
Rather, we’re going to have this huge overhang of technology from the peak period of affluence and abundance. Sometimes that’s going to be bad (buildings that are unlivable without massive inflows of energy) and sometimes it will be fortuitous.
Even if the satellites and cellphones fail, we will need to learn sharing — making the maximum use of each resource, such as an auto trip.
Here’s a good start: Avego Today it depends on fancy gadgetry to work, but the real breakthrough is in helping people become reacquainted with the idea of sharing rides as a perfectly normal way to live. Here’s a video introduction: