27 Feb '12, 4am

Cultivating a sustainable community: The cycle of collaboration

Cultivating a sustainable community: The cycle of collaboration

In order to survive peak oil, climate change, economic failure, and ecological collapse we must make fundamental shifts in our collective way of life. Individual change is necessary but not enough because our means of survival are embedded in complex social and economic systems. On the other hand, direct change of the massive business and government institutions we now depend upon is unrealistic because the nature of all large institutions is self-perpetuation, not transformation. The practical domain in which we can effectively create a sustainable way of life is our local community. We can understand the social process of cultivating a sustainable community as a collaborative cycle that emerges through four phases. The first encompasses how we connect with one another. The second, how we communicate with each another. Third, how we co-create our community together. And l...

Full article: http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-02-23/cultivat...

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