A community is a group of people who live in proximity with a commitment to shared well being for the purpose of thriving.
- Thriving Community Solutions (TCS) works with communities to create a story of a shared future in which the community moves from surviving to thriving and to bring that story to life. TCS understands that community is the prime engine of local wealth production in the new (generative) economy. The core resource required spent locally, are transformed into ‘invest-to-thrive’ wealth. Recirculating the investment-to-thrive locally keeps community wealth and self-reliance continuously increasing, enhancing the wellbeing of the community.
- Using our Community Ecosystem process
- In the short-term, we help communities build their resilience to withstand growing community challenges, in the long term, we coach communities to become self-reliant and regenerative, to thrive in the New Economy of continuously increasing resource efficiency, and to reduce waste.
- Therefore, building local community self-reliance is the new community growth strategy. This is accomplished through the actions of community making entrepreneurs known as Builders, Makers and Weavers
- Integral to our work is helping communities build their potential to thrive as resource constraints, as well as escalating and ever more complex community challenges become the new reality. We help people understand the dynamics through which communities operate and how to maximize health, wealth, and prosperity in these complex systems so that they may thrive in the emerging new (generative) economy.
The Seven Principles of a Rooted Community
The requirements to realize the community purpose in an ongoing (sustainable) model
Community Social Contract – the social network among the participants in the community must continually self-organize from a shared commitment, held by each participant, to coordinate their living together to produce community thriving. This is the principle of Community Social Contract.
Integral Community – The community must be thought of by its participants as a complex adaptive system nested within the locally and globally interconnected ecosystem.
Full Spectrum Capital – All basic capital forms (such as materials, energy, finance, labor, social capital and knowledge) must be fully considered in all community development activity.
Community Wealth – The aggregate working capital stock, committed to provisioning the community to thrive both now and in the future, is the wealth of the community. The emphasis here is on putting all forms of capital to work.
Local Recirculation (i.e. Metabolic or Circular Economy) – This working capital needed within the local network of commerce for community thriving must be maintained in a working status.
Local Co-Reliance – Community thriving must be produced primarily through the participants’ local coordination of their personal actions for effectively living life through a locally emergent network of commerce that enables the community to progressively provision itself with the primary factors of living such as water, food, shelter, power, communications, education, and health.
Eco-Balance – The eco-footprint required for the community to thrive must be balanced against the capacity of the local ecosystem to reprpduce itself and absorb wastes. Failure to maintain this balance will break the recirculation cycle of the natural capital of the community.