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Learn to use the relationship diagram as a way of gathering all the parts of a given entity (from the individual to the global) as the first step towards making a comprehensive difference. Remember, once you and others dive in, there will be challenges that test your courage! You can download a PDF copy of the full diagram and text here: EXERCISES DIAGRAM
This relationship diagram illustrates a comprehensive, integrative, honoring approach. It can apply to any scale of human entity-ship: from the individual, family, commercial/corporate, community, institutional, educational, state, and national, to the multi-national or global. See if you can construct one of your own for whatever scale of entity you wish to make more Earth-friendly. Start by identifying all the parts of your given entity. Then include them in your relationship diagram as a way of honoring their important presence in the complete whole. Then, you can focus on helping them all to work together more harmoniously, to reduce their negative effects on the Earth.
There are many already-existing success stories from communities around the world that employ this holistic approach: Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Freiborg, Germany....
Using such an integrative approach, we can network to make changes in larger and larger circles (see the Grassroots Inspiration in Action page).
Over the last few decades, I have compiled elements and guiding principles for community transformation, to help facilitate my recommended holistic, comprehensive visioning for Earth-healing. Some of them are ideas and approaches developed in my own homestead- and/or community-planning journey, transferred to a general form:
A Comprensive Communty Sustainability Prototype
The Golden Rule rules.
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Here are some images from a recent community sustainability collaborative in Crestone, CO. Gathering in this way and building sustainable low-carbon communities is not easy, but it is so worthwhile as we learn to embrace the challenges as the gifts that can guide us (photo credits Dennis Neuhaus).