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We would like to see thriving communities everywhere across the globe. Places where prosperity, well-being, inclusion and equal opportunities are the norm rather than the exception.
We think this is a feasible plan that can be achieved by looking at the whole picture, acknowledging
the conditions that lead to abundance and focus on their interaction.
Because many communities haven't been given the framework to tap into and profit from the natural
resources they are surrounded by. And this imbalance, even if small and far away, doesn't only disrupt their immediate surroundings but the entire global system, thus affecting us all. Another person's deprivation is our deprivation as well.
By creating a framework, i.e. a system, that can contain all the systems a community requires to become self-sustaining and self-organising. We believe the relationship between these systems is the real driver for success. The integrating systems are created by the community or by others. We have no stand on that. We believe everything works as long as it is kept in a balanced relationship to each other.
THE "SEND" PART
This is the fun part. If a community develops a sub-system that is interesting and efficient, it can be exported and applied to another community, even far away, providing that both use the same framework. It is in fact the community who sends a city part to others, not us. We are just the enablers.
The beauty of this is that it allows community-developed practices to travel fast and far thus speeding prosperity across the globe.
HOW TO CREATE A FRAMEWORK
We start by establishing which systems are present / missing in a community and how they are fitting together. We then list the community's assets, challenges and deprivations and reference the results back to the systems. A clear picture of a short-term action plan emerges and to make it more sustainable, we attach a financial return to it. This way, the plan isn't only a vehicle towards abundance but an attractive investment opportunity.
THE ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Details are key to excellence. Possibly, the most important one for a community is a quality public realm. Other great aspects include electricity micro-generation (bio-pv); water harvesting and reuse; natural binders instead of cement, compost toilets and vegetable roof gardens.
Essential to abundance, as said, is the establishment of a proper framework. We assist in doing this and once the framework is established, we help to implement, monitor and finance it. We connect communities with each other and with outer markets thus helping to source best practices and to increase prosperity.
We have a long list of exciting details ready to be applied and feel confident in doing so almost everywhere. So far we've put our head in the DRC, Togo, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Panama, Colombia and Brazil.
We are committed to the Triple Bottom Line goals of delivering environmental, social and financial benefits such as land development, carbon and water neutrality, job creation, increased income and improved education. The most important delivery for us though would be to contribute toward well-equipped and well-connected communities that can profit from both, their own resources and the new tech opportunities arising around the world (e-learning, remote diagnosis, virtual marketplaces etc).