All human beings have a story to tell about land, a narrative to communicate. Land is not just something humans walk on, grow food in or build on. Land is also a metaphor – for legacy, for loss, for sustenance, for sacrifice, for art, for wealth, for connection, for barrier, for conflict, for peace and for Spirit. Land is also the seat of culture. All human beings are cultural beings. Human beings care about land and want their “land narrative” recognized and respected.
We start with the assumption that people desire bread, justice, and peace. We assume that if we design and implement processes based on information-rich consensus based agenda-setting and decision-making, people will work towards cooperation, mutual goals, and collective progress as the best way to achieve peace or at least a decrease in conflict.
We will work to add capital and value to human habitats. Natural Capital is any stock or flow of energy and material that produces goods and services. Human Capital consists of people’s health, knowledge, skills, and motivation. Social Capital concerns the institutions that help us maintain and develop human capital in partnership with others; e.g. families, communities, businesses, trade unions, schools, and voluntary organizations. Manufactured Capital comprises material goods or fixed assets that contribute to the production process rather than being the output itself – e.g. tools, machines, and buildings. Financial Capital plays an important role in our economy, enabling the other types of Capital to be owned and traded.
All human beings desire peace. Peace requires justice. We will design and implement processes that increase justice so we can help create more peaceful and humane individuals, families, organizations, neighborhoods, communities and social systems.
Neighborhoods, towns, and cities exist in relationships to surrounding jurisdictions. When jurisdictions respect and recognize their interdependency, progress can be made by all. Smart, just, and sustainable regional relationships are essential to everybody’s welfare.
We will design processes that help increase capacity, conquer confusion, manage complexity, resolve conflict, and construct community. We will use high quality, culturally competent information, education, agenda setting and decision-making to involve stakeholders and the public.
We will apply techniques and tools, but also common sense. We will respect the rhythm that underlies and guides all human endeavors. We will work on behalf of the participants who agree to the principles and ground rules. We will deliver our best product to everybody.
We will define our strategy for success before we begin. We will establish multiple points in the process when we stop and measure strengths and weaknesses. We will amplify strengths and correct weaknesses.