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Beginning to explain SOME Challenges
what stands in the way of achieving our goals
4 key areas, each complex on its own, but as they are all interconnected, the complexity is overwhelming
Text will focus on: Human Nature (unity vs division), Disconnect (silo communities and organizations), Complexity or problems (no right/wrong, monster problems, have to bridge), Government (doesn't work anywhere -- can we avoid? (1) Issue complexity -- problems are both multi-faceted and interconnected (2) Innate human bias that unities family, villages, and culture, on a larger scale creates DIVISION throught a WE (good, right) vs. THEM (wrong, bad).
but is still unclear and needs work...
Our Focus: Communities
A Community is the most fundamental form of social organization. Communities naturally form around family, location, activity, work, belief, ethnicity, propose, etc. We all are members of several communities. Moreover, a community shares a purpose that brings people together in a way that typically bridges across personal differences and does not create polarization.
We first focus on small communities that are location based, such as a village or school. Such communities, within well defined constraints, are given autonomy to self determine their future. Our goal is to help these communities achieve the goals they most care about, i.e. achieve self determination.
Our Approach: Empowering Communal Engagement
What makes us unique is our focus on engaging all the members of the community and on developing communal mechanisms that enable ethical self governance. We empower and encourage every member to take part by promoting things such as inclusiveness, equality, trust, dialog, informed decision making, common purpose, and a clear sense of progress (see our approach).
Our Challenge: Human Diversity alongside Issue Complexity
This is a highly complex problem due to at least two fundamental factors. First, most problems communities tackle are both multi-faceted and interconnected, making them deceptively complex. Second, even within the same community, different people may have very different opinions on determining the "best" or "right" course of action. The problem domain is therefore, by definition, a highly complex system. For example:
Goals are inherently complex, multi-faceted, and interconnected (example TBD).
Different community members may want to do things very differently (example TBD).
Within a village or a school there are many additional sub-communities that may need to be involved or considered (example_test TBD).
What elements and/or mechanisms will give a community a sense of autonomy and self determination? (example TBD).
How do you include, empower, engage, and give an equal voice to every member, and how do you bridge across different, even conflicting, values and points of view? (example TBD).
How to create trust between the community and members elected to make decisions or carry out actions on their behalf? (example TBD).
How can the community measure progress and validate it is moving in the right direction? (example TBD).
How do we gather, and make available to the community the information upon which ongoing informed decision making can be made? (example TBD).
Our Purpose: Communities Together
Villages can also be seen as the building blocks of larger social structures, such as county, state, and federal. By taking a bottom up approach, we hope to empower communities to collaborate and together, determine the future of their environment.