local relationships based on common ideas
From Reliable Prosperity:
From the Transition Network:
"Belief in external experts and our dependence on their telling us what to do next has become commonplace. However, much of what we need is around us. We need ways to unlock the knowledge and ideas of our community"
Environmental ethics explores the moral values and ethical relationship between human beings and the environment in which they live. In sustainability projects, players ask: What do we want (if no barriers existed to our desires)? What do we know? What will we accept (given the situation)?
Cultural diversity describes the differences in race, ethnicity, language, nationality, beliefs, values, religion, and the variety of human cultures within a community, organization, nation, or region. It refers to the practice of enhancing the acceptance, tolerance, and understanding of cultural differences within a community, organization, country, or region.
Affordable housing refers to the provision of housing and shelter as a basic human right, including housing for the homeless and for those of low income. Affordable housing occurs only in nations that can support such projects or in locales that have substantial foreign aid.
Literacy is conventionally defined as the ability to read and write, but the definition can also include the ability to express oneself in all forms of language including speech and oral comprehension. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as "the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts.
Wildlife habitat conservation is the practice of protecting and preserving the habitat of wildlife species, preventing habitat loss, and promoting land management that enhances wildlife habitat and prevents wildlife species extinction in the long term. Destroying habitats will one day end in the destruction of the world as we know it. Without maintaining healthy habitats, the delicate ecosystems which sustain the Earth will collapse. Wildlife habitat conservation is arguably one of the most important world issues because habitat is the world.
Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs. Usually this participation is done as an unpaid volunteer. Scientists may create a citizen-science program to capture more or more widely spread data without spending additional funding.
Taken From: Rebuilding the Foodshed" by Philip Ackerman Leist (
Reliable prosperity depends on the Access to knowledge of its citizens.
Our present economy is systematically contaminating every living cell; destroying and fragmenting habitat; and providing great stress to human populations.
Conventional buildings are wasteful of water, energy, and materials. They make use of toxic substances, and have inferior indoor air quality. They are not oriented for passive solar heating, or sited to improve the surrounding neighborhood fabric. They are not designed for eventual re-use and disassembly.
Provide financial and legal forms of ownership that equitably distribute both the benefits and responsibilities of ownership. Seek forms of ownership accountable to local communities.
In the past, both used and unused chemicals were disposed as hazardous waste. A movement is growing to recyle and repurpose these chemicals. A leader in this movement is the company Ingenium, who is has a variety of cutting edge methods to repurpose chemical, hazardous, biological, and even radioactive waste. Polykarmic 2.0 does not currently deal with chemical or hazardous waste due to economical and political reasons, but perhaps would be able to move in the field of chemical recycling eventually.