Like Aesop’s Bundle of Sticks Fable, separate initiatives working to improve our region’s community and economy can be stronger if bound by unifying goals — connections, not meant to constrain, but strengthen separate initiatives — to help us create a local living economy.
Monadnock Matters Project:
Monadnock Matters, in its next phase, will act as a clearinghouse for all things “Local Living Economy” to improve our region’s community and economy. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Does a Local Living Economy Mean?
In November 2009, a group of community members gathered to explore the concept of a Local Living Economy. The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies has its own definition, but what does it mean to us – citizens of the Monadnock Region? Here is a small sample of ideas shared.
The Monadnock Local Living Economy is a place where:
- All citizens can have a great quality of life.
- Our basic needs are met within our community and region.
- Individuals realize that they are beyond the worth of their jobs.
- Leadership helps identify common ground and overarching community goals.
- Citizens are creating a new definition of what our needs really are.
- Individuals and banks are investing in social capital.
- We are working cooperatively and collaboratively.
- All citizens are engaged and feel included.
- We are celebrating our community.
- We are thinking of our community as a system.