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Help Us Decide: 2019 TLC Monadnock Focus

March 09, 2019 7:41 AM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)

Help TLC Monadnock decide which Local Living Economy building block to focus on in 2019.  We will focus on recruiting projects working on innovations in this building block and provide them with extra support to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.  Help us decide by taking this poll.

Take our poll

Our current options are:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Arts & Culture
  • Climate Adaptation & Resilience
  • Community Health
  • Community Capital
  • Cooperatives & Community Ownership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Conservation & Stewardship
  • Farms & Food
  • Green Manufacturing
  • Green Building & Design
  • Living Wage Jobs & Equity
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Transportation

What is a Local Living Economy? In November 2009, a group of 70 local entrepreneurs, community leaders, students and engaged citizens gathered at Keene State College’s Seventh Biennial Symposium “From Local to Global” to answer this question. The consensus: A Local Living Economy is a resilient system that improves our quality of life, meets everyone’s basic needs and creates an engaged citizenry.

With that definition agreed upon, we now move on to the next question: How do we cultivate a stronger Local Living Economy?  Judy Wicks, co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and key participant in the November 2009 discussion, shared, “In order to build a local living economy, we must first determine what one looks like—what are the components, or building blocks, a vision of a local living economy that we can work toward achieving?” 

Together, we are looking at the system that drives our Local Living Economy. This type of holistic thinking takes work, but it can result in better problem solving leading to more positive and lasting changes in our community.

As scientist and systems thinker Peter Senge states, “Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots.  Fragmentation, competition, and reactiveness are not problems to be solved -- they are frozen patterns of thought to be dissolved.”

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