What we are learning over the last 5 years
How can communities thrive?
We are connecting a network of thriving examples in communities who are taking a stand by building trust and finding common purpose among diverse groups.
2012 Food: South Whidbey Island
Roles local food systems play in creating thriving communities
2013 Local Living Economy: Bellingham, WA, Portland OR, Port Townsend, WA, Whidbey Island
Replicable case studies of giving and receiving from 20+ organizations in our bioregion.
2014 Health: Bellingham, WA, Whidbey Island, Yakima, WA
Examples of individuals and organizations doing exceptional work to impact community health where everyone belongs and everyone thrives.
2015 Shelter: Everett,WA, Olympia, WA, Lopez Island, WA Whidbey Island, WA
Examples of organizations who strive to provide access to housing and a safe place to sleep every night for all.
2016 Water: Seattle, WA, Winthrop, WA Vancouver, BC, Langley, WA
We found organizations within communities who were taking a stand on challenging water issues by building trust and finding common purpose among diverse groups.
The stories in the short films on this site, and the PEOPLE behind them, reveal an infectious and unwavering human spirit reflected in individual and organizational activities. And these are shared in order that they may be copied and replicated in any community.
Thriving Communities Initiative
- Our films/videos are tools to disseminate low cost, local-level, grass roots solutions to complex problems to anyone
- Gatherings/conferences are catalysts for idea sharing, leadership modeling, mutual support and collaboration.
- Creating a potential network for grassroots movements that are not waiting for institutional-level leadership to address local problems and opportunities.