NATURE-CULTURE © 2013 Holistic Community Economic Development THE NATURE CULTURE PROJECT Introduction
The Nature-Culture project begins a concept that promotes positive transformation, transmutation and a sustainable lifestyle for its participants. It uses a Community Economic Development (CED) process that is holistic. CED builds and strengthens the capacity and skills of individuals and organizations to effectively participate in acquiring and managing resources that directly support their community.
This introduction precedes a full blown project plan that is presently in the process of development. The important holistic elements of this project are: It supports a community that is God centered, universal and holistic. It exhibits organic growth from the soil to the soul in a spiritual environment. It is operated in a rural setting with acreage suited for multiple families and farming. Its community participants have a voice and an important role in its development. It values creative arts, beauty and order maintained internally and externally. It builds and maintains economic development for its community through many income producing components and modules.
It is inter-generational; It includes men and women; children, elders and at risk youth, working and developing the projects, together. It reforms all life to its optimum. It is sustainable and promotes self-sufficiency. It promotes sustainable energy and affordable housing. It provides innovative methods of alternative living. It addresses ecological and environmental concerns. It is cost effective and exhibits financial justification. It is supported by empirical evidence and best practices. The Nature-Culture project creates and expresses an ideology that synthesizes an integration of spiritual, intellectual and natural earth concepts and changes existing creations from their present condition and propels them toward optimum development. It is a formula that can be applied or seen in soil, plants, animals, people, families, communities, countries, global continents, planets, solar systems, galaxies and universes. As in all life forms, a key process in development is time. To achieve the best results, Nature Culture participants should be immersed in a holistic environment for a sustained period of time. Like metabolism, it recreates the self. This allows the elements in the participant to be renewed in harmony with the natural environment around them. The more natural and organic substance, activity and atmospheric environment the participant is immersed in, over time, the greater the potential for positive change that is sustained throughout the body, mind and soul. We learn new habits by doing new things, acting new ways, eating new foods and communicating new thoughts. We become renewed.
This project promotes the process of organic creativity for every participant engaged in the development. It results in a win/win for the environment, participants, community and the global world. We are talking about creating a holistic, organic and spiritual culture that is in tune with nature. A natural culture or Nature-Culture. Nature Culture is a holistic way of developing a project. We have learned that preparing the body, mind and soul, (the self), is an important first step toward preparing a plan, (the project),…but they both are similar. The Nature Culture project proposes to change the hearts and minds of the men and women who work and live in its community. This project is highly participatory and requires a dedicated team to bring it to optimum realization. It should be noted that all elements in this project are equally important and must be implemented in a balanced fashion. This balancing must be managed by a spiritually conscience leadership in cooperation with participants that are aware, and respectful of the higher Source that sustains all life. The creation of the Nature Culture project is our vision for fostering a cohesive coalition of spiritually inclined, holistic practitioners that will grow into an organized board of advisers and directors.
From the prospective of both yin and yang, rational and intuitive, the leadership, management and participants would become familiar with and understand the 5 W’s of such disciplines as; food science, animal husbandry, home building, environmental ecology, alternative energy, arts, spiritual awareness practices, and more, as well as business administration, and human resource development. Through the Nature-Culture project, we are now assembling a multicultural, nondenominational, (respecting various paths to truth), cadre of interested individuals and organizations.
This initial group would seek to obtain a land based sight, then interview and select a group of committed participants. Our projection for implementation is 2014 and beyond. Together, we will develop multiple community and economic projects containing sound profit and non profit operating structures with learning modalities that support development of a sustainable holistic community. Ultimately, we hope many will want to build permanent residential homes and stay for a longer period of time. We envision a community of homes, a farm, school, art center, business and spiritual center all rolled into oneness. As practitioners of Community Economic Development (CED), we have identified several key areas of development within each project that are in sync with the natural processes we confront in our daily life. Among these are two elements that best sum up the essence of Nature Culture. a. The sacred mission. (Seeking awareness, oneness and alignment with the unseen force of life that creates and sustains us). Constantly strengthening our intuition and other higher faculties. Things like prayer, meditation, moral virtues and love. Intentionally making sure our lifestyles and projects are in direct alignment with the Source of life, never loosing this focus. b. The secular obligation. (Striving to manage and understand the known principles, practices and processes of social and organizational life that provide for optimum development and harmonious evolution). Things like; getting up in the morning to tend the land, raising a family, going to school or work, paying financial obligations or developing organizational structure for strong growth and management. In this project, and many others, its a question of balance. We have found that these two elements work at their optimum when paired together and are continuously maintained in a balance, often expressed as…“Trust in God…but, Tie your camel”.
We continue to recognize these elements in various projects. Many of them we may find to be in need of balancing. One project would have a strong spiritual profile, but it may lack strong operational functions. Another would have a great administrative and operational foundation, but lack significant spiritual values. Our work evolves around bringing projects closer to balance…a sort of healing that must take place in the project and in its participants. Wherever one finds a community project, person, plant or element…improvement can be had. We have witnessed that when improvement is sought, in earnest, body, mind and soul, the unseen power of the spiritual source can provide whatever is needed. How to better apply and utilize these principles, from a sustainable, holistic approach, is the primary objective of the Nature-Culture project. The Nature Culture project, will prove that holistic organizations can maintain the delicate balance of being steadfast in their embrace of the sacred mission, but yet fulfill the secular objectives that demand quality services and meticulous management of both fiscal and human resources.
The Nature-Culture project brings added value to the concept of holistic community development. It encourages and promotes respect for a sound, well managed business that dovetails with spiritual and philosophical approaches to social and economic development that honors Nature. The basic premise of Nature Culture, a holistic CED project, is that, in order for any form of development to take place that will have lasting and meaningful impact at the community level, there needs to be a strengthening of organizational capacity. The uniqueness of this concept is that it reflects a solution that utilizes a participatory approach. This strategy helps holistic communities to become producers, providers and partners in the development of economic enterprises and effective social activities that directly benefit them. “We share the belief that the individuals whom a program or initiative is designed to assist should participate and play an active role throughout its planning, implementation and evaluation.”
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Nature Culture project you may contact: Akiba M. Kiiesmira – firstname.lastname@example.org or Abubakr M. Karim — email@example.com