Principles, Essence & Guidelines

Throughout decades of passion, dreaming, research, observations and just plain hard work the importance of a principled approach for successful collaborative community development has become clear. Inspired by the example of the Findhorn Foundation, a modified statement of these has been created to guide the organisation and hopefully inspire others to co-create similar community ways of operation.

Principles

  • Deep inner listening
  • Respect for all
  • Co-creation with nature
  • Love in action

Essence

We work in:

  • clarity and integrity, and seek nothing less than truth.
  • gratitude and open-hardheartedness, and seek nothing less than love.
  • courage and willingness, and seek nothing less than our soul’s path.
  • cooperation and shared vision, and seek nothing less than alignment with Spirit.
  • awareness and responsibility, and seek nothing less than peace.
  • acceptance and surrender, and seek nothing less than freedom.

Guidelines

We intend to engage with the following guidelines.

  1. Spiritual Practice – have an active spiritual practice to align with spirit and supports us to work for the highest good.
  2. Honouring nature – its presence, our place as part of nature and its representation in decision making.
  3. Service – to bring an attitude of service to others and to our planet, recognising the need to consider our own personal needs.
  4. Personal Growth – a commitment to the expansion of human consciousness and individual personal growth. Endeavouring to recognise and change limiting personal attitudes and behaviour patterns.
  5. Integrity – embodying congruence of thought, word and action by taking responsibility for the spiritual, environmental and human effects of our activities.
  6. Respect – wholeheartedly respecting other people and communities – their differences, views, origins, backgrounds, issues and the property of others.
  7. Direct Communication – using clear and honest communication with open listening, heart-felt responses, loving acceptance and straightforwardness. We talk with people rather than about them. In public and in private we speak positively and elevate others rather than divisional. We may seek helpful advice but do not seek to collude.
  8. Reflection – we recognise that anything seen outside ourselves – any criticisms, irritations or appreciations— may also be reflections of what is inside, and commit to looking at these before addressing others.
  9. Feedback – each of us is willing to listen to constructive feedback and work with it. When asked feedback to others will be given in a caring and appropriate way to challenge and support each other to grow.
  10. Nonviolence – we do not inflict attitudes or desires on others. Where appropriate we step in and deflect or stop violence, manipulation or intimidation of ourselves or others, or at least ask for it to stop.
  11. Perspective – for the benefit of the whole Community we acknowledge there are times we may need to put aside our own personal issues and focus upon the greater good. We recognise that there may be wider perspectives than our and deeper issues than those we are immediately aware of.
  12. Cooperation – we aim to clearly communicate decisions to others who may be affected by them, and consider their views respectfully. We recognise that others may make decisions which affect us, and we respect the care and integrity they have put into their decision-making process.
  13. Peacekeeping – we make every effort to resolve disputes. This may involve calling for an advocate, friend, independent observer or mediator to be present, and will use and follow agreed grievance procedures as necessary.
  14. Agreements – we respect the modern law and traditional lore of the land. We keep agreements we have made, and do not break or try to evade any guidelines of our organisation or that of others.
  15. Commitment – we bring the spirit of this statement of Common Ground to all our dealings.

Tiers of Regeneration

Impressed by the the Global Ecovillage Network map of regeneration (below) that refers to the United Nations 17 Development goals, our organisation bases our efforts upon four tiers of regeneration – social, ecological, economic and cultural. Practically this means that when co-creating and implementing solutions we will invest time in considering the challenges and benefits in each tier.

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