Abbeyfield Home Goal Statement

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1. questions to answer

1.1. What are the problems to solve?

1.1.1. economically sustainable

1.1.2. energetically vibrant

1.1.3. enjoyable by all who experience

1.1.4. integrated into the surrounding community

1.1.5. harmonious for residents and visitors

1.1.6. seamlessly integrated into the natural world

1.1.7. adaptable and resilient to both internal and external changes

1.2. What are the intentions to fulfill?

1.3. What questions must be asked?

2. over-arching needs

2.1. peace

2.2. connection

2.3. harmony

2.4. integrity

2.5. authenticity

2.6. fun

2.7. community

2.8. physical well being

2.9. communication

2.10. beauty

2.11. sustainability

2.12. regeneration

2.13. interdependence

2.14. meaning

2.14.1. celebration of the circle of life

2.15. shared consciousness

2.16. simplicity

3. Statement: We live together simply and interdependently with the life affirming energy of our environment.

3.1. Objective brainstorm

3.1.1. Our home has a balanced budget every year.

3.1.2. There is a 5 and 10 year financial plan which is reviewed and revised every 3 months.

3.1.3. There is sufficient social and financial "income" each month to meet budget goals.

3.1.4. Our home is organized along Sociocratic principles with self-governing circles for each area of responsibility that are double-linked to each other.

3.1.5. There is a top governing circle which has community representatives that link our home to the surrounding environment.

3.1.6. All governing decisions are made by sociocratic consent so that each decision works toward fulfilling our home's vision, mission and aim. Every decision is reviewed periodically to assure that it continues to meet our vision, mission and aim.

3.1.7. Our residents, our staff, our volunteers and interested community members all receive periodic training in group self-governance and non-violent communication.

3.1.8. Our residents, our staff, our volunteers and interested community members receive periodic training in non-violent communication and are encouraged to use NVC in their interactions.

3.1.9. If conflict reaches impasse, we resolve it through transformative mediation.

3.1.10. Our home uses integrative health methods for health care including: acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, aromatherapy, allopathic medicine, alternative medicine, etc.

3.1.11. We eat all organic food and we try as much as we can to meet our food needs from a permaculture garden on our property.

3.1.12. We try as much as we can to meet our energy needs through renewal energy methods.

3.1.13. We serve the larger community as teachers, supporters and "wise" elders.

3.1.14. We teach ourselves and others permaculture, nonviolent communication and sociocracy.

3.1.15. We offer ourselves and the surrounding community common spaces for play, creativity, fun, gardening, meeting and dancing.

3.1.16. We connect to the worldwide community through the internet, publications and workshops.

3.1.17. We embrace and honor life cycles with particular attention to dying.

3.1.18. We live in the maximum amount of diversity that our circumstances permit including diversity of people (age, ethnicity, gender choices) and plants.

3.1.19. Our human-made and natural environment honors and exhibits beauty while also balancing the needs for functionality.

3.1.20. All energy including information, air, light, water and people flow through our physical and non-physical environments freely.

3.1.21. We are open to receive and study all spiritual traditions and practices.

3.1.22. We receive all with whom we interact empathetically as people.

3.1.23. We study and practice the principles of Integral Life Practice as taught by Ken Wilbur and others.

3.1.24. We embrace the gifts offered and share with the so-called corporate world.

3.1.25. To the extent that there is flow and harmony, we link with the Abbeyfield Network as well as other established and emerging networks.

3.1.26. We review these objectives periodically to make sure they remain alive and aligned with our vision, mission and aim.

4. Permaculture Principles

4.1. 1. Work within nature. Following natural cycles results in higher yields and less work.

4.2. 2. Least change, greatest effect. The less change that is created, the less embedded energy is used to create a system.

4.3. 3. Relinquishing power. A successful design creates a self-managed system.

4.4. 4. The problem is the solution. Turn constraints into resources.

4.5. 5. Redundancy. Every critical need should be met in more than one way.

4.6. 6. Use Onsite Resources. Determine what resources are available and enter the system on their own, then maximize their use.

4.7. 7. Edge effect. Two ecosystems come together to form a third, which has greater fertility, productivity and diversity than either of the two.

4.8. 8. Biological Resources/Diversity. Living things reproduce and build up their availability over time, through interaction with other compatible elements. Use and preserve biological intelligence.

4.9. 9. Functional Interconnection. The products of one system function meet the needs of another system element, reducing work, waste and pollution as the system meets its own needs.

4.10. 10. Multiple functions. Each element in a system is chosen and placed so that it supports as many activities as possible.

5. Primary Objectives & Measurements

5.1. Our home brings in and shares out enough resources each year to sustain itself and regenerate.

5.1.1. The financial budget, which includes all income sources such as barter, volunteer time and fees, is balanced each year.

5.2. All who connect with our home experience clear communication; process conflicts to achieve our common aim; and, share power with one another.

5.2.1. The home conducts a group inventory each year to measure needs met and unmet; and, how and with whom power is distributed.

5.3. We live happily, fulfilled and at peace within and as part of the natural world.

5.3.1. The home conducts a nature inventory each year to identify with specific references the ways in which the 10 permaculture principles are being implemented.