There are many wonderful programs and projects that bring valuable expertise and resources to communities throughout the world as they face challenges and opportunities of the early 21st Century. What is unique and timely about the Communities Collaborative initiative?
- Communities Collaborating is focused on the challenges and opportunities facing “island” communities–those small communities in North America that reside at a distance from major urban areas. These communities must often look to their own energy, talent and resources in order to take advantage of the opportunities and effectively address the challenges.
- Each of the participating communities is involved in multiple Com-Col projects. While these projects might initially seem to be independent of one another, Com-Col offers a systemic perspective–exploring how each of these projects relates to one another. Synergy is operating in each of the participating communities. Com-Col’s mission is to help leaders of these communities discover and make full use of this synergy.
- Com-Col is founded on appreciation. The primary task of this collaborating initiative is to help leaders of the participating communities discover the distinctive resources of their community.
- The ultimate aim of Communities Collaborating is to strengthen “island” communities throughout the world–sharing ideas and resources found in the participating communities, as well as those found in other similar communities throughout the world. We believe that the future of democratic ideals and engaged citizenship is to be found in these communities.