People + Vision + Time + Commitment = Change and a Human Future
The graphic below summarizes the projected progress of the Kitsap Resiliency Project. We have a framework, we have the model, we have a core team, all we need is you.
To build you need a strong foundation. To change culture you need that foundation to consist of informed, connected and engaged communities. This happens once core values, based on our shared humanity, help us find our commonalities. Once this foundation is in place we can apply the lessons of the drafters of the constitution and drive change through direct representation.
Once commonalities are agreed upon and needs identified, priorities can be set and a unified drive for addressing issues, solving problems and creation of a human infrastructure, meeting human needs, can be implemented. This is what a functional democracy looks like when the base is informed, engaged and connected.
The foundation is strong and you can build a human centric future on it.
We are driven to have human connection, wired for it. Humans are social animals, we are at our best when breaking bread together. In fact that is a core piece to all of our celebrations, the sharing of food.
How is it that we all feel isolated and alone? This is a long and complex answer with many parts, in a nutshell, our culture breaks our bonds and offers pseudo constructs in their place.
The Kitsap Resiliency Project endeavors to address this through the Framework Process. Once you have gone through the workshops you take the step to work with your neighborhood to identify strengths and weaknesses, to connect, to plan, to work together. From this process, we find commonalities and people from the neighborhoods begin the process. Some become part of the representational leadership.
Quality of Life
Quality of Life is a concept bandied about by marketers trying to sell you on moving to or buying into an area that has little to offer in regards to attractable qualities for workers in corporate America. It is also a concept that bears looking at and defining as you imagine the type of region and communities you want Kitsap County to become.
Start with the commonalities, food, power, water, shelter, transportation, security, and go from there. If those boxes are checked you will already have vastly improved the overall quality of life for everyone in the County.
Along the way you will discover a truth about developing capacity around those important things. That creating greater capacity means creating local industry, and that means local jobs. Yes, that means all capacity is increased as you cover the basics, and that is Quality of Life.
What happens when you have a model designed to be replicated and it works by creating a better quality of life for everyone in the area?
A model that does not require the current "leadership" to drive it from the top down, but depends on the ability of the communities to come together and drive it from the bottom up?
It gets adopted by a few and the journey begins again, in another location. And then again, and again, until pretty soon it is everywhere being adopted by communities around the state, then the country, and the world.
This is a lesson that Social Media and COVID has taught us, good or bad, a viral model spreads exponentially. In the case of this model, to develop resilient communities, responsible leadership, greater capacity, a human supportive infrastructure, and real security through connected community.