Throughout the literature of natural resources and the rural environment there is testimony to the beauty of nature, the feelings of being in special places and relations, of awe and wonder, and awareness of the continuity of life. These have been poetic, religous, and metaphysical responses and they have often been very personal and for many undiscussable. "Words could not describe..." are often the words used.
Economists have sketched efforts to describe these value and benefits and many have classified them as non-consumptive, non-market, or esthetic.
We are fully aware of these benefits. We see them entering the market as poems, writing, photographs, and art. We also see them as lectures and sermons with observable costs. We see them as parts of paid experiences and conditions - a place to which visitors may be guided, the extra paying visitors one superior place garners over another. We do not usually assign relative value to known inspirational spots or areas. They are or are not, an integer valuation. We know that special inspirations can come at any time; they are instantaneous and rarely predictable. Nevertheless there are some areas recognized by many as inspirational. Their presence satisfies an objective and contributes to others within the total Rural System objectives, and that comes at a cost. The likely inspiration of a moderately large group of people is the criterion for an area, a scene, a text, an art object, an action by an athlete or hero..the display of a discovery or idea.
Inspiration overlaps with "Ideas" and we need not develop a conflict with it. We tend to think of inspiration as encouraging, potentiating, motivating, adding, promoting health, and often having private religous or metaphysical dimensions.
We forego some gains to achieve the potentials of inspiration. We pay to gain inspiration or the opportunities for it for customers and clients. Inspiration, rarely seen as objective or a commodity, is very much a part of Rural System work, and its encouragement, care, influence, expansion, management, and protection in socially beneficial ways directly affects the system profits.
Several people (2012) reacted negatively toward "profit" as too simplistic and too foreign to the stated and poetic expressions of many people toward rural lands and their "homes." We try to explain some of those dimensions above but begin to recognize a powerful element in conflict with current plans. We know people have left the land; now we must educate and re-attach those remaining, those in the cities (at least as wise voters), and those retirning to rural areas from the cities that they have found unffilling. The workers themselves of Land Force need to be in community. There are above and below this line the beginning of ...
The Involved Community
Guiding Principles of the Proposed Rural System’s Involved Community organization
Where profit is our 3-objective-index, we continue our inquiry as humans as to what may be missing in that triad and how it can be expressed and recognized and rewarded when significantly demonstrated.
Our forming perceptions (1-28-2013) are that we the people of the rural world
1. Are born with an innate, lifelong desire and ability to learn, and those should be enhanced by our Involved Community.
2. Learn best from and with one another, participating in our active, and learning that is seen as vital to their effectiveness, well-being, and happiness in most aspects of the Involved Community.
3. See that the capacities and accomplishments of groups of people are inseparable from, and dependent on, the capacities of the meaningful Involved Communities which they foster. Though unlimited, involvement minimally includes physical and mental health, the roles of artisans, the wellbeing of others, and the knowledge-based management of world natural resources.
4. Are attempting to achieve great harmony with the natural world.
5. Can develop individual and collective capabilities to understand complex, interdependent issues; engage in reflective, generative conversation; and nurture personal and shared aspirations.
6. Hold at least one such aspiration, that of collaborating with other organizations to enhance significantly our capacity for profound individual and organizational change. We work toward healthy networks of relationships. Perhaps cross-community benefits are possible.
We meld the above with our notes on “Decent Work.” and the educational/learning elements of the text of Giles', The Didactron, Amazon.com, 2012.
We suggest that our members commit to each other the following types of action as involved members: for refinement and change (also from www.Solonline.org)
Subsidiarity - Make no decision and perform no function at a higher or more central level than can be accomplished at a more local level.
Inclusiveness - Conduct all deliberations and make all decisions by bodies and methods which reasonably represent all relevant and affected parties and system components.
Shared Responsibility - Advance the Principles in ways which enhance the capacity and capability of the community as a whole, as well as that of each member.
Openness - Transcend community, institutional, and intellectual boundaries and roles that limit or diminish the Principles. Work toward
Adaptive Governance - Continually conceive, implement, and practice governance concepts and processes which encourage adaptability, diversity, flexibility, and innovation.
Intellectual Output - Use research results generated by the community and by others in ways that most benefit society.
Acknowledgment - Openly and fairly acknowledge intellectual contributions to Concepts, Theories, and Practices, both from within and from outside the community.
Participation and Quality - Contribute to and/or participate in research, capacity building, and practice, striving for the highest standards of quality.
1-28-2013 Based on www.Solonline.org</em> and
Senge, P., C.O. Scharmer, J. Jaworski, and B.S. Flowers. 2004. Presence: human purpose and the field of the future, The Society for Organizational Learning, Cambridge, MA, 289p.
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
June 28, 2005; 1-28-2013