Values and Principles

What are the guidelines that help us translating our Purpose into assessments, practice, decisions and behaviors?

How we want to relate with one another as we work together towards the shared Purpose?

  • Commoning: moving from the Me to the We, by thinking and acting as co-creative collective entities, without surrendering our individual autonomy.
  • Adhering to the permaculture ethics of earth care (rebuilding natural capital), people care (look after self, kin, and community), and fair share (set limits and redistribute surplus).
  • Organising ourselves in ways that foster relationship, participation, creativity, learning, and development.
  • Embodying openness, transparency and accountability in our behaviour.
  • Continually enhancing our collective intelligence and seek collective wisdom to guide it.

“Principles typically have high ethical and moral content, and developing them requires engaging the whole person, not just the intellect. The best will be descriptive, not prescriptive, and each principle will illuminate the others. Taken as a whole, together with the purpose, the principles constitute the body of belief that will bind the community together and against which all decisions and acts will be judged.” Chaordic Design Process

Descriptive principles are guidelines that we can observe in and extract from our practice. We assume that we will add more principles in this section of the Social Charter, as our practice deepens and expands.