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Money, money, money… July 20, 2010

Posted by gfsa in Food Thoughts.
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Money, money, money; Must be funny in the rich man’s world
Money, money, money; Always sunny in the rich man’s world
Aha-ahaaa;  All the things I could do if I had a little money; It’s a rich man’s world – Abba

The search for money and funding is in the hearts and minds of many who are doing amazing things across our country.  How can we work together to make sure the ‘rich man’s world’ is everyone’s world? ’Rich’ means a healthy planet for everyone – healthy food, air, water, and soil.  A resilience and sustainability that is predicated on one simple principle that – what ever you do, and wherever you do it  – you do not damage or hurt anyone or anything – that means anything  – animal, vegetable, or mineral.

This is systems at work – simply said “everything is connected”. Think about your choices – growing, shopping, and food habits; waste as a resource or a management practice; water use or misuse; home renovations to do or not to do. These are all connected and have impacts on our planet. We need to learn together across the system and we need to lead!  Seek out unusual partners and fill the glass (the needs and the gifts) together. Measure success through all the lenses not just one – health, social, education environment, economics, and the family and community.

Resource companies ought to take a look at small non-profits and see how they meet with ‘success on a dime’ and contribute to the spirit and sustenance of their communities.  Non-profits ought to seek out natural resource companies, builders, processors, manufacturers and see which ones have been successful in tapping and creating resources without sacrificing the environment AND who have had long-lasting positive effects across systems – community, family, health, education, social, environment and economics. This means we need to get out of our comfort zone.  Make a call, have a coffee and see where it goes.  There is so much to learn and so little time. Check out Melcor and its practice around their newest build and embracing the natural habitat in south of Edmonton, Cenovus and its community support philosophy, Sangudo and its amazing community development and volunteer efforts,  Hinton and its community garden and low impact greenhouse efforts, so many examples… 
So stay tuned.  I am going to call ——— oooh that is uncomfortable!   What about you?  Who will you chat with?

Submitted by: Susan Roberts, GFSA Coordinator, and Owner of Community Building Resources

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