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I am working in the direction of a definition of conscious communities. I am hoping to find a way to “measure” the consciousness of communities. I’m trying to get at what the tag line says: Creating Places of Heightened Awareness and Expression. Right now, I would say conscious communities are communities that:
- Cultivate the consciousness of their citizens and encourage heightened awareness and expression by their citizens.
- Exhibit a sense of meaning and purpose that permeates the community in various ways.
- Are reflective of the values and culture of their citizens.
- Are responsive to the fundamental human needs of their citizens.
- Are environmentally sound or sustainable.
- Foster and support the financial and economic prosperity of their citizens.
- Are civically engaged and aware.
- Encourage and foster sound democratic and effective community leadership/stewardship.
- Are accountable to their citizens.
- Plan ahead and make investments in community building
- Encourage and support the learning and education of their citizens.
- Encourage and support the spiritual growth of their citizens.
- Encourage and support the physical health of their citizens.
- Encourage and support the happiness and psychological well-being of their citizens.
- Encourage and support the growth of creativity in their citizens.
- Encourage the building of social networks and relationships supporting their citizens.
To my new readers, I would ask: What does "conscious" community mean to you?
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"As a source of silver riches, the Cobalt area led the world in yielding a phenomenal 460 million ounces. That is about US$2 billion worth of silver at today's prices. In Cobalt's peak year, 1911, 34 mines produced some 30 million ounces."- Canadian Mining Hall of Fame Remarkably, the silver fortunes extracted far exceeded those made from Klondike gold. Cobalt silver helped drive the economy of Ontario - just out of a deep 1890's North American economic depression. It helped increase the wealth of Canadian Banks and attracted the financing for mining exploration and development. It produced a large number of Canadian millionaires and allowed for great investment in the Toronto Stock Exchange. Some would say, "Cobalt built Bay Street." Cobalt silver funded the expansion of the T. & N. O. Railway that opened up Northern Ontario. It led to a new awareness of the rich natural resources of Canada. Cobalt mines were on the leading edge of mining technology. Great innovations in silver ore extraction took place. Power was generated for the entire mining site by compressed air systems at Ragged Chutes. The Haileybury School of Mines was established to train generations of mining engineers whose alumni would go on to develop mines all over Canada and throughout the world. However, by the 1980's, most of the region's silver had been rendered from the earth and mining activity slowed. Cobalt's population dwindled to a fraction of its former self. The mines of former glory closed and lay dormant, and began to rust back into nature. It goes without saying that the people of Cobalt have tremendous pride in their town "the cradle of Canadian mining."
Friday, March 23, 2007
Community Branding: The Nuts and Bolts
- A brand is the relationship between the user and the product or service, or in the case of location branding, the place.
- A brand describes the emotions and experiences users have when they interact with a place.
- A brand defines the central, timeless essence or soul of this place and its intangible, emotional core.
- A brand exists in the mind of the user and connects the user's own personal identity with that experience.
- A brand consists of a powerful set of promises that deliver a relevant and distinctive experience, promising the same feelings and experiences every time the product or service is used, or the place is experienced.
- A brand is not a slogan or a logo or an ad campaign. These are the marketing elements that help convey the brand, but are not the brand itself.
- A brand must be relevant, differentiated from the competition, highly regarded, believable, and have emotional value.
Learn more about Louisville's branding effort.
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- Build more conscious communities that create an environment in which greater consciousness can grow in citizens, business executives and owners, elected officials, public servants, educators, religious leaders, artists and creative types, and other stakeholders.
- Develop more conscious people that can work together in giving birth to more conscious communities. Perhaps we should work on creating more conscious leaders! These conscious people must possess great self-awareness, as well as awareness of others. Self-awareness is almost always a prerequisite to other-awareness. As Plato reminds us "The unexamined life is not worth living."
The question is how do we tackle these twin challenges. Here are a few starting thoughts:
- Create experiences allowing people to expand their consciousness of what a community is all about. This is more than telling them about this or that in the community. People need to experience the community first-hand through visits, meetings, conversations, and other vehicles. They need multi-sensory experiences that engage all of the senses, not just our visual sense. People need to develop a sense of place and also here. Getting a sense of the power of place is also important. Also try this power of place website.
- Create experiences allowing people to increase their self-awareness and other-awareness in communities. What mental images do people have about themselves, others, and the community in an overall sense? Guided imagery is a powerful technique in helping people gain this awareness.
These are two starting points. What are your ideas? I would enjoy hearing them.