To unite Pennsylvania’s rural and urban communities to build just, regenerative, and resilient regional economies that are self-reliant in basic needs, in order to increase community wealth and equity, reduce carbons, and prepare for climate change.
What We Value
Local Business Ownership
Decentralized business ownership spreads wealth and power broadly, creates local character, culture and identity, and builds local resilience and self-reliance. We value independent ownership, as well as cooperative ownership – consumer, worker and producer cooperatives – and public ownership of the commons, including wild lands and utilities such as water.
Local production of basic needs builds community wealth, decreases dependency on long-distance supply chains easily disrupted by weather and social upheaval and builds local resiliency.
Small-to-Small and Fair Trade
Supplementing local production with small-batch, artisan products made in other regions increases variety, provides cultural exchange and builds a network of cooperative regional economies. What’s not available regionally, such as coffee, chocolate and tropical fruits, is imported through fair trade relationships that benefit the communities where products originate.
Providing business opportunities and meaningful living wage jobs for economically marginalized populations, such as small farmers, entrepreneurs of color, women, former fossil fuel workers, the underemployed, veterans and returning citizens, builds stronger economies and more resilient, healthier and happier communities.
Our lives and the lives of future generations depend on protecting and regenerating our natural environment, including topsoil, air, rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and aquifers, woods and forests, wildlife and other species.
Cooperation and Generosity
Sharing our knowledge and resources with others is essential to addressing the challenge of climate change and advancing human evolution to a higher consciousness. By ending fear of not having enough for ourselves, we can move from a worldview of domination and violence to one of partnership and peace, from competition to collaboration, from individualism to community, from hoarding to sharing, and from fear to love.