Creating a sound future is complicated. But it’s not impossible. It means rethinking what is important; money, pride, power? Or is it family, health, safety, air or water? The media, especially television, seems to be hell bent on keeping people scared and confused. Technology seems to lull us into our world of comfort. We watch what we want, listen to what we want, purchase what we want, and more than ever in the history of the world, we can isolate ourselves from the voices that we disagree with.
In this time of tight fists and dwindling budgets, many charities are trying “one up” another to get money to keep their projects operating. I understand that need all too well, but given the smaller and smaller pool of givers, we need to rethink that approach. There are ways that different problems can be addressed together, and that’s what we’re trying to do. I guess it’s a novel approach, but to me it’s just logical.
I’ve been told many professionals that we should narrow our focus, shrink our region of concern, or make do with a smaller vision. I consider their advice, rethink my approach for NCSC, and I continue to believe that we are going about things the right way. We are trying to create a place, or places, where people can affordably improve their lot in life, learn to live lighter on the planet, find answers to problems they face. If we’re going to do that, which will enhance the dignity of everyone involved, we need to look to those people who are going to use it, or learn from it, to make it happen.
I’ve tried reaching out the wealthy, and I just don’t “talk right.” We are not following convention in our project, and people trust convention. But convention requires lawyers and accountants, hefty sized boards and experienced executives. Those people have learned how to use their wonderful talents in an existing world, but we need to look for a different way to life in this world. So, we need a different way to run our programs to make that new world happen.
NCSC started the “Local Links” program to invite people to proudly wear their concerns on their clothes or bags, inviting conversations about shared and different links. Pink ribbons have become understood. Red ribbons supported the AIDS movement. But our “Local Links” allow people to support the services that will provide local food, support local farms, teach environmental education, connect dog trainers and the 4H with autistic children and disabled veterans, and more. Connecting these different aspects of our world will encourage people to tighten their community connections, all for just $1.00 per link.
Yes, $1.00 is not a lot of money, and we’ll spend half of that just sending the link out to the person who sends their money in. But we know that people are complicated and they will be able to support more than one interest if it’s just $1.00 per link. The more areas a person supports, the farther their dollars can go, and the more they show their own generosity and diversity.
Our video on YouTube illustrates very quickly how our project works. You can find out more about us at www.northcountrysustain.org, and you’re always welcome to contact me directly at Pat@northcountrysustain.org. We know that people are unique and complicated, as is our planet. If we’re going to live a sustainable life on this Earth we need to learn to reconnect with each other, and with our planetary home, or all the good intentions in the world won’t matter. That’s not really complicated, is it?
**You may wonder why it’s always me that makes these videos and blogs if NCSC represents others. I’m the only one on our board that is comfortable on the computer to this extent. The other board members have full time paying jobs that their family relies on, or they have family obligations that take up their time. I’m lucky to be married to one of those board members who works off farm so I can work here at the farm, and on NCSC. He pulls in most of the money, though our farm and soap business help.