Assets: We can all be valued contributors.
The real wealth of any society is its people. Every individual has valuable experience, skills and connections to contribute to the wellbeing of others in their local community.
Work: Some work is beyond a dollar value.
Work has to be redefined to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, and contribute to a healthy planet.
Reciprocity: Helping works better as a two-way street.
Giving and receiving are the basic building blocks of positive social relationships and healthy communities. All people want to make positive contributions – when we give freely, and receive freely, we honor each other’s positive contributions.
Social Capital: Networks make individuals stronger.
Networks are stronger than individuals. Community is based on putting down roots, building trust, and creating networks.
Respect: Respect for all means accountability to all.
Our respect for our neighbors, our communities, and our planet is displayed by being accountable for our behavior and actions. When respect is denied, we all are injured. In order to offer respect, we must recognize our power to hurt or heal with all our choices and actions.