The Earthlands Collective
A Cooperative Business operation aligned with the Inst. For Environmental Awareness, Inc.
Why a Collective? A collective is a cooperative-type business owned and controlled by the people who use its services. Owners, Partners, or “Stakeholders”, finance and operate the business for their own mutual benefit and their service to the world. While the Earthlands Collective, LLC would be similar to other businesses, there are three distinctively different ways it would operate, it would be: 1.) user-owner, 2.) user-controlled, and 3.) user benefited. (US.Gov. Doc. #7). The Coop Model serves Earthlands well because there are many parties dedicated to the future of Earthlands through its mission and vision and its intention to protect the land for future generations.
According to Sarah van Gelder, Executive Director of YES Magazine, it its Spring 2013 issue “…cooperatives can be powerful forces for change…cooperative forms of ownership allow the well-being of people, the Planet, and future generations…”
Vision. The Earthlands Collective, LLC vision for the future is that humanity participates in cooperation and intimate connection with the Earth and all life. The Collective provides new, innovative, and collaborative people-centered programs and services with a sustainable culture.
Mission. The Earthlands Collective, LLC mission is to offer safe, economically sustainable, and socially justified programs and services by providing Earth-centered educational and personal transformation experiences that inspire and empower people of all ages and circumstances to become skilled, conscious, and joyful contributors to life on Planet Earth.
Objectives. The objectives that guide the day-to-day operation of the Earthlands Collective, LLC include, but are not limited to:
#1.) Operation of a Program Center. Through a long-term ground-lease on Earthlands Community Land Trust property, provide a Center where individuals and groups conduct programs and services aligned with the mission of Earthlands and embody personal and planetary well-being.
#2.) Earth-based Education and Personal Transformation Programs. Programs and services of the collective would combine the Path of Personal Transformation with the Path of Regenerative Ecological Living. The advanced educational and self-development programs reveal the gift and contribution of each individual to the whole through applied Deep Ecology, Ancient Indigenous Wisdom, deep listening strategies, and creativity to intimately connect each with Community, Nature, Spirit and Self. The curriculum focuses on deep personal growth work that balances with skills and abilities for living in right relationship with the Earth and All Life. The “living and learning” community at Earthlands provides ecological living through innovative and visionary practices grounded in the sciences of bio-geometry, bio-mimicry, and quantum physics; and instruction in “hands-on” technical skills for enhancing one’s well-being and connection to the environment.
#3.) Land Protection and Stewardship. The Earthlands Collective, LLC working with the Earthlands Community Land Trust will secure, in perpetuity, the protection and stewardship of the land surrounding the core Earthlands property and portions of the First Nations Peoples, the Nipmuc lands. This trust property would be taken out of private ownership and dedicated to education, ceremony, community living, Earth-based experiences, wildlife protection, and open space.
# 4.) Demonstration Model for Regenerative Ecological Living. The Earthlands Collective, LLC would inspire, initiate, and construct “state-of-the-art” buildings, structures, land-use principles and an EcoVillage that reflect sustainable and regenerative philosophy, content, and methods. Such structures would house staff , residents, and guests and serve as demonstration models for the public to observe and study. Coop management, and operation would be self-evident throughout “Earthlands”.
Prepared by the Ad Hoc, Collective Group, November 15, 2014; revised, October 10, 2106