Policy Example: Vision

Our Vision

We have co-created a sustainable neighbourhood of beauty and peace where we can grow as individuals while supporting each other, the land on which we live and the wider community.  We  foster a sense of belonging, meaning and purpose, sharing the fullness of ourselves and celebrating the gifts of life with integrity.

Our community intention and values:

  • Encouraging positive connections while honoring personal privacy
  • Taking responsibility individually and communally for our actions
  • Using the consensus process to enhance community decision-making
  • Using resources wisely to care for the earth
  • Serving others, the community and the world around us
  • Supporting personal growth and community evolution, utilizing the power of spiritual practices from all of our traditions
  • Celebrating life together

Our actions:
Encouraging positive connections while honoring personal privacy by:

  • Designing community activities that cross age, gender, and ability
  • Supporting all family structures within the community
  • Providing for and respecting personal boundaries
  • Respecting individual and community property
  • Addressing interpersonal issues in a timely and respectful way
  • Following Creekside’s conflict resolution guidelines

Taking responsibility individually and communally for our actions by:

  • Challenging ourselves and the community to live our values
  • Using clear, open and honest communication
  • Talking to people rather than about them
  • Recognizing that what we perceive outside ourselves often mirrors what’s inside ourselves. Committing to look at these elements within before expressing them as criticisms or irritations of others
  • Maintaining high standards of personal integrity, congruence of thought, word and action
  • Being willing to listen to constructive criticism and to offer constructive feed-back to others in a caring and appropriate fashion
  • Keeping agreements we have made
  • Speaking out about inappropriate behaviours
  • Giving appreciation and encouragement to each other

Using the consensus process to enhance community decision-making by:

  • Listening
  • Participating
  • Practicing flexibility and openness
  • Trusting the wisdom of the group
  • Stopping to use a spiritual practice when the process is stalling
  • Making every effort to resolve disputes
  • Respecting the care, integrity and wisdom that has been put into the decision making process

Using resources wisely to care for the earth by:

  • Recycling
  • Conserving energy
  • Using alternative modes of transportation when possible
  • Simplifying our lifestyles
  • Sharing tools and equipment
  • Growing plants and trees that are appropriate to the climate and local conditions

Serving others, the community and the world around us by:

  • Being generous with our time, skills and resources
  • Serving as a model of community for others
  • Providing and seeking educational opportunities
  • Buying locally when possible

Supporting personal growth and evolution of our community and utilizing the support and power of spiritual practices from all of our traditions by:

  • Opening and closing meetings and gatherings with a spiritual practice
  • Being willing to teach and lead personal spiritual practices
  • Making the common space available for education and practice
  • Regularly renewing/updating our commitment to Creekside’s values
  • Focusing on positive thinking and action
  • Taking responsibility for the human, environmental and spiritual effects of our thoughts and actions

Celebrating life together by:

  • Having fun, laughing
  • Eating and playing together
  • Creating rituals
  • Expressing gratitude
  • Nurturing our children and elders
  • Working together to build community projects

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