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7 CORE NEEDS RESOURCE GUIDE

An Evolving Solutions-Oriented Guide for Ensuring
the 7 Core Needs of all Humans and Animals Are Met

The solutions to the problems of the world already exist.
They just need to be made visible to the public eye so we can implement them at the global scale.
Once we expand our worldview to acknowledge the vast scope of the new models,
we can create positive change exponentially. 

 

— Maddy Harland, Editor and Co-Founder of Permaculture Magazine 

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Overview of Resource Guide Introduction with Links to Each Section

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 Link to Each Core Need (coming soon)
(It is recommended to read this page before exploring the Core Needs)

LIVING SOIL
HEALTHY WATER
VITALIZING FOOD
FRESH CLEAN AIR
PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL SAFETY
COMFORTABLE SHELTER
MANIFESTING POTENTIAL
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About this Resource Guide

This evolving Resource Guide serves to support the global initiative of #7CoreNeeds. This page offers an overview of the guide as well as some of the more prominent resources, initiatives and topics that are related to whole-system solutions. To explore solutions for addressing a particular Core Need, please use the menu with the buttons just above or at the bottom of this page.

 

#7CoreNeeds is a unifying vision and practical pathway for people of all cultures and ideologies to rise above our differences and organize effectively, as One Humanity, for rapid social and ecological healing. #7CoreNeeds is inspired by the second primary task of Eco-Governance, which is to ensure that all humans and animals have guaranteed access to 7 Core Needs, namely:
 

  • Living Soil

  • Healthy Water

  • Vitalizing Food

  • Fresh Clean Air

  • Physical and Emotional Safety

  • Comfortable Shelter

  • The conditions and resources needed for all to realize their unique potential – in mutual enrichment with their communities and ecosystems.


As Codes for a Healthy Earth and many grassroots communities and networks around the world affirm, we already have the knowledge, wisdom, solutions, technologies and resources to effectively address all our global challenges and ensure a thriving world for all of Life. This guide provides an evolving overview of some of the most inspiring, relevant and practical resources and real-life stories related to co-creating a world where the core needs of all humans and animals are met in ways that protect and restore the entire biosphere. 

Main topics for each Core Need include:

  • Challenges

    • Reality Check ~ some facts and statistics revealing the systemic failure in addressing each core need

    • Primary Threats ~ some of the major threats and challenges to meeting this need

  • Whole-System Solutions

    • Organizing Principles ~ essential steps for ensuring this need is met by all

    • Initiatives & Practices ~ living examples of how we can meet this need at scale

  • Personal, Home & Community-based Solutions ~ What can I/we do - now?

  • Documentaries, Short Films & Talks

  • Additional Resources (websites, initiatives, articles, books, etc.)

  • Summits & Conferences 

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A Word About "Solutions"

In recent times the word "solution" has become associated with a "quick fix", reductionist, reactionary, symptomatic and/or technocratic approach to a particular challenge — often with a view to gain financially, perpetuate extractivism and/or further citizen dependence and control. These are what we might call "pseudo solutions". In this resource guide, solutions are seen as holistic interventions that effectively address challenges in ways that cause no harm to Life. They include for instance best practices, wisdom teachings, regenerative innovation, appropriate technology, etc. Optimal solutions are discerned according to the principles outlined below.

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Discerning Principles for Solutions

Inspired by the decision-making criteria offered by Eco-Governance, discernment processes for optimal solutions are guided by four key indicators. Eco-Governance suggests that to ensure holistic, issue-focused and multi-perspective decision-making, it is essential for the most relevant and diverse human and non-human voices to be represented in all discernment processes. 

The Eco-Governance framework proposes that   decisions are made on the basis of that which is:
 

  • Most Vitalizing

  • Most Impactful

  • Most Compassionate

  • Most Efficient​

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Additional discerning principles for solutions include:
 

  • Non-harmful / non-toxic — No foreseeable negative impacts to Life (precautionary principle).

  • Root cause — Addresses the root cause(s) of the challenge

  • Holistic  — Takes into account systemic influences, integrates diverse perspectives and disciplines and applies whole-system health and healing wisdom. 

  • Stacking functions — Addresses multiple challenges simultaneously.

  • Non-extractive — Uses easily renewable resources or recycled materials

  • Uses local resources — The more that materials can be sourced locally, the better

  • Non-intrusive — Respects personal and community-based privacy and sovereignty

  • Scalable — Can be easily replicated and applied globally

  • Adaptable — Can be easily adapted to diverse cultures, climates and conditions

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Localization & Bioregionalism

Economic localisation is the key to sustaining biological and cultural diversity

– to sustaining life itself. The sooner we shift towards the local,

the sooner we will begin healing our planet, our communities, and ourselves.


– Helena Norberg-Hodge

Today there is a vast, diverse and growing grassroots movement towards localization and "bioregioning." This movement, and all its inspiring expressions, offers countless shining examples and models for how we can self-organize to effectively meet our core needs as much as possible at the local and bioregional levels, in ways that protect and restore the biosphere. Focusing on meeting our core needs together as cities, towns, villages and rural communities, fosters deep collaboration and builds healthy, resilient and vibrant local and bioregional networks of mutual support. (See Whole-System Solutions below for links)

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3 Recommended In-person Educational Experiences:

3 Inspiring Resources for Cultivating a Regenerative Lifestyle:

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The Great Reskilling

Those of us alive today have a very strong claim to being the most useless generation to ever walk the planet.
We have forgotten how to cook, sew, knit, repair stuff, grow food, build soils and live thriftily
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— Rob Hopkins, The Great Reskilling

Prioritizing and meeting our core needs will require a fundamental reorientation of all social systems. Ultimately, most enterprises and professions will become obsolete and most people will need to retrain in skills that are relevant to our needs and aligned with the good of the whole. The coming period of "The Great Reskilling", and co-discovering a new and ancient way of living in harmony with each other and with all of Life, could prove to be one of the most inspiring, healing and meaningful times in human history. 

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Whole-System Solutions

Whole-system solutions refers here to solutions that effect systemic transformation and that address most or all of the Core Needs simultaneously. These solutions, if applied globally and adapted locally, would to contribute towards fundamentally transforming and healing our planetary ecology and human society as a whole. Below are some examples of whole-system solutions that are already well-established and activating radical whole-system transformation at a large scale. Additional resources and initiatives related to these whole-system solutions through the lens of specific needs can be found in the Core Need Guides.​

  • ANCIENT WISDOM — "In this unprecedented time, when interconnected ecological, climate, and health crises threaten our collective survival, the world is increasingly looking to Indigenous peoples for solutions. The diversity amongst Indigenous peoples’ and knowledge systems cannot be overstated - the multitude of Indigenous identities is incredibly wide-ranging." RIVER

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  • AGROECOLOGY — "Ecology is the study of relationships between plants, animals, people, and their environment - and the balance between these relationships. Agroecology is the application of ecological concepts and principals in farming." — Soil Association

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  • ECOVILLAGES & INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES — "A rural or urban community that is consciously designed through locally owned, participatory processes in all four dimensions of sustainability (social, culture, ecology and economy) to regenerate their social and natural environments.​​​​​​​" — Global Ecovillage Network

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  • FOOD SOVEREIGNTY — "The right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts those who produce, process and consume healthy and local food at the heart of our agriculture and food systems, instead of the demands of market and transnational companies”. — La Via Campesina (Global "Peasant Farmer" Network that coined the term "Food Sovereignty")

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  • LOCALIZATION"Millions of local and regional enterprises are already demonstrating that they can do a better job providing for basic needs – including the fundamental human need for community – than the handful of giant corporations that currently dominate the world’s economy. ... Localization is about bringing the economy back to a human scale. It is the process of building economic structures that allow the goods and services a community needs to be produced locally and regionally whenever possible." Local Futures

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  • NEW ECONOMY — "In our vision, regional solidarity economy ecosystems are essential building blocks for global economic transformation. A solidarity economy ecosystem is an environment where all of the things a community needs are controlled and governed by everyday people: like housing, schools, farms and food production, local governance structures, art and culture, healthcare and healing, and transportation." — New Economy Coalition

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  • TRANSITION TOWNS — "Transition is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.​​​​​​​ Community-led Transition groups are working for a low-carbon, socially just future with resilient communities, more active participation in society, and caring culture focused on supporting each other.​​​​​​" — Transition Network

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  • TRAUMA HEALING — "So much of what we call abnormality in this culture is actually normal responses to an abnormal culture. The abnormality does not reside in the pathology of individuals, but in the very culture that drives people into suffering and dysfunction.” — Gabor Maté, The Wisdom of Trauma

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  • WATER-RETENTION LANDSCAPES — "Water Retention Landscape ... is a model for natural and decentralized water management, a basis for reforestation, horticulture and agriculture in regions threatened by desertification, and is part of a comprehensive model for sustainability on a large scale that includes water, food, energy and community building." — Tamera Healing Biotope 1

    Recommended Links:

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Resources for Community-Led Self-Organization

Working together effectively and harmoniously is often easier said than done. Fortunately there are many tools and "social technologies" that have been developed to help us on this journey. One of the most important actions each of us can take is to work on our our selves, cultivating practices like self-awareness, conscious communication, deep listening, non-judgment, empathy, emotional intelligence, etc.

  • Catalyse — "Catalyse brings people together to discover what matters to them collectively. We build on what is already there and work out together how to turn ideas into actions that make a positive difference." 

  • Dragon Dreaming— "Dragon Dreaming is a world wide network that aims to empower individuals, strengthen communities and offer a service to the earth."
     

  • Dynamic Governance — "Dynamic Community Governance is a method of governance that values the input and perspectives of each person. The principles and methods are derived from the science of cybernetics and the Quaker tradition of peace and education."
     

  • Foundation for Intentional Communities — "Explore books about finding, creating, and living in an intentional community."
     

  • Involve — "Involve is the UK’s leading public participation charity. We develop, support and campaign for new ways to involve people in decisions that affect their lives."
     

  • Open Space — "Open Space Technology is one way to enable all kinds of people, in any kind of organization, to create inspired meetings and events."
     

  • Prosocial — "The Prosocial ARC [Awareness, Relationships, Culture] Process is a unique, practical, applied, behavioral approach that contributes to a significant worldwide research effort using evolutionary theory as a unifying theoretical framework." 

 

  • Sociocracy — "Sociocracy is a governance system, just like democracy or corporate governance methods. It’s best suited for organizations that want to self-govern based on the values of equality." See also Sociocracy 3.0.
     

  • Transition Network — "Transition is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.​.. We often find that the most thriving Transition groups are paying as much attention to their culture, processes, structures and relationships as they are to their practical projects, activities and outputs."  See also the vast library of Resources for Inner Transition
     

  • u-school  "The u-school methods and tools feature a unique blend among state-of-the-art systems thinking, action learning, social arts, awareness practices, and tools for multi-sector systems transformation." 
     

  • World Café — "The World Cafe is a method which makes use of an informal cafe setting for participants to explore an issue by discussing it in small table groups."

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Community Maps & Collaboration Platforms

This section offers a small selection of some of the different types of platforms for communities to connect, map and organize locally, nationally and globally.

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Transiscope (France / Global)

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ECOLISE (Europe)

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Rede Convergir (Portugall)

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Solutions Libraries

This section offers a variety of solutions repositories in the form libraries, wiki's, summits, solution awards and more. Each link is an inspiring world of its own. The Localization Action Guide and Low-impact Living are good places to start.

  • Appropedia — "The site to develop and share collaborative solutions in sustainability, poverty reduction and international development through the use of sound principles and appropriate technology, original research and project information."

  • Low-impact Living — "A huge resource bank for living sustainably and re-skilling for career change, supported by a network of like-minded people, businesses & organisations. Browse the categories below for 230+ topics with frequently updated info, books, magazines, news, videos, courses, products, services & specialists to answer your queries.​"
     

  • LUSH Spring Prize — "Rather than reducing impacts and maintaining the earth’s damaged systems, the LUSH Spring Prize showcases work that seeks to heal and grow; taking a holistic approach to overcoming environmental, social and economic challenges."

  • One Community Global — "We are creating open source resources and solutions for all aspects of sustainable living."

  • Open Source Ecology — "We’re developing open source industrial machines that can be made for a fraction of commercial costs, and sharing our designs online for free." 

  • Permaculture UK — "A website that accompanies Permaculture Magazine, filled with solutions focusing on the shared goal of growing a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle and wider culture. Covering everything from the individual growing organic food to the structuring of ecovillages and agroforestry."
     

  • Regeneration — "Challenges and solutions for ending the climate crisis [outlined in the book Re-generation by Paul Hawken] in one generation. Entries include resources, initiatives, people, and organizations that teach, engage, influence and transform."
     

  • Rob Greenfield — "Rob’s mission is to help others live others to live happier, healthier and more sustainable lives and has created a large number of resources and guides to facilitate this, 400+ articles, 200+ videos and 100’s of interviews with media, multiple books and a TV series." 
     

  • Shareable | How-to Share Guide — "Shareable’s growing collection of how-to share posts, which can help you save money, reduce waste, and build community through sharing."

  • Sustainability Now — "A global movement of changemakers sharing information and implementing cutting edge solutions to planetary problems related to food, energy, housing, water, waste, economics, health and consciousness.​"
     

  • The Greater Reset — "Our desire is to help all people find community and liberty by providing practical steps and knowledge for co-creating a world that respects individual liberty, bodily autonomy, and choice."
     

  • Vikalp Sangam | Resources (India) — ​"Browse through the list of categories each having its own resource list of visual & audio (that includes presentations & slideshows); books, reports & newsletters; Websites; Networks; and Tools."

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Inspiring & Educational Documentary & Films Libraries

  • EarthCare Global TV — "EarthCare Global TV is initiating this first step toward Internet TV page, beginning by listing films, documentaries, interviews, animations that have been created by conscious ones around the globe to share about sustainable living on this planet."
     

  • Films for Action — "Our mission is to empower citizens with the knowledge and perspectives essential to creating a more compassionate, just, regenerative, and democratic society. Over the last 16 years, we've curated over 1,000 free documentaries and 4,000 short films, plus over 150 pay-per-view documentaries, spanning 34 topics related to changing the world."

  • ​​​​​​​Films for Change (Local Futures) — "Browse through our collection of thought-provoking films curated by Local Futures. In each category you will find films that expose destructive consequences of the growth- and consumerism-based economy, as well as those that showcase positive and transformative solutions."

  • Films for the Planet — "Films for the Planet promotes globally connected storytelling that inspires generative discourse and positive action for the greater good.​​​"

  • Global Oneness Project — "We are a free multimedia platform for educators and students. Through our immersive storytelling and curricula, we explore the deeper issues facing humanity. Use our award-winning films, photo essays, and essays to learn about social, cultural, and environmental issues from people and communities worldwide."

  • Happen Films — "We make solutions-focused documentaries that explore how we can build resilient communities and landscapes in the face of global challenges. We share the stories of inspirational people creating a more beautiful world."
     

  • If Not Us Then Who? — "Using our powerful visuals we are organising a global roadshow to reach new audiences and help build a movement in support of the indigenous fight to protect forests."

  • Story of Stuff — "Our first movie, The Story of Stuff, unleashed a torrent of pent-up demand for honest conversation about our consumption-crazed culture. Since then, we’ve produced dozens of animated shorts and documentaries that chart a path to a more just and sustainable future."

  • Waterbear — "Whatever you feel passionately about in the world of climate action, biodiversity, sustainability, community, diversity and more, WaterBear provides access to award-winning and inspirational content that empowers members to dive deeper, learn more and take action."​​

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 Jump to Each Core Need (coming soon)

LIVING SOIL
HEALTHY WATER
VITALIZING FOOD
FRESH CLEAN AIR
PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL SAFETY
COMFORTABLE SHELTER
MANIFESTING POTENTIAL