existing resources are defined, these reference points can be used
to create a visual map of community resources. The next step is
to examine the relationships between each of these existing
step measures dependencies, exchanges and conditions that form the
"connective tissue" between community resources. For example,
climate trends impact water availability which determines agricultural
cycles that support local economic activities.
defining existing resources creates a "static" model of
the community, this process of connecting the dots creates a more
"dynamic" model of how a community actually functions
as a living, evolving organism whose resources are constantly interacting
with each other.
value of this approach is that it shows us the mechanisms of
change that are actively at work in each community every
single day. It unlocks the hidden process of how change grows
naturally from existing forces within each community.
comprehensive insights remind us that change must be grown from
within each community, and the introduction of new resources must
follow the rhythms and patterns that already exist in the dynamic
relationships between existing resources.