We envision a world
consisting of small local communities - populated by vibrant active people
living in harmony and peace with each other in a diverse, sustainable
Our founder Arthur Morgan defined
“an association of persons and families living in the same
limited area who plan and work in unison to satisfy a substantial part of
their common and varied needs and interests, and to sustain common
standards, and among whom there is a considerable development of personal
acquaintance and personal relations, and a feeling that they are sharing
risks and opportunities.”
small and local communities
as consisting of a few thousand people living within an area of a few
We distinguish between the spirit of community and the place of community - the spirit
referring to the type and quality of relationships between people in the
community; and the place referring to the environment, buildings and
facilities, laws and rules, etc.
the two, spirit is more important and, if suitably powerful and wise, will
provide the benefits of small local community to any type of place or
method of organization. However, we believe that the spirit of community
cannot fully develop without face to face interactions on a daily basis
with like minded people.
OUR MISSION AND PURPOSE
To increase the number of small
local communities throughout the world.
We believe it is to the benefit of society and responsive to
the yearnings of people to change the direction of societal development
from mass urbanization to small local communities.
To increase the number of small local communities within
existing urban areas.
We believe that the values and skills of small local
communities can be developed in neighborhoods within cities, bringing
much of the value and many of the benefits of the small local community
to urban areas.
To strengthen small local
communities that exist.
We believe that current small local communities can be
revitalized by providing the theories and practices of our organization
to the people living in these communities.
To educate people about
the value and benefits of small local community.
We believe that the current educational process is both unable
and unwilling to teach the theories and practices of the small local
community and we offer an alternate way of learning.
To design processes for
moving society away from industrial urbanization and toward small local
We believe that new processes can be designed and modeled for
a major transition from the current unhealthy industrial urban
environment to a wholesome environment of small local communities.
To raise awareness of the serious consequences
for mankind as small communities decline.
believe that the decline of small community and the increase in
urbanization threatens the very existence of mankind by rapid resource
depletion, increasing rates of inequity and increasing probability of
using nuclear weapons.
Caring - to feel interest or concern about others
Sustainability - using resources so that they are
not depleted or permanently damaged
Diversity - differing from one another and accepting the
Equity - justice according to natural law or right