Natural Communities And Sustainability

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In this presentation, I speak to an issue that I have been spending more time on.

That through urbanization, many are left without a natural community in the city and as the glue between people is lost the balance is more difficult to maintain.

A balance that is needed at the local level for any balance to be found at the global level

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Natural Communities And Sustainability

  1. 1. July 14, 2013 Natural Communities And Sustainability Richard Brubaker, Collective Responsibility July 2013
  2. 2. July 14, 2013 About Me
  3. 3. July 14, 2013 My Experience 200+
  4. 4. July 14, 2013 Natural Communities And Sustainability Richard Brubaker, Collective Responsibility July 2013
  5. 5. July 14, 2013 Finding A Balanced Model … is difficult Economic Performance Environmental Performance Social Performance Sustainability Gap
  6. 6. July 14, 2013 Social and Environmental Failures in China are very personal China’s Struggles To Find Balance … when economic growth is priority
  7. 7. July 14, 2013 Simple truth: If you don’t care about your community, “sustainability” as we understand it is unachievable Sustainability needs “Sustainability” Won’t Be Enough
  8. 8. July 14, 2013 Natural Vs. Manufactured Communities Natural Manufactured Enriching Economic Intimate Anonymous Cohesive Chaotic Self-Supporting Selfish Pull Push
  9. 9. July 14, 2013 Natural Vs. Manufactured Communities Community Centers Church / Temple Gym / club Starbucks Malls Social Media Grandma’s House Residential Community Street CommunityParks Museums Local Restaurants Bars Social Media
  10. 10. July 14, 2013 Urbanization Strains Natural Communities … and catalyzes growth of manufactured environments Sole focus on urbanization and consumption impacts natural communities • Families are separated • Migrants aren’t integrated • Individuals feel isolated
  11. 11. July 14, 2013 When Natural Communities Breakdown Sh*t happens
  12. 12. July 14, 2013 Building Urbanized Natural Communities … to find harmonious society Image Image Image Image Sole focus on urbanization and consumption impacts natural communities • Families are separated • Migrants aren’t integrated • Individuals feel isolated Focus turns to creating urban environments with balanced quality of life, rooted in strong communities • Families are reunited • Migrants are integrated • Individuals aren’t isolated
  13. 13. July 14, 2013 Rebuilding Natural Communities Manufacturing the right infrastructure
  14. 14. July 14, 2013 Rebuilding Natural Communities Community minded groups and businesses
  15. 15. July 14, 2013 Thank You! Richard Brubaker Founder, Collective Responsibility Adjunct Professor of Sustainability, CEIBS rich@collectiveresponsibility.org @ChinaCSR

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