Philadelphia: Community Cafe – Benefits to Healthy Competition

Greetings,

I want to thank all of those who came out to the Community Cafe Saturday, February 22, 2014. I certainly enjoyed the lively discussion regarding Competition.

As we discussed, competition need not be about determining a single winner. And it should not be about making others lose. Instead, competing involves responding positively to challenges and following example set by others. Competition is improvement. Individuals, families and communities who are competing have a drive to be better than they were.

Please take the time to complete the  Relationship Matrix  in order to identify those who are part of your network. In addition, identifying areas of opportunities to increase your network.

Best,
Eric Dobson

Reflections from 3 Integrationists

These gentlemen are also board members Hans Peters, Don DeMarco and Harold Adams. Combined they have nearly a century of experience as community activists, consultants, writers, non-profit leaders and speakers on the topic of how to make and sustain racial and socio-economic integration/cohesion in communities.

Sustainability, Thoroughly Defined

Intuitively, “sustainability” is a societal ideal worth pursuing, although it does
become somewhat elusive when probed more deeply. The ideal implies the
existence of the appropriate knowledge and governance capacity to maintain
economic vitality with social inclusiveness in opportunities and benefits, provide
for ecological sustainability and the protection of biodiversity to guide the
use of resources, and promote social equity within and across groups and generations.
All three are necessary and no one of them alone is sufficient. These requirements must also hold across a range of spatial and temporal scales. The key issues rather quickly become those associated with fundamental processes to nurture rather than attributes to perpetuate, and all have to be carried out in a world of many unknowns and unknowables.

“Models for Sustainability Emerge in an Open Systems Context”
George Francis, The Integrated Assessment Journal Vol. 6, Iss. 4 (2006), Pp. 59–77