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How to Build a Sustainable and Independent Community

Updated: Apr 15

How to Build a Sustainable and Independent Community


In an age where self-sufficiency and sustainability are increasingly important, the concept of creating an independent and sustainable community has become increasingly appealing. In order to build one of these communities, we must foster relationships, establish systems of exchange, and embrace sustainable practices. When we prioritize collaboration over competition and focusing on our shared values, communities can thrive while also reducing their reliance on external resources. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to create and maintain an independent and sustainable community.


1. Foster Relationships: At the core of any successful community are strong interpersonal connections. Encourage open communication, empathy, and mutual respect among community members. It is a good idea to host gatherings, workshops, and events to facilitate bonding and an exchange of ideas. Building a sense of trust and compassion within a community is crucial for long term success. 


2. Barter and Exchange: Bartering offers a sustainable alternative to conventional currency-based transactions. Encourage community members to exchange goods and services based on their skills, resources, and needs. Use Alset, an app for bartering with one’s community, to host exchanges and organize community markets where individuals can trade their goods and services. By promoting bartering, communities not only build stronger connections but also become more sustainable and independent.


3. Embrace Sustainability: For an independent community to succeed over an extended period of time, it must be sustainable. Encourage practices that limit and reduce waste whenever possible. Consider implementing practices like organic farming, renewable energy collection, water conservation and of course, bartering. Implement recycling programs and encourage upcycling and repurposing of materials. By minimizing environmental impact, communities can ensure their long-term viability.


4. Collaborate: Engage community members in collaborative projects that benefit the collective. Always look for new ways to create mutually beneficial interactions within the group. Pooling resources and expertise allows communities to achieve goals that would be challenging for individuals to accomplish alone. Make sure to maintain this sense of collaboration in order to create a long lasting community.


5. Education and Skill Sharing: Empower community members through education and sharing skills. Organize workshops, classes, and training sessions where individuals can learn new skills or enhance existing ones. This will allow individuals to become more independent while contributing to the wellbeing of the community as a whole. It is a good idea to foster a culture of lifelong learning and self-sufficiency. Regularly review your mission, values and vision to make sure they align with what you learn as you grow. These things will likely change as your community evolves. By equipping members with diverse skills, communities become more resilient and adaptable to change. 


6. Plan & Adapt: Anticipate potential challenges and prepare accordingly. Of course, we cannot know exactly what the future will bring but we can do our best to take steps that will allow for a community to survive over a longer period of time. Be aware of the community’s needs and how they can be met throughout challenging times. The ability to adapt to changing circumstances in perhaps most important in creating a durable community. Embrace changes and be receptive to the energy of the community members to create a group that is founded on the people who make it.


Creating an independent and sustainable community requires a holistic approach that encompasses social, economic, and environmental factors. By fostering strong relationships, promoting bartering, embracing sustainability, Focusing on collaboration, facilitating education and skill sharing, and planning for the future, communities can thrive on their own.


Alset is an app that is supporting sustainable, independent communities by offering a free platform for exchanging goods and services with one’s community. Join us on this journey towards a more self-reliant and sustainable future, one community at a time. 


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This post was written by Rc Diedrich. You can contact him at rcdiedrich@gmail.com.


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