Our mission at One Community is to help people create a better world. This page shares our pledge to meet this goal and an overview of each of our core values and how we apply them.
A clear and agreed-upon set of world-changing values is essential to accomplishing world-changing goals. This page is an overview of the values we consider essential parts of helping us create positive global change for the benefit of all people and all life on this planet. Combined they create our Pledge and every core team member of One Community signs this pledge.
We discuss all this with the following sections:
Click the icons by each value for a complete page on the value. Visit our Overview page to learn about how and what we are creating by thinking and operating this way.
One Community believes in positive global change. As an organization, we embody this change in order to create the most profound and positive impact we can for “The Highest Good of All.” This includes all people and all life on this planet. We have 14 core values that we believe are keys to our success. We incorporate these values into every One Community goal and/or objective that we seek to accomplish. Our intent is to ensure that any result from accomplishing our goals has a positive effect on humanity and the world.
One Community exists to:
“Do the highest good for the betterment of humanity.”
We believe the idea of setting aside our differences to work towards positive transformation of all life on Earth should be seen as non-controversial, non-political, and simply common sense. More specifically, when One Community uses the term ‘Highest Good of All’ we mean:
We follow the way that best supports the happiness and wellness of humanity, creates prosperity across all demographics, and is also harmoniously regenerative and sustainable for the planet. If enough people demonstrate the Highest Good of All approach, we have the potential to reach the global “tipping point” necessary to achieve a new Golden Age of unity and sustainability for humanity.
“Openly and freely share knowledge to encourage collaboration.”
We believe in freely sharing our ideas, creations, and concepts with our fellow humans. We make it easy for people to leverage what we share by keeping all of the information as open source. This way anyone can replicate and modify what we share to fit their needs, all free of charge.
“Commit to helping the world transition to sustainable options.”
We believe in making sustainable living a mainstream option. One Community defines sustainability as the coexistence of humanity with nature and each other for the betterment of future generations. This applies to both physical sustainability and societal sustainability and is one of the backbones of our decision making process.
“Seek to understand and to be understood.”
Clear, intentional, and effective communication and feedback between each other and the world is the most effective way to create a synthesis of diverse ideas in alignment with our Highest Good of All philosophy. We believe in two core facets about communication:
Communication and effective operations at One Community are founded on setting clear expectations and goals and embodying a culture of “how can I help?” Communication and effective engagement with the world are founded on sharing how to replicate everything we do.
“Work together locally, regionally, and globally.”
True, Genuine Community is the art and practice of being our most loving, open, and authentic selves supporting our own constant growth and improvement and the growth and improvement of each other and our global environment. For those who desire it, One Community is creating a path and support structure for building and living in communities like this.
“Make decisions collaboratively.”
We believe in the effectiveness of decision making in groups. Namely, we believe that consensus should include:
“Give to each other and the world.”
We believe that every member of our organization should give an equal and fair effort to meet their basic responsibilities and the global goals of One Community. This will help us to maintain our nonprofit’s financial viability while setting the example for those that we help.
“Celebrate each other’s differences.”
We appreciate and celebrate individuality. Our community goal with this approach is creating an environment without bias towards gender, race, religion, politics, sexual preference, age, culture, or lifestyle. Our global-transformation goal with this perspective is recognizing that we are all a part of One World Community.
“Respect people’s individuality and self-expression.”
We are dedicated to creating a place where people feel free to be themselves while pursuing The Highest Good of All. We celebrate people’s freedom by showing love, including others, and allowing diversity to flourish.
“Meet people’s needs for living in a balanced way.”
We believe in creating a world that is healthy and fulfilling for all people. We create more time to enjoy life by maintaining a sustainable community model that maximizes efficiency and productivity.
“Be honest, responsible, and proactive.”
We believe in actively practicing Honesty and Integrity. This includes telling the truth, demonstrating maximum responsibility for our own actions and decisions, thinking and acting positively and proactively, and consciously choosing how we respond to people and situations.
“Love and honor those around you.”
Living and sharing the values of love and compassion are fundamental to our purpose. We believe in applying this through:
Ultimately, this is the foundation of our philosophy of living and creating for The Highest Good of All.
“Encourage personal and spiritual growth.”
We believe in fostering a working environment for personal development and spiritual freedom. Growing and leveraging the talents and skills of the group provides more meaningful results and contributes to our overall goal of sustainability. Creating an environment that supports people to grow personally and spiritually means unlocking their true potential to help contribute to a better world.
“Resolve conflicts constructively.”
Our organization maintains a positive and proactive environment that minimizes or eliminates conflict. Our process for conflict resolution is designed to allow feelings to be shared, create understanding, and restore harmony to a situation. Keeping this at the forefront of our organization is a key to success when tackling new projects or working with the community at large.
Here is the actual pledge each person signs as part of the One Community application process.
As members of One Community, and being the change we wish to see in the world, we pledge to do our best to think globally, live collaboratively, and create the most profound and positive impact we can for The Highest Good of All people and life on this planet. We maintain this through practicing One Community’s definition and application of the following values and associated questions:
We agree to living and creating for The Highest Good of All. This is our highest value and includes seeking collaborative solutions that embrace diverse perspectives and create win-win-win solutions for individuals, groups, and the planet. In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following three key questions:
We agree to forwarding Open Source contribution to global progress. This includes freely sharing our ideas, creations, and concepts with our fellow humans and making what we share as easy as possible to duplicate and modify.
HERE ARE THE OVERVIEW HUBS
(Click on each icon to be taken to the corresponding Highest Good hub page.)
In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following three key questions:
~ Sustainability ~
We agree to living in a manner that is Sustainably Sustainable. This includes living in a proactive, regenerative, coexisting manner that supports cooperation, longevity, responsibility, and conservation by open-mindedly considering the short and long-term effects of our decisions on us as individuals, on One Community, and on our planet and all its life forms. In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following three key questions:
~ Communication ~
We agree to use effective Communication. This includes using ownership language, regular giving and receiving of feedback, seeking to understand and then be understood, and proactive, open, and timely responses. In decision making with One Community, this means committing to also asking ourselves and others the following four key questions:
~ Community ~
We agree to consciously co-create True Community. This includes cooperative creation for The Highest Good of All while being our most loving, open, and authentic selves, honoring others, and supporting constant growth in ourselves and each other. In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following three key questions:
We agree to effectively and positively contribute to the decision making process. This includes asking all of the questions in this pledge with a commitment to equality, open and respectful communication, and creative solutions in a maximally empowered and effective group creative process. We have read and understand One Community’s Path to Consensus page, the Consensus Decision Making page, and the Large-scale Consensus page and know consensus requires specific training and screening and agree to attend this training before becoming a part of the consensus process on the property. In decision making with One Community, we ask ourselves and others the following three key questions:
~ Contribution ~
We agree to a commitment of Contribution. This includes, on the most basic level, being responsible for a minimum of 5 tangible weekly hours plus weekly team calls now, and 40 weekly hours once we are on the property. Related to our global goals, this means sustaining and growing One Community and our ever-evolving tools, tutorials, trainings, and Highest-Good-living example to help humanity become a sustainable civilization. In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following three key questions:
~ Diversity ~
We agree to supporting Diversity. This includes celebrating the beautiful individuality of ourselves and others, focusing on learning from each other, appreciating each other, and co-creating a better future for everyone. In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following three key questions:
~ Freedom ~
We agree to uphold Freedom. This includes promoting and respecting personal freedom, individuality, and/or freedom of expression (including the right for non-participation), recognizing that our experiences and perceptions create our personal viewpoints and opinions, and acknowledging and respecting the perceptions of others. In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following four key questions:
~ Fulfilled Living ~
We agree to create Fulfilled Living. This includes contributing our skills and the power of our thoughts and creativity to consciously share perspectives and approaches that are positive, empowering, uplifting, and solution-oriented so they enrich and improve the shared environment and collaborative process for everyone. In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following three key questions:
We agree to practice Honesty and Integrity. This includes telling the truth, demonstrating maximum responsibility for our own actions and decisions, thinking and acting positively and proactively, and consciously choosing how we respond to things. In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following two key questions:
We agree to approach the living experience from a perspective of Loving. This includes positively and proactively interacting with each other and the world, honoring other people’s feelings, developing our own self-love, and using love as a guidance system. In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following three key questions:
~ Personal Growth and Spiritual Freedom ~
We agree to co-creating an environment with maximal Personal Development and Spiritual Freedom. This includes sharing our passions as both teachers and students, participating in the maintenance and evolution of an endlessly unfolding culture of personal growth, and exploring the Human Potential in ways that respects and celebrates all perspectives. In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following five key questions:
We agree to maintain a positive and proactive environment. This includes timely, direct, and open communication and feedback using ownership language, asking questions to gain deeper understanding on an individual’s perspectives when differences arise, and using the One Community Conflict Resolution process if needed. In decision making with One Community, this means asking ourselves and others the following four key questions:
Q: What are One Community’s top values?
Our highest value is living and creating for The Highest Good of All to serve as a model for how to create a world that works for everyone. Secondary to that would be Open Source Progress and Sustainability. While we feel these three values encompass and guide all the others, all the values included here have been identified as equally essential to comprehensively maintaining and evolving these top three.
Q: Why so much? Why not something simpler like “do no harm,” or “honor all life,” etc.?
We consider and support those concepts as common sense and a bare minimum approach to positive living. The One Community Highest Good of All approach is one that goes beyond this, taking massive and ongoing action to create a better world for all life. While this philosophy and approach includes doing no harm and honoring all life, those elements alone do not embody the action and breadth of scope we feel is needed to accomplish goals as significant as ours. Years of creating with the philosophy of “Highest Good of All” has taught us the value of specificity and inclusiveness. Firsthand experience with this and our global goals have helped us refine and clarify each of our values into what they are, adding in and using all the questions above to create clear action-based approaches to these values that also address “for The Highest Good of All” in every situation we have encountered to this point. We’ve also evolved them to address every situation we’ve been able to imagine arising in the future.
Q: How do you know what is for “The Highest Good of All”?
We don’t, our pledge is to do our best and always think and create in a manner that is non-dogmatic, good for people, good for the economy, and good for the planet. We practice a non-dogmatic approach because we understand and appreciate that people have different views and philosophies and we know our way may not be the best way for everyone. Understanding and keeping this in mind, we humbly follow the way we have currently found that seems to best support the happiness and wellness of humanity, creates prosperity for everyone in all demographics, and is also harmoniously regenerative and sustainable for the planet.
Q: How do you resolve conflicts or disagreements about the One Community pledge and/or values?
We use the values as defined by our organization as the compass for all our decision making to ensure we are always aligned with our purpose, values, and mission; we then factor in the diversity of rich ideas offered by individual perspectives and experiences. The One Community definition of each value can be accessed by clicking on the name of the value above. The associated questions are used for additional clarity whenever needed or considered beneficial.
Q: Why a Pledge, why not just a Creed or Mission Statement?
The One Community Pledge is a functional tool that provides the same motivation and guidance of a Creed or Mission Statement with many additional benefits too. Born out of years of collaborative decision making and cooperative creation, using this pledge and being clear that we as an organization make decisions based on the values as defined by our organization saves us hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of collaborative decision making time. It has helped us all grow as a team and as individuals too, and we feel this growth and time saved is invaluable to our open source model for creating self-sustainable and self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities. For these reasons and many others, we use this pledge and highly recommend an approach like this for any organization or group as a template for your own creation.
Q: What if I think a different pledge would be better?
We recommend anyone interested in applying this approach use, adapt, or completely change the values we’ve presented here so you can create a clear guidance system that aligns with your own organizational/group/individual needs.
Q: Where can I learn more about how you use each of these values within your organization?
Click the icons below to be taken to a complete page for each value:
Q: Where can I get more information about your philosophies for world change?
Please take a look at each of these additional pages: (click icons)
Q: I love this, how can I help!?!
Great! Our Helping Page has options for participation for everyone. You can also apply to join our team using these application pages:
|Click Here for the Pioneer Application||Click Here for Satellite Member Application||Click Here for our General Application|
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