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Explores proposed global network of Sustainable Living & Growing Centers (SLGC) as regional
EnergyWaterFoodNexus (EWFN) Management Catalysts and as seeds for growing resourceeffective
networks of self-reliant, thriving communities. Each SLGC is a regional productionteaching-
research-demonstration center built on an ECSIA® technology-based food production
platform. In each regional SLGC, people learn to thrive by collaborating with their local complex
system. The pilot SLGC -- Baltimore Urban Farmstead -- is being launched as a productioneducation-
research-demonstration center for learning-by-doing how to live within regional
complex adaptive systems; and for generating, applying, managing, and diffusing knowledge
needed to transform dysfunctional ecological and social landscapes into fully-functional complex
eco-social-economic systems. In this pilot, SLGC people will learn to live in systems and to make
whole-system decisions, in rural and urban contexts, that empower communities to thrive within
their local EWFN via whole-system strategies responsive to place and people
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