Sustainable Living & Growing Centers as EnergyWaterFoodNexus Management Catalysts
Explores proposed global network of Sustainable Living & Growing Centers (SLGC) as regional EnergyWaterFoodNexus (EWFN) Management Catalysts and as seeds for growing resource-effective networks of self-reliant, thriving communities. Each SLGC is a regional production-teaching-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 production- education-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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