A giant grassroots whiteboard?
The PWF concept has come from recognising the potential magnitude of the small business and community group sector, with its enormous creativity, energy and concern for passing on to the next generation all the good things we enjoy today.
This sector’s interests cover a wide spectrum and are often interdependent eg small tourism businesses often work closely with environmental and cultural heritage groups, and adult learning organisations.
The term ‘engineroom of the economy’ refers to the small business sector. Add the community sector to this and you have a grassroots force whose combined and diverse efforts appear to drive a balanced approach to environmental, socio-cultural AND economic issues – ecologically sustainable development (ESD).
If the sector had a voice it could wield considerable power, but mainstream media irregularly reports on grassroots issues and successes, the result being people and policymakers do not identify it as one discrete group.
Self-help, avoiding re-inventing the wheel, and info about grassroots successes and pitfalls from around Australia are not readily available from one source. PWF believes such a service could help drive ESD and at the same time relieve
The PWF blog, jobs list & fortnightly headlines work to get wide-ranging, timely, and often inspiring info out to the sector. We see it is a giant whiteboard – work in progress!
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Food for thought
“The principle of ecological sustainability is sound but its implementation is often fraught with practical difficulties and difficult choices…at the end of the day the limiting factor will be the willingness of the community to forgo what can be short-term material advantage, in return for longer term environmental benefits for themselves and future generations
(Industry Commission 1997 – A Full Repairing Lease: Inquiry into Ecologically Sustainable Land Management).
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