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The Resilient Living Council is a catalyst for sustainable living, renewable energy, and high efficiency housing. It fosters entrepreneurship, innovation, and locally resilient economies; utltimately supporting a healthy quality of life.
When we started Happy Dancing Turtle, we didn't have a plan on how we wanted to help. However, we knew that we wanted to make a positive difference in the world. So, we asked a question; perhaps the easiest and hardest question anyone can pose:
We looked at all the important and fierce problems that plague people throughout the world. We looked at a world population that includes pollution, water shortages, and starvation as some of its most dire problems. We saw these problems (which were only a small representation of some of the terrible things occurring worldwide) and thought The world is becoming unsustainable. If things aren't changed; if people don't change their current behaviors, terrible consequences would happen. Therefore, we decided to take on the simple task of making the world sustainable. Giving people the tools to become independent of outside circumstances; to learn how to adapt and be prepared for most anything is important!
So, how should we do this? How can we make that positive difference? We found that if we wanted to make actual headway we needed to focus our efforts. We narrowed down from the entire cacophony of problems facing the world and funneled them down into three core foci that would become the three strategic pillars of Happy Dancing Turtle.
1) Food & Water Security
2) Energy Conservation
3) Environmental Stewardship
But, exactly how should we use these pillars? What methods would work best? And how would we keep track of our methods? This is where the HDT Strategy Map comes in. Let's dissect it, shall we?
Core Focus: It shows our three core foci at the top, right where they should be! This is to keep us always aware of what we are striving for.
Stakeholders: We wanted to make sure we narrowed down the stakeholder list to who would be able to use the information and programs we would offer. Therefore, the list consists of only Government Agencies, Environmental Organizations, Utility Companies, Contractors, Food Co-ops, Educational Organizations, Small Businesses, Households, Parents, Teachers, Students and in general ALL sectors of the public. Everybody is able to change their attitudes and behaviors which will lead to a change worldwide.
Programs & Processes: We have programs that demonstrate and hopefully inspire that world change necessary. We collaborate with government representatives, teachers, gardeners, builders, and many other players with the final goal of fostering action.
Culture, Leadership & Growth: We know that we are a small organization, therefore we need to promote a culture of change from within. We encourage our players to "walk the talk" and increase their ability to contribute to the core foci.
Financials: Being a non-profit organization, HDT has to focus our efforts to get maximum "bang for the buck." We must strategize to see if our programs are working, if our priorities are in the right place, and how can we grow. These all are looked through the lens of the three foci.
Foster Action: If you look at the right side of the strategy map, you can see that through each of out methods the final ending goal is to foster action. All of the programs, demonstration sites, tutorials, classes, and get-togethers are meaningless if they do not foster action! YOU have to be the change. Start Small. If you change even the smallest behavior in your life towards promoting sustainability, and the next person does, and then the next does, what will happen is nothing less than the world changing.