Bee Indee 3 will leverage the tools and resources at its disposal to foster the development of a “culture of contribution” by encouraging Personal Freedom, promoting Community Ownership, and developing Civic Aptitude.
Bee Indee 3 Mission Statement
What is a Culture of Contribution?
A culture of contribution is a social mindset that places emphasis on the role that an individual has in a community. To create such a culture, we must gently aid the residents of our community in transitioning from a mindset that emphasizes dependence, to one that emphasizes contribution. We can aid the development of this mindset that offers this unique cultural approach. Our work emphasizes application of this mindset in three different contexts:
- “Personal Freedom” -Emphasizes the development of skills that allow individuals to feel as though they can contribute something of value in their personal circles.
- “Community Ownership” -Emphasizes the development of networks and groups to meet local needs and accomplish tasks that benefit the community.
- “Civic Aptitude” -Emphasizes the development of proper understanding of local government offices, and the civic policies that impact everyday lives.
How do we create a Culture of Contribution?
Bee Indee 3 employs four primary tracks to related to enhancing Personal Freedom:
- Reading –Developing local reading groups, executing book drives, and organizing community “read-ins”. We seek to foster a love for reading, and make reading an increasingly accessible activity.
- Professional Expertise -Organizing opportunities to expose community members to different professions and jobs. Promoting best-practices for professionalism, including workplace fortitude, general appropriate conduct, and other workplace skills. Developing a network of passionate professionals with a desire to teach about their trade and how they remain professional.
- Everyday Living -Organizing opportunities to help people refine their own skills, as well as develop new skills that allow them to feel a sense of dignity. We also work to make the development of new skills more accessible. Skills include, Gardening, Budgeting, Political Research, Basic Household Repair, using local services, ect…
- Sports/Activities -Organizing activities that place emphasis on developing the importance and power of people contributing to meet a common goal. Organizing community support groups to encourage youths participating in sport activities, and helping to make sport programs more accessible to youths.
Bee Indee 3 employs three primary tracks to related to promoting Community Ownership:
- Community Listening –Coordinating efforts to collect opinions from community members to develop an on-going relationship with the community as a trustworthy listener. This can be accomplished with community polling, educating residents about local news publications, and exposure to local talk-radio.
- Library Partnership -Actively promoting activities and opportunities available free of charge with local libraries. Libraries offer a HUGE volume of resources to help all community residents. This will be accomplished with local library tours, read-ins, and library card registration/incentive drives.
- Local Project Based Fundraising/Charity -Building relationships with local charity organizations and facilitating exposure to local organizations designed to meet specific community needs. This is accomplished by offering platforms for community leaders to present their work, and actively participating in community projects.
Bee Indee 3 employs three primary tracks to related to developing Civic Aptitude:
- Local Department Education –Publishing information related to the form and function of community, state, and federal departments. Residents should understand what department manages the various aspects of their community, and what to expect (and not expect). This will be accomplished with periodic newsletters, community meetups, organized official tours.
- Local Official Education -Publishing information related to the form and function of community, state, and federal elected officials. Like the previous point, residents should understand who they elect to office and why those roles are important. Additionally, appointed offices are also examined. This will be accomplished by allowing officials to offer brief summaries of their work to the community, as well as informative information in periodic newsletters.
- General Policy Education –Publishing information that examines the source and reasons for local statues and policy. It is very important to note that the objective is not to offer a partisan commentary on policy, but rather to help residents understand how to review policy, who is responsible for policy, and how policy impacts the community. This will be accomplished by encouraging attendance local community forums, education on reviewing public documents, and identifying local governing documents.
Our firm belief is that a community that experiences regular exposure to the activities noted above will be a community that consists of engaged residents. These residents will be far more likely to cooperate with each other to meet basic community needs, and will be more inclined to take pride in their local resources. The individual pride instilled by such an ethos will spread, and encourage more participation and support for this movement. This, is how we Bee Indee!