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  Ryan McEvoy
   President of the Board
  Dani Weiner
  Christopher Kealey

  Doug Millham
Marilyn Townsend
Julian Ryba-White
Sue Mahlmann

Collective Solutions was founded in 2009 to address two pressing issues facing the global community: poverty and climate change. Our philosophy draws from the ethics of permaculture and the simple belief that by working together we can effect positive change.

Confronting Poverty

Today there are 3 billion people living in poverty, many having no access to electricity, clean water, or toilets. In the absence of these basic living standards, many communities are wholly consumed with the effort it takes to survive. Through a variety of educational programs Collective Solutions aims to aid such communities in improving daily living conditions while providing valuable vocational training.

Confronting Climate Change

Large-scale consumption of non-renewable resources has led us to a point where we must reconsider our choices for the future. Collective Solutions addresses both social and environmental components of global climate change by promoting the environmental and economic benefits of renewable energy and sustainable living systems.

Our values are strongly influenced by the principles of “permaculture,” a design system for creating sustainable human environments. As a philosophy, it encourages the use of ecology as the basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing, appropriate technology, and community development. The ethical basis of permaculture rests upon care of the earth—maintaining a system in which all life can thrive. This includes human access to resources and provisions, but not the accumulation of wealth, power, or land beyond what is needed.
Permaculture principles focus on thoughtful designs for small-scale intensive systems, which are labor efficient and which use biological resources instead of non-renewable reserves. Designs emphasize ecological connections and closed energy and material loops. The core of permaculture is design and the working relationships and connections between all things. Each component in a system performs multiple functions, and each function is supported by many elements.
In the broadest sense, permaculture refers to land use systems which promote stability in society, utilize resources in a sustainable way and preserve wildlife habitat and the genetic diversity of wild and domestic plants and animals. It is a synthesis of ecology and geography, of observation and design. Permaculture involves ethics of earth care because the sustainable use of land cannot be separated from human life-styles and philosophical issues.

The Gingko tree is one of the oldest living plant species on the planet, having flourished both before and after the Ice Age.  As a result of their fire-retardant sap, they were the first plants to re-sprout after the WWII bombings in Japan.  Today, it is scarcely found in the wild outside of a small, rural area in central China.  Considered to be a “living fossil,” Gingkos have come to represent longevity, peace and hope and are known to grow in even the poorest environmental conditions.  We have chosen the Gingko leaves to represent Collective Solutions because we believe in the strength and resilience of human culture.  Our inherent philosophy is to design sustainable systems for the long term benefit of both people and the planet.  What better model of endurance can be found than a tree that has survived for nearly 300 million years?

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