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Examples of this pattern in action:

Partnerships For Change
Partnerships For Change is a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3) "social profit" organization, dedicated to the acceleration of social and economic transformation through innovative media, participant-centered conferencing, and public policy initiatives.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:


Illich, Ivan. Celebration of Awareness: A Call for Institutional Revolution. Heyday Books. Berkeley, CA. 1989.

Max-Neef, Manfred A. Human Scale Development: Conception, Application, and Further Reflections. The Apex Press. New York, NY. 1991.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling