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Social Capital
Examples of this pattern in action:

GreenMoney Gallery of Products & Services
They promote the awareness of socially and environmentally responsible business, investing and consumer resources. Their goal is to educate and empower individuals and businesses to make informed financial decisions through aligning their corporate and financial principles.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Global Living Project

The New Road Map Foundation

Simple Living


Daly, Herman E and John B. Cobb. For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Fu. Beacon Press. Boston, MA. 1989.

Ekins, Paul, ed. The Living Economy: A New Economics in the Making. Routledge. New York, NY. 1990.

Ekins, Paul, ed and Manfred Max-Neef. Real-Life Economics: Understanding Wealth Creation. Routledge. New York, NY. 1992.

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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