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Strong, Caring (and Green) Communities

I'm out on the Land today. I'm out on the Land in an Asheville area eco-development we represent. It has open spaces apple blossoms at hickory nut forestand forest land and waterfalls and climbing cliffs and streams and an heirloom apple orcahrd now producing juicy specimens you'd love to eat...(see photo) oh it is amazing! 

So here I am, out on the Land, feeling very privileged indeed... and thinking.   

I'm thinking about a notable quote a real state client/friend here in Asheville sent for my review this morning:  

"...we need to grow strong caring communities in which we get more of our human satisfaction from caring relationships and less from material goods. ..."

This notable quote comes from David Korten, BA in psychology from Stanford University and MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford Business School, Vietnam War as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, Visiting Associate Professor of the Harvard University Graduate School of Business where I taught in Harvard's middle management, M.B.A. , and doctoral programs, and can be found in YES Magazine  

I'm thinking.....As real estate professionals, we stand at a very powerful intersection of time and place where how we view the "landscape" really can have a positive outcome for our clients.  So often, it seems to me, we lose track of that  positive influence we can have on the lives and fortunes of our clients .

 

 Possibly, just being in a "strong caring community"
(such as the one where I am today) it is easier to keep in mind.

All this strong caring community musing has me thinking about grandkids. . .just now learning to scramble across the floor...and a carpet that contains toxic chemicals they could ingest that has been shown to cause cancer...as opposed to a non-toxic surface...  What would that surface be? ECO Certified® Real Estate Consultants and ECOBrokers know the answer. . .. Just ask us and we'll tell you =)

Again from Korten: " Wouldn't it be nice if it turned out the choices we must make together to survive together are the same as the choices we need to make to create the very world everyone wants? If that were true, then we should be able to just get together and make it happen. Wouldn't that be cool?  

Maybe we should start a conversation to find out to find out what people truly want." As a real estate professional, I'm up for that. How about you? 

 

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I'm up for a conversation about this..."...we need to grow strong caring communities in which we get more of our human satisfaction from caring relationships and less from material goods. ..."

how about YOU?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Dear janeAnne,

Dr. Korten couldn't have expressed that philosophy more clearly and elegantly.

Some would call that (statement) idealistic.

I believe it to by very basic and necessary.

What will those who come after us inherit?

No oil, that's for sure.

Thank you for repeating this theme.

People should face the inevitabilities related to the decisions made presently.

John T. Narrin

Posted by John Narrin (ECO-Steward Realty) over 10 years ago

What a beautiful post, great sentiments and spectacular photo.  I love the concept of a strong, caring community.  My husband and I were talking the other day about how the high gas prices might be the best thing that could have happened to our world...look at how the focus is now on alternate means of energy and transportation!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

I want :

  • durable
  • low maintenance
  • attractive
  • sustainable
  • practical
  • local
  • affordable
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

janeAnne, This quote from David Korten, sums it up.

"...we need to grow strong caring communities in which we get more of our human satisfaction from caring relationships and less from material goods. ..."

That photo is spectacular

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 10 years ago

I enjoy life in the simplest of ways also!  The quote is very powerful.  Look at our ancestors and how they built in the past (pre electrical times).  They built very smart so the house would be warm on cold days and cool on warm days.

Some of our answers may lie in the past :)

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 10 years ago

Janeanne:

I also liked the quote.about the choices we need to make to survive. I see those choices becoming clearer and clearer as energy prices go higher and higher. One thing that I think will occur is the need for everyone to recycle - and I believe governments will eventually make this mandatory as the price to produce new products continues to escalate.   

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) over 10 years ago

I would get my real estate license to work with a company that had that goal. I love working on small green homes with people but caring community is a vital missing piece of the puzzel. I really hope the cottage development idea helps fulfil this longing in peoples hearts.

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

I would get my real estate license to work with a company that had that goal. I love working on small green homes with people but caring community is a vital missing piece of the puzzel. I really hope the cottage development idea helps fulfil this longing in peoples hearts.

Posted by Ron Czecholinski (Natural Choice) over 10 years ago

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