We are living in a time where information is a constant. With that is the beauty and burden of trying to know the best way to do and be everything at all times. It is somewhat absurd to try to not only be our best, but, to be the best we can for everyone.

It’s a hard thing to describe. But I feel it is of equal importance.

We are living in a time where information is a constant. With that is the beauty and burden of trying to know the best way to do and be everything at all times. It is somewhat absurd to try to not only be our best, but, to be the best we can for everyone. Yet, I find it respectable, and while there may be a bit of an emotional evolutionary hangover (to steal a phrase) in allowing all of that to catch up to us. This is where we are. And I am bloody proud of us.

I am learning and hearing from people daily, who are working on making this world better. Either by following their own passion, contributing to their own community, aiding those that need asylum in a safe place or trying to support sustainable growth in any vulnerable demographic (my goal niche).

And all of that, is almost inspiring enough. So thank you. Yet, we live in that time, where information of failures and past attempts are living right there amongst us. And pretending to know what’s best, seems like a childish ambition, the noblest intentions have gone awry. All I can hope for is to use the information around, to start small and now, and to stay open to how I can both serve my partners and provide goods that are desirable in an effort to create sustainable economic growth. To help offer support, more than financial, in an effort to create a lasting impact with a small reallocation of monetary resources.

So, what I am not trying to do… Is pretend to have all the answers. I refuse to show up to a new place and claim to have any ability to solve a problem. I have used the term community self-development for a reason, and I will grow with that. Attempting to find goods and designs that work for my communities, in an effort to provide many types of support to a region that is struggling. I will listen to what they need and try to implement a sustainable way to reach those goals.

I am also not trying to over-romanticize a lifestyle. While I may be working with artisans that embrace their traditional methods with creativity and passion, I refuse to say that those methods are the only option. I want to hear and work with them on what they need to increase their standard of living and what they means in a community.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you, for creating this with me. I know so many hero’s.

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