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BioRegions International
P.O. Box 6541
Bozeman, MT 59771

(406) 599-7755 Email us »

How We Work:

BioRegions works with communities, students, teachers, and professionals in Mongolia and the US to encourage mutual learning and partnership projects to improve environment, society, economy and infrastructure.

The Issue

Communities are often held back from making positive change by lack of a way to take all aspects of a problem into account, and use creativity, confidence, initiative, participation, and hard work to make change. The broad problem is ‘how can we use what we already know, combined with outside viewpoints and knowledge, to make proactive, positive change in harmony with the environment, the culture, and our values’?

BioRegions uses the Holistic Management process (Savory and Butterfield, 1999, Holistic Management: A new framework for decision making) in a long-term, bottom-up and top-down approach to exchange people and information and facilitate positive change through community partnership projects. We work with people and organizations at all levels.

Objectives

  • Show how the holistic process can lead to improvements in environmental, social, economic and infrastructure wealth for people and organizations from individual to regional scales
  • Show how participation in the holistic process can increase capabilities for initiative, creativity, transparency, forward thinking, civility, and cooperation/collaboration
  • In areas where we work, make improvements in the status and condition of the Program Focus Areas of Whole Community, Education, Environment, Health, Traditional Skills and Knowledge, and the Arts
    Help the entities we work with to make progress towards becoming ‘ideal’ with respect to their values and vision [an ideal park, an ideal county, an ideal health promotion program, etc.]
  • Accomplish mutual learning and appreciation for environment, society, and economy

Methods

BioRegions uses the holistic process to bring people and organizations together to learn about each other and to make progress in the Program Focus Areas. This often includes students, academics, professionals, community leaders, government officials, and citizens from multiple bioregions.
The holistic process involves steps to: