As it works toward its goals, Shalom stresses asset-based community development. Historically, economic development has stimulated improvements throughout communities. However, when economic profits are invested far away from the workers who generate it (as happens when stockholders of corporate farms or main street franchises, for example, live in distant suburbs), its secondary benefits disappear. With asset-based community development, existing local resources are identified, nurtured, and mobilized to envision and build Shalom. The Shalom Community acquires new resources as well. The quality of the whole community’s life improves doubly, as new physical assets appear, and as individuals’ gifts and abilities are discovered and affirmed. – See more at: http://communitiesofshalom.net/principles#sthash.fBur412n.dpufNo tags for this post.