#5 Integrative Community Ventures Ripple Effects

Indirect Benefits from ICV Businesses in an Integrative Economy

As we transition into an Integrative Economy (IE) and add a new Local Community Capacity (LCC) employment sector to support it, businesses like Integrative Community Ventures can flourish.  The community work of Human Capacity Development Professionals (HCDPs) and the local community growth supported by ICVs provides many direct benefits.  Just as significant, the ripple effects that flow from the ICV type businesses holds tremendous impact potential as they become major players in this new economy. These indirect benefits reinforce the social (S), business (B) and environmental (E) transformations made possible by full implementation of Integrative Community Ventures and an Integrative Economy.

Business Changes *

–     Unemployment Levels Drop:  Hundreds of thousands of people could be employed as HCDPs. (S)

–     Universities Expand Role Universities will work in partnership with ICV. Research, training, and enrollment will strengthen Universities throughout our country. (S)

–     Technology Expansion:  All HCDPs will be highly wired and competent in the use of technology. Both hardware and software needs will continue to grow to support the LCC sectors. (S)

–     Small Businesses Grow:  Increase in small entrepreneurs that will do business with ICVs.  Businesses like the arts, fitness, and sciences will provide high level community services. (S)

–     Conscious Consumption:  A focus on “quality of life” products and services benefit humans and the earth. Closed loop production becomes possible with ICV’s development.  (S,E)

–     Community Rebuilding:   As ICVs employ thousands in communities, small businesses are strengthened, tax revenues are rebalanced and communities can thrive again. (S)

–     USA Leadership:  Building an Integrative economy enables us to lead again and doing so, we set the stage for a vibrant economy that will impact us all. (S,E)

Social Changes *

–     Health Care Prevention  Health prevention is lifestyle based and becomes the norm.  All HCDPs are well trained in prevention lifestyle information and applying it in their work. (B,E)

–     “School Ready” Children  Schools will transition to meet the needs of the 21st century.  As ICV prepares all children to be “school-ready,” our schools can shift to higher level learning as the norm.

–     Social Service Intervention With ICV’s strong family and community support the need for foster care, juvenile detention and many other social services will be reduced. (B)

–     Senior Care:  ICV businesses provide care of aging seniors within the community.  This provides a proactive solution for the impending retirement of the largest senior population ever in the United States.  (B,E)

–     Gender Equality:  HCDPs can be male or female. Men who want to work in the home have an equal option as do women.

Environmental Changes*

–     Carbon Footprint Reduced:  Less individual driving and transportation shipping; more mass transit reduces carbon emissions.  (S,B)

–     Ecological Impact:  Local communities will learn to build sustainable life styles that are better integrated within their particular environment.  Ecological restoration projects are an active part of ICV teams integration with their communities. (S,B)

–     Less Waste:  As manufacturing is done in closed loop production it improves air and water quality.  (S,B)

* Each ripple effect impacts one or more of social, business and environmental categories.  The secondary areas that each ripple effect impacts are noted (S, B and E) at the end of each effect.