E > P*
Your vision for a sustainable community must include the formula E > P, meaning your community’s economy must grow faster than your community’s dependent population (those too young, too old, or too unqualified to work).
What does sustainable mean?
1. Jobs and careers that pay enough income to meet household needs and then some
2. Careers that are relevant in America’s emerging economy
3. Employment that contributes to a sustainable environment
4. A commitment to live within one’s means
5. A community culture of doing what is best both for the community and for the individual
Once you have a clear assessment of a sustainable economic future, you need a strong plan for how you are going to prepare your community for it. Follow the TAPUMA* steps:
Think: Get a coherent understanding of your poverty reduction and job creation systems.
Assess: How many sustainable jobs do you need in order to have full employment? What are the system barriers and service and programs gaps that you need to address to get to full employment?
Plan: How do you proceed?
Underwrite: Who pays for your plan?
Manage: How do you manage your progress in achieving your vision?
Account: How do you meet the expectations of your underwriters and other stakeholders?
*Courtesy of our colleagues at Community Economics Lab; visit: thecelab.org.
Learn more: Transformational Leadership: A Framework to End Poverty ~ By Scott C. Miller
To learn more about Scott Miller, please see his website here.