Approaches to thrivability

There are many angles that people use to approach thrivability.

  • Knowledge distribution and media. Coop America, Grist, The Daily Green, Hooze,
  • Networking and online community approach. Wiser Earth, worldchanging, etc nextbillion, nabuur, razoo, gaia with zaadz, dreamfish, and many others.
  • Cooperative communities and co-ops. Twin Oaks, Walnut Street Coop, Stone Soup, etc.
  • Networks/communities combined with profitable products and services. Green Home, OsoEco.
  • Profitable product or service angle.
    • Sewer treatment, clean energy, food production, clothing and home goods for example.
    • Environmental consulting, coaching, conflict resolution, mediation, process arts.
  • Nonprofit perspective., Ashoka, Acumen Fund, Echoing Green, Untld, and literally thousands of nonprofits/nongovernmental orgs around the world as might be found on the Wiser Earth listings.
  • Foundations. Rudolf Steiner Foundation, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Open Society Institute, Annie E. Casey Foundation etc.

This list is an initial catch of the spectrum and does not assume that these organizations or communities are consistently thrivable or even focused on thrivability.



  1. Michael K said is a community directory of more than 100,000 organizations around the world which anyone can contribute to for free! It’s also a networking forum for people in the social justice and environmental sustainability fields to connect through events, jobs, resources and groups…check it out!

  2. Thank you Michael. Yes, I am aware of WiserEarth and attended a gathering about it where Paul Hawken spoke in early December of 2006 (Seattle, WA). And it is piece of puzzle for me as a listing of organizations that might be thrivable.

    I haven’t yet read Paul’s book, Blessed Unrest. It is on my list, and I think has much to offer about the largest movement in human history which must recognize itself to gain its full power for action.

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