3 pillars of many feathers
Empowerment is key to Many Feathers’ goal of creating healthy communities of healthy individuals. Empowerment involves giving people power, agency and control over their own lives. It is educating them so they are aware of their options and capabilities. It is instilling in people the confidence to be active subjects in their own lives rather than passive objects.
Many Feathers believes that food is the ideal area in which to begin a project of empowerment: when people take control of their food and health, they also become empowered in all aspects of their lives.
We at Many Feathers believe strongly in the power of community. Community can be defined in a number of ways. Community is a sense of unity and belonging within a group of people with a shared sense of history or purpose.
Community is inclusion in a group based on merits, rather than exclusion based on demerits. Community can be as simple as getting to know your neighbours, letting them get to know you, and sharing in the knowledge that you can depend on one another. No matter how small, we believe that creating and establishing strong communities opens great possibilities for what can be accomplished.
At Many Feathers, sustainability is a core concept around which our activities are centred. We consider sustainable development an organizing principle for human life on a finite planet.
Our commitment to sustainability is part of our goal to demonstrate how design that is conscious of the cycle of energy and resources can ensure a never-ending insurance of a positive future. Elements of sustainability include: the creation of systems that function with minimal disruption or destruction of the natural environment, the judicious use of finite resources, and the effort to maintain resources and the environment for future generations.