Human Settlement Program
Organization profile published 1982

Year Published:  1982
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2639

HUMAN SETTLEMENT PROGRAM founders believe that our society must be transformed to one whose primary concern is the quality of human relationships, with stewardship of limited resrouces, fair distribution of the essentials of life, and attention to spiritual as well as material needs. Survival is seen to depend on developing the strength and diversity of small cohesive family units and communities. Co-operation, self-reliance, and local interdependence, personal and institutional responsibility are valued.

The aim of the PROGRAM is "to facilitate the creation of a futuric vision of human settlements that is globally responsible and human enlivening." This the PROGRAM does by networking among the individuals and groups in Western Canada who are working on issues related to care of the environment, use of energy, provision of shelter, and nurturing of community life. The PROGRAM provides information, advice, resources, and inspiration. Issues addressed are as varied as: the redemption of work as livelihood by exploring opportunities for job sharing, joint venture, cottage industires, barter; gardening, agricultural land and wilderness preservation; shelter re-design, solar and wind power, frugal living; communes and co-ops, learner centres; nuclear disarmament, fostering world citizenship; spirituality, and "lifestyles as celebration."

The PROGRAM grew out of a Habitat Festival for the Eighties held in Edmonton two years ago. It was initiated through the support of the Alberta Conference of the United Church and now operates with an ecumenical advisory and policy board. A number of projects and activities are underway around the province. The group hopes to start a newsletter and is planning a province-wide Futrues Conference to be held in Calgary soon.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1982.
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