Connected to place is about finding meaning, happiness and hope in our everyday lives and communities. Solutions to our daunting environmental and social problems lie in strengthening our connections to the people, nature and organizations in our local context. Living deeply connected to place is entirely possible but requires supportive conditions and changes in how we approach everyday life.
Being connected to place in today’s world involves locally-based living while being globally connected. Neighborhood and community bonds are a foundation. Schools emphasize place-based education in which students learn directly from their community and local nature. Transportation modes promote active living and strengthen individual ties to community and place.Local businesses, products and services are abundant. Energy is locally produced and conserved. Food is local, healthy and seasonal. Material goods are shared and treasured with minimal waste. Public space is safe, attractive and car-free. Nature is abundant and nearby. Connected to place is a high quality of life tied deeply to human nature and needs.
Matt Biggar, Ph.D., writes and speaks about the nexus between individual, community and environmental well-being. Matt is principal of Connected to Place, a strategy consulting firm that supports collaboratives and organizations with strategic planning, meeting and retreat facilitation, implementing collaborative approaches, research, report writing and presentations. Matt provides expertise in partnership strategies, behavior change strategies, educational approaches, sustainability, and transportation alternatives.