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 within and 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 provides customized planning, research, report writing and meeting facilitation services for collaboratives and partnerships. With expertise in cross-sector partnership strategies, qualitative research, educational strategies, sustainability, behavior change strategies and transportation alternatives, Connected to Place supports social change through place-based education, nature connection, sustainable transportation and related initiatives.