OUR STARTING POINT
Our starting point is simple. We believe that a holistic approach is necessary to achieve even relatively small changes in a community. This is because communities are dynamic living organisms and they are resistant to one-dimensional interventions.
In general, everyone wants employment, an education for themselves and their family, a good place to live, and community life. So our initial mapping of a community's potential, assets, needs, and opportunities focuses on these areas:
Each community has its own eco-system and an ego-system. They interact with each other, shape what is done, how and with whom. They determine whose voices are heard and whose are not. Understanding a community’s eco and ego systems is a fundamental part of our approach.
UNDERSTANDING ECO AND EGO SYSTEMS
All communities, even those that are striving to fight decline, have under-utilized human assets, untapped potential, and pride in their narrative. BTF works to activate these assets, and re-establish an effective 3-way partnerships between residents, the local council and national government.