About Place4Us and the Virtual Community Centers

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About Place4Us
Vision and Mission
Ethos Committee
Place4Us is not ...
Services and Spaces

About VCCs
Establishing a VCCs
VCC Governance

Ethos of Place4Us

The ethos of Place4Us is aligned to the ethos of the Eath Viability Center, Inc. (EVC), which develops and maintains Place4Us. The activities of the EVC are based on a set of clearly identified values. These values provide a solid basis for the assessment of planned and implemented actions. There are also seven widely-accepted co-operative principles for community-governed organizations, which the EVC adheres to.

Place4Us also subscribes to JEDI: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The Place4us ethos aims to overcome Anthropocentrism and recognizes the reciprocity of humans and the Earth's life-support system.

Values and Principles
The Values
EVC Co-Operative Principles

The ten most important values are:

  • Caring for others
  • Democracy
  • Equity
  • Equality
  • Honesty
  • Openness
  • Self help
  • Self responsibility
  • Solidarity
  • Social responsibility

EVC adheres as far as applicable to the Co-Operative principles that state:

  • A co-op is owned and controlled by its members. It exists for the benefit of its members, who may be customers, workers, suppliers or the wider community.
  • A co-op is democratic – this means every member has an equal say in how it is run and how profits are used.
  • Every member contributes financially in some way – from buying products, working for the co-op, investing in it or deciding how to spend its profits.
  • A co-op is an independent business, owned and controlled by its members.
  • It offers education and training to everyone involved, so they can develop the co-op and promote the benefits of co-operation.
  • It co-operates, works with and supports other co-ops.
  • A co-op supports the communities it works with.