16 Principles


Starting from within

1.Human Beings Can Transform Their Worlds

The web of our relationships with others and the natural world, which has given rise to the problems we face as a human family, can be changed.

2. Development Comes From Within

The process of human and community development unfolds from within each person, relationship, family organization, community or nation.

3 Original No Vision is No Development

A vision of whom we can become and what a sustainable world would be like, works as a powerful magnet, drawing us to our potential.

4. Healing Is A Necessary Part Of Development

Healing the past, closing up old wounds and learning healthy habits of thought and action to replace dysfunctional thinking and disruptive patterns of human relations is a necessary part of the process of sustainable development.



In a sacred matter

1. Spirit

Human beings are both material and spiritual in nature. It is therefore inconceivable that human community could become whole and sustainable without bringing our lives into balance with the requirements of our spiritual nature.

2. Moral and Ethics

Sustainable human and community development requires a moral foundation centered in the wisdom of the heart. With the loss of this foundation, morals and ethical principles decline and development stops

3. The Hurt of One is the Hurt of All – The Honor of One is the Honor of All

The basic fact of our oneness as a human family means that development for some at the expense of well being for others is not acceptable or sustainable.

4. Authentic development is culturally based

Healing and development must be rooted in the wisdom, knowledge and living processes of the culture of the people.



Working in a circle


Every person (regardless of gender, race, age, culture, religion, sexual orientation) must be accorded equal opportunity to participate in the process of healing and development, and to receive a fair share of the benefits.

2.No Unity is No Development

Unity means oneness. Without unity, the common oneness that makes (seemingly) separate human beings into ‘community’ is impossible. Disunity is the primary disease of community.

3. No Participation is no Development

Participation is the active engagement of the minds, hearts and energy of the people in the process of their own healing and development.

4. Interconnectedness

Everything is connected to everything else, therefore any aspect of our healing and development is related to all the others (personal, social, cultural, political, economic, etc.).When we work on any one part, the whole circle is affected.


We heal and develop ourselves

1. Learning

Human beings are learning beings. We begin learning while we are still in our mother’s wombs, and unless something happens to close off our minds and paralyze our capacities, we keep learning throughout our entire lives. Learning is at the core of healing and development.


To sustain something means to enable it to continue for a long time. Authentic development does not use up or undermine what it needs to keep on going.

3.Move to the psitive

Solving the critical problems in our lives and communities is best approached by visualizing and moving into the positive alternative that we wish to create, and by building on the strengths we already have, rather than on giving away our energy fighting the negative.

4. Be the Change you want to see

The most powerful strategies for change always involve positive role modeling and the creation of living examples of the solutions we are proposing. By walking the path, we make the path visible.


FOUR WORLDS A community of People Protecting Mother Earth.