Guiding philosophy

Active Connected Communities was created by Tara to help communities solve challenges – in a way where each person is directly involved.

Tara believes the best way to help a community to solve challenges is to help, guide and teach them how to do it themselves.

Giving a community an answer they haven’t found themselves doesn’t really help.

But teaching a community how to find their own answer and solve their own challenges is extremely powerful.

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu best expressed this, saying: “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.  Teach a man how to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”



The underlying values of Active Connected Communities are:

  • Collaboration – there is strength and creativeness in collaboration
  • Empowerment – for individuals and communities to make changes for their own betterment
  • Listening – to people and learning from their experiences
  • Respect – to be aware of yours and others feelings, wishes and rights
  • Sustainability – creating long-lasting changes and improvements