Transforming Institutions (19)

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Most social institutions are positioned to deliver services from their operational center out to the regions and the masses. Often, these institutions, leaders and corporate models protect and maintain their existence without regard for those they were intended to serve. The exploitation and destruction of the environment, the people and rural communities is the long term result. Institutions should (1) develop innovative and sustainable relationships with remote and rural communities that are built upon the principles of trust, sharing, respect and strength to ensure an equitable and fair existence for all to support a sustainable, transformative institutional model; (2) establish transformative change within their environments to engage as well as effectively communicate and share with the region their products and resources as a model for cooperative and collaborative development; (3) Create flexible institutional management models that can adjust to the changing and evolving needs of people so everyone has the opportunity to become engaged in these transformative efforts.