In our home neighborhood in Eugene, Oregon, the PROUT Institute has initiated a demonstration community development project grounded in a novel combination of PROUT and Permaculture. We call it the SEED approach, which stands for Solidarity Economy and Ecological Design.

A solidarity economy involves community-based management and governance of economic systems that are diversified, equitable, and empowering. Ecological design involves nature-inspired design and implementation of ecological systems that are abundant, resilient, and regenerative.

The combination of solidarity economy and ecological design enables communities to catalyze multi-purpose, balanced development in all spheres of human life, including physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions. A fundamental purpose of our SEED project is to demonstrate this potentiality and to serve as a model for learning and empowerment.