The Sustainability Compass began its life as a community-based tool, and communities have used it in many ways. Here are just three examples that demonstrate the extreme diversity of its application, as well as its flexibility to adapt to different geographical and cultural areas:
- In Northern Queensland, Australia, communities use Compass to map their assets, and to develop initiatives that will improve their quality of life (see picture)
- In the island communities of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard in the United States, Compass was used to help develop a vision of sustainability, as well as the indicators to measure progress
- In small towns and villages in Indonesia, Compass (together with Pyramid – see PyramidU) has helped to train community leaders on how to create sustainable development initiatives and plans
Compass has also been a tool for community research, used by students in schools, universities, and professional training courses. Students go out into the community, ask questions, gather data, and use the Compass to organize their investigations and their results.
For more information on how you can use the Sustainability Compass in your community, please contact us.