Written by Allison Smith, Thrive
The Canadian Community Economic Development Network recently had a photo contest with the question: what does CED mean to you? Here’s what we submitted:
Community Economic Development is a lot like a bee hive. The hive mentality is focused on collective action for the common good of the hive. Bees take what they need from their surrounding environment, always give back through pollination and honey production. There is a fine, sustainable balance between the hive and nature. This mutual relationship is one that is strived for with CED. Where the environment, economy and community are interconnected, dynamic and equally important.
Furthermore, hives can thrive in different micro-regions. It’s important to recognize these differences to leverage local resources & maintain a sustainable hive. Or in the case of CED, a sustainable community.