Resources are one way people become a community. People gather around a resource base like animals around a water hole, “a group that shares something in common.” But the second aspect of community in the SEED-SCALE definition is “potential for acting together.” What creates such potential in the SEED-SCALE definition are principles or values.
Principles/values are rules of interpersonal behavior; they are what determine how people act. Just as a shared resource can create community, so do shared principles. What a community values defines how the community functions. (Gandhi notes above that love is such a value, a bonding factor people-to-people, subtle and so powerful people give their lives for this value.)
SEED-SCALE, from its global study of experience across two centuries across cultural differences, identified four principles that seem always present when seeds of positive change go to scale:
- Successes start the growth
- Teams grow the change – which is bottom-up, but uses the top-down enabling actors of policies, finances, and values
- Staying on course by deciding from locally-specific evidence
- Resulting in continually improving behaviors