Emergence at Work
The Community Builders network is a group of humanitarian organization operating in Canada, Haiti, Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Currently, Community Builders has sixteen partnered organizations in seven countries using five different primary languages. To date, 200,000 beneficiaries have received self-sustaining support from Community builders in the areas of housing, small business development, medial aid and sustainable agriculture.
Community Builders was founded in 1983 and has a mission is to support communities of extreme poverty in their quest to find natural pathways to wellness and self-sufficiency. Community Builders values respect for all persons, sustainability, open learning and emergence and has a vision to increase its efforts globally, keeping its distinctive decentralized structure.
Community Builders utilizes a bottom-up development approach and applies a sociological modeling of emergence in its activities. Emergence is the phenomenon which explains the self-organization of groups through random interactions, feedback loops and pattern recognition. Community Builders supports social environments which allow participants to use heuristic methods (discovery through trial and error) to achieve their goals.
The administrative office of Community Builders is located at Canada Place in Vancouver and serves partnered organizations in Canada and internationally. Community Builders is the beneficiary of pro bono services offered by a network of entrepreneurs, community professionals and experienced volunteers. Capital funds for new self-sustaining efforts are provided by benevolent investors and by partnering enterprising non-profit businesses.
Community Builders has an open philosophy for growth and development and welcomes applications from community-minded groups in any country who are committed to helping persons of extreme poverty through bottom-up and self-sufficient methods