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TEAMMX FIELD OPERATIONS

Philosophy, Guidelines, Considerations

TeamMx operates with support provided by the Field Advisory Board, the agency who administers the Global Reach Initiative at field levels. TeamMx is composed of field units whose teams work within assigned geographic regions and locations. Their assigned tasks are to coordinate agency strategy, and guide and manage it’s goals and objectives at the local community level. Team members collaborate with stakeholders, local stakeholder communities and others to provide onsite education and training. This is designed to provide the level of expertise needed for community leaders and members to address their sustainability needs and resolve issues that relate to planning and implementing public policy.

Stakeholders
At the outset, field units strive to alleviate stakeholder concerns about their work and what they propose to facilitate sustainable development at the local level. They believe it important to imbue strategic planning, decision-making, policy frameworks, initiatives, and implementing procedures that engage a spiritual perspective. This taps into the very heart of human existence to gain understanding of humanity’s true nature and purpose.

Barriers
Because people come with various belief systems, cultural identities, ethnic persuasions and religious affiliations, among others, we seek to transform how people view themselves in relation to how they see others. This means finding ways to break down barriers, eliminate misperceptions, and promote collaborative efforts among people with diverse backgrounds. Space is then created for a diverse people to capture freedom and learn to demonstrate the wholesomeness they need to express their views. They then are willing to contribute of their time, talents and abilities in a unique and individualized fashion that best suits their modes of expression. This builds spiritually reliant capacity that enables people to make meaningful contributions to advance and sustain human populations, a process that also helps to advance civilization.

Human Commonalities
Recognition and expression of qualities innate to humankind’s spiritual core draws attention to those commonalities shared by all humanity. This generates appreciation and manifest respect for human diversity, fosters the inclusion of a diverse-unheard who find their voice heard in collaborative venues, strategic planning, and participatory decision-making in a collective effort to deliver sustainable results for the entire community. In this way, external resources join together with community acumen to embrace as capable and equal partners.

Frameworks
To build new frameworks for societal advancement, we must reflect on moral and spiritual principles such as equity, solidarity, empathy, justice, and compassion. These builders of human character are bedrock needed to inspire a paradigmatic change in thinking. When aligned together with empathic consciousness, they provide unique ways to bring people together, determine how they interrelate with one another, and provide new frameworks from which to organize and advance societal and individual affairs. In this regard, it must be understood that high-status areas in urban settings have no more knowledge or expertise than local communities in remote areas, for they are every bit as capable of building cohesive and vibrant patterns of social life, and perhaps more so.

Spirituality
The success for any development project is dependent upon the degree of spiritual energy being generated at its core, because based on the strength of that being emitted will determine its capability to supersede human frailty and unburden minds. People are then better able to organize collective efforts, plan and pursue goals and objectives, and do what is required to realize long-sought outcomes in order to realize sustainable futures.  

Performance
This is where ‘rubber meets the road’ (automotive slang) because human performance is the determining factor that highlights success or determines failure, and with little middle ground between them.  Mistakes made must immediately be evaluated and corrective measures applied. The entire experience is considered as lessons learned, providing tools to enhance future undertakings.  

Building Capacity
Field operatives work with stakeholders and local stakeholder communities to provide innovative and inclusive approaches to development planning. They are well aware that success or failure for sustainable undertakings is borne on the backs of those who have the most to lose. Therefore, they seek to build human capacity in ways that allow for meaningful contributions to be made inclusive to all actors within human populations.

Justice
To support community activation, field unit staff interact with local stakeholders and stakeholder communities to encourage inclusive criteria for strategic planning that’s guided by principles of justice. The net effect is to provide assurance that through demonstrative ability, personal conduct, balanced decisions, and decisive action to inspire and provide continuing efforts to achieve systematic and sustainable results that’s able to advance and secure community development over extended time-horizons.

Relationships
Field units are required to be consistent in examining their working relationships with stakeholders and local stakeholder communities. This is done to determine the effectiveness of their efforts to build and expand a viable knowledge base, inspire creative thinking, lessen fears of the unknown, and to foster individual potential in building frameworks that manifest positive social change.

Targets
Social capital accumulates through citizenry participation in all aspects of the development process. Targets set for sustainable accomplishments are assessed based on how current activities perform and appropriate social capital. This improves the way in which stakeholders, local government, the business community, institutions, and others interact to achieve mutually agreed goals and objectives.

Program
Our sustainability program helps communities thrive based on values derived from diversity inclusiveness and the willingness to join together and undertake collective activities:

• Planning activities that inform and involves community actors in regional discussions and decision -making concerning priorities, plans, and policy implementation to further development and refine regional and local community integration.

• Achieve a truly participatory form of stakeholder engagement. This means that local community members identify those in the community who have insights into the immediate social reality, that they appreciate cultural dynamics and understand local concerns, are able to identify problems and discern community needs, and are willingly able to navigate existing local networks to appropriate social capital and gain continuing opportunities. They are accepted as community representatives.

• It is intended that field unit staff, local stakeholders, and local stakeholder communities identify and keep abreast of major issues and concerns, realize opportunities for development, enhance interactive and working relationships, and promote volunteerism as means to improve community well-being.

• Create and implement community and/or regional initiatives that enable communities and/or regions to identify and address problem areas. Take corrective action as needed to ensure the availability of opportunities for progressive activities.

• Strive to build community capacity in ways that does not adopt, advocate or set fixed concepts or preconceived notions about procedures and solutions to achieve sustainability. To the contrary, our purpose is to engage with stakeholders and local stakeholder communities in view of new fundamentals which they as the main drivers of sustainable development within their respective areas are free to assess and use as opportunity permit to enhance their creative potential.

Guidelines
(a) TeamMx operations are guided by agency goals and objectives, policy and core principles, philosophy and modus operandi.

(b) We are not an advocacy group but a leading consultancy that seeks to achieve sustainability at all levels of society, especially at the local community level.

(c) We encourage enlisting a spiritual perspective to assist in creating sustainable undertakings that strive to integrate ethical performance criteria into systems of governance. This should not be misunderstood as an attempt to promote religion or religious concepts, nor symbolize an effort to engage with or promote partisan political divides. To the contrary, we recognize spirituality as an innate quality that manifest human understanding, encapsulates the totality of the human experience, and recognizes each person individually but also as an integral part of humankind as a whole. So, ethics in governance (and government) is a bridge that weds this together and provides the quality of managerial performance needed to pursue sustainable outcomes and enhance efforts to secure the publics’ welfare.

(d) We rest comfortability in the scientific reality of humankind as an entity of one, believing it to be the central driver for human accomplishments when it becomes a practicing norm in society.

(e) The total reality of sustainability and all benefits to be derived will only begin to happen when there is full recognition, complete acceptance, and long-sought societal practice of gender equality.

(f) Engage at the local level while drawing on own experience and expertise to give due consideration to strengthening when and where possible collaborative undertakings as means to lay ground work upon which to build sustainable communities.

(g) Bring together stakeholders and local stakeholder communities with focus given to those at the grassroots level. Experience has shown that creating spaces that allow people at the grassroots to interact with their institutions at various levels fosters a climate of trust and collaboration.

Further Considerations
Since the launch of LA 21 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3-14 June 1992, governments in many countries sought to upgrade their sustainability efforts at the local level. Since then, some twenty-eight years later, stakeholders and stakeholder communities have made progress by having much anticipated agenda-setting goals in place.

Approach. Taking a multi-dimensional approach to achieve sustainability at the local community level has caused a degree of concern and confusion, and has met some resistance. To ease these conditions, we seek to instill an inclusive approach to development strategy that’s based in humanity’s own oneness as a species. It harks back to the concept of spirituality and our goal remains unchanged: foster both individual and inter-community relationships inline with human commonalities in other to engage collective activities that are based in spiritual receptiveness. This is necessary and remains a prime feature of sustainable development. It avoids becoming entanglement in divisive activities, ethnic strife, social discord, political partisanships, and religious controversy; but seeks to deepen cross-cultural communication, and promote unity in diversity.

Consumerism. The quality of human experience is essentially spiritual in nature. It’s roots are intertwined with the inner reality of human existence. It is the source faculties (bedrock) needed to construct a more just and sustainable social order based on moderation, collective endeavor, justice, love, reason, sacrifice, and service to the common good. This desire is shared in common by all humanity, but there is a conflict. The problem (immediate danger) humanity now faces is the culture of unbridled consumerism. It has a tendency to reduce human beings to competitive, insatiable consumers of goods that are not required for survival, but merely objects manipulated by powerful market forces to increase desire for consumption. Therein exist the intractable conflict, the difference between what people really want (i.e. to consume more) and what humanity actually needs (i.e. equitable access to resources), the former gains traction as the latter recedes.

Contradiction. We seek to resolve the paralyzing conflict (contradiction) that, on the one hand, there’s humanity’s desire for world peace and to secure prosperity, while, on the other, much of professional economic and psychological theory depicts human beings as slaves to self-interest.

TeamMx appropriates the bedrock needed to guide its efforts to counter those negative character flaws of human ego, greed, apathy and injustice; now aligned with patterns of commercialism to increase insatiable desire for the consumption of consumer products. The economic impact on local stakeholder communities is severely damaging due to the high cost of products community members can least afford. Often rewards given by market forces garners support from partisan and political divides to further retard community efforts to achieve sustainability.

TeamMx supports local community efforts to accumulate social capital and increase the level of sustainability to be achieved. This is accomplished through collective action, ethics in governance (and government), and by partnering with affiliated networks and agencies to make the process more efficient. We engage with stakeholders and local stakeholder communities to play and essential role in helping them to achieve sustainability by (1) creating an environment where citizens are able to empower themselves, to collaborate and decide on the rules to guide their participation in planning and decision-making, (2) identify key individuals who can bring together the various resources needed and involve them in the process, and (3) partner with local government, the business community, social and education institutions, and private citizens to share responsibility for achieving agreed upon sustainability goals and objectives.

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