REGIONAL | PASSION | ENTERPRISING | SUSTAINABILITY
“The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.”
~ William Gibson
Starfish’s purpose and passion is creating and supporting genuine rural and regional sustainability. In fact, we are one of only a few organisations in Australia, or the world, who specialise in this area.
Starfish’s name has been inspired by the lessons for genuine sustainability that are given by the sea creatures and the book, The Starfish and the Spider.
Starfish are one of the few creatures on earth which are able to regenerate and replicate. Starfish are able to self-heal and regrow lost parts like a broken off limb. Amazingly, an entire new starfish can also grow from that lost limb. In this way starfish symbolise some of the key features of rural sustainability:
- Distributed rather than centralised ~ in terms of knowledge, capabilities, systems, resources and more. This principle is embodied in collaborative governance, renewable energy, the internet, community agriculture and more
- The importance of regeneration and healing to be able to work through the legacies of conflict, restore environmental health and be equipped to work through the likely future ‘great disruption’ and associated trauma
- Being of service and collaborative to enhance capacity and resilience in others ~ be they people, families, communities, organisations, networks or systems ~ and to create inter-dependent, not co-dependent, mutually beneficial relationships
“You never change anything by fighting the existing. To change something, build a new model and make the existing obsolete.”
~ Buckminster Fuller
There are of course other principles which are important to sustainability, however we are inspired by the beautiful creatures which have given us both our name as well as some significant guiding principles for our work.
Starfish uses a contemporary community enterprise model, which means we also fulfil our purpose through providing professional services and competing for commercially tendered sustainability work. These enterprises complement the resources we generate from traditional fundraising and grant-making sources.