To strengthen community by bringing people together to discover, cultivate, and share their unique gifts and skills to enrich rural lives and foster fulfilling livelihoods.
We envision a future where everyone is emotionally, mentally, and physically supported to discover, cultivate, and share their unique gifts with the world. The act of sharing these gifts leads to gainful employment and rewarding livelihoods. People identify less as consumers of material things, and more as makers of a vibrant, strong, healthy community
G.A.L.A. is committed to making a difference within our sphere of influence – our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities. We agree with Wendell Berry when he says, “The right local questions and answers will be the right global ones.” We believe that sustainable community building is a creative process, not a promise, and we are committed to embarking on this process in a way that is strategic, makes sense, and is fun for those involved.
We believe that all the technology, creativity, and intelligence necessary to make our communities more sustainable is all around us. Our focus is not to search far and wide for experts in the field, but rather to harness those resources that already exists within our communities. We echo the Hopi Elders who proclaim, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
We embrace the broad and complex nature of sustainability, while also striving to simplify the concept by making it practical and local. Because sustainability looks different everywhere, we design our programs based on unique local conditions. We also aim to make the necessary tools, services, and information accessible that empowers people to contribute to sustainable community building everyday.
Interdependence We understand that our daily choices and local actions have impacts through space and time. We consider the global and generational impacts of our daily choices and local actions.
Independence We promote the independence that means the assumption of responsibility in society. We promote independence by encouraging corporate and individual accountability.
Local autonomy and inclusive decision-making We believe that decisions made by the people who will experience the impacts of those decisions usually leads to sustainable outcomes.
Peace and nonviolence We cultivate peace within ourselves and between others/each other, knowing that these attributes are integral to sustainability.
Creativity is the heart of sustainable community building. We encourage and promote creativity and innovation in all that we do.
Diversity We value and foster diversity because it brings strength and resilience.
Intrinsic wisdom of nature The earth’s ecological systems naturally tend toward sustainability. We honor and are guided by this intrinsic wisdom of nature.
G.A.L.A. Strategic Business Plan 2019-2023
The Strategic Business Plan explains the need G.A.L.A. is addressing with the creation of the Community Makerspace, why G.A.L.A. is best suited to undertake this challenge, the primary goals, how G.A.L.A. will achieve those goals, and detailed financial projections showing what funds are needed to pull off this project and make it financially sustainable. It provides a roadmap to help navigate the growth, success, and sustainability of establishing Carroll County’s first makerspace along with its programs, services, and operations for the period 2019 through 2023.