Living Guild

What we do

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Human-social and economic value

The essence of our work is to collaborate with people and organizations that want to contribute to their community in a way that increases the social, economic and ecological value of any project or development.

Our work considers returns on investment for five capitals - human, social, built, ecological, and financial - from one investment stream. Returns on investments in all these capitals increases the capacity of a project to be viable and beneficial over time.


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Living system principles and systems thinking

We operate from the principle that human, social and environmental aims should be central in the process of planning, designing and building communities. We use living-systems frameworks and principles, and systems thinking to create an effective, open and creative process.

We look at the whole of a project, in a way that considers the human-social and ecological requirements to define a higher order of values. This intentional learning process about how and what we build naturally results in an increase of many values for the community and the environment.


Process and engagement

Our collaborations begin with developing program requirements based on input that adapts to the unique qualities, characteristics, values and goals expressed by the community. The next steps include the planning, designing and building phase.

A collaboration continues with its own momentum in an ongoing process as the potential and capabilities of the project evolve, increasing long-term vitality and viability of the project and its relationship with the community and ecological place over time.

Our Services

Community Development

Building Community Capabilities.

Community engagement in the local planning and development process.

Positive strategies for developing viable, sustainable and productive community developments.

Organization Development.




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Infrastructure and Master Planning

Site and Building Analysis and System Integration.

Green Infrastructure Analysis.

Living Building Design and Accreditation Documentation.



Land, Forest, Farm and Water

Ecological Land Management and Planning.

Whole Farm Planning.

Sustainable Forest Management.

Reuse and Restoration of Water, Wastewater and Stormwater.

Soil Fertility Management.