Control is the Enemy of Collaboration

Whether you are trying to assist a small community or develop a large region, your only hope of making a sustainable impact lies in getting the cooperation of others. There are those who recognize that diverse support and participation with unity of purpose can overcome many challenges. They often underestimate however, what it takes to make such unity happen and …

Connecting the Dots for Sustainable Peace and Development

Good intentions are not enough to reduce conflict and lift people out of poverty. Many efforts– whether by charities, government agencies, civil society organizations, community groups, international aid agencies and even multinational companies– fail to make any sort of sustainable difference. But fresh thinking around resolving conflicts and sustaining peace and development can lead to success where traditional efforts have …

Why is Rural Development Important?

An ever-increasing portion of the world’s population is moving to urban areas. The United Nations estimates that nearly all global population growth over the next 14 years will be absorbed by cities, adding an estimated 1.1 billion people to urban populations. Cities will require increased amounts of food and natural resources from rural regions to sustain their burgeoning number of …

Challenging the Way It Works

At the Hāmākua Institute, we know the way it works and are always willing to help others to learn the norms of sustainable rural development. Our goal, however, is to go beyond the norms and explore better ways of assisting rural communities and regions face change that threatens their livelihoods. We are capable of using a range of diverse and …