Build leadership capacity.
We believe that the best way to help communities tackle their toughest problems is by building leadership capacity. The primary way we pursue this goal for individuals is through the Bush Fellowship Program. The philosophy behind the program is that anyone from any segment of the community can exercise courageous leadership and inspire people and institutions to walk together through conflict and arrive at sustainable solutions to their shared problems.
Engage communities in understanding and solving their tough problems.
The best solutions - the ones that work for the long term - arise when people from across the community engage in the problem-solving process. We create opportunities for community members to gather and work together to name, understand, brainstorm ideas for and act courageously to implement solutions to their toughest problems.
Provide access to tools for innovation.
A "new normal" calls for a new approach to most aspects of the problem-solving process. By providing communities with access to tools for innovation that allow them to more accurately understand the complexities of the challenge they face or to connect with ideas and resources outside their community - even to be inspired by the success of others - we expect that communities will more easily find creative, sustainable solutions that ensure their future vitality.