The Okanagan food system is fragile, and is weakening with economic pressures. The OCS Community Enterprise, in combination with inclusive design approaches, unlocks scalable pathways to rebuild a resilient food system locally, and beyond.
Our communities are experiencing rapidly growing pressures such as housing affordability, food insecurity, mental health challenges, and wealth inequities.
We can see how the current trajectory extends if we don’t collectively move from treating socio-economic symptoms, to transforming root causes.
The OCS Community Enterprise infuses the best of the current “symptom-specific” approaches, within holistic and whole-system approaches to create a scalable self-governing system.
Together, our community can begin solving our toughest challenges.
Transformative systems integrate not-for-profit with for-profit to create lasting positive change.
Community Wealth Building
Hybrid community ownership restores economic strength to community.
Community ventures invite broader representation to co-create solutions where it matters most.
Collective community wisdom guides the evolution of the Okanagan Circular Society.
The OCS’s Community Conversations utilize circular practices to cultivate diverse perspectives, tap collective wisdom, and begin to mobilize tangible community action. Building on the success of our past Community Conversations, the OCS will be hosting a series on systems change and sustainability in the Winter of 2023. Stay tuned!
The OCS Community Enterprise creates transformative opportunities across economic sectors, including in housing, transportation, energy, and health-care. Once the food resilience initiative is going, the OCS, in collaboration with community, will focus on developing untapped value and systems approaches to rebuilding economic resilience across sectors.