No community is an island of problems, values or solutions. Every community is never bereft of a good and accurate response to one issue or another. This means that no matter how underdeveloped or undeveloped a community is, there is always an issue they are accurately responding to.
A community is seen to be below the sustainability or development line without the ability to solve a genuine problem that is generic to all other communities and/or promote the solution. If the solutions of a community are common solutions that every other community have accurately responded to, it becomes a dependent community with little or nothing to exchange for value except physical resources they have not put to productive use. A community must balance its importing with exporting and to stay sustainable.
It must make sure that the exportation of solutions is always higher than the exportation of resources that should be innovatively worked upon to create sustainable values. In the same way, it is advisable to import resources materials than import solutions or finished products.
A community’s relations with other communities should be more of collaboration than dependence and this collaboration must be hinged majorly on exchanging values rather than exchanging physical resources or raw materials. The same importer of raw materials would always come back to exchange the same raw materials he had processed into valuable products to its exporters at a premium. This is how a community whose main relation with other communities is based on exportation of raw materials or importation of solutions becomes dependent and underdeveloped.
Furthermore, the importing and exporting of ideas and solutions can also be collaborative instead of exploitative. When a solution is sold for the purpose of adaptability, it creates mutuality between the buyer and the seller that benefits both more than when the community that exports solutions is trying to be the superior community dominating over communities.
“Every community will be sustainable if communities focus more on value exchange and sharing than imposing methods of doing things to the value recipients.”
“Communities must see themselves as equal despite of what one has and the other does not. It is this perception that will make the equality and equity that we claim to promote a reality in the long run.”