Sustenance and Resources
The concept has as its starting point, the well known human needs hierarchy as proposed by Abraham Maslow, starting with the primal need of survival. PermaLife first addresses the basic human need to sustain oneself and ones family and then builds on the existing store of knowledge of how to cultivate and use resources for maximum benefit.
Health and Wellness
The intake of high value food and clean water by family units provides an enzyme and energy rich diet, which is a key focus in the fight against disease. Other indicators are minimizing of stress factors and motivation for better lifestyle management. In the fight against HIV and AIDS, significant results are being achieved in nutrition-based management of immune deficiency and secondary infection prevention.
Biophysical, Natural Resources and the Built Environment
The environments that we live in provide us with the resources that we need to live and grow. Appropriate and sustainable utilization of resources is a key factor affecting the survival of any community. The concept of Custodianship of resources, from land and water to biomass, from human resources to sense of place, asset value and recycling are all developed strategies and are taught for the protection and management of effective communities.
Value, Benefit and Opportunity
At the community level, cooperative work between family units creates enterprise opportunities in many areas, which provides meaningful and quantifiable value. This adds to the local potential of communities to develop industries like tourism, forestry, manufacturing, etc. These industries must be evaluated and analyzed for sustainability in their own development and then planned and implemented with the full participation of all community members, including women and youth. A primary objective of Be@Root is to generate bioregional activity and local economic development.
Education, Growth and Understanding
The process of education involves a structured system via diverse and effective communication methods. This method targets schools, as well as family members of all ages, to create an iterative process between school and community learners. Training is also offered to all who are interested in bettering themselves and their community, since education is at the core of self-empowerment and bettering oneself. Be@Root specializes in the training of community members and, through its wide range of consultants, is able to teach classes in water management, maternal health, organic food growth, nutrition based disease management, recycling, community sustainability, wellness, business management, economics, and many more.
Cooperation, Interaction and Sustainability
The objective of Be@Root and the PermaLife system is to support families and communities to fully engage in their own development and growth to become sustainable without the need for outside intervention. Encouraging the community to come together in the implementation of projects, community decisions, and traditional celebrations strengthens the foundations that a community is built upon and encourages cooperation. This development encourages sustainable environments and growth that benefits more than the self; it benefits all.