Over the past few years my eyes have been opened to the fact that most physical needs in our community are routinely addressed while emotional and other needs seem to go unaddressed. By intentionally listening and responding to physical, emotional, and other needs of people from all walks of life I’ve discovered that when answers are provided to the questions people have, lives are changed as their dreams are realized and they begin to live up to their full potential.
Vicinity is a non-profit organization that invests in ordinary people to build extraordinary communities. We are an enthusiastic team of Adventure Capitalists who believe that being a part of a positive and nurturing community is the lynchpin of a happy and productive person. The key is to allow time for rest which is “something other than work.” Better rest. Better work. Better community.
- Doug Karr, Co-Founder
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This “Rest 4 Success” model is countercultural but intuitively correct. Only when we begin to address an individual’s core issues can we build community from the inside out: What matters to you at this moment? Why is that important right now? What crossroads are you facing at this moment? We are interested in the needs that go largely unspoken. These needs can only be identified and satisfied when once is in a state of rest.
Intuitively we know that everyone needs rest. Work is different from our rest by the nature of its purpose. We have found that quality rest begets better quality work and this relationship has benefit to the community including: breaking through fear, isolation and division; improving the quality of relationships; activating the unique gifts, skills, and assets of everyone in the community, mobilizing more leadership; increasing civic participation; generating economic opportunities; catalyzing more actions that lead to innovations and breakthroughs.
Unfortunately much of today’s societal attention is focused on getting more and more of our lives to be standardized. Our collective time, treasure and talent is moving more and more into making programs but very few individuals want to be programmed. There is great joy and reward in life when we move from predictable outcomes to possibilities! At Vicinity we help one another to navigate the possibilities of life by inspiring each other to a fuller life experience of being truly connected to those around you.
We live in a society where proximity to others is often obtained through social media, virtual reality or crowds but where very little meaningful transactions take place. Relationships are shallow. Vicinity incubates deep, safe, meaningful, reciprocal relationships. We believe that everyone has something to offer others, and something they need from others. Vicinity is a community of communities working together on shared goals that change our lives and those around us. We are interested in your world and its communities including: arts, sports, non-profits, faith, business, government, neighborhoods, families, etc. As Adventure Capitalists we assume many roles in our pursuit of life’s adventures as coach, navigator, friend, investor, leader, follower, student, etc.