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Conscious Community Theory


Conscious Community Theory (CCT) was written in 2016, by Nathan Warren, MBA, owner of Harris Bridge Vineyard, founder of the Harris Bridge Community, the Community of Love and Appreciation, and the Heart River Community.  Nathan also serves as an instructor with the Oregon State University College of Business and as an Administrator with the State of Oregon. 

CCT is inspired by Nathan's work in Public Safety, Health, and Education.  While CCT can be used to improve outcomes for our most advanced and technologically driven Corporations, it is based on natural concepts as longstanding as the living world, including lessons from the life of a winegrape, and from the life-supporting balance of the forest.  CCT is the first organizational function theory in history to consider life-science as a primary governing force, placing it above money (shareholder theory) and stakeholders (stakeholder theory). 

Purpose-filled power, structure, and rigid plans are being overtaken by awareness-inspired information, flexibility and agile response, and just as in life itself, the most nimble and adaptable organizations will survive.  CCT helps organizations to survive in a dynamic and evolving world.    

 Life First through the lens of Oregon Wine:  In January, 2020, the Oregon Solidarity project, a CCT aligned business venture, was awarded the Global Business Innovation of the Year.  Oregon's wine industry is led by awareness and a dedication to nature, community and collaboration, and this sustainable, life-first approach has been unique enough to inspire global attention.  Nathan says "Wine is a living, breathing thing, even after its bottled. Wine, just like life itself is always new, always changing. Oregonians know that humans didn't create the grapes and we don't control the wine, our job is to support the natural processes. This awareness-driven, nature conscious approach is a model for how other businesses can operate too, resulting in a more life-celebrating and sustaining world."     

Life First through the lens of an Oregon Timber Community:  The foundational tenets of consciousness and community were inspired by Nathan's childhood in Heart River Valley, just West of Philomath, Oregon.  Philomath, which means "Lover of Learning" in Greek, is a timber town with a history of strong community leaders, like Rex Clemens, the founder of the Clemens Foundation, which gave college scholarships to every graduate of Philomath High School.  Nathan received a Clemens Scholarship, and he says "The Clemens foundation educational scholarships demonstrate a commitment to both consciousness and community, and it's one of the reasons that we decided to call this the Conscious Community Theory."  Other strong community leaders were the Lowther, Starker and Harris families, all timberland owners who opened their private lands for educational, and recreational experiences.  "My community actively expanded my awareness of the natural world.  My hope is that CCT organizations will inspire generations of children to value life on planet earth above all else."    

Life First through the lens of State Services:  CCT was also inspired by Nathan's 20-year career with the State of Oregon in healthcare, education, and public safety.  In 2016, Nathan was asked to develop a program to assist with culture change for the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC).  Work in corrections relies upon interpersonal connections within an awareness-led institutional community.  Nathan says "A person's awareness and response is often the key to safety in the sometimes unpredictable work of corrections."  This awareness-driven approach also applies to human rehabilitation, behavior change, and transformation.  Nathan continues, "You can't force change into another person.  Human transformation is an awareness-led support process, not a purpose-led control process."  And, within a prison, when all you have is time, "being" becomes as important as "doing", and "being" is a consciousness concept.  The insights from the work of Corrections are responsible for the organizational behavior components of CCT. 

Soon after CCT was released, Nathan began a pilot of the theory called the Harris Bridge Community, a community centered around Harris Bridge Vineyard, in Philomath, Oregon.  This community is led by the ideas and interests of its members, and it carries on with no hierarchical administration.  One year after the community began, Harris Bridge Vineyard was nominated for Business of the Year, and several other pilots of CCT were launched in human services, manufacturing, and public safety. 

More history can be obtained by contacting the author, Nathan Warren, MBA at nathan@harrisbridgevineyard.com and by phone at 541-990-5919.