We the Stewards of Heartland Communities, Inc. envision a world in which communities of people share in sustainable living, culturally and environmentally. We define a sustainable culture as one in which all citizens balance responsibility and liberty, in which each member’s needs are met, and each contributes to the needs of the larger good. A sustainable culture requires the guarantee of safety and celebration to persons of diverse ideas, abilities, and heritage. We believe that nonviolence is the key to safety. Environmental sustainability requires that the demands on an environment do not exceed the inhabitant’s ability to renew the environment’s resources in pace; that technology is used with the same guarantee of safety to the diversity of nature. We envision a world in which commitment to this vision is the foundation that informs our collective life’s work.