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The three-headed hydra of apathy, envy and fear, those people in positions of power in government, business and the media, suggest you focus only on you. Why read anything about collective problem-solving?

We take the most complicated challenge on earth and reduce it down to one simple question.

Do 100% of us, in every community, have access to the ten vital services for surviving and thriving?

While we can’t control when a pandemic hits, we can control our capacity to reduce its impact and treat those infected, if we ensure 100% of residents have access to timely medical care.

We can also ease the burden of trauma and mental health challenges by ensuring access to behavioral health care.

We can, in an economic disruption when people lose their livelihoods, ensure access to food security and housing security programs. We can also ensure transportation to vital services.

Just to be crystal clear, each community requires five services for surviving. With medical care, behavioral health care and food, housing and transport services, we survive until we stabilize in new lifestyles and livelihoods.

As for thriving, what’s required are five more services. They include access to parent supports, early childhood learning programs, fully-resourced community schools with health centers and youth mentors.

In a society with its economy being reshaped by a virus and financial downturns, we require job training for those jobs that will actually exist in the future. We work toward full employment while helping small businesses redesign to meet new demands and markets.

To recap, we can all survive and thrive during pandemics and economic disruptions with ten services in place. These vital services can be greatly enhanced with technology to increase quality and reach.

Now back to our complex lives and one simple choice. Do we listen to the millions of voices on our mobile that distract and disempower us. Or do we answer the question we posed earlier: How do we join together as a community to ensure 100% of our city and county residents can access the ten vital services for surviving and thriving?

Only one book, 100% Community: Ensuring 10 vital services for surviving and thriving, shows you how.

The future is what we make it. Join the evolution.

Please excuse any typos as I construct an article at 3am on only one cup of Joe. These stories are mine and mine alone. I do not represent any organization here. If one of my illustrations looks like a real human or three-headed hydra, that’s total coincidence. Words and images ©Dominic Cappello but share with everyone you know. 100% Community awaits you here: www.tenvitalservices.org

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A NY Times bestselling author, social justice activist, Oprah guest, co-author of Attack of the Three-Headed Hydras, 100% Community and Anna, Age Eight.

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