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We are committed to promoting uncommon solutions to common challenges. Our foundation is built upon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Beloved Community philosophy. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called forth a global vision of beloved community, in which all people share in the wealth of the earth—a society based on justice, equity, non-violence, and love. 
Thriving Communities History

Thriving Communities grew out of the joy and inspiration that Jerry Millhon found in his work as Director of the Whidbey Institute in 2011. Along with others, he began to see Thriving Communities as a call to action—to tell stories about people who inspired actions and movements that celebrate and make a profound difference in neighborhoods and communities. As one person observed at a Gathering, "I have lived in this community for many years. I never knew many of these organizations existed. I want to get involved!"

We have deeply listened to communities that are thriving across the U.S. to support and uphold their stories through filmmaking. But that is only the first step: Each year we convene to honor those we have filmed and provide space for people to connect with them and with others gathered. We share these stories and the people we honor as a gift of collaboration and inspiration for those interested. We have such a deep sense of respect, gratitude, and love for the work and gifts of the people that each film portrays. 

Dr. King's Beloved Community has inspired all our work.