RootSpace envisions a world in which the paradigm and perception of “conflict zone”, “post-conflict zone”, and “developing country” has changed from one of “recipient” to one of “creator”. RootSpace sees those locations in the world most “in need” not just as the recipients of “aid” and finished products from the “developed world”, but as sources of innovation and creation, and that real sustainable development on the mass scale in those environments will not come from outside “aid”, but by enabling and empower social entrepreneurs on the local level to dream up and implement innovative ideas that have the potential for mass impact.
RootSpace believes that real sustainable economic development happens when more “value creation” and more of the “value chain” occurs in developing countries. The additional constraints and challenges of living and working in conflict, post-conflict, and developing countries push social entrepreneurs to find innovative solutions to problems that could have wider application on a broad scale within their own country, in countries in similar situations, and around the world.
RootSpace contributes to sustainable social and economic development on the mass scale by helping people and small groups living in those conditions do innovative and wonderful things which they otherwise could not have done, by helping people dream up new ideas and new solutions to address social needs locally and globally, to form (domestic, regional and international) collaborations and partnerships around specific projects or goals, and in the end, to implement wonderful projects for lasting development on the mass scale.