Whole New Concepts

Whole New Concepts LLC  provides training, mentoring and consulting
services to people and organizations interested in managing for healthy land, strong families, prosperity and sustainability. Our services and products are based on real-life experiences, including our own, of what works to plan and manage for sustainability.

We work with you to develop your strategy for achieving best possible outcomes by placing quality of life and your desire to be sustainable on equal footing with the need to be financially sound.

We have been teaching and mentoring practitioners of Holistic Management since 1995. Explore this website and please contact us for more information. Discover how putting Holistic Management into practice will help you achieve sustainable solutions on your farm or ranch, or in your business and personal lifestyle.

Your Needs Come First
Whole New Concepts LLC brings into play customized holistic management training programs, learning design, facilitative techniques, program development and process consulting with a broad-base of knowledge, experience and technical expertise aimed at:

Improving your skills in four key areas of decision-making and management —
people, money, land, and community.
Developing your capacity to see the big picture, respond to change.
Identifying strategies and designing practical solutions based on your specific needs.
Establishing long-term plans and strategies for sustainability.
Creating immediate benefits and results through improved decision
making and management.

Behind every result is a decision!
The choices you make each day are crucial to creating the kind of life and future you desire to have.  Sound decision-making, innovation and adaptability are at the core of success in today’s changing world.  Sustainability challenges us to consider the social, economic, and ecological aspects of each action we take.  The Holistic Management Framework, embodies a set of decision-making tools, planning guides and monitoring and procedures that help you achieve sustainable solutions in a practical and consistent manner.

Holistic Management will help improve your ability to:
Achieve results
that consistently generate positive rewards for you and are also good for the land, your family & your community.
Develop excellence in planning, management, and operation of family farm and ranch enterprises and small businesses.
Enhance the biological diversity and productivity of your land.
Support family based agriculture, local food, beginning farmers and family businesses in your community.
Discover lasting solutions by going to the root cause of problems and learning how to manage for a triple bottom line.
Advance stewardship of your community values, culture, local economies, land use, food systems and natural resources.
Become engaged in generating real wealth, creating vibrant landscapes and a rewarding lifestyle that are sustainable.
Manage for a triple bottom line that accounts for social, economic and biological wealth.
Place quality of life and your capacity to be sustainable on equal footing with the need to be profitable and financially sound.

How we work
Acknowledging you as an expert in your situation, we develop a common sense approach that works for you. We understand how busy life and business can be in these challenging times.  This is why we make our services flexible and convenient. We work in-person, over the telephone and via the internet. Many of our courses and programs are offered as distance learning as well as in-person. We also offer facilitation, consulting and technical services.

With our hands-on, client centered approach you will experience practical solutions and realize immediate benefits from our services. The services and programs we offer are adapted or customized to address your specific needs and concerns.

 

Our Aim
To Become Sustainable We Must Understand Basic Ecological Principles

One: Everything is connected to Everything Else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.
Two: Everything Must Go Somewhere. There is no “waste” in nature and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown.
Three:  Nature Knows Best.  Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is likely to be detrimental to that system.
Four: There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch.  Everything comes from something.
Barry Commoner, The Four Laws of Ecology, from “The Closing Circle”, 1971.

Being Sustainable Requires An Entirely New Approach and Mindset:

“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.  Despite nearly a century of propaganda, conservation still proceeds at a snail’s pace; progress still consists largely of letterhead pieties and convention oratory.  On the back forty we still slip two steps backward for each step forward….. In our attempt to make conservation easy we have made it trivial. The answer, if there is any, seems to be in a land ethic, or some other force which assigns more obligation to the land owner.”
Aldo Leopold, from “The Land Ethic,” from “A Sand County Almanac”, 1948.

There is No Other Place To Go and No Other Time to Take Action

“We no longer face a physical frontier, but a change in philosophy, a complete reversal of our attitude towards the earth that might open a door to a golden era far more resplendent than the old. Never in man’s long evolution have such ideas arisen, never has he had a more dramatic choice or one that could change his life more drastically…….We are finally beginning to realize what is at stake. It is more than wilderness, beauty, or peace of mind; it is the survival of man and his culture.”
Sigurd F. Olson, 1976, “Reflections From The North Country”