Big Love is an evolving network, helping Akron recreate its city and neighborhood based identities while reinvigorating the public commons through community empowerment and engagement. The Big Love Network is inspired to build bridges and spark creative collaborations across socioeconomic and cultural barriers. The core of the network consists of organizers, permaculturists, healing practitioners, and artists that facilitate neighbor-led, creative placemaking, sustainability, and health equity efforts throughout Akron as a means for social change.
Sociocracy, or dynamic governance, is Big Love Network’s chosen methodology of organization. We believe in this methodology as its principles consist of consent within leadership teams, circles that support team work, and double linking that ensures accountability. We also believe in Sociocracy as it is modeled after the flower of life pattern that can be seen throughout nature. It is a core value of our organization to model our organizing off of natural systems, which is also called social biomimicry.