I recently holidayed in Queenstown, New Zealand.
This was a wander-lusty and eyes-wide-open experience. I think the place is magic. Literally.
Queenstown, New Zealand is a place all about taking risks, living on the edge and pushing life just as far as it will go. There are big mountains, big lakes, big fun. There is an endless sea of opportunity to journey fun and excitement. Horizons cease to exist – there are no limits.
I might be exaggerating a little, but you get the point.
Queenstown is a commercially driven town. It is a town whose business is service. Service comes at a price for the consumer but received with gratitude and grace. It is an interesting place.
The permanent population of Queenstown was reported to be around 16000 people. Compare this to the number of visitors – 22000 visitors during the off season and over 44000 visitors during the snow season (according to the Captain of the Million Dollar Cruise around the lake).
This means that there are always more visitors and locals. The town exists to serve. And service is what they sell – but it is not what they market.
My interest is in building authentic and meaningful community. BAM Community Pty Ltd. BAM Business goal is in leading and launching change and community evolution. BAM collaboratively builds independence within a circle of support that is unified by a common vision. BAM builds excellence through sustainable practice and personal growth. We apply these goals in Education, care and health and community sectors.
Queenstown was the perfect study area. Queenstown is by nature a co-independent housing community that services the community perfectly.
How is Queenstown a Master of Service?
WE were taught about the natural environment, the services that are available, the how to’s, the what if’s, the ice cream, the food, the history, the geography, the possibilities. We were valued and informed.
A BAM Community is created by building authentic and meaningful community. It is a model of co-independent housing where the community develops a strategy to grow and evolve that is right for the community. It embraces our sense of fun through engagement and community. People live together, caring for each other. We master empathy for ourselves and others. We share advice and mentor one another. We connect to the higher realms and respect the humanness of spirit without having to explain.
My goal now is to build BAM Communities here.