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Wilmette Institute Courses Inspire Community-Building Innovation

Sep 29, 2023
Aerial view of roof top apartment gardens.

Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash

Course: The Economics of Community Building (2023)
Faculty Mentor: Richard Hainsworth

As an urban designer and landscape architect, I have found that the Wilmette Institute classes—including, most recently, The Economics of Community Building course—are very helpful for my desire to show how we can develop communities according to the Bahá’í Nine Year Plan and put into action the advice and examples of our Bahá’í founders.

My project with Paul Hanley, the Bahá’í Agricultural Network, was inspired during the Wilmette Institute course, Bahá’í Perspectives on Agriculture and Food. 

The Agro-Housing Cells project—a program that combines a high-rise apartment complex with a vertical greenhouse within the same building—was inspired by the Economics of Community Building course.

I’m so grateful for all the facilitators. Both classes provided me with the knowledge of Bahá’í principles that I needed to support these projects, and both classes had facilitators who asked me questions and provided advice that caused my ideas to grow.

I’m looking forward to the Global Governance class that starts in October.

I love what y’all are doing at the Wilmette Institute.



James Craig (Birmingham, Alabama)

I am developing an Agro-Housing Community for Bahá’ís who want to live in a Bahá’í Agricultural village.

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