The Bearth Institute Business Model
CONTACT KRISTIE KARIMA BURNS, MH, ND
As a "small business" The BEarth Institute is enthusiastic about supporting other "small businesses" and business owners! The BEarth Institute (Earthschooling, The Avicenna Institute and BEarth Publishing) also supports the business model as put forth by the National Cooperative Business Association - http://www.ncba.coop/abcoop.cfm
When you shop with The BEarth Institute you are not only supporting a small business but you are also supporting our dedication to fellow small business owners!
The BEarth Institute is also dedicated to the following pledges to the planet and its people:
Support for Local Business and the Environment:
I pledge to spend the majority of my income on locally grown foods and locally made or fair trade goods including all my clothing, food and other items. When presented with a choice I always eat at locally owned restaurants and cafes.
I only wear fair trade clothing. I make non-local purchases from small business owners, especially other mothers who own businesses. I am also dedicated to supporting NPR, Partners in Health and other similar organizations. I am very serious about letting you know that most of the money you spend at The BEarth Institute goes right back into the community and I hope the people I shop with are making the same commitment.
See some of the local business I support HERE
Commitment to Sharing Resources:
The Earthschooling Lifetime membership is intended to be an investment membership. When you purchase the membership you are investing in the future of Earthschooling and you receive a payback for that investment. This payback comes in the form of new files you receive for free each month – for life.
Dedicated to Equal Opportunity:
In a world where Natural Healing and Waldorf education and many online materials have become so expensive that only the wealthy can truly afford them, Earthschooling and The Avicenna Institute are meant to be an equal opportunity companies. You can be part of Earthschooling and The Avicenna Institute even if you are on a low income. We accomplish this by offering payment plans on the “good faith” – you are allowed full access even after paying for only one month of the payment plan. We
also accomplish this by allowing people in the program to co-op
purchase curriculum and memberships as long as they can prove that the person they are sharing the membership with is someone they homeschool with on a monthly basis.
Commitment to Community:
Earthschooling and The Avicenna Institute prices are low because I view The BEarth Institute as a supportive, enthusiastic community in which we invite every member to participate. Members take on tasks such as: spreading the word to their communities and friends (public relations and advertising), letting us know when there are errors in the materials (professional editing that goes beyond the basic editing), donating their own lesson plans when inspired to do so, sharing their experiences and ideas, donating their time to be interviewed for live chats, taking the time to walk through some processes with us so we can post the results to other members and save other members the same struggles, taking the time to read the tech support page before they contact us for tech support, attending live group chats and listening to videos and MP3s in lieu of personal consulting, sharing their knowledge and much more.
Each moment that an Earthschooling member or Avicenna Institute student puts into the program saves us money and enables us to continue following the co-op business ideal for The BEarth Institute. If not for members taking on the tasks above the program would not be where it is today. We are able to dedicate about 80% of our time to program development and to members.