Providing a Culture Out of Addressing Community Needs 

One of the ways to grow as a community is to raise our level of understanding of the needs of the community and its residents. That means understanding our individual needs along with the needs of others,  as well as understanding the ability to identify and address those needs. Whether it be on an  individual level or on a social level, we may experience pathologies (with or without diagnosis) and  feel bad when our needs aren’t met.

Below is a list of fundamental needs that UGW Global ties into its philosophy of social responsibility, leadership, and support. 

1.) Subsistence needs are the most important of all needs: food, shelter, water, sunlight, exercise -  physical needs that the body cannot live with out. 

2.) Protection: Being safe 

3.) Affection: Warm community; the need for physical contact. 

4.) Participation: Having meaning, Being a part of a community helps meet this need (eg., gardening or learning where your food comes from). 

5.) Understanding: Being with people that are warm, company that understands us. 

6.) Identity: Knowing who we are and being a part of the world as we’d like to be. Showing up how we’d like to show up. 

7.) Leisure: How can we relax? What are better ways of exercising and relaxation? 

8.) Creativity: Can’t have creativity without meeting the need for leisure 

9.) Freedom: Autonomy 


Below are the four (4) strategies/satisfiers that we share and use to meet the needs shown above: 

1.) Destroyer Satisfiers are actions taken in attempt to meet ones need, but often destroys the likelihood to meet other needs;

2.) Pseudo Satisfier are strategies that seem to meet a need, but actually don’t;

3.) Singular Satisfiers attempt to satisfy one need; and

4.) Synergistic Satisfiers meet multiple needs at once - teaching individuals about their surroundings.