The Core Values of Rising Commons include:

  1. Promoting place-based social and cultural change as a business role model.
  2. Balancing humor, humility, and a sense of mutual stewardship with the surrounding world.
  3. Respecting the social and spatial needs of our neighbors, their families, and their businesses.
  4. Creating wealth through trust, accountability, and health.
  5. Committing to relationships derived from communication, mutual support, and personal growth.
  6. Cultivating personal opportunities through a culture of learning and innovation.


You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth... For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession,.. And what is it to work with love? It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house. It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
— Khalil Gibran