No we are not talking about the sapphire sea, or the emerald jungle. We are talking about Entreamigos, San Pancho’s world-renowned community center. This organization is one of the most respected and effective hubs of truly integrated community activism in the world. With a range of core competencies from recycling programs, recycled art, scholarships, circus classes and simply providing a loving space for local kids to grow up, Entre Amigos is the complete package. Many of these offerings have been written about before, but perhaps what deserves greater attention is how a community center can be a nucleus of blossoming in a zone of intense development and change. As megaprojects continue to expand along our coastline, creating oasis’s of true community spirit will be vital to preserving the region’s eclectic vibrancy. Spaces for locals to air concerns, discuss opportunities and exchange resources will become more and more a buffer against continued polarization of the haves and have-nots, a trend around the world. Allowing the community to build resiliency, bonding and dialogue is the most effective means for a region to integrate its varied demographics. The role of community organizations profiled this month has a value beyond calculation as our region continues to develop. Jalisco and Nayarit have the unique opportunity to showcase development and ecotourism in a way that local communities are enhanced rather than disbanded. Please consider engaging with the profiled groups of Casa Clu, El Centro and Entre Amigos as a means to make our region a success story for all of its inhabitants.