Although it is usual to think about Prout as a set of economic proposals, in fact the primary purpose of Prout is to build healthy communities. Here the community we are talking about might be a village, a country or the global community. Because we live in an age dominated by economic thinking, most introductions to Prout take an economic bias.
One of the greatest defects of contemporary economics (as it is taught in universities) is to abstract economic principles away from real people, real communities and the environment in which they are embedded. Building healthy communities requires the integration of an understanding of culture with principles of ecology and principles of economics. Therefore in the above diagram, community is placed at the centre, where culture, ecology and economics overlap.