LIVING IN AN INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY
On the brink of revolution: The social, environmental and economic benefits to community living
Like everyone when I was a kid, I was told at some point to be REALISTIC about my life choices. Art and Music were my passions but they weren't reliable sources of income, so it didn't matter whether they were the source of my happiness. This was my first trigger towards being an activist .
As someone with huge passions, I understand the NEED to do what you love in life, our passions being outlets for our sanity, our personal mode of expression and inherent to the beauty of individuality itself.
I started painting when I was five for a few reasons. I knew I could do it, I was therefore good at it and I loved to amaze my parents. As I grew however, I had many interests and art wasn't my only way to express myself anymore, nor was it what I wanted to dedicate my life to. Industries have turned passions into competitions. Be the best, it's the only way to do it for life. But why compete? Painting for me, made me happy, the pressure to win ruined this. I decided to start my career as a portrait artist at 21. I couldn't charge much for my work, due to my problems with the concept of money already, the inability for low income families to afford portraits of their loved ones and it seemed wrong to profit from what made me happy. I was only interested in the happiness my subjects received when they saw my paintings. I was painting for them, to please them in the beginning. This changed however with the pressure to paint for money. Turning my love into my career had ruined the intention of my work. I wasn't painting because I wanted to make others happy, I was painting because I had to. Turning what had once been my escape into a chore and a duty made me give up painting for over a year.
The lack of purpose in our daily lives has left an unconscious despair
Our work system is structured around what you want to BE only this assumes a. People are only capable of specialising in one field and b. one occupation can make people happy their entire lives.
Fascinated or not by all life had to teach and show me, I wanted my life to be about experiences, new ideas, new sights,
Another reason I went in search
and my passions are questions concerning what makes man happy and how we are supposed to be living together on this planet in harmony.
Community living proved to me that man can live independent of stress and money by working with others, literally taking the earth back with your fellow man, and the rewards well... an incredible diet, the ability to do what you love everyday, core life-skills, I'm passionate about people organising themselves to take back control of their resources, energy, food, housing and work lives. This was a way of life where every one was truly happy.
This is way of life that doesn't push away existential realities, but embraced them. A system dedicated to the experiences of it's people in their lifetimes, rather than the possessions they consume and harbour.
Rather than working one job for one house and one place to live, you participate in thousands of differing activities over the course of a lifetime, in a thousand beautiful locations whilst eating the best food of your life and it's all for free. Success is no longer tied to what you own or how much of something material you have, only the quality of the person you are. It acknowledged that you come into this life with nothing material and leave with nothing material, therefore your time here should not be spent towards the material, only your experiences
It wasn't until I saw the benefits of a skill or education-focused community that I first thought of the benefits of combining your lifestyle (your house and food), what you have to That skill-fcoused community would provide essential services to the neighbouring communities. Jobs no longer isolated to. All we have to do is reg
RE-IMAGINING THE CONCEPT OF WORK FOR PROGRESS
And just like tasting something you thought was something else, theres nothing worse that
Prioritising people's interests as a way forward, taken as a concept certainly asks a few questions concerning modern jobs themselves however. As we approach the Technological Age, smack bang out of the Age of Convenience with all her gadgets and time savers, there's no doubt that the allocation of machines and technology has to be discussed and applied appropriately to our working lives. This passion and education-prioritised design obviously sits in stark contrast to the myriad of jobs people currently undertake that were never designed to fulfil them. We know job titles have increased at a rate of ****** in the last **** years, with no thought of the social or rewarding qualities to those jobs, so of course we wish to palm those jobs off the the robots. There is a balance to consider.
How many of us would be working our jobs if we weren't getting paid. How many of us would like to help others if it paid?
An option in communities was the ability to contribute with any skill you already had. As I was also working as a portrait artist on my travels, a number of my shifts were dedicated to painting everything from new feature walls, to signs and columns. By employing my skills in the community.
The argument for working so hard today for one thing is the assumption that working hard for something IS THE ONLY way to appreciate something. I argue, working for something isn't the only way to appreciate something. You appreciated everything when you were a child. It's not the working that makes you appreciate new experiences, it's the experiences themselves being new that keeps life purposeful. Do we stop appreciating things because we don't own them? Of course not. But it'll certainly stop some from using their possession to gloat over others.
As Greenpeace coined the term, there's no doubt a 'Circular economy' is needed. Product needs to be created with the initial design to go back into nature. Renewable energy first. planned obsolescence banned and products designed to last a lifetime, because you know a system that says it's for the people wouldn't want you to work more for something you've had before. completely recyclable products
When governments are driven by money, all of their decisions will be for money and profit, regardless of environmental or social implications, economic profit will always be chosen. But why? Is it Money, the tool or Money, the rules we need to address, including the question is Money even compatible with human nature at all?
We live in a world where all decisions are based on the survival o an economy rather than the survival of the earth
THE PROBLEM WITH WORK TODAY/ THE DE-DEMONIZATION OF WORK
For so many today the best part about going to work, is finishing work, though this is no surprise when you take into consideration how strenuous, repetitive and boring our work lives can be, depending on your one current function. So what if work wasn’t work anymore? I found living in communities with constantly circulating people and constantly flexible activities and tasks, smashed the notion of boring, repetitive work, and made contribution not only fun, but something to look forward to.
I found while studying varied work structures in communities, that rather than performing one job for a month, for a year, or sometimes 50 years, as many must, I found the community work model that brought the most happiness was performing only 5.5 hours of work/day, with 3 days off each week and each day separated into two short community jobs, and that these jobs ensured the continuance of the community and it’s occupants through the skill sets of cooking, cleaning, farming, building and maintenance. I had no stress concerning shelter or food whilst living in communities, as you don’t pay money to live like this. Through equally contributing, all community occupants are given food and shelter, (their human rights) taking out money as the middle man, and survival as something to strive for in competition with your neighbour, whilst teaching the benefits of collective contribution and cooperation from a young age, as a way to thrive as people, as communities, as a global village. I experienced a new way of stress free living that felt like a holiday, knowing I hadn’t even thought of money in 4 months because my contributions to the community was my payment. There will be no fighting for jobs when all are employed with flexible occupations.
This wasn’t a moral way to drive a workforce or a species. There had to be a better way. This, and I couldn’t believe one-function/person work models made people happy, as I knew life lost it’s wonder when repetitive, non-fulfilling and prescribed. My whole life I have dreamt of creating a system where man could pursue his passions freely and endlessly, as I believe they are inherent to the individuality of man and I saw man was suffering under a work schedule and system that suppressed rather than freed. There had to be a way man could adventure on all the skill sets and passions he wanted in life whilst a global network flourished. This was however, something only a system of options and understandings could provide.
CAN COMMUNITY LIVING BE APPLIED TO CITIES?
There were so many benefits to community living. but how can this be applied to cities? There's no doubt amidst the benefits of smaller communities, the right amount of people within them adi teh functionality of the community. Too few people and there's too much work to be done to maintain a full farm and kitchen. Too many people and the difficulty in managing them increases
, just like running the staff of a cafe rather than monitoring that thousands go to work every day.
Shared work for a community can be organised most productively in smaller groups. It's easier to monitor hundreds than thousands.
Rather than individual businesses monitoring who goes to work every day
The benefits to community living were living and working with others
A LIFE OF EDUCATION
Why should education cease at a certain point in our lives?
THE MONEY ARGUMENT
It's frustrating to live in a world where you know money comes first and people second isn't it.
Everyone knows society is broken, but why?
Man is capable of creating so much beauty and doing so much goodness, the only thing in his way unfortunately is the one thing that runs the world. The relationship between survival and money.
Hi my name is Bonnie McArthur and I am an advocate for a moneyless RBE as in my opinion the best way to revolutionise our way of life from the ground up.
The main argument FOR money is simply 'We have always used money.' But this isn't really true, because we certainly don't use it the same way we once did.
Money started as a tool for mere exchange. Today Money has the power to elect world presidents, excuse crime.
Man created this tool and yet, as everyone knows, economic growth first, people second, people's passions last.
Money has been great at showing us ourselves. It has shown mankind what we consider sellable, from sex, to insecurity, regardless of whether it's right to do so.
One of our biggest mistakes was pairing Money with Survival.
Now so we all know, Survival is a human instinct for which man has and will always do anything, combined with Love for our families and we know we would do anything. We're human.
Money simply proved that man will steal, scam or kill earth, animal or man himself for survival. But do we blame him completely? No, of course not, but it did inspire me to design a system that didn't encourage you to fuck over your fellow man.
The CEO of Nestle doesn't believe water is a human right, but as an advocate for a RBE, I believe firmly that Water, Food, Shelter and Travel are all human rights, not just because I believe modern man should have the same rights as his ancestors who had the freedom to go down to the then uncontaminated river and drink, not to mention, build their own houses and walk the earth freely, but because I consider anything that is essential to the survival of man to be his right. A system that denies food to most and monetises it to the rest was never designed for the people.
But it begged me to ask the big questions: Do we change the tool or the rules? And if currency's roles have changed from what they were to what they are, Is Money even compatible with Human Nature? I argue that money was always going to reach this point, since it's conception.
Today there is a desperation in the air as people desperately try to create business ideas and products to make a income regardless of whether that product is really useful to all people or needed.
'We were so preoccupied with whether we could, we didn't stop to think if we should.
But if we can't price the priceless and value the invaluable, how do we exchange goods?
Money is a tool for competition. It assigns everyone an individual value to which their self worth and survival are tied, to the point that everyone on earth is competing individually as to how we're surviving rather than working together. Seems a bit mad doesn't it?
I see money as the middle man between work and food and shelter that doesn't need to be there.
We need to address the POWER this tool has over our lives, or world and our selves.
We have always used money? If a dystopian society is structured around and cannot function without a tool. Why aren’t we questioning this tool?
In centuries to come, when money is a lame, unfashionable and outdated concept of societal control.
What’s sellable isn’t always right. but now we have a currency with the ability to elect presidents, excuse crimes, monetise anything if it’s sellable, from our human rights such as water, travel, to the hours of our life, whether we are happy spending them in pursuit of money or not.
I don’t believe a system could ever benefit all people around the globe equally while currency is designed to keep oh let’s just say 1% at the top. I question not just the connection between money as the middle man between work, survival and stuff, but the quality of our lives in pursuit of survival. We live in a world where man’s passions aren’t prioritised, economic growth is, but I believe what we love doing at the root of what can fulfil us in life and the essence of our individuality. It was for this reason
While there is a lot of good being done by the system we have, I believe the common unconscious and social despair outweighs it, due to the fact that no civilisation can truly progress while wealth and power constitute success, ‘making it in life’ and these are the desired end points. It will come to a point where we have become so poor, all we have is money, because we are run by money. A tool that started as a means for exchange has turned from more than a way to afford
“This planet created a tool which they now idolise, kill everything and each other for, and the collection of it constitutes how successful you are in life. The journey I have been on for the past 3 years all started as a thought process when I was 11 years old when my parents first told me about 'being realistic' about wanting to pursue the things that made me happy in life, (art and music), because according to the world, there was one thing stopping me, money.
This was the first time my eyes were opened to the majority of adults around me that had made similar sacrifices in the name of endlessly affording their own survival and the survival of those they loved and for whom would do anything. As I grew I began to understand money for the tool of exchange it had once been, but I couldn’t agree with what it had become. I looked at the roles modern man had endowed currency.
It had become a tool that elected presidents, a tool that excused crime, a tool under which there had always been a pyramid structure, a tool that made survival a competition and rewarded negative traits in human nature such as greed and corruption, not to mention the scamming, cheating, robbing and killing of anything be it earth, animal or other men, under a symptomatic ‘just doing my job’ mentality. Yes, to me our system has aways looked liked a board game where currency is a really crap set of rules.
It was then that I began to dream of a system that rewarded the best in human nature rather than exploited the realities of it, (such as man’s will to survive for which he has always done anything), as I couldn’t believe a system could call itself for the people while the tool by which society functioned threatened the non-compliance of it’s people with death or penury.
We live in a highly exciting period of history, where for the first time man is going full circle and back to the land, IN RESPONSE to the extreme monetisation of his human rights.
WHAT I FOUND
Over the next year I lived in, studied and recorded successful elements of community models and communal living spaces, from Intentional Communities to Wwoofing (willing workers on organic farms) villages and Ashrams, in pursuit of environmentally, economically and socially sustainable lifestyles achievable through cooperation. I found scattered paradises created by groups of individuals who had sculpted their own utopias, living independently in regards to organic food production, sustainable building, renewable energy and equalised work structures. I soon realised that community models were the 'people’s answer', and decided the best place to start designing a paradise for all people, were the paradises man had already created independently.
INDEPENDENCE OVER DEPENDENCE
Coming out of the Convenience Age and proceeding to the Technological Age, we now live in a world were many have been stripped of their life skills and made dependent on the services and functions of our modern living. Living for free in numerous communities however, I realised I had tapped into a lifestyle which gave people the skills to provide for themselves outside of a system, endowing them with independence, rather than dependence on our current systems inevitably failing services. During my time living in sustainable communities I had been taught how to cook for up to 150 people and eventually lead a kitchen of 8. I had learnt how to both farm organically and build sustainably, and I realised this was the best love letter a system could give to it’s people.. the option to leave. This is because, in my mind, a system for the people is a system of options, and not just regarding the celebration of cultural diversity, races, beliefs or sexual orientations, but free educational and travel choices, limitless lifestyle options within communities, as well as activities and life skills.Off-grid, sustainable community living sheltered man from such fluctuations, as communities themselves independently functioned, favouring a decentralised rather than centralised model to society, as successful comms generated their own clean energy, grew their own organic food and managed the majority of their own waste, whereas as we know, when water, food or power ceases in our current system, all are effected and jeopardised.
A DAY IN A COMMUNITY VS. NORMAL DAY
Daily actions aren't geared to subsist, but grow in education.
I believe to benefit mans happiness, routine is essential, but repetition is detrimental. Today the effects of living in one place for an entire life can be seen. Sheltered, fearful perspectives on other cultures abet a kind of refusal to consider other lifestyles and breed racism and hatred.
Living in community models for 3 years I watched myself change from a young socially hesitant woman to someone who had shed their fear of people, change, new places or experiences. Community living teaches young and old the benefits of cooperation over competition, not to mention aiding their understanding of other cultures and beliefs systems in a harmonious way. I saw community living combat domestic and social isolation, a leading cause of depression in modern society and yet give others the option of privacy if they wanted space. I became accustomed to having over 70 people at a time who I considered apart of my family, a natural symptom of living, eating and cooperating with strangers, who very quickly become your best friends and most trusted. These were all natural occurrences for a community that functioned through the equal contribution of everyone who lived in them and I hypothesised about the benefits for everyone if this was the accepted way of living.
The sharing and cooperation demonstrated by communities also saved the development of unnecessary product and resources; for example, by established communities having shared, large-scale kitchens, the same services and appliances are provided for all who need them, rather than 200 toasters being needed for 200 people. This open source method of common equipment also applied to recreational equipment, as everyone has access to bikes, canoes, cameras, computers, cars, tools etc. which I believe has huge potential to cease the development of unnecessary product and resources in the future, if applied globally. Not to mention the need for man to reevaluate what product is made to suit our needs, dropping the excess and banning planned obsolescence.
THE BALANCE BETWEEN MAN AND NATURE
We all know it has been proven that working and living in nature is physically, mentally and emotionally beneficial for all of us, but I’ve always believed there is a way man is supposed to live in harmony with the planet, which is why, in my opinion, a trait the most successful communities share is a harmony established between man and nature, something our current system hasn’t accomplished, nor prioritised. In a world where agriculture is still one of the most aggressive industries and causes for desertification and ocean acidification on this planet, sustainable communities, by principle, do not strip the land of essential resources, disrupt ecosystems or demonstrate any past attitude of entitlement to what nature provides, but instead employ permacultural principles of giving back what you take, understanding the need for balance Living for free in multiple, diverse and endless paradises is also far more attractive than our modern reality of paying more for your home to be closer to nature, while huge parcels of land are sold for private use, limiting what land can be enjoyed, cultivated or rehabilitated by all, for all.
Within my decentralised system design, I also believe that the land and environment between communities should be labelled ‘minimal disturbance zones’ to allow the natural rehabilitation of the natural environment and 'regrowth of the garden'.
I soon developed evidence based ideas surrounding the benefits of a decentralised system of sustainable, mutually benefitting, intentional communities, that function through population fluctuation. A network of health, educational and recreational establishments, social hubs and environmental rehabilitation grounds/centres wrapped up into multi-occupation, equal contribution living communities and environmental paradises.
I took the community elements that brought the most witnessed happiness, education and variation for it’s occupants. The optimum community design:
- All community occupants share work equally, change shifts half way through the day for variation, gain self-sufficient life-skills whilst farming, cooking and caring for the community and enjoy different work companions daily. This is the most successful work structure I’ve witnessed in action, where none of the work, company or days are repetitive, but exciting. Noting that the most functional way to equalise and maintain the above work structure is in groups of hundreds, not thousands. A theory I have seen proven at every visited community, called Dunbar’s theory, which states a flourishing community can sustain 100-250 people. Any less and the needed work amount increases, any more and managing the work increases in difficulty.
- Your daily contribution affords you accommodation and all food cooked at the community, allowing you to live in natural paradises without money, but cooperation. Food and Shelter acknowledged as human rights.
- Sustainable building materials such as cob are prioritised in intentional communities as they are both earthquake and flood proof, last for hundreds of years and only consist of organic materials.
- When it comes to food production, a successful sustainable community produces it’s own organic food on it’s own on-site farm. Everyone in a community farms and eats organically, dissolving current health problems associated with preservatives needed for food to travel large distances between the consumer and the consumed and the bombardment of 'food-like' products taking up 2/3 of our diet. Not to mention less packaged waste. And let me tell you, there is nothing better than planting the pumpkins that you later pick and cook with. In successful sustainable communities between 70 - 90% of all food can be grown on-site with excess being stored or sold to support the financial continuance of the community (as sustainable communities today still bridge the gap between a dream of an altruistic money-less society and a money-run world, different community models today can only succeed if there is an external income through the sale of a community product.)
THE NEW SYSTEM WOULD:
- Abolish the need for our current one function/person model, let alone to need for classical ‘jobs’
- Abolish the need for money/ currency’s role in our current system, and abolish poverty
- Balance the population crisis through correct distribution of social hubs
- Rehabilitate the environment through replacing destructive agricultural practices with permacultural practices, designate ‘environment for minimal impact locations' between communities and establish man’s balance with nature and end our entitlement mind-set.
- Enable endless travel, whilst providing endless shelter and food, understanding they are all human rights
- Take product and produce out of the hands of big business and into organic community production
- Allow each individual the constant ability to adventure on his passions, skills and experiences, acknowledging that these play a huge role in man’s happiness
- Replace ‘work to survive’ with ‘contribute to do what you love, for as long as you want’ and ‘live to grow'
- Stop mass pollution, de-forestation and desertification
- Employ sustainable building and farming
- Dissolve the need for a social pyramid structure and classism
- Enable the people of this system the skills and abilities to, if they wish, be independent of the system, rather than dependent.
- Abolish money-fueled industry, planned obsolescence and consumer culture
- Provide a system that is both an education, health and social system
- Utilise the benefits of globalisation and the internet by providing an online democracy
- Utilise proper use of renewable and non-renewable resources
- And giving you the blueprints for starting this new system now
EDUCATION-FOCUSED COMMUNITIES /
I first had the idea of education/skill-focused communities after months of living for free in an Ashram that held free yoga classes for it's volunteers. I knew at that point that I wanted to live like this for as long as possible. This was a way of life I had been looking for. I had lived with no stress or need for money in an off-grid paradise that functioned through community cooperation, whilst growing and eating the best food of my life, constantly meeting new people, and studying the practice of the community. Only I wanted to travel to another paradise to study another subject whilst still living this way.
I imagined communities that specialised in the education of every genre and subsequent sub-genre that could interest man, agreed on by man, under any heading of Sport, Health, Technology, Philosophy, Literature, Science, Languages, History, Food Science, Art, Sustainable Materials, Mathematics, Environment, Cooking, Teaching, Farming, Permaculture, Animal Studies, Sustainable Building, Geography, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spiritual Studies and Social Studies.. to name a few.
I considered a new system structure. A polycentric network of intentional, education focused, free, communal living spaces, that could revolutionise our way of life through allowing man to live and travel for free whilst pursuing his passions full-time, all while contributing on a global scale. A social system that prioritised education, skills and man's passions built of decentralised, independently functioning, but flowing communities.
Believing as I do that man's passions are essential for his happiness in life and inherent to individuality, it was always at the forefront of my thoughts that a system that prioritised the happiness of it's people would prioritise man's ability to do what he loved. Seems fair right? This was why a system built around passion focused communities, themselves modelled around a way of life that brought the most happiness to it's occupants, appeared a more than worthwhile pursuit, but there were hidden benefits. For example, most people know the most efficient way to learn a language is to live in the languages country of origin, well I found the same thing applied to the mastering of chosen skills taught in a community setting. When living in a music focused community, the combination of living with other musicians and the likeminded nature of the community enabled everyone to excel at their chosen instrument at an extremely high rate due to the communities subsequent social harmony and supportive nature.
I considered how passion focused community living could be implemented in urban environments and cities / what models existed.
WHY COMMUNITIES FAIL / WHY COMMUNITY OCCUPANTS SHOULD JOIN & FLOW
There are a number of reasons communities have failed in the past and continue to today:
Financial: One of the most frustrating catch-22's of seeking to grow your own food, supply your own energy and live independent of constant costs is the obvious reality that you need money first to enable a money-free future. As no-money communities bridge the gap with the money-using world, the fact that no off-grid community can be completely self-sustaining in regards to all food-stuffs, (eg. a rice paddy for every community is overkill) means they obviously have to source what they can not make themselves. It is for these reasons that Communities struggle if they cannot produce an external income from a community product in the long-run and struggle to juggle the care of a community and an outside occupation. The answer? The fact that no community can be completely self sustaining is one of the reasons I believe communities should be helping each other out and forming a network of set-exchange.
Social: Social disharmony seemed more prevalent in communities where the occupants found they were unable to work together, after living with the same people for a long time. The dream had begun with a group of like-minded friends, but over time, the pressure of paving a new lifestyle seemed to deteriorate certain relationships until 25 people had turned to 10 and limited hands increased the difficulty of the community work load, after which the community struggled to stay alive. I noted that social harmony had never been an issue in communities where there was a flow of people coming in and out of the community as they travelled and this allowed me to see that a flowing network often worked better than stagnation. This is not to say that the right groups of people can't live together and create a long-standing, successful communities, only that the excitement and skills of new people coming into the community kept every day diverse and the community space developing.
NEED TO JOIN TOGETHER
Today there are Intentional communities and communal living models functioning all around the world, the only problem is that while each of them individually tries to save the world, the thought of connecting hasn't seemed to happen yet. so you'd think individual communities would have looked to collecting resources from brother communities. This is why one community can be supported by another by joining to a network of mutually benefitting communities. A network of mutually benefitting communities would allow your community contribution to not only benefit your immediate self and community, but the extended network. , as obviously not every community can have it’s own rice field, bamboo forest and specialised resources for the cultivation of everything needed.
- Communities also fail if the population stagnates, encouraging the natural flow of occupants travelling between them. Most predictably comprised of people travelling when young and the elderly permanently residing in communities or living self sufficiently elsewhere. Travel acknowledged as a human right
Understanding that product from each Community will be produced at a location of it’s study:
- Transferring currently existing communities needs to outsource a product for financial continuance, to that product becoming a permanent resource distributed to the necessary, surrounding brother communities who need them
- Imagine an Engineering Community that also specialises in the manufacture of an essential product, necessary by surrounding communities
- or a Community specialising in Textiles and Sustainable Materials whose educational facilities also produce and distribute eco-clothing, linen or bed wear to their surrounding brother communities
- This way work is always specialised to the current interests of the individual (a volunteer based work force directed by the individual) and product is still manufactured and distributed.
- Communities soon replace all services provided by our money using system.
WHY COMMUNITY IS PROGRESSIVE
Some people would no doubt think that as I advocate people living in groups of a few hundred, that my ideas are synonymous with the past and not progressive. I argue however, that the advances we have made in science and technology would no doubt contribute to future community designs and if organised, millions of communities could function interdependently. The subject of leadership and government within communities is of course essential to address however. I believe the true meaning of leadership has always symbolised the wish to give others the tools to become their own leaders. I believe a world full of capable, intelligent and emotionally intelligent leaders is the prime goal for a system that truly prioritises man’s growth and serves it’s people. Those who teach are merely passing knowledge to allow the students the immediate ability to instruct others, as was the educational model I witnessed successful in every community. Apply this to a system and you haven’t got country isolated power pyramids and poverty, but a world full of leaders/teachers who have their human rights. Though I believe, given our advance in technology that we should entertain the possibilities for an online democracy, putting control and change completely in the hands of the people through votes for individual policies, communities for creation by demand etc.
To mention; WHATS ALREADY HAPPENING:
- Ubuntu Contributionism
- The Transition
- The Venus Project
- Kalu Yala
There is obviously much more to discuss:
- such as the large amount of research done by others supporting the idea that it takes a community to raise a child, given that a child should have other role models if their own parents aren’t satisfactory carers,
- communities focused on early education or a working parents choice to have their children with them as they work on numerous community activities,
- how will industries such as the entertainment industry shift or remodel to be controlled by the people rather than cooperations
- how do we as individuals work towards this network tomorrow
- law enforcement and a legal system
- the differences between this design and past failed designs like communism being: system structure, work structure, the existence of money, and community populations
- countering adverse effects of the population crisis through correct dispersal of communities and rehabilitation of currently unusable land
- and much, much more,
Throughout human history, humans have only responded when forced to adapt. I do believe however, that through ideas such as this and many others, promoted through vehicles such as documentaries, we have a chance to change the history books and respond of our own accord. I don’t believe great change could have happened in the past without the internet, but now we have a global commentary where ideas like this can be spread like seeds.
I'm not talking about a revolution, but evolution as a species. Evolution towards a global system based on a network that works from the inside out. It's about looking at the progress we have made since the necessary stages of our global development, such as The Industrial Revolution, critically analysing what isn't working for the people, what isn't working for the planet and applying solutions to evolve consciously.
Communities and communes have led the way in showcasing what lifestyles are possible when people work together and contribute equally to a paradise in organised shifts. Now I set out to open as many intentional sustainable communities as possible whilst promoting ideas surrounding a network of flourishing social and environmental paradises and hubs, so that man may live unburdened.
I believe this should be offered as an option, something up until now we have always been denied.
I thank you so much for taking the time to listen to my ideas, but please keep in mind that any short comings of this system design can no doubt be answered over time and organically by others, as so far I have done this myself and there’s no doubt that it is hard to think of everything.'
CURRENT COMMUNITY CHARACTERS
Wary that many who think of communities may be turned off by the thought of
People say stereotypes exist for a reason and there's certainly nothing new about what we all believe Hippies to be like. Being on the back end of 3 years living in various community models for my research, that I have honestly been turned off. Young men in communities, Tactics to woo young women. Holding eye contact to forge a false spiritual connection. Some men stay in communities, or even own them, purposely to hit on the women passing through.
This is why I am so attracted to intentional community models that challenge what you must do to attain your human rights, the demonisation of ‘work’ itself and the potential of our system, if designed to form a decentralised structure, of sustainable, skill and education focused communities, where contribution equals your human rights. A system structurally designed to not need money’s current roles to function, where the structure of our current system favours chaos if money and it’s roles are extracted. I wish to offer community as a viable alternative model to current work structures