6 – Community

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DESIGNING COMMUNITIES for WELL-BEING

Requirements

for Community Well-Being

  • Safe
    • Clean Water
    • Clean Air
    • Low Crime
  • Beautiful
    • Parks
    • Landscaping
    • Architecture
  • Social
    • Places to meet people
    • Projects to contribute our strengths to
    • Homeless and needy cared for
    • Disabilities planned for

Problem:

When corporations and governments design and build roads and infrastructure, homes and neighborhoods, shopping and industry, the members of the community are relegated once again to non-decision-making "tenents" or "home buyers," "consumers," "the workforce," the army that does what it is told to keep the wheels of the economy turning.  The stores and restaurants are owned by corporations, so when you enter an establishment not many know your name or are interested in interacting with you beyond the tasks of their job descriptions.  The cost of living is beyond your control.  Devastation of the land and its inhabitants is forced upon us.

If having everything "done for us" were good for our sense of well-being we would all be doing better than ever, yet the latest polls and surveys tells us that 47% of the US population is "struggling," depression is on the rise, and people often report a sense of "loneliness in a crowd."  When corporations and governments decide how a community will be designed and built, the first concern is to generate the greatest revenue.  Community Well-Being is not part of the equation.

Solution:

In contrast, a community of well-being is designed and owned by those who plan to live there.  

The infrastructure is designed and owned by the members of the community.  With a green infrastructure strategy, communities work to preserve and connect open spaces, watersheds, wildlife habitats, parks, and other critical landscapes.  When utilities and services are provided by those within the newly designed community rather than by corporations or governments, everyone in the community has an impact on the well-being of their community and its members.  The members are able to make choices that are important to them such as using green, renewable energy, permaculture landscaping that produce consumable products, and water and sewer innovations that do not compromise human health or the environment.  

To create a community of well-being we must have the privilege of being part of the planning, designing, and building process.

MISSION:  Well-Being for All

Design a high-energy eco-city model that brings well-being to everyone that lives there.  This model can then be built around the world.  No hierarchy.  Decentralized governance.  Not just sustainable, but regenerative.  Well-being must be the first consideration during the design process, rather than the last after the community is already built.

Africans call it "Ubuntu".

Christians call it "the millennium".

Jews call it "Zion."  

In fact, almost every culture has some form of "Zion" that they look forward to.

"You may say I'm a dreamer,

but I'm not the only one.

I hope some day you'll join us.

And the world will live as one.

--John Lennon

DISCUSSION QUESTION:

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How does community design impact the well-being of those who live there? 

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One Comment

  1. I believe that we all need a degree of faith. We do impact our environment for good or bad and I think God knew that when he created us and that is why the earth system is often self-correcting. Someone could argue that our mere presence is polluting. I believe that as we become more educated and develop new technologies we often understand the downsides of what we once thought was pollution-free or sustainable is neither.

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