Defining Sustainability: Community
ideal size of an ecologically and socially sustainable community
should be is seldom mentioned anywhere. What criteria should be
helpful in deciding of what the size of a sustainable community
Different people might start defining an "ecologically and socially
sustainable community" in different ways;
I would like to suggest that any definitions relating to an
"ecologically and socially sustainable community" should start with
a theoretical sustainable community that would be fully sustainable
in all respects: it would be situated in one location, it would
also get all it needs for all it requires from the same
Such a community would probably not exist in reality, but it would
be helpful to imagine, to model such a community in order to start
asking questions about some basic prerequisites, one of which would
how many people should comprise such a community? What number of
people forming a socially sustainable community would be too many?
I think that a sustainable community should not exceed the point
after which not everybody would know everybody else well--meaning
that everybody would know what everybody else's function in the
community is, and how well they are exercising their function.
So that a community is socially sustainable, the governance of such
a community should be as transparent as possible, because the best
government is one that is not needed, to put it simply.