Designing a Sustainable Community:
The Ongoing "Master Plan".
change things by fighting the existing reality. To change
something, build a new model that makes the existing model
(attributed to R. Buckminster Fuller)
The point of
designing the future is to replicate (as closely as possible) in
models that that would happen in reality anyhow--resolving
differences and controversies that there are among us.
Resolving differences and controversies in models would prevent
real waste and harm from occurring in real life.
It would be much easier to achieve sustainability if we knew, into
as minute detail as possible, what the ideal that we are trying to
achieve actually is, what the ideal should look like--it is always
easier to get something when we know what that something is.
When we are unsure, or--as in the case of a commonly desired
goal--we are not all wanting the same thing, reaching the goal
might be harder, but not impossible.
As it is now, do we know what we mean when we utter "sustainable"?
Do we really all mean the same thing, do we all imagine
"sustainable" anything into the same extent of detail? Might there
even exist ideas that would be mutually incompatible/contrary to
other ideas of what "sustainable" anything should be like?
We all know what we do not want in our ideal world, but do we know
what we do want there?
Unless we know, unless we collectively design what a
sustainable anything--from a local community to the entire
world--should look like into the least possible detail, we will
have a hard time achieving sustainability.
• How to do the designing?
People would be able to pool all their ideas they have about what
their community should look like if it were really sustainable, and
then it would be decided what ideas are more "sustainable" than
others (decided not arbitrarily, but on the basis of current,
up-to-date knowledge of the pertinent issues), and those selected
ideas would be used in portraying what the community would look
like when it would be sustainable.
It would not matter at this moment how exactly this would be
done--a discussion list at the start would probably suffice; for
anything more involved, especially at global level, there already
are computer programs and technology (to mind come all the various
games and "distributed computing") that would make it possible.
The ideas should contain:
• What would be the sustainable way of obtaining the basic
necessities for life in a sustainable community--food, materials
for shelter, clothing, utensils, tools, etc,. etc. ... ?
• What would be a sustainable community social structure?
• What would a sustainable community government look like?
• What all else should there be in a sustainable community?
(Please note that it would be useless to submit ideas about what
there should not be in a sustainable community, because an
absence of anything would not make the picture of the ideal any
Discussing the subject at:
Designing Sustainable Communities Group at Yahoo
Thank you, Mr. Jan Hearthstone - ModelEarth.Org .
"The Need for Designing the
To Whom the Future of the Earth Might Concern." -