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Designing a Sustainable Community:
The Ongoing "Master Plan".

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
(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 clearer.)

Discussing the subject at:
Designing Sustainable Communities Group at Yahoo Groups

Thank you, Mr. Jan Hearthstone - ModelEarth.Org .


"The Need for Designing the Future Collaboratively:
To Whom the Future of the Earth Might Concern."

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