This site is all about Sharing. Many people today are realizing Sharing is important, especially the Millennials, and are using this concept more and more in their daily lives.
Here we take the Sharing idea and put it on steroids, where we show you what happens when a Small community of no more than 1,000 people Share Everything.
Our sister site relies on the Sharing concept too, in our efforts to Eliminate Poverty worldwide.
We believe that by using just four words, all beginning with the letter “S” we can change the way the world’s Economy operates, the way Society performs and effectively change the World for the better. Read more in these pages about how Small, Simple, Sustainable and, of course, Sharing all function together generating the Synergy of the whole that will make the necessary changes we suggest. And if you don’t think we need any changes just quickly drop by The 26 and then perhaps you will reconsider.
Our Latest Site WorldFixing2020 details the EIGHT Major World Issues facing us today and a Simple Solution for Each. Start with the TTPP project and compare our Natural way of Reducing CO2 in the Atmosphere with some of those so called Technical solutions – Space Mirrors, synthetic ash-spewing Volcanoes, man-made Ocean Geyser-Clouds, dumping chemicals in the Ocean (already completed)…the list goes on and on.
We have published the First Version of Our New Paradigm, what we believe is a Better way to Reorganize ourselves. Please, when you have a few minutes, read this over and send us your thoughts.
It is our belief that this New Paradigm, A New Social Organization (ANSO), will produce Change, rather than following our “Do Nothing” strategy and behaviour over the past 50 years. A Change that will Fix and completely eliminate the EIGHT World Issues we face today while offering us pleasant and unexpected Benefits, at the same time.
Now let’s see how we
could grow crops, raise small animals, and even cultivate fish to
provide an alternative to meat for our diet.
Let’s start with a
Small Hamlet of 200 people, about 150 adults and 50 children, let’s
say, with 86 workers (about 43 per cent of the population) available.
The Hamlet needs 20
hectares of land to be self-sufficient, with roughly 60% of that set
aside as the Farm or mini-Farms that supply the Food, the Raw
Materials like Fibers, the Water, and likely the Energy for the
Community, although there are other possibilities for doing this.
Agroforestry, the Natural Farming techniques including Permaculture,
we create either one Big onsite Farm or at the other extreme about 70
mini-Farms, one for each family in the Hamlet.
The 12 hectares of
Farmland ideally should be Good Arable Land, but Pasture-land will
also work too.
The secret to this
form of agriculture is one that will definitely NOT work for
those mono-cropping plantations or the mega acreages – those huge
Farms. So if you are interested in such a venture on your road to
riches, you will need to look elsewhere.
Two basic Changes
are needed to implement this form of agriculture.
1) lots and lots of
trees and tall bushes, and
2) No tilling of
the land, EVER.
These two factors
alone should tell you clearly why this form of Agriculture will not
work for Agribusiness, for the mono-croppers.
Okay, so what’s
Well let’s look at
the finished product, the active, thriving Natural Farm/ mini-Farm
after several years of growth and production. We will ride over our
Hamlet in our inflatable, two-passenger Airship/Drone so you can see
In this particular
Hamlet roughly half of the Families operate mini-Farms with the other
half of the Farmland setup as one large internal Local Farm.
In total there is
roughly 12 ha of Farmland, with about 35 mini-Farms totaling six
hectares and the remaining six hectares as the one “Big Farm”
as the locals call it.
In case you are
confused with all the arithmetic and calculations presented above,
let’s just say that each Family is entitled to 1,000 square meters of
land for each Family member. So a Family of four would have 4,000
square meters allocated.
For a subdivision
style Design, this Family of four would have a lot size of 320 square
meters and a house size of 160 square meters.
The remaining land
would be allocated to the Common Elements – the Big Farm, the Town
Center, Village Services, two Work Centres, Parks, Paths, Roadways
and, of course, Natural land.
mini-Farm in this Hamlet would be 680 square meters per person or
2,820 square meters for the Family of four.
As we fly over/hover
over this Hamlet, we see the “Welcome to Evergreen” sign at
the main gate. One road meanders throughout the 20 hectares
connecting the Big Farm, the mini-Farms, the Town Centre, and
Marketplace, the Industrial Complex and the mini subdivision houses
What strikes you
first is the Big Farm layout, spread out at the edges of this
hexagonal-shaped Hamlet. In total 12 hectares are dedicated to
growing a wide variety of vegetables, grains, herbs, fiber crops such
as hemp, a large variety of fruit and nut trees; a select group of
small animals including goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, geese, ducks,
and rabbits; one area is set up with fish tanks and a small pond
using an aerator (a 20 foot water stream shooting up from the centre
of the pond) to oxygenate the water for water plants and fish.
Next you recognize a
distinct pattern, tall trees, next to shorter trees and bushes,
followed by the shortest, the lowest level plants. This pattern
repeats all over the Big Farm too, with sometimes nice rows and other
times a zigzag or even random pattern of tall, medium and short
And finally you
notice as you scan the Farm brochure the small animals, many of which
are permitted to wander through the Big Farm open areas, and some on
the mini-Farms, scattered throughout the Hamlet.
You see the results
of companion planting, the hand-spread or push broadcaster for
seeding amongst the trees and tall bushes, the encouragement of
beneficial insects, even the mixing of various plant seeds together
for hand broadcasting – all Natural ways to ensure your vegetables
survive and thrive in Nature’s own garden design.
What is hidden below
the foliage that you can’t see from your Airship/Drone is a trickle
watering system that collects rainwater and then uses gravity and a
small sensor to control the flow of water to the base of each plant.
harvest time”, shouts the young man that just joined the Farm
Ben, an older Farm
worker replies “sorry Jeb, but around here, everyday is harvest
day”, he explained to the new farm-hand.
In fact, given their
Tropical climate, food is produced daily, distributed free to the
Local community twice weekly with any surplus displayed at the
Marketplace or freeze-dry processed for use within the next couple of
months, or within the next couple of years as emergency supplies for
any future disaster.
I’m sure you have
many questions we have not answered here, so let’s offer the
following: any good question you pose will be answered here but may
also be included in an FAQ (as a Frequently Asked Question section)
at a later date.
This is OurNew
– A New Social Order, A New Societal Organization (ANSO).
So what exactly should Our New Paradigm, Our new model for our Walden II , or Our Utopia II  look like?
Whenever I think of the future, my thoughts are always of tall structures, skyscrapers reaching up into the clouds, some perhaps even floating up there.
And then Cities, huge complex organizations with Subways, Mono Rails, maybe cars flying about the tall buildings taking people from here to there.
Today this design is perhaps best exemplified by the largest city in the world – Tokyo in Japan with an estimated 38 million people, Subways, Mono Rails, driver-less vehicles, none of them flying there yet, though.
What we need to do is arrive at an appropriate size for a community, one that fosters a good sense of Community, one that is crime and violence free, a good place to start and raise a Family.
I/we explored many avenues, looked at numerous models, looking for what would make a good place to live, one that was Sustainable for thousands, if not millions of years.
Dunbar’s Number is one idea that seems to have some merit. Many examples of successful communities that are around one hundred and fifty or less might suggest roughly a good starting point.
Our calculations show a minimum of about 82 adult workers is needed to be Sustainable. Initially about 67% of the population would be needed as a workforce, and within a year dropping to a stationary 43% from then on.
This would mean about two thirds of the population would need to work at Startup, assuming the maximum size is Dunbar’s 150.
After startup this drops to 65 workers. But this is now less than the minimum Sustainable number of 82 just mentioned.
What to do?
Mega Cities result in loss of community on a Local scale. If you have ever lived in an apartment or condo building of, let’s say about 200 people, you might exchange a polite “hi or Hello” on the elevator up as you transport your weekly groceries, your spouse and your kids to your unit, but unless you develop friends at the Pool, the Club House or at social activities for your building, your personal community will, of necessity, be from coworkers, your outside friends and acquaintances, or perhaps a few adult friends you might meet at the the school PTA meeting, for example.
So what do we do?
A small community of a hundred and fifty adults fosters a strong sense of community, especially if they all live at ground level, walk by each other’s houses on the way to the Market, to Work or the Entertainment Center. We need a place where we all recognize 150 faces and that new one that seems out-of-place. Where we have good friends and neighbors that can be counted on in emergencies or in times of need, where the Small Community fosters Cooperation rather than Competition, where we are more likely to want to Share rather than Profit.
What if we group several of these Small 150 adult communities together?
M. Gandhi had a vision for his country India many years ago – a country of Small Sustainable Villages.
Even today, as more and more migrate from the over 700,000 Villages to the Mega Cities like Mumbai, looking for work, even today the average size (from an unofficial survey) was an average of 1,200 to 1,300 members per Village.
We do not know exactly what the ideal size for Our New Paradigm, Our new way to Organize, Our New Social Organization should be. There has been little to no Research on such topics, although the current trend is definitely towards Cities, towards Urbanization, this is clear as 68% of the world’s population will be living in Urban Cities by 2050 .
B.F. Skinner, in describing his Walden II, suggested that one reason for creating a number of Small Communities such as the one he describes, is to Experiment.
For our purposes, we have reason to believe that a size of about 1,000 people is close to an ideal size.
To verify that, various New Social Organizations should be tested, experimented with, to determine any positive benefit to a larger or smaller community size.
With 1,000 people in a Village, we could create five small Hamlets of about 200 people -about one hundred and fifty adults and fifty children, on average.
Now we have a preliminary workforce of about 670 in year one, and 430 in subsequent years, well past the 82 minimum size for Sustainability.
Now let’s examine ways we could Organize these people.
One of the most important Basic Needs is Food.
Without Food we humans and most animals will starve to death in a couple of weeks or so. So our New Social Organization needs Food, needs crops and animals and fish for Food. This also means land, good Arable Land for this purpose, besides some Land for lite Industry, for Parks, for necessary Services, for easy access to the community, for a Village Center with Marketplace, Meeting place, and so on.
Once again, with little Research available, we, primarily on our own, have come up with two different strategies, two different Design Ideas to supply Food for our NSV, as well as the other Basic Needs required.
First we have mini-Farms, where each Family has Land sufficient for their Needs plus a surplus, based on 1,000 square meters per Family member (young, old, senior, parent, child – all counted).
Since the work of the Family here is farming, they must rely on others in their community to provide the rest of their Basic Needs – their Education, Water, Energy, Clothes/Footwear, etc.
The second, more traditional design approach is what we call Subdivision Style Design. Here we have a similar Town Centre, but the family homes are clustered together, a short walking distance to the Town Centre, with the remaining Land allocated to one or a few Internal Local Farms that supply most, if not all the Food – the crops, raw materials, the Energy, Water, etc. for the Local Community – the Subdivision Style Hamlet.
Now we see two types of Hamlets – mini-Farms and Subdivision Style, each with roughly 200 members, where 5 Hamlets make up our New Social Organization (NSO).
So what happens when someone breaks a Rule, damages property, injuries another, perhaps steals from a neighbour, or refuses to work to support his or her family?
We have examined many forms of governance from the oldest to the newest ideas, from the smallest to the largest organizations, and reviewed our, Humanities’ history of past successes and failures.
Stalins in his book “Collapse of Complex Societies” , suggests trouble begins as the supply lines get longer and longer, the complexity grows, but he has also pointed out that a declining society can delay the inevitable Collapse (see the Byzantine Empire example) if they recognize this decline and Reorganize in sufficient time.
Many writers today show us our Society, our World as a whole is on “a downward spiral to oblivion” (B Fuller 1969)  and “Limits to growth”, the First and Second Warnings to Humanity, the Doomsday Clock, all paint a picture of self centered, egotistical, self-absorbed individuals that have gotten hooked by the lure of Profit, the one-up-man-ship with Peers, the greed, the pride-of-ownership, and the resulting envy we succumb to, for example – by watching “the Rich and Famous” television show broadcast around the world.
Besides a Small Community, a Simple Organization also has merit for our Design.
Our Hamlet, Our New Social Organization, our Village with five Local Hamlets is definitely Small and Simple in Design and now we need a Simple way to make decisions.
Often found in small communes  like the Hippie Communes of the 60’s in North America, the idea of a Shared decision by all members, made as equitably as possible, was felt to be important for their lifestyle.
Consensus was used and found to be workable.
Today we have Consensus Democracy – that seems to work best with a Small size Community (Dunbar’s Number of 150 for example) with all contributing to the decision-making process. There is an option for any one member to block or stop a proposal or decision, using just a reasonable explanation. This often forces a rework, or occasionally prevents a Project or Proposal from succeeded or moving forward.
And so we have adopted Consensus Democracy for our Small, Simple NSO for all decision-making, even our Small Work Teams of 6-10 members use Consensus for all decisions, occasionally reverting to the Hamlet or Village to settle an impasse or a failure to decide, within their Small Work Team.
Using our Consensus Democracy decision-making model for a Region (100 or so Villages), we would find decisions to be rather slow, but in most cases, they would tend to be good decisions, supported by most, if not all of the Regional members, as well as being long-lasting, with concern for the future Community Good, not how best to get reelected to another term of office, or how to generate Profit, as we often see today.
So let’s take a moment and review.
A Small Community of about 1,000 members composed of five Hamlets of 200 people each. Mini-Farms or larger Farm(s) and clustered Houses, with a total Village size of 100 hectares provides all or almost all Basic Needs of the Village.
All decisions are based on Consensus Democracy, Regional, Local Village/Hamlets, and Work Teams alike.
A Small Simple Community that is Sustainable, that uses Consensus Democracy for decision-making, essentially has no need for leaders, bosses, supervisors, managers, owners and such.
Workers in small WorkTeams use Consensus decision-making – no leaders. The Hamlet/Village uses Consensus decision-making for all their decisions, again no leaders.
The Region uses the consensus of the roughly 100 Villages – no leaders, and of course, the World uses the slow, methodical and ultimately wise decisions of the 77,000 or so Regions for those infrequent but essential World Issues – World decisions like the Best way to battle Global Warming – once again, no leaders.
Now, one final Change, since we have Small Communities, since we use Consensus for all of our decisions, it is an easy step to resist the temptation to place a monetary value on land that was there, free for our use for some 2.5 million years, to place a value on the minerals, the metals, the raw materials including fossil fuels that the Planet produced naturally in the course of time, to resist that temptation and consider it a Planetary Right, a World Citizens’ Right to use the Water, the Air, and the Land as equitably and carefully as possible to ensure all future generations have similar benefits.
We could, of course, create complex systems of Trade and Commerce as in the past, we could Exchange or Barter to meet this goal, but the Simplest, the Easiest and Best solution is to Simply Share what we dig up, what we produce, raise, grow or make – Share with others with no sense of reciprocity yet knowing we each depend, one upon the other for our survival just as we did back in the Hunter/Gatherer days.
This sharing promotes Cooperation at all levels and negates the side effects of Competition we all get swept up in today – the corruption and greed, the pride and envy, the desire for more, never satisfied, never saying “that’s enough”.
Sharing works best at the Local level, the Hamlet, the Village, but certainly Village-to-Village sharing is useful when there are small surpluses, to satisfy Basic Needs at the Local Village level.
Once again, with little Research available, we used a value of 100 Villages per Region, where, for identification purposes only, we added a Continent parameter. So the World of New Sharing Villages (NSV’s) has decisions from each of the five Hamlets comprising Village decisions, Regional decisions from all 100 Villages, and World decisions from the 77,000 or so Regions (identified by Village, Region, Continent and World).
Because we only Share, all things Financial are superfluous in our New Social Order.
Here is a list of what is Not Needed Anymore in the NSV world, followed by a list of More Needed and finally Less/Fewer Needed.
Not Needed Anymore
Advertising for Profit
Markets (No Currency, Bond, Equity, Commodity or other markets)
“Free Trade” for Profit
Multiple Levels of governance
Sharing, Village-To-Village Sharing
One Local (the NSV) – decision-making via Hamlet/Village community Consensus, then Regional and finally World decisions.
Family Home Ownership (transferable globally) as well as Common area Sharing
Judicial System – Courts
Judicial decision-making via Local community Consensus
Pollution – air, water, land
Local community acts as a Custodian for the Local area
Equality (Universal Rights and Rules)
Secrecy, proprietary, patents
Open access of all information for each World Citizen
Cities, States, Provinces, Countries
Hamlets (max. 200, 5 per Village), Villages (max. 1,000 members), Regions (max. 100 Villages)
All Basic Needs Met
Lifetime work worldwide
All waste disposed of in Local community
Gangs, drug lords, organized crime
Village security, youth working or attending school
Not Needed Anymore
Youth working or attending school
Only sustainable processes and systems
Loss of Diversity
Local community acts as a Custodian for the Local area
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
Only heirloom, natural seeds from the seed bank or home storage
‘Wants’, until a Region has provided all ‘Basic Needs’
‘Basic Needs’ – the priority, then ‘Wants’
Military – redeployed as Village Security, EMS, Fire and Safety
In conclusion, I/We leave you with the following lengthy list of Benefits, many of which would be impossible today as we are currently organized.
We believe that living in such a Family-oriented world would satisfy our natural desires to be close to the land, as one of a myriad of other Species that share this Planet, but one with a ‘heart’ and ‘mind’ that also wishes to be a Custodian, a Steward, a Shepard of sorts for all the other Species on the planet – the plants, the animals and fish, and even the inorganic material.
In so doing, we may ultimately find other Benefits, unthought-of today, as we begin to explore our Galaxy and beyond.
Benefits of a NSV:
Standardization, common parts for all items
Communication Village-to-Village permits dialogue of what works, what doesn’t
The Best Fixes, what to Change and How.
A Work commute disappears in most cases
Will support a world population of at most 31 billion people, over four times our current 7.7 billion.
Will permit the planet to cool instead of warm (reduce Global Warming), whereby reducing the severity of the weather as a result.
Will stop the Loss of Diversity of species on the planet.
Will promote the use of renewable resources and conserve the non-renewables.
Will provide, at the Level of ‘Good’, lifetime Medical Care and lifetime Education for every
individual in the NSV network.
Will allow more resources (labour) to be applied to satisfying all ‘Needs’, and then turning the focus on satisfying ‘Wants’.
Will offer the opportunity for each working-age member of an NSV to apply for work in any of the 7,700,000 Villages on the planet, in order to support their Family and self.
Will ensure each individual always has sufficient Water, Energy, and local farm-fresh Food to meet the Needs of their Family and self.
Will halt and eliminate poverty, hunger and unemployment forever.
Will offer each Village member the opportunity for a safe and secure place to live, where people care for their neighbours, especially in times of need.
Will minimize the possibility of future wars, conflicts and terrorism.
Will reduce crime, corruption and the distribution of illegal substances.
Will reduce pollution on land, water and in the air.
Will reduce the wealth/poverty Gap across the planet.
Will reduce persecution or discrimination based on religion, ethnicity, race, gender or age.
Will foster more Co-operation, Trust, Family life Values, more Happiness, more Sustainability, and will ensure individual Rights and Responsibilities, while ensuring community Duties and Responsibilities are met.
Will eventually reduce all cities to Small, Sharing, Sustainable Villages – NSV’s.
Will reduce all countries to Regions of no more than 100 NSV’s each.
Will permit only Sharing internally in each NSV, with limited Village-to-Village Sharing worldwide, when necessary.
Will ensure all communications, all documents, all processes are Open and available to each member of every NSV across the planet. There is no more proprietary, no patents, no secrets; everything is Open and available to use freely and Share with any and all using the SVN (the Shared Village Network).
Living in this manner, Sharing the Fruits of our Labour with our Neighbours and Friends locally in our New Sharing Village (NSV), an amazing number of benefits arise (as more and more NSV’s are created). Here are a few, followed by a link to a longer list.
A Lifetime worldwide opportunity for a no-cost education (K-12, College, University)
A Lifetime individual access to no-cost Health Care (Level Good) at any NSV worldwide
Guarantee of the opportunity to apply for work in any NSV across the planet. No unemployment, ever
Farm Fresh food, free for you and your family for a lifetime, locally grown by your friends and neighbours on the Village Farm(s)