The most difficult thing for a community of people who do not yet feel a part of the community is to synergistically work together in a way that brings all the pieces together in sync. Few people want to commit to something that is unknown, and things remain somewhat unknown until people commit.

Goals:

  • Create a time-sequence that empowers anyone and everyone to do something today to move towards a synergistic community.
  • Prepare people mentally and emotionally by sharing paradigms and information relevant to well-being before they are brought into close proximity.
  • Give people a chance to test their perseverance prior to wasting the community's time by creating roughly three months of self-preparation that leaves people ready to engage.
  • Break down the biggest commitments of time and money into manageable bites that a core-crew of around twenty people can reasonably initiate in a paradigm in which twenty people initially sign on as a core and more people join organically once the groundwork is laid in place.

Strategy:

  • Use a cash-flow plan that requires no more than $750,000. or less in up-front cash.
  • Build the app first and generate active participation by 500 people.
  • Create a visual/percentage map of each person's full ecology in community:
  • Finances: Cash, cashflow, emergency fund.
  • Preparedness: Knowledge, skill, role, profile, relationship.
  • Timing: Availability, commitment of hours, an action plan.
  • Create a financial map of needs using the app.
  • Loans from outside the community.
  • Trades/payments of service to generate cash within the community.
  • Ownership of land.
  • Trades of labor.
  • Secure the land in a lease-option scenario with a three year lease with option to purchase:
  • Fifteen people each join the founding committee by each paying $3,000-$30,000. in a format that will be tied to any land that is purchased and must be reimbursed within three years.
  • $5,000. ties up the land for four months to allow time to agree on a master plan. 
  • $10-150,000. non-refundable deposit towards purchase price agreed.
  • $4,000. monthly lease-payment for raw land.
  • Permission to make all improvements needed and leave any improvements in the event the community folds.
  • An agreement to pay another $50,000 towards purchase price within three years and extend mortgage at 5% interest to the seller.
  • Or cash out the seller.
  • Insure that the first 15 or more people can get to work immediately:
  • Work full-time on the land.
  • Start within three weeks of one another as soon as the land is secure.
  • Have personal health-insurance for any accidents on the site.
  • Acquire sweat-equity in the community for as long as they live there (expires upon departure with a $5,000. stipend).
  • Have full preparation and active skills to contribute to the community.
  • Work on an agreed site-plan that is formulated prior to signing the longer lease with option to purchase.
Protocols:

  • 500 people are actively using the well-being app and progressing with some interest in community.
  • When the most engaged, available and committed fifteen (or more if interested) reach a key level of commitment, they make the $3,000-$30,000. deposit into the app fund.
  • Land is secured when everyone agrees it is a good choice by voting online based on an objective assessment prepared by three or more people.
  • The fifteen develop a master-plan and sequence plan for the site, engaging a designer if need be.
  • Once the master-plan is approved the land is secured for a longer period and those interested in joining the community make a minimum $1,500. non-refundable deposit with some loaning money at zero to 5% interest.
  • A protocol of intense voting and active engagement begins that is monitored on the app with daily video, blogs and plans.
  • Camping is initially done: camper, tent, yurt etc. for the fifteen core members.
  • The community cooking and toilet and bathing facilities are the first to be built, with the common-room buildings coming next:
  • Parking.
  • The 6' farm fence around the property.
  • Pathways in gravel.
  • Internet to all common buildings.
  • An electrical hook-up.
  • Septic system for first 30 people.
  • Initial bathing area.
  • Toilets.
  • Full kitchen.
  • Office building and game/movie area.
  • Community recycling depot for materials.
  • Once the core facilities are built, the team creates personal residences for themselves. 
  • The core culture is established during this period.
  • Then membership in the community is built as people come on board and build their home.
  • The core group's basic expenses are covered by the group to follow with prepayments every month that cover food and materials. These are refundable within 14 months if the person does not actually move onto the property, but is a deposit on community membership otherwise.
  • As the first thirty people move on, all people focus on roles that require 80% community participation and are supported in a stipend from the community.
  • Once the community is developed to a point where the culture is functioning, time will be spent bringing in cash with services in the larger community.
  • A cashflow plan will be developed that makes sense, and continue to evolve.
  • A $100,000 emergency fund will be in place to help with cashflow as unexpected expenses arise. 
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