Western culture today emphasizes the accumulation of personal objects and personal spaces to look at or interact with those objects as a primary definition of wealth. Seen through this lens, someone with a minimal sleeping area with very few personal objects may appear "poor." However, the data gathered by happiness researchers suggests that wealth in terms of well-being and happiness is far less about the amount of objects we possess and the freedom to be alone, as it does with the opportunity to spend rich and engaging quality time with others and to create things that bring engagement and positive impact to others.

Goals:

  • To increase the felt-experience of wealth by 500%.
  • To reduce energy expenditure by 400%.
  • To create an abundance of mutually valuable shared experiences.

Strategy:

  • Create minimal personal spaces for silence, sleep and private interaction that defaults to 170 sq. ft. per person.
  • Invest deeply and fully in shared community spaces for all of the experiences many Americans typically do alone or share from time to time.
  • To cultivate a culture of inspiring, touching, sharing and honoring gifts in public places.

Protocol:

  • Every person constructs a minimalistic space for their personal needs.
  • Every person speaks to their desired ways to interact with the community, land and specific activities.
  • Those are actively woven into the community until everyone feels they can do at least seven things socially that they enjoy doing in public space.
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