A community of approximately 150 local and international residents that will support and sustain itself to the highest degree possible; implementing the most efficient living systems for food, water, shelter, energy and waste management. The Local Earth village will be a community-scale model for the world promoting peace, health, ecologic awareness and socially responsible living.
Listening to Wisdom
Welcome to Local Earth. We are at a unique and beautiful moment in history where Humanity and Nature have the opportunity to work together, in the creation of our future civilizations. We invite you to join us in a globally collaborative social experiment. We are bringing together visionary thinkers from all around the world to collectively create one of the most healthy, ecologically sustainable and forward thinking community development models in history. The intention is that this model will be adapted and replicated for various urban and rural ecosystems around the planet. The community-scale living systems being researched and developed will serve as a case study for community planning, land-use planning, urban development and ecovillage design.
The community is being collaboratively planned, designed and built with a combination of dedicated work and celebration. Each year we will host a 7 day community building festival. The Local Earth Festival participants will help construct portions of the village through workshops and training programs. The 1st phase will include the designing and building prototype living structures. The 2nd phase will include the design and development of a Living Cluster Model. The annual festival will bring together hearts and minds from all around the globe to co-create a community model for future generations. In a spirit of unity and celebration we honor the diversity of this amazing planet, and practice respect for all beings and resources on it.
A Local & Global Endeavor
Local / Internal Focus –To live with respect and celebration* for the Earth, self and all beings on the planet. To develop the most ecologically efficient community-scale living systems possible that support healthy and thriving human civilization; while simultaneously supporting the health of the global ecosystem. We use permaculture to design systems that achieve maximum efficiency, health* and happiness*. The community will serve as home to full time residents; and a place of learning and education for students, interns and visitors.
Global / External Focus –We will share with the world the education, knowledge and skills we acquire in the process of building the Local Earth Village. Classes, workshops, internships, festivals and multi-media events will be offered to disseminate all information learned and created within the community. A select team of the resident members will be trained with specific community development skills in order to assist in response to natural disasters and situations of humanitarian need. The outreach team will be trained with all specific skills necessary to provide a holistic and integrated 1st Responder Team. Our intention is to personally live our lives as true to the Local Earth vision as possible in our local community; while simultaneously sharing the information we learn and being of service to the global community.
Local Earth Philosophy & Objectives
- encompassing an attitude of love, compassion, gratitude, integrity, inspiration, respect, play & celebration
- resource & time based economic systems
- just, supportive, adaptable and evolving governing systems
- local organic agriculture systems
- localized sourcing and efficient use of water
- localized sources of renewable energy
- localized natural building methods, technologies and materials
- localized waste management systems
- harmonious union of science & spirit (eco-technology & indigenous wisdom)
- practices of peace, love & gratitude; including body, mind and spirit
- creative, artful & non-violent communication
*Respect & Celebration (defined in context to Local Earth): Living our lives (mind/body/spirit) in a way that simultaneously support the health and happiness of self, community and natural ecologic systems.
*Health (defined in context to Local Earth): Including mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, social and natural health into a fully integrated system of health. This includes mindfulness in all of our actions that respect self, community and planet.
*Happiness (defined in context to Local Earth): Living a life that puts a smile on our face and warmth in our heart. Living a life filled with love, inspiration, celebration, gratitude and joy.
“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practising understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Local Earth Network
Conscious Arts & Ecologic Living
Union of Science & Spirit
An Invitation to the World!
This is an open invitation to anyone on the planet who wants to join us in this forward-thinking & solution-oriented creation! Together as community we will be learning and practicing natural building, organic gardening, and permaculture design. Together as a global community we will be planting seeds, singing songs, playing music, practicing yoga, eating delicious organic food, communing with one another and the Earth.
The development of the Local Earth Village will provide all of us an opportunity to observe and re-evaluate the social, political, legal, economic, environmental, religious and cultural structures of our planet. This is an opportunity for deep reflection on what IS working in our current social structures… and awareness of what is NOT working. Support and recognition for what IS leading us towards an environmentally sustainable and socially just presence on this planet… And re-evaluating those aspects that are NOT leading us towards a just and sustainable world.
We are taking the time to thoughtfully and honestly ask ourselves individually, and as a society the following questions…
Scalable Local Solutions to Global Issues
It can be overwhelming to attempt to understand issues on a global scale. For this reason we are breaking planetary and humans needs down to the most basic buildings blocks. We are framing these issues in a human-scale that everyone can relate to. Every human being on this planet deals with the same basic human needs. We all need food, water, shelter, a way to provide these basic necessities and an ecologically efficient way to deal with the byproducts of the systems needed to provide these necessities. We think it is also safe to say most of us appreciate love, community and friendship to make this human experience an enjoyable as possible.
No ONE human being can be 100% self sustainable… this means we need each other. This means we need community to survive. Yet we do not only want to survive… we want to THRIVE and enjoy! So by taking the often overwhelming challenges facing us on a global scale and breaking them down into the most basic building blocks of society we can begin to address these issues in a more understandable and comprehensible manner. Because we can not survive completely alone, this means our most basic building block of humanity is COMMUNITY.
The word ‘community’ can be used in the context of many scales. A community of 10, 1 thousand, 1 million or 7 billion?! We are using the word ‘community’ in the context of a manageable sized group that can support each other in providing the most basic human needs in the most efficient fashion. Numerous studies have been conducted and research has shown that 100-150 humans working together appears to be one of the most efficient and effective community-scales to work with. 100-150 human beings can effectively work and communicate together to provide the basics human needs.
(**See Dunbar’s Number- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar’s_number**)
One of the most fundamental and imperative elements of healthy community, is healthy communication. Based on observation and research of human behaviors we are working towards an ideal village size of 144 residents. This number is guided by information from Dunbar’s number, and is based on representative communication models and decision making processes. Communication is an essential and necessary part of a community, yet no one wants to spend large amounts of time in meetings and discussion… there is a lot of fun to be had!
Humans have an attention span and productive capacity in groups of approximately 1-2 hours. Communication in group dynamics (on the high-end) is most efficient between 10-14 people. Based on these observations we have designed the living-clusters (neighborhood pods) into groups of 12 people who can effectively communicate with one another in a 1-2 hour meeting once per month. Based on the communication from the monthly meeting (1st week of month), one rotating representative from each cluster is invited to represent the voice of their associated cluster at the monthly community meeting (3rd week of month). There will be approximately 12 clusters of 12 people, resulting in approximately 144 Local Earth residents with healthy communication in 1-2 meetings per month.
Whether it is a community of 100 or a mega-city of 10 million; the basic building blocks of our social constructs and developments can be broken down into neighborhoods and communities of 100-150. At this neighborhood-scale the global concerns begin to become more understandable and manageable. Living systems and solutions can be designed effectively and efficiently at this scale.
Collaborative Community Development
The 1st phase of our Local Earth Village Development Model is an interdisciplinary, open-source Eco-Design Challenge to build the world’s most affordable and ecologically designed home for a semi-arid, temperate environment. Participants in this design challenge will include university students and working professionals from around the world. We will host a series of Eco-Design Challenges sequentially featuring one climatic region per challenge with varied design parameters.
The preliminary planning stages of the Local Earth Village will begin in 2016/2017 with the Living Cluster Model. We will be hosting community design activities, projects and gatherings on a regular basis during the planning phases. The preliminary planning events will take place in physical form in our local communities, yet will be accessible world-wide via interactive multi-media. We invite visionaries, free thinkers and thought leaders from around the world to join us for conference calls, webinars and collaborative design charrettes. (see calendar for event information)
In conjunction with the Local Earth Festival (most likely 2016/2017); we will begin planning and potentially building the preliminary infrastructure of the village. The festival will offer interactive classes and workshops in natural building, permaculture design, organic gardening, living foods nutrition, yoga, art, music, dance, environmental awareness, corporate responsibility, social structures and just economics! Local Earth will be honoring and celebrating the union of eco-technology and indigenous practices.
Every year the community will continue to grow as we plant seeds and begin to build our homes together, this will be an ever evolving creation! Unlike some festivals where everything is created and then taken down or destroyed… the Local Earth celebration inspires the design & construction of a community the world can continue to enjoy, experience and learn from 365 days a year! In collaboration with the festival; the 1st construction priorities will be the center camp, bathing areas and several spaces for resident lodging. Center camp will include the Community Lodge, community garden and performance stage. The community lodge will include a kitchen, large dining area, bathing area and large gathering space.
The community for approx. 144 international residents will be built in phases throughout a 3-6 year period. A leading council will live full time in the community and oversee the development. 3-6 month internships will be available to live-work residents. We will accept applications from anyone anywhere in the world! Every 3-6 months we will have a new team of live-work residents. The applying intern residents will propose in their application what services or projects they would like to offer the community in work-exchange for their lodging.
One potential starting point for the 1st Local Earth Village is Costa Rica. Why Costa Rica?! … simple enough ‘Pura Vida’ … Pure Life! Costa Rica is centrally located between the two American continents… creating a natural point of convergence in Central America. It is the one of the only countries in the world with no Military Force, thus creating an environment for life to be based in love rather than fear. It is also home to the United Nations sanctioned University for Peace. We would work closely with the local communities and government of Costa Rica in the planning, building and evolution of the Local Earth Village & Festival.
Several inspiring supporters of the Local Earth Collective have land that may be the potential home and starting point for Local Earth. The properties have clean fresh water, fertile soil for agriculture, accessible natural building materials and nearby ocean access. (There are many surfers on the team and it just so happens that some of the best waves on the planet are nearby!) ‘Observation’ is one the key design principles of permaculture, so we are beginning the observation process on several properties this year. Through collaborative fundraising with partner organizations and/or philanthropic donation our intention is to gain access to the necessary acreage of property to support approx. 144 people in an ecologically sustainable manner. Specific sections of the land will be allocated for organic agricultural production and education; while other portions will be preserved as native habitat. There are several other countries including the USA that are potential starting points for the 1st Village.
Collaborative Global Team
This is an open-source creation developed by a diverse collection of individuals and organizations. Below is a list with some of the desired partnering organizations and individuals whom we hope will be joining us in this endeavor. The invitation is open to any individual or organization interested in supporting an environmentally sustainable and socially just presence on this planet. We invite you to join us!!
University for Peace
EarthFlow Design Works – Permaculture for Humanity
International Living Future Institute
The Living Building Challenge
Institute for the Future
Transition Town Movement
International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Global Ecovillage Network
The Community Planet Foundation
The World Wide Permaculture Network
Visionary Culture Radio
Habitat for Humanity
Architecture for Humanity
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
Solar Living Institute
Patagonia 1% for the Planet
Burning Man Organization
The Buckminster Fuller Institute
…. and many others…
John Butler Trio
Make Peace Brothers
… and many others….
… Welcome to Local Earth…
… more to be added here as support documentation… just the beginning!