“Imagine a world in which we organize ourselves as members of living communities of place.
Human-made structures are adapted to their natural settings, support natural processes, and connect people with one another and nature. People meet their needs for energy, nutrients, materials, and information in co-productive partnership with the natural living systems of the place they live.
There are no concrete jungles, food deserts, strip malls, or sprawling suburbs. There are gardens everywhere, growing a profuse diversity of beautiful fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Human settlements organize as self-reliant bioregional food, energy, and water sheds. Major settlements feature a high-population-density car-free urban core designed around public parks, walkways, bicycle paths, and urban gardens.
The boundaries of local government jurisdictions coincide with their primary food, energy, and water sheds. Most people are housed in multifamily, cooperatively owned living units of diverse designs that blend with their landscape clustered around shared facilities: laundries, guest and meeting rooms, composting facilities, solar and geothermal energy heating systems, and office workspaces and support facilities.
Neighbors share tools and implements and look out for one another’s children at play in car-free commons areas. Eco-village-style neighborhoods and districts share facilities for the management of nutrients, water, and energy. Many neighborhood and district eco-villages organize as locally owned, self-sustaining economic units offering a variety of locally owned commercial and recreational facilities and investment or employment opportunities reflective of the distinctive tastes, interests, skills, and personal preferences of their residents.
An urban core serves as the bioregion’s cultural, educational, and economic hub, providing it with excellent cultural, educational, scientific, and manufacturing facilities. Each of the region’s distinctive eco-villages makes its unique contribution to the diverse, resilient, self-reliant life of the whole. For eco-villages located in intentionally sparsely populated rural areas, economic activities center on the restoration and sustainable management of soils, forests, and fisheries.
Rural eco-villages offer urban visitors opportunities for nature education, recreation, and spiritual practice. Various forms of public transportation—including car-and ride-share facilities—connect eco-villages to one another and the urban core. Every person has a direct connection to every other person in the world by high-speed Internet and seamless videoconferencing and entertainment facilities. Most people on most days have no need to venture from the boundaries of the urban core or eco-village in which they live. They meet most mobility needs by walking and biking.
Young people are encouraged to take a year to explore the world by foot, train, and ship —connecting to its varied geographies and cultures and building diverse friendships they will maintain throughout their lives through digital communication. Hang-gliding is a favorite sport. Jet air travel is mainly a distant memory.
Money, markets, businesses, and governments are all part of this picture, but they are structured to support balanced and mutually beneficial exchanges within and among communities. People read about the money-seeking corporate robots that once ruled the world and wonder how and why their ancestors tolerated such insanity.”
Taken from Korten, David C.. Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth (pp. 84-86). Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.
The phrase “Living Earth” for us means both a living & livable planet and abundant life in the soil!
If we put life into our soil through organic & regenerative agriculture and permaculture then we can achieve the dream life mentioned above 🙂 That’s what the team at the Living Earth Expo focuses on.