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paul wheaton
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- to strive for less than 1% of the toxicity found in an organic home

- At least ten miles away from a city to get away from the big brown cloud.

- less than 1% of the petroleum, paint and cement

- less than 1% of the carbon footprint

- less than 1% of the petroleum footprint

- less than 3% of the food comes from off-site

- on-site food is grown in polycultures without conventional or omri certified sprays

- home construction: 90% of the materials are found on-site

- big equipment might be used at the beginning, but then it becomes more of a bike/ped village

- heavy emphasis on a growies aesthetic

        o structures nearly invisible from space - just looks like plants

        o structures are nearly invisible from paths and roads - dominantly plants

        o it is as if people live within their gardens, or that people grew a home

        o earthen/green roofs

        o minimal solar panels

        o minimal greenhouse glass

        o lots of berms and twisty paths

- less than 1% of the garbage going to the dump



some plausible scenarios:


Emma has a large wofati. She has a magnificent kitchen and three tables. She makes it known that she is selling meals at fixed times. People come and eat or they don't. You could call it a restaurant if you want. Most people cook at home most of the time. Maybe Emma sends emails out with what the menu is for the day. She serves only village folk. Maybe Emma buys food, maybe she grows it herself.

Bert works about ten hours a week on his own business. He usually eats at Emma's. Ferd also raises guinea pigs and sells them to Emma and about once a month Emma's dinner is Cui.

Gert never eats at Emmas. She grows a LOT of food. She sells a fair bit of food to Emma, and to a few other people at the lab.

Barney has residual income streams and eats about 70% of the time at Emma's. Barney also likes to do green woodworking and sculpture. He might sell some stuff some day. Or not. He isn't too worried about it.

Kirk builds and sells a wofati each year. He usually eats dinner every night at Emma's. He sorta eats "snacks" the rest of the day - mostly stuff he has purchased from other people in the village that make canned goods, jerky and the like.

Jenny is 18 and offers a chop and drop service. She will come to your spot and go through your gardens doing a bit of chop and drop. So the stuff you want is encouraged and the stuff you don't want is discouraged. Jenny is renting a room in somebody else's wofati and is saving up to get her own spot.

Bobby has zero income. Bobby does zero work. Bobby has a deep roots package and Bobby does whatever seems cool all day, every day. Five years ago, Bobby built a humble wofati and some hugelkultur beds. Bobby has some money under the mattress from a long time ago, but Bobby has found a way of life that needs almost nothing. He might spend about $20 per month. At this rate it will be about ten years until he runs out of money. Bobby loves to read books and has quite a mountain. He trades books with others pretty regularly. He likes to play scrabble and chess with other folks. Once in a while he whittles something cool (not for sale, just to have such a cool thing). Bobby participates in potlucks a couple times a week - outside of that, most of his winter food is dehydrated.

Willa has a van and makes a trip to town about once a week.  She sometimes sets up a booth at the saturday market and sells some of her growies, and some of the growies of others.    She charges the others a few bucks to pick stuff up for them.   And she charges a few bucks to take people in to town and back.  About twice a month she rents her rig to somebody.  She grows a fair bit of food for the market and she is damn sharp at mending things, so she gets a bit of coin for her skills.  She has about $45,000 saved up and wants to start her own symboo village someday.



I am trying to word this so that this sort of thing could be anywhere.  Maybe ten years from now there could be a couple dozen symboo villages all over the world. 

This is not something for everybody.  This is something for, maybe, one person out of a million.  But with 7 billion people in the world, that means that 7000 people would grove on this.




 
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I love it.
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Paul's mind - much like my own
 
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I would be Emma if I ever had an opportunity to live like that.  I've got the skills and I love to cook.

What a wonderful place.  It would be great fun to make it happen.  I like how everything is hidden and private.  It would be great to see how this idea can ​be adapted to different locations.
 
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When thinking about this, I think about the movie "The Village" where there is a few dozen people living far, far away from all the other people.
 
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"Bobby has some money under the mattress from a long time ago, but Bobby has found a way of life that needs almost nothing. He might spend about $20 per month. At this rate it will be about ten years until he runs out of money."

Apparently Bobby is just hanging out, enjoying himself. He probably worked hard to save the money, and then worked hard to build his home and garden. Now he eats from his garden, preserves food for winter (apparently by dehydrating, according to Paul's scenario), and just takes in the beauty of the place and the serenity of village life.

I'd like to be Bobby some day.

Reading the scenario makes me feel very good. Some may see it as fanciful fiction that is unattainable. But I don't see it that way. There is absolutely no reason that this can't be a real life situation. No legitimate reason. Sure, there are ridiculous laws and bylaws, outrageous taxes, and downright stupid rules and regulations about what we can build and how we can live. But no legitimate reasons. And I don't think it's political. Disagreeing with the 'authorities' doesn't make me political, it makes me human. In my somewhat humble opinion.

The story is beautiful, and is just a different version of one I've played over and over in my own head.

"You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one."
 
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I think lots of what you are suggesting is happening plus other stuff too http://gen.ecovillage.org/en/article/what-ecovillage although maybe not all at the same time or place plus they have other ideas as well . I do think all these ideas will be tested by evolution - what works will last what doesnt will fade away so any attempts at being too prescriptive could fail in the long term .
Are you thinking of setting up a village at the base ?
 
paul wheaton
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David Livingston wrote:Are you thinking of setting up a village at the base ?


I think that what I am describing here is what I have been shooting for all along.  Only now I have written it down in a much clearer format than before.

 
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