Today I had the pleasure of discussing ideas about the village with Kathy and Donna. They both asked some wonderful questions and shared some of their thoughts and experiences. I hope to recapture some of the clarity that I gained from that conversation here and further explicate the vision.
I was asked if I could boil it down to a couple of things. I was surprised to discover that almost everything else seems to come from subsidiarity and inter-reliance, along with self-sufficiency. The other principles I wrote about further show how those things function.
I also realized that I haven’t written here about “satellite housing”. Basically, the idea is to have a central building containing a large kitchen, workspace, a library, etc. It’s a waste to have a full kitchen for everyone, excess of so many things that aren’t used all the time, or that are, but would be much more efficient if people concentrated the effort. And having things in a shared space keeps people closer. There could also be dorms in the central building for people who can’t be at the village full-time or for guests.
However, I also realize that people need some private space. So people could have very small dwellings throughout the area… and I mean small.
I have been informed by Shad that I’m not terribly coherent at the moment. Therefore I shall continue about satellite housing later.