The Villaging Project

In the world of today, there are lots of injustices and things to be against.  We want to establish not what we are against, but what we are FOR. We are FOR changes in the economy that put communities first, instead of corporations. We are FOR communities creating a high quality of life for ALL their residents.

The Villaging Project is an idea that is intended to provide a context for what individuals and communities can do to take charge of their own sustainable development.  The word "villaging" means taking action to move in this new direction.

We don’t have all the answers.  But we hope to present an inspiring vision of what is possible.

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What is a Village Community?

The goal of a Village Community is to create a high quality of life for all its residents.  People who live in the village manage the assets or resources of the community, including key local functions such as food production, generating energy, construction of facilities, and manufacturing of goods. Village residents have access to what they need without being employed outside the village. The need for commuting to work in ever-increasing traffic becomes a thing of the past, significantly reducing the consumption of fossil fuel and its polluting side effects.

A Villaging lifestyle can not only address many of the social injustices of our times, but can actually bring us the quality of life and feeling of safety and connection that we hunger for.

What does the word "Villaging" mean?

“Villaging” is an invented word that means a person or group is taking actions that are at least moving in the direction of the six key elements of Villaging. Examples might include growing some of our own food, putting up some solar panels, walking to work or working from home, using public transportation or bicycles instead of automobiles, purchasing goods from local merchants. These actions, while taking place in the context of our current “everyone for themselves” society, are a step in the direction of the Villages we envision.

Six Key Elements of Villaging

  1. PERIMETER: Has a geographic perimeter and a calculated capacity: developments affect all residents within this perimeter
  2. WALKABILITY (in urban areas): Is walkable, without cars and roads except at the perimeter.
  3. FOOD: Produces its own food supply with the intention of becoming mostly food self-sufficient.
  4. ENERGY: Generates its own electricity, heating & cooling, and water supply using renewable energy resources
  5. SELF-GOVERNANCE: Has a self-governing process that includes all residents, and uses a proven model for solving problems.
  6. ECONOMIC PROSPERITY: Businesses operated by residents create wealth for the community.

 

 

A distinct geographic perimeter

A village has a geographic perimeter and a scientifically determined capacity for a certain number of residents.

Geographic perimeter- a boundary that defines the edges of the village, in order that all residents and visitors within the boundary have a sense of place & belonging that includes ensuring that the basic needs of each resident are met.

Scientifically determined capacity– the calculated number of persons that a village can support based on a formula that takes into account the village’s surface area, geological features, climate, water table, etc.

What you can do

  1. Contact us so we know you are interested and so we can keep in touch with you!
  2. Let us know of resources or information you have that might be relevant to The Villaging Project.
  3. Reflect on aspects of Villaging that are present in your own life. Refer to the Six Key Elements of Villaging.
  4. Look for examples of Villaging in your city or region.
  5. Schedule a Gathering or Meetup to discuss Villaging with friends and colleagues.  Invite us to participate by video conference or in person.
  6. Let us know your stories, issues, solutions, and resources!

 

Localizing Economies for a New Future

 

“It means becoming more self sufficient, and less dependent on imports.  Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back to the community where it belongs.”

Shuman, M.  (2000:6)  Going Local: creating self-reliant communities in a global age. New York, Routledge.

 

How Change Happens

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Buckminster Fuller

 

 

 

photo: Jacque Fresco, The Venus Project

Next Steps...

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