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Financial Co-ops

Team 1: Stabilize Basic Needs

We all have the element of SURVIVAL in common. Financial Well-Being is the “gateway element” on our way to higher levels of well-being.  “Survival” is placed on the middle of row of the ENERGY SCALE with everything that brings well-being listed above and everything that brings pain listed below.

If we plan to transition away from capitalism towards a gift economy, the first skill set we all must learn is to Stabilize Basic Needs. In the gift economy it takes an entire arcology to meet our needs on all seven levels. It doesn’t cost much money, but requires a lot of effort and heart-felt concern for others. In the current system we must “make money” in any way we can and concern for others and connection with our fellow man is not required.

The transition from capitalism to the gift economy starts by becoming “the producer” instead of “the consumer,” finding ways to “make money” in a new way now that will provide goods or services to contribute to a future arcology later. Most of us don’t create goods or provide services, but instead work at jobs that keep a gigantic corporate machine moving forward. To switch gears to a local focus will be very difficult for some of us who have no training or skills that would be valuable to an arcology. 

For this reason, Step 5 is focused on gathering people together to teach valuable skills, practice working together, and train for positions within an arcology of well-being and a gift economy.  Food for Well-Being from MyWholeFoodsKitchen.com is the system we use for this workshop.  It is easily expandable so that many families can work together if they all use the same system. The plan is written in the FOOD FOR WELL-BEING HANDBOOK.  There are many ways for a family to “Stabilize Basic Needs” using this system to produce their own food, store basic staples, and teach others to do the same.

DISCUSSION QUESTION:

 

How does home production sound to you as a potential member of a non-profit community?

 

Please leave your comments below.

Transform the World

Implement Strategies

The objective for this dimension of love is to begin to realize that everything we do is duplicated by the millions of people on earth. We must have systems that will help us protect the planet, use our resources wisely and be responsible for future generations. In other words we must duplicate well-being, reaching beyond our own local needs to heal the world in a serious and permanent way.

As we make our plans and designs for “Global Well-Being” we have the opportunity to keep all of the elements of well-being in mind. We must have a clear mission and be able to inspire the creativity of the most illuminated and intuitive people available.  We have to distribute our wealth at the same rate that we produce it if we intend to have an impact on global well-being.

To include more and more people we wouldn’t expand the edges of the arcology larger and larger or the living quarters smaller and smaller.  Instead we would configure another perfectly balanced “block” of 200 people to build another arcology located adjacent to the first arcology, but it would operate its economy separately and autonomously. This micro-economy structure will eliminate the economic imbalance that happens when too many experts of one field live in the same community, creating unemployment or under employment.  We instead create another economic “block” of 200 and situate it within walking distance.

The block of 200 people could “stack” as in a skyscraper or just a building three or four stories high.  It might be interesting to design a building that could continue to build “up” as more “blocks” of 200 were added to one location.  The first reason for stacking rather than spreading out low to the ground would be to allow for more of the available land to be used for growing the necessary crops to sustain the arcology. The space and capacity for growing key crops on the surrounding land and more crops in the indoor farming system will determine how many “blocks” of 200 the land can sustain.

There are advantages of having a larger population of arcology-minded people to work together on larger projects.  In a dense population, there may be more than 200 people who want to join forces to build a hospital or a manufacturing plant for baby food or something of great importance. They would continue to build balanced blocks of 200, but work together on the larger vision with the positions that are not defined.

Global Planning

America was founded on the hope of creating the plan for "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Many of my fellow Americans have replaced that dream with "life, liberty and the pursuit of money." I have found that if I get in the way of some people's ability to make money and or keep them from spending it all on themselves, they don't like me very much. They still don't understand that they have been blessed with the ability and strength to make large sums of money so that they can be the answer for those who have not been blessed with this skill set.

If we take our blessings and gobble up the profits we have lost sight of what Jesus taught when he said "what you do for the global family, you do unto me." The reverse of that is sobering. "What you choose to withhold from the global family, you choose to withhold from me." Read the entire chapter of Matthew chapter 25 and then decide for yourself what Jesus really wants you to do to express the religious part of yourself.

Gandhi stated that "Poverty is the cruelest form of violence." In so few words, Gandhi pointed out that one man's poverty is a result of the activities or inactivity of another. Allowing poverty to continue is a conscious choice we all make every day. “But what can I do? I’m just one person.  I’m barely staying afloat myself! The answer is simple: Unite into the largest, most powerful global family that the planet has ever known. We can’t do it alone, but we most certainly can do it together.

We must expand our connection with God and mankind to gather and unite as humanitarians who will not tolerate poverty and inequality. No more can we continue to be a self-satisfying, self-focused people living a lifestyle that creates the mounting problems of poverty that require endless social programs. We must reach for the next level up from free enterprise to create a lifestyle based upon inter-dependence and cooperation. If we capitalists suppose ourselves to be successful while our "neighbors" in other neighborhoods or other countries go without their basic needs, we have a goal that is far different than the One we say we trust on the very currency we worship. We must set higher goals that include the well-being of every human on earth, not just our own.

Aren’t you sick of hearing that poverty is an incurable disease?  Aren’t you sick of being told that there is nothing we can do?  Why are we taught to quit before we even try?

What if there was a “Trump Tower” designed for planetary well-being instead of the greatest possible profits? With self-sustaining indoor green houses that produced enough food, water, energy and shelter for everyone within a 50 mile radius, we could build this self-contained tower in the poorest places in the world and put an end to poverty all at once.  In areas of extreme poverty, the arcology will have to have a fully staffed hospital and rehabilitation center just to bring the population to a zero point. They can’t be expected to “carry their own weight” for a very long time. In light of this understanding, arcologies built in areas of extreme poverty would need more people living and supporting the arcology. Perhaps we could build 10 or 20 arcologies to support the hospital.

The bible speaks of a time when “every tear will be wiped from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  I believe this prophecy is talking about the new economy that is emerging as the capitalist economy crumbles.  We are the generation of well-being that has been prepared to inherit the earth and lead the earth into world peace, abundance for all and a restored planet.

The truth is becoming clear that the planet connects us into one organism and when one child starves on the other side of the globe it impacts our well-being here at home, because the condition and safety of our global family sends ripples of energy to all of us. As we learn more about the law of attraction, we can gather to set our priorities and our group intention to solve poverty right now.  Nothing is impossible when people work together for the common good.

I believe that all of the experts that we need to pull this project together would give freely of their time and talents to make these towers happen once their own needs were met by living in one of our gated communities.  I believe that all that materials we need would be freely given, the construction workers and contractors, the medical and dental professionals, any and all that is needed would be given freely to help our malnourished brothers and sisters around the world heal and reach their fullest human potential.

Global

Well-Being 

 

Production
Food Producers
Permaculture
Landscaper
Rancher
Farmer
Home Builder
Heavy Equipment
Plumber
Electrician 
Masonry
Alternative Energies
Refuse Conversion

Teachers
Academic Tutors
Science and History
Foreign Languages
Musical Instruments
Drama / Choir / Voice
Dance
Art, all forms
Team Sports
Self-Defense
Gymnastics
Cooking

Creative Services
Internet Services
Graphic Design
Web Design 
Publishing, Printing House
Recording Studio
Filming Studio
Radio Station    
Newspaper, Magazine
Photography
Marketing, Promotion
Sales Team
Purchasing Agent
Interior Design

Professional Services
Walk-in Medical
EMT
Home Health
Midwife
Veterinary Services
Dentist Office
Security Professional
Fire Specialist
Legal Services
Bank & Barter 
Auto Repair
Handyman

DISCUSSION QUESTION:

How important is it to you to be involved in the planning process of your home life and your life purpose career?

Utilities

Active Greywater

Among the many topics of sustainability is the protection of our water resources and the sustainable practices for sanitation.

Every day, the average American family of four uses about 400 gallons of water. About 50% of that is considered “greywater.” Greywater is the used water from tubs and showers, bathroom sinks, and loads of laundry. Water that flows from the toilet is called “blackwater,” accounting for nearly 30% of an average home’s indoor water use.

The public water system combines all used water that flows from your house, both grey and black, “purifies” it with chemicals, and sends it back to your house to use as “drinking water.” The chemicals have damaging effects on health.

Anyone with any sense has to have questions about this system.  We have to re-design the water system of an arcology of well-being to use water wisely and protect our health at the same time. In an active greywater system, water from showers, tubs, and washing machines are directed to a holding tank, where it's filtered and then pumped back to flush toilets. Instead of recycling this “blackwater” back to our drinking water, it is used for other purposes, such as flushing toilets and irrigation for your lawn and garden. Toilets are ideal for greywater usage: They’re the biggest source of water consumption in the house. The average U.S. family spends about $500 a year on its water bill. This means that if we are paying for city water, we will use and recycle our water to go several times farther than average.  This could mean a savings of about $150 a year for each household. It also means that if we are on our own well water, we will drain less water from the well.

Biofuels from Blackwater

The solids from the blackwater are called “bio solids.”  These, combined with the stuff from the garbage disposal of each household, as well as the grass clippings, litter box, pulled weeds or any other wet organic material, can easily be transformed into bio fuels. The process is called “hydro-thermal liquefaction” (HTL).  HTL emulates the way crude oil forms naturally, when biomass decays under high pressure and heat for millions of years — but it only takes 45 minutes.  You bake the material at 660 degrees Fahrenheit and you have gas for your car or heat for your home. HTL generates up to 75 percent less carbon pollution than gasoline.

The public water and sanitation system is working on ways to monetize this process since there is so much of it. In fact, there is a continuous, endless supply. In other words, they plan to take our human waste, convert it to fuel, and sell it back to us.

Again, the thinking person has to have questions about a system that takes the waste from everyone’s toilets and transports it miles away to process it. Why spend millions of dollars to create one central processing system?  There is only one reason. Because they want to take free, raw material from us and then sell it back to us at a profit.

Why can’t every household process their own waste and convert it to fuel themselves at no cost?  An arcology of well-being will have a built in conversion system for all organic waste to make sure that there is no such word as “waste” in our vocabulary. We must drill our own well and convert the bio solids on site to provide heat and energy for the entire arcology.

 

 

Gather, Build and Share

We believe that the planning and designing, owning and operating of the utilities of an arcology of well-being must be done by those who live there.  

We believe that humans need to start from scratch.  They need to survive and invent.  They need to be free to choose their own path.  They need to be needed.  They need to be masters of their own destiny, not subservient on-lookers.  That is what brought out the best in our forefathers, and might always be the perfect scenario for ultimate well-being.  

If we work together, we could bring dynamic people together to establish a new kind of human habitat starting with the ideas and strengths of those who plan to live there.  We could design and build a habitat center that meets the needs of every member of the community on all 7 levels of well-being.  We are at a time in history when we can begin to think about designing and building a new kind of habitat center that encourages contribution, physical health,  life purpose, social connection, recreation and global responsibility all at the same time.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION:

How important is it to you to be involved in the planning process of a community of well-being?

After reviewing the list of jobs that are listed above, can you think of others that may be crucial to the well-being of a small community of 200 people and their children?

Think Tanks

Think Tanks

Self-Governance in Action

VISION:  Highest Well-Being for All

MISSION: Design a high-energy arcology model that brings well-being to everyone that lives there and serves the surrounding areas.  This model can then be built in places of great need nearby and around the world.

As we make our plans and designs for Arc 7 we have the opportunity to keep all 7 of the elements of highest well-being in mind.

To design a foundation for highest well-being we must be able to inspire the creativity of the most illuminated and intuitive people available to us or train them to be.

Decentralized governance.

No hierarchy.

Not just sustainable, but replicating.

Highest well-being is the first consideration.

Africans call it "Ubuntu".
Christians call it "the millennium".
Jews call it "Zion."

In fact, almost every culture has some form of "Zion" that they look forward to building.

DISCUSSION QUESTION:

What do you think is important to include when designing the foundation for highest well-being?

Unify

Unify Relationships

“The Tribe”

Humans have a deep need to belong to a tribe.  Without this family connection we often feel alone in a crowd.  The sense of belonging shapes our sense of self-worth. The sense of belonging may play a larger role in Global Well-Being than we ever realized.  An East Indian guru once said that “Where belonging begins, corruption ends.”  If this is true, then in reverse it might say, “Disrupt the family to destroy the world.”

For ultimate well-being we can borrow some of the characteristics of a tribe and incorporate them into our community plan.

  • Sustained themselves from the land
  • The tribe worked together for the common good
  • Meals were often taken together
  • Stories were shared and passed down
  • Leaders were loved one
  • Religion was built into the social structure, not somewhere you “go”
  • The community was bound by family ties

The tribal structure throughout the ages had a council of elders.  These elders were trusted and respected because they were the parents and grandparents of the members of the tribe. They were not elected leaders, business tycoons or motivational speakers. They were dear relatives who the tribe trusted and would do anything for.  The only way we can have something similar in our community plan is to invite full families of three generations to join the arcology.  We would have to ask the grandparents to play the role of the council of elders. Instead of putting people out when they turn 65, elders would have to be 65 or older to be on the council.  This would be their time of greatest leadership, spiritual maturity and healing power for the community. The community is made up of their own children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  This is the structure that humans thrive in, no matter what age they are.

“The Safety Net”

The tribe is a “safety net.” You and your loved ones have amazing gifts and fruit that you brought to this world to assist each other at this very difficult time in history as we prepare for the epic faceoff between good and evil.  What you have been given to contribute is crucial to the spiritual progression of you and your loved ones and the world around you. When we unite to work together for the common good, it functions exactly like a net draped under a fruit tree. The net catches the fruit before it hits the ground and is crushed.

This safety net is the ultimate purpose and value of the arcology structure. The family tribe was designed to be a safety net for each other to catch the fruit of their lives before it is lost or damaged.  If a community is not providing this protection, it is like allowing the fruit of those within the community fall to the ground and be eaten by the bugs and birds.

Our enemy knows the importance of the safety net and therefore launches his most ruthless attacks against each member of the family until he makes a weak or vulnerable entry point—a hole in the net.  He hopes to get the fruit to fall through the holes in the net early, while they are young.  With holes in the safety net all of that precious fruit will go to waste instead of serving the purpose for which they were designed.

We must identify any holes that might be in our tribal safety nets.  Then we can plan to repair our nets and strengthen the areas where our young ones, and our adults, are vulnerable. The goal of GlobalWell-Being.org is to strengthen the power within you to reach to your highest priorities, your greatest productivity and your ultimate purpose to be part of the safety net of your tribal community.  This net will prevent you and your loved ones from falling and instill the confidence for all of you to “leap” without fear of being damaged or lost.

If our arcologies of well-being and the families within them function with love, acceptance, encouragement and support, working together for the common good, the community will thrive unlike any other because each member of the community is producing so much fruit and the fruit is being “caught” in the safety net before they hit the ground.  “Caught” means recognized, appreciated, utilized and implemented for the greatest global good.

“Mom and Pop” Business

Families are the building blocks of a community and communities are the building blocks of all humanity. Families established America. They owned the town, the businesses, the schools, and anything else they built together. The corporations moved in and ran family owned businesses out of business to create a new generation of consumers who will purchase their mass produced products instead. In so doing they dismantled the family owned business and the tribal aspects of the community.

To regain the sense of inter-dependence that humans long for we must reclaim the role of the owner producer and choose to buy, sell, trade and gift with locally owned businesses within the arcology of well-being as much as possible. This is the purpose of building an arcology of well-being instead of consenting to a system that dismantles the family tribe.

A Gallup study recently showed that humans must have six hours a day of direct social contact with friends and family to experience a sense of social well-being.  Like birds must fly in formation and fish must swim with a school, humans also have an instinctive need to interact with a tribe. Yet they are placed into situations at work and school that prevent them from freely talking to one another. We cooperate with this plan in support of a completely new artificial focus of "making money" or "getting an education so we can make money."  Job opportunities often lead to relocation out of state or even out of the country, separating children from grandparents who might have played a large role in their sense of well-being. Relationships are sacrificed on the altar of "the almighty dollar."

Today we see visionary people from other countries take advantage of the "American Dream."  They gather family and friends to create a shared vision of owning a restaurant, an apartment building or a dry cleaners in America, where dreams come true.  They all work together to make their family business thrive.  They share one home, reducing the cost of living substantially.

Meanwhile American children are taught a completely different vision.  They are taught that the more education you get the better equipped you will be to "make money."  Visions, dreams and life purpose are discouraged while the focus is put on "getting a job" and learning how to impress the corporations that holds “the key” to their future.

In reality, the family business is the answer to all of the human requirements for well-being we established in earlier chapters.  When an individual is able to create his or her own destiny they experience Career Well-being. When they gather family and friends with a shared vision, the sense of social well-being is instantly established. Statistics show that Financial Well-being will soon follow. The work day is spent with supportive family and friends instead of competitive strangers.

With a family business, a child grows up with the advantage of learning everything his father and grandfather knows.  When he is of age his family has something substantial to pass to him rather than forcing each generation to start from scratch.  The rising generation can keep the family business on the cutting edge of technology and new discoveries.

  • The business must be screened by the 7 Questions of Well-Being.
  • The family will receive all the support they need to keep the business on the cutting edge.
  • The family business must provide something significant to the community.

Contribution Workshops allow you to explore and search for your own niche to establish what your home business might contribute to improve the well-being of others in your community.  We see the need for some businesses to have a local focus without feeling pressured to reach into the global marketplace.  This will provide that sense of social well-being that comes from serving real people in your neighborhood rather than a faceless “demographic.”

An important step in the workshops is to establish your team that will make it all happen.  We encourage you to gather family and close friends to make your core team and find ways to fully utilize their gifts, talents and passions to expand your vision.  In this way you will spend the necessary time with your loved ones to keep these relationships strong held together by a common mission rather than family members being pulled apart by isolated and unrelated goals. We believe owning your own business or supporting someone close to establish theirs is a very important step in reaching for well-being.

Mom and Pop Business workshops help couples identify and develop their own family business that can make money now and later contribute to the gift economy of an arcology of well-being.  The workshop also emphasizes the importance of including the strengths of each member of the family within their family business structure to pass down to them when they are able to take it over.  Host this workshop to earn extra income. This will begin the process of “making money” in a whole new way that leads to something specific to contribute to an arcology of well-being some day in the future. You will find the link to Mom and Pop Business workshop at GlobalWell-Being.org.

DISCUSSION QUESTION:

-Joint Ventures

1

GATHER

Designing a Human Habitat

Join us for open dialog and creative synergy with the intention of mapping out together a human habitat designed for well-being.

We will help you to understand contributionism and the steps to get there.

We will share the elements of the community that will support each element of well-being.

It's up to you to piece the elements together in a way that feels like home.

When we design our communities for well-being, we will solve world hunger, pollution, corruption, war and every other practice that prevents global well-being.

--Tere Foster,
GlobalWell-Being.org

 

2

BUILD


Structure Your Venture Using Holacracy

As we make the journey towards an economy that doesn't rely on money, there will be many ways to structure new joint ventures between conscious investors and conscious creators.

We may use time banking, crypto currencies, digital currencies, barter and trade, and combinations and variations of each.

The purpose of any kind of currency is to facilitate an exchange of energy between two parties.  The currency ensures that both parties feel that they have received what they deserved.

In time, when everyone has plenty of everything, and people work together for the common good, these old school forms of exchange will quietly fade away.

The new and budding economic model and social structure let's go of the question, "What's in it for me?" and replaces it with "What do you need?"  "What can I do to make your dreams become a reality?"

3

SHARE

Collaborative Living

Each community building project will look different because the members of the community are designing it.  However we offer some guidelines and suggestions to ensure that the community reaches the original goal to create well-being for every member of their new community.

We suggest that you include a center to support each of the elements of well-being.

A Contribution Center

A Self Care Center

An Empowerment Center

A Spirit Center

A Habitat Center

A Planning Center

A Distribution Center

Click on the buttons below to learn more.

DISCUSSION QUESTION:

If you are interested in discussing a joint venture please let us know in the comment box below.

How can cooperation support the development of a community of well-being?

Please leave your comments below.

Cooperation

Cooperation is the Key

 

A Think Tank is a body of experts providing advice and ideas on specific political or economic problems. We
decided that “we the people” are the experts about what we need and where the gaps are in our own lives. When people join in unity, letting go of the need to compete, and choosing to work together for the common good, humans have the capacity to accomplish anything. Humanity is the “sleeping giant” with untapped power to change the world into an environment of well-being. We hope you will accept our invitation to join the Well-Being Think Tank.

 

We don’t want anything to do with systems of control that require force. On the contrary, all decisions and strategies during our think tanks are made by you, because you are a member of the think tank. Our objective is to transition from systems of control to systems of empowerment by giving each think tank member equal decision-making power. Think tanks work together to activate each members’ life purpose in a way that meets their emotional needs for love and connection.

 

The Well-Being Think Tank is the open door to a network of conscious creators who are making a difference. Our immediate think tank goal is to bring people from all walks of life together to fill in the gaps we identified in today’s support system. Food stamps, for example, is part of the support system that meets the need for food.
Unemployment services help find a job.  Homeless shelters provide a place where you can get out of the cold.  These are wonderful things for a society to do for each another!  However, too often today’s support system only attempts to meet physical needs without realizing the impact that prolonged unmet emotional needs can have on health and well-being. This is why it is reported that 3 out of 4 people in America show severe signs of loneliness and that the use of anti-depressants are on the rise. Our think tanks go the next step to fill in the remaining gaps in the support system with strategies to meet each member’s emotional needs as well as their physical needs.

 

The Well-Being Think Tank is a call to action. Our think tanks choose not to wait for government agencies to fill these gaps. In fact, we don’t believe that they can!  Instead, we choose to offer well-being to each other at the same time that we seek to gain it for ourselves. Emotional support must be given freely, human to human, if we want it to be effective. For this reason we have to find the love and support inside of ourselves. We of the American middle class can no longer prosper while others in the world die of starvation.  We can no longer stand by as so many people live in quiet desperation, never finding their passion or living their dreams. We can no longer wait for "someone" to do “something” about the inequities of the world, relying on a system with so many gaps in emotional support. Instead we choose to work together to fill the gaps and wipe away every tear from the eyes of our fellow think tank members!  Cooperation is the key!

 

Career Well-Being 

There are a few of the experts needed to fully develop the potential of the members of the community.  Can you think of a few more that your unique situation would benefit from?  With 200 adult “spots” in the community, we can bring in all the professionals needed to make the right balance.

Planning and designing done by consensus.

Production
Food Producers
Permaculture
Landscaper
Rancher
Farmer
Home Builder
Heavy Equipment
Plumber
Electrician 
Masonry
Alternative Energies
Refuse Conversion

Teachers
Academic Tutors
Science and History
Foreign Languages
Musical Instruments
Drama / Choir / Voice
Dance
Art, all forms
Team Sports
Self-Defense
Gymnastics
Cooking

Creative Services
Internet Services
Graphic Design
Web Design 
Publishing, Printing House
Recording Studio
Filming Studio
Radio Station    
Newspaper, Magazine
Photography
Marketing, Promotion
Sales Team
Purchasing Agent
Interior Design

Professional Services
Walk-in Medical
EMT
Home Health
Midwife
Veterinary Services
Dentist Office
Security Professional
Fire Specialist
Legal Services
Bank & Barter 
Auto Repair
Handyman

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION:

How important is it to you to be involved in the planning process of a community of well-being?

After reviewing the list of jobs that are listed above, can you think of others that may be crucial to the well-being of a small community of 200 people and their children?

Career Well-Being

"Career Well-Being" has to do with what we do with our time.  It has nothing to do with a paycheck.  People who report having a sense of "career well-being" had these four factors in place every time.

Whether we get paid or not, Career Well-Being is based upon these factors:

  • 1- What we do has meaning.
  • 2- What we do uses our strengths.
  • 3- What we do gives us something to look forward to.
  • 4- What we do involves friends and/or family who share a common mission.

We want more than "a job."  We want more than "a career." We want to combine our jobs, our careers, our gifts and our life purpose into one opportunity to serve humanity.  Those who had a best friend at work reported greater "career well-being." People with greater "career well-being" are more productive and perform better at their jobs.

We believe that careers must be chosen based upon your personal passions and strengths aimed at the highest purpose and the greatest need.

DISCUSSION QUESTION:

How does community design impact the well-being of those who live there? 

Please leave your comments below.