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Sustainable Eco Villages Non-Profit Organisation

The plan at some stage is to develop a non-profit organisation that would serve the following functions:

Aligning with the sites’ purpose of bringing people who together for eco-village and community creation.

Making the option of living sustainably within an eco village setting well know and easy to take.

Providing legal templates for communities and village land setups, and the members that join.

Assist people with dealing with regulatory bodies such as local government, such that they can comply with legislation, or get legislation changed where is proves impractical and irrelevant.

A Resource centre for information on topics such as:

Eco building

Permaculture and all food growing related topics

Food & diet

Running the community so it runs smoothly and for the long term well being of all members

If the non-profit organisation doesn’t have the needed information, being easily able to refer to those that do.

The other area of work of the non-profit organisation would be to assist with funding, so that people even on minimal incomes can move to an eco village setting with minimum up front.

The reasons for this are two fold:

1.Some people are stuck financially in a home that results in a life that is environmentally unsustainable and socially unhealthy, where they could move into a more sustainable and healthy environment quickly and start generating an income by selling surplus.

2.A large proportion of people are working in industries and professions that are derived from unsustainable practices. If they need to save through this work it results in them living unsustainably so they can later live sustainably.

The goal is to help bypass the unsustainable practices so people can jump strait into a sustainable life. This allows for much greater and more immediate beneficial effects.

3.People can start planning and planting as soon as they have access to their land, even if the access to funding to build a home is not yet available.

The process is called ‘pay it forward’ and goes something like this:

Assuming the non-profit organisation has already raised it’s seed capital – an amount sufficient to purchase land suitable to create a village and cover all starting costs the following would take place:

1. A group would apply to the non-profit organisation for funding to buy land.

2. The land is bought by the NPO, divided according to members of that village’s wishes, and using a legal framework that the members feel best about.

3. An entry fee is paid, giving the members rights to the land (and possibly ownership depending on the legal structure used).

After this there is some kind of time payment to pay the land off. The arrangement would go something like this – if the land cost $5,000 per unit, then the members would have to a total of say $10,000 which has the effect of this is that the Non-Profit Organisation now has the funds to set up 2 villages using the same process.

The first village ends up paying forward for the next two villages.

As more villages are created, the more funding is coming in so new villages are created sooner, rather than just waiting for the first village to pay forward enough to create one new village.

Rather than being ridged in the pay forward, however people can take the option of working off and a portion of the payment (say minimum 10% max of 33%) within a future village (pay it forward).

The maximum of 33% is so the fund pool of the non-profit organisation is continually growing. The minimum of 10% is so that all people contribute in some form to a new village. Both the new village is benefited by the contribution, and those that contribute get to reap the benefits of inter-community relationships that come from this process.

The contribution can be made in a few different ways, such as working off through basic labour on working bee days (this can also take the form of food prep. Etc.) it could take place by bringing saplings and seedlings to the new community for planting. Those with speciality skills can also contribute these if they desire. At a rate of say $20/hr, it would work out to be 165 hours if they were working off $3,300. This time contribution makes for a great boost to the new villages development, leading to its complete establishment sooner.

The first village pays forward some time and effort to the next, which will pay forward to the next and so on.

As the capital grows move villages can be done, including in different countries, in alignment with those countries laws, and as the lifestyle becomes more popular as benefit is seen and more people want to make the lifestyle change.

Figures are just used for example purposes.