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  • commented on Act 2023-05-26 10:00:21 -0700
    Very good thoughts except for one. Nuclear energy is not the near term solution to the climate change emergency. There are many, many problems with it so many that it is not worth listing them here, but the most important problem is clean or safe nuclear energy (if there ever will be such a thing) will arrive far too late to save a good portion of humanity from extinction. Please see this link for why this is true.

  • A climate well-informed 83-year-old writes about dread and the Climate Change Emergency

    I started writing this essay on April 3, 2023, but have been unable to generate any enthusiasm to write. Then tonight (April 5) it occurred to me that the reason for my lack of enthusiasm is my pessimism regarding the human future.

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  • Did James Hansen and other climate scientists release the scariest climate change research paper ever?

    James Hansen, the former NASA scientist, first warned us that climate change could drive humanity to extinction. He now has a new research paper that takes the air out of your lungs if you have a climate science or strong science background.

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  • One Third Of Forest Fires Are Spurred By Global Carbon Companies — And They Will Be Accountable

    In Alberta alone more than a million acres of forest have been consumed by fire this year.

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  • ClimateSafe Villages Topic Index FAQ

    This is the ClimateSafe Village Master Topics FAQ of frequently asked questions. If you do not see an answer to your ClimateSafe Village question in the Master FAQ links below, or in the ClimateSafe Village Guide Index located here, email us your question to ([email protected]). Put ClimateSafe Village Question in the subject line.


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    (Bruce put your topics here and create the topic subpages by clicking the subpages link to create a new topic subpage the will branch off this master page.)

  • ClimateSafe Village Leaving Guidelines and Exit Policies


    Both the entry application process and exit process should be available to all potential new ClimateSafe Villages members before they join. This promotes informed consent and a realistic view of all aspects of eco-community life. 

    The application processes for each of our four ClimateSafe Village models are found on this page in the section that describes each model. In addition, the Universe One headquarters application process is found on this page. Our current ClimateSafe Village exit policies and process description are found below.

    Last Updated 5.23.23


    There will be many different reasons that ClimateSafe Village members leave the community. Some individuals will have unexpected personal situations requiring them to leave the community for long periods or permanently to remedy those situations. The community will ask other individuals to leave because of serious infractions of our internal Social Contract or additional health safety or security rules.

    This document provides an overview introduction to how communities will deal with this process. Each independent ecovillage will provide a complete listing of such guidelines as those guidelines are developed.

    Remember that the ClimateSafe Village program addresses four different models: 1. urban, 2. rural, 3. hybrid, and 4. virtual. While some policies will be general and apply to all types, many specific policies will differ for each model and each ClimateSafe Village due to location or other factors. This document will present example policies for the general case and each ecovillage type. In the future, each independent ClimateSafe Village will adapt these policies as appropriate.



    General Policies for all ClimateSafe Villages

    There are many reasons a member might leave a ClimateSafe Village. These can be grouped into three categories by who initiated the move: 1. the individual, 2. the ClimateSafe Village, or 3. an external cause.

    For a decision made by an individual, some examples are the individual:

    • decided to move to another community; 
    • disagree with coordinators or other community matters;
    • found that the ecovillage culture wasn’t what they really wanted;
    • weren’t ready for the increased level of community involvement;
    • weren’t prepared for the increased level of personal responsibility for the ClimateSafe Village;
    • couldn’t find members with similar interests;
    • couldn’t adjust to the change in culture from the outside world;
    • couldn’t adapt to the educational focus of the ClimateSafe Villages.

    Some additional examples are:

    • others in their family decided to move;
    • failing personal health beyond the ecovillages ability to help;
    • financial problems;
    • employment issues

    For a decision made by the ClimateSafe Village, some examples are:

    • the view of the ecovillage that any of the conditions in the list above were occurring, but the member wouldn’t or couldn’t acknowledge them;
    • the member did not understand or wouldn’t take action to understand the provisions of the Social Contract;
    • the member did not understand or wouldn’t take action to understand and obey the laws of the surrounding Climate Safer Ecovillage
    • The individual committed a serious crime inside the community, and law enforcement had to be notified to apprehend and remove them.

    For a decision forced by external factors, some examples are:

    • The individual committed a crime and was removed from the ecovillage by law enforcement;
    • The individual died or was hospitalized for long-term care;
    • A job change forced a move to a different location.

    Policies for Urban ClimateSafe Villages

    Some examples of a member leaving a ClimateSafe Village that would specifically apply to urban communities are:

    • A home eviction of the member forcing relocation. For an urban community, the community would most often not be involved in covering housing costs. 

    Policies for Rural ClimateSafe Villages

    Some examples of a member leaving an ecovillage that would specifically apply to a rural ecovillage are:

    • A medical condition arises that requires treatment not convenient in or near the ecovillage.
    • An unexpected breakdown of some utility that is vital to the ecovillage. An example would be the contamination of the water supply.

    Policies for Hybrid ClimateSafe Villages

    A Hybrid ecovillage has the advantage of members living in an urban or suburban area but within commuting distance of a rural eco-community.  

    Some examples of a member leaving an ecovillage that would specifically apply to a hybrid ClimateSafe Village are:

    • The shutdown of ferry service between the two communities, with no plans for reopening. The hybrid ClimateSafe Village might switch to urban status in such a case.

    Policies for Virtual Communities

    Some examples of a member leaving a ClimateSafe Village that would specifically apply to a virtual eco-community are:

    • Loss of internet connectivity
    • Change of work commitment that no longer provided time for ecovillage involvement.
    • The virtual community might be forced to block or ban that member because of severe, repeated violations of virtual online eco-community rules.

    Typical Exit Process methods

    The purpose of conducting a formal exit process includes the following:

    • Seeking an eco-community benefit from the exiting person's skills, knowledge, and prior experience. If their experience is positive, they may keep ties with the eco-community.
    • Determining how the eco-community can support the exiting person's transition out of the eco-community in the most positive ways, fully recognizing their contributions.
    • By policy, the eco-community should always try to conduct the separation process on good terms. This may not always be possible. The case above for criminal activity is an example.
    • The eco-community should always try to understand the reasons the individual is leaving. A discussion should always be held by a coordinator who can make it clear to the member and who the member can accept as having no intent to blame the member for anything. Using a Personalized Democracy principle, in such a discussion, there are NO adversaries. Both people are joining a process to search for answers, to search for truths from which both parties can learn and benefit.
    • Provide as much time as possible before the member exit to have the discussion. Follow-on discussions may also be planned for future times after the member leaves.
    • Announce the member's departure to the community in the most positive of ways and arrange the next steps for anyone who will be taking over their responsibilities. Reward the leaving member, if appropriate, to conduct a special effort to transfer knowledge. This might include, for example, summaries of their projects and deadlines.
    • Allow time for the departing member to train their replacement or other members who will assume their efforts. If there's not enough time to do this in person, request instructions in writing.
    • If the departing member will leave a community-owned home or a privately owned home with no person remaining that has lived in the house, ask them to help prepare a history of problems with the home and leave it in a clean and suitable condition so that other community members could move in soon after they leave
    • Document the departure with a letter of resignation or termination.
    • In some cases, provide a going away event where community members can thank them for their contributions and wish them the best in whatever happens next in their lives.

    Dealing with real estate that you have purchased within the ClimateSafe Village when exiting the ClimateSafe Village

    Some individuals will want to start building their own net-zero climate-safe homes once we have purchased the eco-community land and completed an architectural design for the eco-community layout. We will allow this to expedite community construction while we are still fundraising for these communities. Still, these private home builders must acknowledge in their land lease contracts that these homes may never be sold or rented to non-members. 

    They will also guarantee these privately built homes can not be used as collateral and a sizable asset on any loan outside of existing community members. Additionally, they guarantee they will keep up with all appropriate local and state taxes so that the government cannot seize the home.  

    It is essential to keep the original and any subsequent community land purchases intact and contiguous over time and not subject to being broken up by leaving members or other outside situations. Only this way will the community maintain its wholeness and integrity and fulfill its purposes. A community-managed nonprofit organization will probably make all land purchases, and the lands will be put into a land trust where it is specified that this land can only be used for the community mission-aligned purposes of sustainability, conservation, and education.

    We will soon be developing specific real estate contracts that deal with anyone who has built a home on community-owned land and is leaving the community for one reason or another. These contracts generally state that the community will buy back the house at a fair market value, excluding the land and unique neighborhood values the ecovillage collectively already owns. 

    The contract will specify that the community will make monthly payments on the home based on a market rate 20 or 30-year mortgage repayment plan. 

    Any privately built home on ecovillage land will be based on a 99-year lease contract. The land lease contract will include all the restrictions on using and resale of that home. All land lease contracts will contain provisions about maintaining the privately built home to community standards and fair and reasonable procedures for the community to take emergency possession of the home if the member fails to pay local, state, or federal taxes on the property and the house becomes subject to outside or governmental seizure. The land lease contract will contain provisions about paying the monthly community homeowners fees set by each community to cover such things as snow removal and upgrades and repairs to community infrastructure, buildings, and local ecovillage taxes, etc.

     Privately built homes will always have to be sold back to the community under the terms of the lease agreement to maintain the contiguous land integrity of the ecovillage. However, privately built homes on eco-community land may be rented out to potential and provisionally approved members who want to live in the community on provisional status or for short-term retreats for permanent eco-community members from other areas.

    We anticipate a steady demand for retreats or provisional member housing so that community members may temporarily leave their privately built homes and still have an income source. 

    These 99-year leases will allow you to pass the homes to your heirs. Still, these homes can only be occupied by accepted or provisional eco-community members.

    If the individual has privately purchased some other large piece of community equipment ( a snowplow, community transport tractor, etc.) valued over $3,000, which has contributed to the community use, and now seeks some form of compensation for it, on their exit, the community will repurchase this equipment at fair market value for its current used condition and make monthly payments which are deemed affordable to the eco-community for this unexpected repurchase.

    Timeshare Private Built Homes

    There is a possibility when we start various fundraising programs that, we might allow members to build private homes and do that with others as timeshares. In these timeshare homes, the funders could spend specific times of the year with us or rent their space to other members only. If we allow this, we will create a contract similar to our 99-year land lease contract. All timeshare homes will also be responsible for paying a monthly ecovillage membership expenses fee as described elsewhere.

    Timeshare Private Homes Exit Policy

    In addition to the private owners disposing of timeshare property through their channels exclusively to another member of our eco-community, there are three options to exit the timeshare or curtail monthly timeshare obligations:

    1. Gift Deed Over your property to the ClimateSafe Village

    2. Rent your property in the ecovillage’s retreat and provisional member housing program.

    Gift Deed Over your property to the ClimateSafe Village

    The Property Coordinating Group of the ecovillage must first accept the gift of this property.

    a. The owner must be current on all assessments, fees, fines, taxes, or any other charges associated with the account of the property to be gifted.

    b. The owner pays all title transfer fees unless the ecovillage is willing to pay this.

    Rent your home property to the ClimateSafe Village for their retreat or provisional member rental program

    The Property Coordinating Group of the ClimateSafe Village must first accept responsibility for the rental of this property, and both parties sign a contract that spells out all the terms and conditions.

    1. Owner properties for rent will be promoted on the ClimateSafe Village’s members-only website.

    2. The ClimateSafe Village will provide administrative assistance in the rental process.

    3. The Owner, in collaboration with the ClimateSafe Village, will set the rental price and the minimum days of a rental, if renting for less than a full week is offered as an option. The ClimateSafe Village will have the final determination of a fair market retail prices that includes both the home value and the value of the community lands and services. The ClimateSafe Village and the owner will come to a mutually agreed split of the rental fees where the ClimateSafe Village's percentage will also never be lower than 30 percent, which would cover the minimum for administering the rental.

    4. The owner must be current on all assessments, fees, fines, taxes, or any other charges on the property to be rented.

    All other rental terms will be in the owner's ecovillage rental contract.


    Additional exit information relevant to living within the reality of the external society: criminal acts

    While the ClimateSafe Village program attempts to adopt practices that eliminate the problems of the outside world, unless the program grows to the scale of a nation, it will always be subject to the laws of the surrounding society. While the ClimateSafe Village will do as much as possible to counter adverse conditions outside of the ecovillage, complete protection is impossible. So an actual condition of the ClimateSafe Village Social Contract is that all members must comply with external law. 

    A standard of practice that generally occurs is that the ClimateSafe Village will be asked to allow external law enforcement free access to patrol the ClimateSafe Village. So the condition that members must comply with external law implies that members support this practice and use ClimateSafe Village methods to make it a positive practice.

    The issue of crime

    The condition of external law also implies ClimateSafe Village’s response to another factor: crime. A basic tenet of the Social Contract is the adoption of Personalized Democracy. Because of its structure, almost all conditions that lead to “crime” in current society will no longer be present. This means the ClimateSafe Village itself is not expected to require or have a significant “police” component. However, if an ecovillage member does something seriously harmful, it will probably also constitute a crime by the standards of the surrounding eco-community. In such a case, an appointed ClimateSafe Village coordinator would be expected to notify the appropriate external law enforcement for action.

    The issue of breeches of the Social Contract

    Concerning breeches of the Social Contract that do not break external law, Personalized Democracy directly addresses this in its structure. That is, PD eliminates ALL practices of “negative” reinforcement to address social behaviors. For example, the concept of “jails” and “prisons” no longer exists. (This, by the way, is a practice well-known to modern society in Scandinavian countries.)

    Instead, the basis for addressing social behavior is through “positive” reinforcement. Principle 4 of Personalized Democracy states: “Rewards in proportion to social contribution.” Through its collective productivity and surpluses, the ClimateSafe Village will always seek to provide a “livable” level of “basic life support.” Most members will enjoy a lifestyle well above that level. Their contribution to the ecovillage society will determine that level. If a member breaches the Social Contract, support for that higher level would be reduced, and social privileges would be withdrawn. 


    Other Pages in the ClimateSafe Village Guide

    Page 1: Introduction, Overview, and Goals

    Page 2: Climate Safe Village Qualities, Processes, Income Sources, and Safeguards

    Page 3: The Four ClimateSafe Village Models and Their Operations

    Page 4: Our New Personal Democracy ClimateSafer Village Management Model

    Page 5: About Universe One, a Unique Rural ClimateSafe Village

    Page 6: Our The Universe One ClimateSafe Village Application Process


    Appendix Materials

    The ClimateSafe Village Social Contract Page

    Online Rules for Our Virtual ClimateSafe Village

    Procedures and Policies for Exiting Our ClimateSafe Villages or Applying for Membership 

    Personal Democracy White Paper

    Click here for our ClimateSafe Village topic index guide.

    Sign up here to learn more about ClimateSafe Villages

  • Is the new Personal Democracy like a democratic assembly?

    The phrase “democratic assemblies” easily becomes confusing when related to Personalized Democracy (PD).
    In general, Personalized Democracy is focused more around individuals than groups. Asking Google to define it:
    A democratic, or “popular" assembly is typically a gathering that addresses what participants feel are the effects of a democratic deficit in representative democratic systems. Sometimes assemblies are created to form an alternative power structure.
    The KEY factor behind the assembly is that they expect to take “votes” on issues. The “winner” is determined by some form of “majority”.
    In criticisms of “democracy”, the idea of a “majority vote”, of any kind, is that it creates a “tyranny of the majority”. The example often given to show an extremely negative case of this is a “Lynch mob”.
    In Personalized Democracy, there is never any voting. What would be done in a PD “democratic assembly” is:
    • Issues are raised
    • Individuals get to speak about the issues
    • When it comes time for “action”, EVERY person involved in the assembly submits their opinion or viewpoint. This is where computers win the day. The result is more like a survey.
    • The organizers then “summarize” the responses.
    • THEN, what makes PD different, “no single decision is made. The organizers must then take the survey back to a “systems group” that tries to determine what kind of actions can be taken so that “ALL” of the opinions and viewpoints are “positively addressed for action” within the constraints of “principles”. Some examples of the principles are: sustainability, equity, morals, financial resources, skills availability, etc.


  • published Advanced Climate Actions in Act 2023-05-06 12:55:45 -0700

    Advanced Actions for Climate Change Emergency Activists

    If you do not understand what climate change and global warming are or what is causing them, first click here for this essential explanation of how climate change works, then come back to this page and continue with the six-part action checklist below.

    Step 1: Click here (or on Greta Thunberg's image below) to sign a simple climate change and global heating emergency personal action pledge.



    Greta Thunberg, the teen global climate activist, urges declaring a global climate change emergency and committing to personal climate education and action! Humanity's future survival depends upon getting as many individuals as possible through the climate change action steps on this page and, most importantly, getting our politicians to get our governments to fix climate change before it goes out of our control sometime between 2025 and 2031.

    Step 2: Click here or the image below to discover the most dangerous things people do not understand about the runaway global heating emergency. 





    Step 3: Start telling everyone you love and know about climate change and the global warming emergency. 

    Now that you have read the above ten most important climate change facts and read about our Job One for Humanity Plan B, it is up to you to get our climate change and runaway global heating analysis and remedial climate actions to all of your open-minded friends, neighbors, work associates, and local media. If you do not tell others, they will believe the grossly underestimated climate summary reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spread by the media worldwide.

    Then, falsely thinking they are safe and there is little urgency, they will do little to nothing to prepare for the coming climate consequences or help fix this escalating emergency. Consequently, we will ALL suffer needlessly, and far too many of us will perish.

    We need everyone working on this! Please do not wait to start educating. We are almost out of time. We only have until 2025-2031 at best, to prevent a near-total extinction event from occurring over the following decades! Getting others aware of the real urgency of the climate and global heating emergency is the absolute least anyone can do to do their part to help themselves and humanity out of this rapidly worsening climate nightmare! 

    We have provided the following suggestions to help you get started educating others as everyone's climate Project 1. You can do the following in any order you like, but it is critical that everyone does their part in reaching out to others before it is too late to prevent the worst coming runaway global heating consequences:

    Part a: You can begin by using our simple climate change and global heating "elevator pitch" found here to start conversations with friends, neighbors, work associates, and strangers and let them know how serious the current climate emergency is. In these conversations, personally share what you have learned about the runaway global heating emergency. Or,

    Part b: You can start conversations with friends, neighbors, work associates, and strangers and let them know the many wondrous benefits they, the society, and the world will receive when we get the runaway global heating emergency under control. Click here to read about the many benefits of global heating and climate change if you have not done so already. This benefits page is the most read page of our website, with over 2 million visits. Or,

    Part c: You can email your friends or the people you talk to this critical link to the ten critical climate facts on the Job One website. This one page and its links will quickly educate anyone on our perilous climate change condition. You can also email them the global heating benefits page if you think that will be better.




    Step 4: Get busy letting your local, state, and national politicians know they must act now before it is too late to avert unconscionable accelerating climate change consequences.




    Click here or on the image above of our inactive, bumbling, and sad politicians (above) who are not protecting us from the accelerating climate change emergency. This link has effective ideas and tips for getting the climate change emergency message to your politicians.


    Step 5: Become a Job One for Humanity volunteer and do more to help clean up our climate emergency and nightmare.

    Click here or on the image below. We will immediately email you a set of possible first volunteer projects.




    Step 6: Become a donor and supporting member of the Job One for Humanity non-profit organization and community.

    All donors will also get five free amazing climate-related ebooks, a $42 value!

    Click here or on the image below to become a member or make a donation.



    Four things you can always be sure of in the climate change emergency and about our climate future 

    Despite all of the climate change challenges and severe global warming consequences that are possible and discussed on this website, the single constant truth for the best possible outcomes for humanity is that; the faster we reduce global fossil fuel use toward meeting or getting as close as possible to the 2025 global targets:

    a. the more time we will "buy" and have to prepare and adapt to the many global warming consequences that we can no longer avoid! (See Part 1 and Part 2 of the Job One Plan.)

    b. the more people that can survive longer and more comfortably to carry on human and biological life, and our beautiful civilization into the future (See Parts 3 of the Job One Plan for how we can still get our governments to act in time to save us from climate destabilization and catastrophe.)

    c. the surviving future generations will suffer far less from accelerating  global warming consequences and catastrophes, and most importantly

    d. we preserve a fighting chance to avoid our own near-total extinction.

    e. we can also obtain these other amazing benefits and even bring about a Great Global Rebirth.

    More people surviving longer and more people having time to get themselves, their families, and their businesses prepared to ride out what is coming is an undeniable good, particularly when you weigh it against the consequences of doing nothing or the failure to make the needed sacrifices to get climate change under the decent survival-for-humanity, level of control. 

    Never forget, we still have time left (until 2025 and maybe as long as 2031 if humanity is very, very fortunate) to:

    1. get close to the required radical 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets and after that,

    2. complete the necessary emergency preparations and,

    3. adapt to soonest-arriving global warming consequences, which, unfortunately, are already "baked in" and which we can no longer avoid or change!

    For Information about the Job One for Humanity climate change think tank and organization, click here.

  • Here is Our Basic Social Contract for ClimateSafe Villages

    A social contract is a document that spells out the basic principles that members of a group or community agree to use to guide their actions and decisions. It is also something they agree to live by.

    The following is the base social contract used in the Job One for Humanity ClimateSafe Village four models. Each independent Job One for Humanity ClimateSafe Village may add additional items or delete items as that ClimateSafe Village so chooses. Fully independent ClimateSafe Village may construct completely different social contracts.

    When someone is accepted into one of the Job One for Humanity ClimateSafe Village models, they are asked to sign the following social contract signifying their agreement with its principles for guiding our ClimateSafe Villages.

    The Basic Social Contract

    At present, there are only 11 principles all members must understand and agree to live by:

    Principle 1: Society shall respect and protect the Quality of Life for each individual. That is, this new Principle turns the focus of a new society away from the distraction of “solidifying government power” to understanding the goals of life for each individual on our planet.

    Principle 2: ALL ORGANIZATIONS created by society are for the benefit of the individuals in the society. That is, every organization in society must be organized for the primary benefit of the individuals in the society, not the other way around.

    Principle 3: Respect for individual thinking but not individual conclusions. While the “right” of each individual to “think” whatever they want, would still be “respected,” what they “conclude,” and specifically, “what they say or express,” is no longer unlimited. In fact, every statement or expression a person makes would be weighed according to the other principles.

    Principle 4: Rewards in proportion to social contribution. This principle recognizes an inherent human need for motivation to produce effort. It also recognizes that each individual shares their space and activity on the planet with many others. It also recognizes the need to replace luck, which is an unearned reward, with the reliability of results, which are earned through effort and wisdom. 

    Principle 5: Sustainable world, sustainable society. This principle forces societies to use system methods and scientific measurements to plan their actions for long-term sustainability with respect for the ecosystems in which they live.

    Principle 6: Efficiency to support sustainability. This requires the application of system analysis to minimize waste in both material and effort. When done in harmony with Principle 1, the human benefit is greatly increased. And with the application of wise efficiencies in a sustainable productivity there are surpluses for charity and unexpected emergencies.

    Principle 7: Beauty should be captured throughout human environments. To understand this, consider the images of the architecture of the ancient world. Why has humanity replaced this with slums and miles of “strip malls”? Why have we “paved paradise to put up parking lots”?

    Principle 8: Responsibility for personal, family, and local society development. A primary goal for all eco-community level actions would be to understand how to nurture value in personal, family, and social efforts for how social coordination benefits all people.

    Principle 9: Respect logical thinking based on material reality. This principle rejects organizing society in any way that relies on appeals to magic, superstition, human intuition, or supernatural interventions, without proof based on tangible and verifiable natural observations. It also prevents an individual or group from imposing their views on others.

    Principle 10: Understand Human Psychology, Evolution, and History. This stresses the need for society to study, in a formal and global way, the immense and often negative impact that human psychology, evolution, and history have in shaping the behaviors that create human culture. New wisdom that results from these studies should be incorporated into the guiding principles that shape world culture. Understanding human psychology, evolution, and history is also critical to understanding how to avoid the mistakes of the past and how to create a better future.

    Principle 11: Understand that ALL individual and community freedoms have corresponding and equal responsibilities. This principle also creates healthy boundaries with others and the community. This principle is essential for individual and community peace, stability, and growth.

    This set of 11 fundamental principles was developed to build a new foundation for an improved society. These principles capture the wisdom of the great sages of history and the discoveries of underlying flaws that caused modern society’s collapse. While superficially appearing to be simple common wisdom, they are actually a rigorous system derived by applying System Analysis design methods to over 3600 vital concepts related to social harmony. The results provide answers to many of the enduring questions of the ages. They also lay out a path to understanding the major social puzzles of our time and eliminating the world insanity we are living with.

    Please also note that in the Job One for Humanity ClimateSafe Villages, members also agree to strive to achieve and live the individual and community values expressed on this page.



    Other Pages in the ClimateSafe Village Guide

    Page 1: Introduction, Overview, and Goals

    Page 2: Climate Safe Village Qualities, Processes, Income Sources, and Safeguards

    Page 3: The Four ClimateSafe Village Models and Their Operations

    Page 4: Our New Personal Democracy ClimateSafer Village Management Model

    Page 5: About Universe One, a Unique Rural ClimateSafe Village

    Page 6: Our The Universe One ClimateSafe Village Application Process


    Appendix Materials

    The ClimateSafe Village Social Contract Page

    Online Rules for Our Virtual ClimateSafe Village

    Procedures and Policies for Exiting Our ClimateSafe Villages or Applying for Membership 

    Personal Democracy White Paper

    Click here for our ClimateSafe Village topic index guide.

    Sign up here to learn more about ClimateSafe Villages

  • The Personal Democracy White Paper for ClimateSafe Villages


    This vision page provides a high-level overview of a new form of democracy called Personalized Democracy (PD) that addresses the cultural environment of modern society. It was designed using modern “Systems Analysis” methods to capture all the cherished hopes and dreams of past civilizations. The challenge was doing so in the face of the totally new requirements of large populations, overlapping cultures, instant world-side communication, and precise interaction requirements needed for complex technologies. This page takes on the additional challenge of showing how such a complex governing structure was also designed to be manageable for use by everyday people in small communities.

    The section titles found on this page are:

    1. Introduction to Personalized Democracy for Eco-communities

    2. Background: Problems with Current “Democratic” Governments

    3. Personalized Democracy – Some Basics

    4. The Basic Concepts in Practice

    5. Some examples of how it might work in Eco-communities

    6. How to introduce Personalized Democracy in small communities

    7. Conclusion



    1. Introduction to Personalized Democracy for ClimateSafe Villages

    World society, as it enters the 21st century, has many serious problems. This paper presents the view that all modern governing forms, including all current democracies, are founded on social and governing models that date to ancient cultures. Those early societies all exhibited the homogeneity of a low-population agricultural community with a single national religion. The technology of the time was simple and mechanical. Every person understood, and could interact with, all of this. Interaction with other cultures was rare. For the Western world of 500 BC, Athenian Democracy fully captured these structures. Tragically, that model of democracy is no longer applicable to a modern world with a very complex, diverse, massive, and completely interwoven global population.

    A new form of “democracy” referred to as “Personalized Democracy” was developed to address all these factors of modern society. System Analysis methods were used to capture the highest ideals of cultures around the world over the full timeline of organized civilizations. After extensive modeling, a new social and coordination structure was found that finally describes an approach that can solve most of the inequities and confusions of the modern world. At the same time, it amazingly provides a path to the most cherished goals of “full personal inclusion” and “inherent social harmony” sought, but never achieved, by the original Democracy. 

    Before continuing, please click here for a short summary of Personal Democracy benefits

    2. Background: Problems with Current Democratic” Governments, Current governments are in serious trouble

    The status of world society, as it enters the 21st century, is in serious trouble. This century started with average citizens having access to goods and services that, only a century earlier, were only “pipe dreams.” In less than a day, common people could travel to any corner of the globe in relative comfort. A century earlier, this option was not only unavailable to most people, even the richest couldn’t do it in less than many months, and with great difficulty. These same average people could also talk with people worldwide in an instant, again something not even achievable a century ago. Humans have walked on the moon, and traveled to the deepest floor of the oceans. In advanced cities, shopping “warehouses” are filled with goods from every corner of the globe. 

    The internet has also brought access to a great swath of world knowledge for most people. Ironically, there is so much knowledge available, no person is capable of assimilating and understanding more than a small fraction of it. As they encounter new knowledge, they are not easily capable of discerning what is truthful. The free rein of giant corporations to dominate the internet, has allowed them to design programs that control what each person sees. The result is, when political groups want to force people to make decisions about national and regional leadership, they are easily able to selectively push information at every individual in society. This includes information that is purposely untrue and misleading.

    Yet, in the face of this immense knowledge explosion, government legislative bodies, like congresses or parliaments, essentially use the same forms of interpersonal interaction that they used 2 centuries ago! That is, they sit down in groups, around large tables, for face-to-face verbal discussions and negotiations.

    Because of the prevalence of “majority-rule” democracies in the late 20th century, many Western countries have developed two-party systems. The dynamics of such structures lead most citizens to support one view or the other, with third-party views much less considered. Populations tend to be split about equally between the two-party views. Legislative groups do the same. The same dynamic that divides the viewpoints, unfortunately, leads to both views taking extreme positions. This leads to the implementation of fragmented and often competing programs as the party in power switches back and forth over time. From a citizens’ perspective, the social structure appears to continually have broken parts.

    For example, despite the “overabundance” of hard goods now available, about 10% of humans worldwide still live daily with hunger (1), and 28% live in slums (2). In the last decade, in the U.S., students graduating with college degrees find well-paying jobs so hard to find, and the cost of housing so high, they are forced to live with their parents for extended periods. 25% of renters now pay more than 50% of their income on housing. (3) 70% of current homeowners could not buy a new “median price” home in the U.S. (4), and nearly 70% of millennials, at their current level of income, say they cannot afford to even purchase a starter house. At median incomes and expenses, it would take 15 years for them to save sufficient funds for a down payment. (5)

    In the face of clear “existential” threats to life quality and liberty worldwide, the same extreme divide is preventing governments across the globe from taking appropriate action. All of this failure to take action, or to implement a rocky road of alternating extreme and ineffective actions is what led to the opening statement of this section.

    { While this paper is focused on democracy, it should be added that the current “siren song” attraction of “authoritarian” leadership will face many multiples of the impact of the knowledge explosion due to the inability of any single person to make complex decisions.}


    The foundation for current democracies

    Democratic governments in modern society are derived from the governing principles of Athenian Democracy and the Roman Republic. Citizens of these modern governments believe their democratic forms “vest power in the people,” as the term “democracy” implied in Greek. But this is far from the actual situation. In addition to this common misbelief, pronouncements from leaders of these modern governments reinforce the belief. The strife of America’s Civil War, for example, relied on this democracy myth, assured by the words of Abraham Lincoln, “a government… OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE.”

    The internet now allows people worldwide to examine and compare the processes of governments throughout history and in current times. Such an examination produces very different observations.


    The social environment in Athens, Greece – 550 BC

    The first examination might be to compare a modern democracy to the democracy that was originally created in Athens, Greece, in 550 BC. As a basis, it is important to understand the social environment of Athens itself.

    At that time, most of the population were farmers and soldiers. When there was no war going on, the soldiers also worked on the farms. This means:

    1. The lives they lived were based on similar interactions with the environment and each other.
    2. They all understood the principles of growing and processing food. They all understood the functions of the simple tools they used for farming and how to make most of the items needed for personal use, like clothes, transportation, and housing.
    3. In addition, nations at that time all had a “national religion”. In Greece, this was the belief in the gods of Mount Olympus, the world those gods created, and the interactions expected of humans with those gods.
    4. It was also common at that time for nations to be “ruled” by a king or queen, who would prescribe a “singular” set of social rules to be followed!

    The key importance of these four factors is to realize that the entire population had a very uniform structure for their social beliefs.

    In 550 BC, the Athenian population no longer believed that the unitary decision-making and control by a king fairly represented the wishes of the people. They didn’t, however, challenge the fact that their social order could be described by a single set of rules that all should follow. Their agreement was broad enough that they were able to convince the then-current ruler, Cleisthenes, to restructure decision making as a “joint effort” with the populace. They called the new system of coordination “Democracy,” which translates: “strength of the people”.

    A major observation to draw from these factors is that, when there were disagreements about social policy between what the king wanted, and what the society wanted, the basic factors to be considered were very well understood by all parties, and the options to be considered were largely constrained by the simplicity of their common lives.

    It is also important, however, to clarify that at that time, the term “people” did not mean “all” people. It only meant the “adult” leaders of land-holding families, and soldiers, who, at the time when decisions were raised, were also working on the farms. This further constrained the range of options.

    Another factor was the population size. In 550 BC, the entire population of the Athens area was about 200,000 people. These were divided into 10 “tribes.” Each tribe was allowed to select 50 representatives for their democratic process (the council of 500). This meant, each representative, represented about 40 “people” (i.e., the owner or soldier per farm) who had a “world view” very similar to his own, as well as to all the other representatives. For Athens, all of these people were also located close together. Athens would typically call together an “Assembly” of the representatives every week! The Assembly was open to all citizens, and drew an attendance of up to 60,000 for important questions! Note, this was 30% of the entire population of voting “people.”

    The way Athens chose to make decisions for issues that were raised was through the process we call “voting” using “majority rule.” The purpose of the detailed description above for Athenian society is the importance of being able to visualize such a “majority voting” process in the context of the homogeneity, simplicity, and small localized population of the society. 

    When a decision was needed to resolve a social issue, no matter what that decision was:

    a.) it wasn’t going to force anyone to change their role in society much from the social structures already in place. 

    b. ) No matter what the issue to be discussed was, everyone in the society had most of the knowledge needed to understand all the implications of the decision and any options presented. 

    c.) No matter what option was presented, it could usually be constructed to minimize the impact on, or even to compensate those impacted, if the decision did not favor them.


    The social environment in the U.S. at the time of its founding in 1786. 

    At the time of the U.S. revolution against the government of King George of England, the social conditions in the American colonies were not much different from those just prior to 550 BC in Athens. Most people were farmers. The technology of farming and industrial equipment was not much more complex. The speed and technology of communications and travel, being based on the horse, were similar and family structures, including slavery, were not much different. And while there was no specification of a single “national” religion, most people followed the similar fundamental beliefs of various versions of “Protestant” Christianity - even if there was constant argument among them over details.

    This means, ironically, when the Revolution occurred, the formation of the new U.S.A. as a “Democracy” was made under social conditions very similar to those in Ancient Greece! This included the similarity of the first 13 colonies to the 10 tribes of Athens. The population of the Colonies, for sure, was a lot bigger - 2.5M. Because of the much greater geographical spread, and time needed to travel for a “democratic” meeting, however, it was not possible to directly involve the high percentage of citizens that Athens could, or address issues as quickly as a one-week cycle. Despite these differences, the 4 key foundations of “Athenian” democracy listed above could still be achieved. The constitutional government established at that time could therefore, “still,” be considered, and conducted, in the form of an “Athenian Democracy” fashioned as a republic.


    The social environment of modern society

    The modern world is now radically different from that of ancient Athens. Specifically, we can no longer describe any modern population as “mostly” farmers! The number of “employment” roles for citizens is now counted as many thousands or even millions! These vary from farmers to astronauts, from house painters to Olympic event planners to neuro surgeons. This diversity scatters individuals into living conditions ranging from small homes in rural towns with a single country store, that they rarely move from, to diverse specialists, who are always on the move and fly around the world continually. If some social decision is placed before the public for a vote, the impact on many of these lives can be drastic!

    Along with the huge variety of employment and life roles, our world is now filled with an explosion of products and technology. To coordinate the use of these items, our society has also been flooded with very complex processes and institutions.

    We must now admit, no matter what issue is presented to the public for discussion, NO ONE in the society will have the knowledge needed to understand all the implications or consequences of the decision and the related options presented! In fact, most people will not even be able to understand the highest-level summaries of the issues or their related consequences. In addition, we now have a massive breakdown in modern communications from a rapid-fire saturation of poorly informed voices, and a media filled with outright lies and deception.

    The result is, modern society can no longer even pretend to have a population where every person has the knowledge needed to understand the implications of the decisions and options presented to them. The “common knowledge” in all world societies, has become insufficient to either understand the complexity of most issues presented, or the impacts of any option presented on every other person. It is now impossible to construct any broad options that reliably maximize the positive impact on most citizens and minimize the negative impact on the smallest number. Instead, average people, elected to be in charge, use their power to install their own “limited knowledge” agendas, or, even worse, “punish” those with opposing views.

    In summary, the great promises of “Democracy”, in the vision and version developed in Ancient Athens, can no longer even come close to working in the modern world. Ironically, the same analysis completely applies to, and is even more detrimental to, any attempt at forming an “authoritarian government” where decisions are in even few hands. 


    3. Personalized Democracy – Some Basics, The overarching goals

    The social framework called Personalized Democracy (PD) was developed, using methods called “Systems Analysis,” to specifically achieve the following high-level goals:

    1. Create an entirely new social model that captures the “fundamental hopes” of Athenian Democracy, as well as the highest universal moral codes that have existed throughout history.
    2. Uncover any critical flaws in these past universal moral codes, as well as in humanity’s fundamental institutions, that have blocked the achievement of a high level of shared prosperity and equity.
    3. Ensure that none of the new principles being developed would reintroduce any of the discovered flaws or current world problems into the conditions or environment of an anticipated new world.

    The outcome of the initial historical review effort produced the following fundamental social goals:

    1. Life decisions for the entire society must include the direct involvement of every individual for both the structure of society and the implementation of that structure for each individual. 
    2. New characteristics of the modern world that have never existed before must be addressed:
    3. large population size and density
    4. advanced, widespread, and pervasive technologies
    5. a scope that includes the entire world
    6. the hard realization that humanity must live within the limited stocks of natural resources
    7. the technologies of telecommunication and transportation have spatially and non-uniformly merged cultures all around the world. , What were formerly isolated beliefs about religion, social structures, and social ideals, are now viewed by youth and young adults around the globe against an endless sea of alternatives and contradictions.
    8. Logic, based on the truths of material reality, must be used as the ultimate guideline for action. Only human action can be relied on to achieve results.

    To successfully guide any new society toward conditions of sustainable and equitable living, any new set of principles must address all of the previous issues, simultaneously, and in great depth.

    Based on these fundamental goals, the following guidelines and changes were seen to be necessary:

    1. Since most of the structures of current democracies have been implemented using the principles that addressed the social conditions in ancient Athens, and not the modern world, to be workable, any future government structures must redesign the existing forms.
    2. All social planning must be based on future-looking dynamic system models, not models that only look at the past and project future trends based on the past.
    3. While nationalism and spiritual organizations should be shown “respect” for positive roles they have formerly played, no “element” of such beliefs can be tolerated that prescribe harm to any other organization of society at both national and global levels.
    4. The need to ultimately depend on logic and truth-based material reality does not mean the views of religion or intuition must be excluded from consideration. Supernatural views, or intuition, may not, however, take precedence over material reality as the final determinant.
    5. Modern life has become so complex, it is no longer possible to address any problem, with broad social implications, in isolation. Since almost every form of the current legislative process still uses an isolation approach – education bills, budget bills, job bills, etc. – society’s entire approach to legislation must be changed to an integrated system analysis method involving many qualified people with the correct skills, education, and experience for the issues at hand.


    Factors That Personalized Democracy Must Correct 

    This part describes key elements of current governance that Personalized Democracy would replace.

    We have to give up majority rule and voting

    While most people believe these processes are the only way to make decisions for society, and believe majority rule is a basic principle of life, it isn’t. It was just a convenient and practical simplification for the social conditions of ancient Athens. The system analysis review of past moral codes revealed new solutions.

    In critiques of democracy, “majority rule” has been criticized as actually just producing a “tyranny of the majority.” That is, once 51% or more of a population decides on some policy, those not in this group are “forced” to accept that policy against their wishes. For the minority, it appears they are living under an autocracy. This is a problem because it directly conflicts with society’s desire that each individual still has personal freedom. To date, society has not been able to resolve this contradiction. This is especially true for the protections collected in documents with labels like a bill of rights. It is especially problematic in the hands of functions like “supreme courts,” where the agreement of such a small group of people overrules the “rights” of millions!

    We have to give up two-party systems

    The occurrence of such systems – 2 political parties; 2 houses of parliament – is a fluke of the 51% majority concept. With the “51% wins” rule, all one of the 2 groups needs to do is work extra hard to reach that 51% level. They can then use this narrow 1% advantage to restrain the other group to 49% or less. This approach was designed into governments through a process referred to as a “spoils systems”. It is another throwback to the model of ancient wars, where the winner would “erase” the leadership of conquered nations.

    Once there are two parties in place, it is “assumed” that each would produce a legislation “bill” that favors its members, and a “vote” would be taken to choose one for implementation. Each of these “bills” can contain many provisions, hundreds in some cases. Because the provisions for each bill will favor its own members, however, the result will be two very different bills. When a vote is taken, and one bill is chosen, its “collection of provisions” is very likely to be mostly or completely unwelcome to many in the other group. 

    Furthermore, in modern society, because of the large differences among millions of individuals, there will be elements in any chosen bill that offend many people in both groups!

    A first thought for a solution might be to increase the number of parties. In many countries, that is the case. It is a better approach, but still falls short because social diversity is so high, and handling the multiple parties introduces other problems, like consent as power-seeking.

    Personalized Democracy replaces both of these approaches by adopting a very strong support for diversity and inclusion of everyone! That is, by intention, PD expects very wide differences in people’s attitudes, including on an individual-by-individual basis. So, rather than having any political parties that develop only two or a few alternative bills for representatives to choose from, PD again applies the process of systems analysis. In this application, however, it views every individual citizen as their own political party.

    Because of modern computer systems, the promises of Personal Democacy’s benefits are attainable. Here is how it will work.

    In practice, the Personal Democracy systems analysis process is organized at the highest levels as one single oversight process. That highest level process is actually composed of many smaller “subsystem” processes, each with a different technical or economic focus as needed. Those combined processes, working together, would be able to find “optimal” solutions for the interaction of millions of individual requests, desires, or needs at the same time.

    To make this new system work, for every situation in an individual’s life that involves the larger community, that individual would be expected when needed to describe their personal condition and viewpoints to the “coordinating” system. Those personal condition and viewpoints inputs would then be routed to all the subsystems area that need them for the collective planning and implementation processes.

    What is eventually produced would be a set of guidelines for each individual that best captures their entire set of conditions and viewpoints on a viewpoint-by-viewpoint basis! The following example should help make this more clear.

    If you are a young student, living in a desert climate, interested in reading and music, with goals to be a rock star, these and many other details about your life would be entered with the Personal Democracy system. In return, you would be given a set of suggestions for alternatives to follow to best walk that life path. In coordination with each suggestion for your “life plan,” arrangements would be reserved with private and system services to help you through each step in the plan. The system will continually follow your progress and adjust to any changes you request, at every step. 

    As another example, if you were an older “senior” living in the north woods, interested in art, gardening, and travel, you would also periodically update your “life plan” on the system. A very different set of Personal Democracy-related life plan suggestions would be provided. In fact, no two individuals would be expected to be given the same life plan guidance.

    In summary, each individual would have given up the process we call “voting,” which is a: “one-way” transfer; of a “single opinion,”; a very simplified opinion selected from only a few options; that only occurs as a single vote every few years”; and where the single “opinion” is mashed together with millions of other opinions.

    In return, with Personal Democracy, they would get a: “two-way” interaction; that accepts an unlimited number of opinions and observations; expressed in complex and interactive form; without limitations as to scope; on a continual basis; and where collective and individual action is taken on every one on a completely individualized basis!

    Furthermore, to ensure that actions are being taken in response to their inputs, the system will continually check with the individual to determine how well their viewpoints are being respected. This continual feedback system will also provide supporting information to explain how the suggestions and opportunities being provided represent the “best” opportunities that can be provided within the sustainable conditions of life and culture.

    A question that often arises after readers see this explanation is, “how will people ever find the time to enter and update all this information?” The answer is for each of us to realize how much data we already manage to conduct our lives and that the needed information can be added to the system piecemeal as situations arise, or all at once, much like what we already do. 

    For example, if a person wants to drive a car, they provide and frequently update a lot of identification information. If they want a bank loan, they provide a lot of financial information. Every year, to pay income taxes, we provide a huge amount of data. To visit a doctor, we provide extensive amounts of personal information. In a well-organized and coordinated world, we wouldn’t be required to keep reentering this information.

    We have to change the roles of representatives

    The current “representative” system is a broad failure. First, the representatives do NOT know the viewpoints of most of those they “represent.” They predominantly “represent” only a handful of extremely rich people who are their major financial supporters. For those contributors, they still only express and act on a very small number of issues.

    Personal Democracy changes the role of representatives to that of a “social philosopher-interpreter.” That is, a PD representative would actually be charged with knowing the “spirit” of their community in a detailed way: what defines it, the range and number of similar viewpoints within it. They would be selected for skills interpreting such knowledge between the community and the global coordinating system. Their role becomes more like an ambassador and highly respected teacher and coordinator for their community. They would also work directly and indirectly with those qualified experts who had the needed education, skills, and experience with the issues being discussed and managed. 

    We have to change the expectations now placed on individual citizens for their role in social coordination

    It is often said that the foundation of democracy relies on “educated” voters. In Athens, in 550 BC, that was actually possible because of the uniformity and technical simplicity of the society. Modern society has now become so complex that this is no longer even remotely possible, especially in the face of corruption in governments, the media, and academia. No one, in any community, now has the knowledge or brain power to comprehend all the elements of society that must be dealt with. Furthermore, they can’t even begin to visualize how all those elements interact with each other, and with all the people on the planet.

    A disaster arises when the political arena tries to convince individuals that, through voting, they have the responsibility to choose the “right” person to save the world from disaster. The psychological stress this places on individuals is devastating. Violent actions taken by groups who get caught up in that propaganda cause harm to many people.

    With PD, every citizen would only be expected to take on a role that represents their true impact on the world. They would only expect to understand how to help themself, and those people they know, to achieve their best level of well-being and social achievement within the framework of global sustainability, social equity, and social stability. Understanding the “large” issues that impact global society would still be encouraged. Activism related to these issues would actually be supported. But with much higher levels of global knowledge and cooperation available, the crises that pervade current society would mostly be gone. So individuals would be able to take meaningful steps for involvement in global issues, with clear knowledge of the value of their contributions.


    4. The Basic Concepts in Practice

    The new practices that Personal Democracy would bring to society relate to how community members interact with each other and jointly manage their common goals and efforts. This is especially so for small communities. The major ways the previous observations would be implemented are as follows.

    1. The concept of LEADERSHIP” would change

    In current thinking, people always envision a “leader” as someone with power. When someone has a problem with a product, their first thought is to contact the “president” of the company to get action. What those individuals are actually trying to achieve is to comfort their minds by believing that they can manipulate the “president’s power” through personal contact.

    Giving up this illusion is hard for modern individuals to comprehend, especially for a small community, because such a structure has been baked into human brains for millions of years. It has to be evolved into something better, for the reasons described above, because of modern complexity. When we do see such misuse of power, it is usually observed as corruption.

    For a group’s interactions with the outside world, a member would be chosen from time to time to wear a “speaker’s badge.” Regarding community activities, however, this role would specifically be that of a community “coordinator - spokesperson” (as described previously.)

    To make this easier to visualize, in a typical community, at least the following additional area specific “coordinators” would ALSO be needed: medicine, psychology, fire, home upkeep and repair, finance, banking, employment / HR, law, education, recreation, electricity, communications, sewer, water, agriculture, purchased food, purchased equipment, land use, and transportation. When questions came up, or decisions were needed for those specialties, the specialty coordinator would be expected to speak first for them. Ultimately, however, actions would depend on the views of all community members.

    This raises the questions, “What about the “direction” of the community? Without a “leader,” isn’t the community just blowing in the wind?” In a Personal Democracy community, the directional “leadership” is not established by a person. It is established by a document! Such a document would typically be referred to as a social contract. Every person, including children, who joins a community, and is able to read and reason, would only be allowed to join if they freely agreed to, and signed the community contract. 

    2. The concepts of voting and majority rule would be replaced

    Voting: Because each of the categories listed above represents such technical specialties, in almost every case, the members of the community will not have sufficient background in the category to make important decisions about it. They also wouldn’t be able to meaningfully select individuals to lead such positions. So, the idea of “voting” for candidates is no longer meaningful. The way individuals would be chosen as area-specific coordinators would be more like current methods in companies or institutions. This is, they are chosen based on demonstrated background criteria. For the position of community Legal Counsel, for example, as a minimum, they must have “legal” credentials. For a “Public health” leader, they must have some level of “medical” credential. During the early stages of a community, it may be necessary to pay an “outsider” to play the role of a consultant to the community.

    Majority Rule: One of the cornerstones of Personal Democracy is the acceptance of diversity. Along with “voting” to elect individuals, current society presents a lot of cases where “issues” are presented for a vote. In those cases, there is a presumption that there is a group of people, who want to do something, that another group doesn’t want to do. This is the traditional way that minorities were suppressed. A community designed as a PD would never encounter this situation.

    PD handles this in a number of different ways. The first attempts to manage it through the “Social Contract” by the acceptance provision that all members must strongly accept diversity. Any appearance of minority discrimination or suppression would not be tolerated or accepted.

    The second way is by respecting the competence of credentialed or experienced specialists. If an unexpected “water” issue arose, for example, the first approach would be to ask the water specialist to find or create a process that automatically provides the answer based on natural conditions and individual user needs and views. That is, this is not a “human” preference decision. It is based on natural factors.

    A third approach would be to let other related specialists get involved, all the way up to letting all of the specialists be involved. Again, they are not involved to make the decision through “personal” choice. They are involved to find quantitative natural criteria that determine the answer. If that fails, another process at the scientific research level would obviously be needed.

    The proposed qualified expert solutions would then be referred back to all members of the community for further comment, and to have community members propose personal consequences of such recommendations that might not have been considered. This way, the expert coordinators could adjust their plans once again.

    What should be clear after these three examples, is that, the traditional way of letting people with minimal skills make the decision makes very little sense. 

    All of these example approaches would also include considering diversity as a goal. That is, when an issue arises, a solution to explore would always be, “Why can’t it be handled through diversity? Why has the “issue” been defined in such a way that there appears to be only 2 or 3 solutions? Etc.?”

    3. Direct Social Coordination

    One of the major benefits of Personal Democracy is how it improves overall social coordination. As stated above, for every situation in an individual’s life that involves the larger community, as a situation arises, that individual would be expected to submit details about their personal condition and social viewpoints to one of the appropriate “coordination groups.” This would be done using the most efficient methods available to each person. Automated processes available in the groups would produce suggestions and connections to help the individual achieve their life goals. Social “coordination” is automatically produced by the overall interaction of all these group processes working together. Acceptance of the “flow” of society results because the criteria that guides the automated processes is fully transparent to all citizens and based on the principle that its foundation includes, and tries to achieve simultaneously, the values and well-being of every individual citizen.

    4. The Social Contract

    A concept called the “Social Contract” was mentioned above as a requirement for participation for every member of the community. That document would be the “guiding structure” that defines the requirements of interaction between all members. During the process of developing PD, a list of 10 principles emerged that would form the basis, and sections, of the Social Contract:

    1. Quality of Life
    2. All organizations exist to benefit individuals
    3. Respect individual thinking, not conclusions
    4. Rewards in proportion to social contribution
    5. Sustainable world, sustainable society
    6. Efficiency to support sustainability
    7. Beauty throughout human environments
    8. Personal, family and society development
    9. Respect logic and material reality
    10. Understand Human Psychology, Evolution, and History
    11. All individual and community freedoms have corresponding individual and community responsibilities

    The key concepts behind the development of the principles shown in the list can be summarized as follows.

    While humans have many differences, there are commitments to certain procedural universals which must be followed as fundamentally necessary. These are referred to as social constants. One of the more important constants is the recognition that, to form a civilization, shared attitudes, beliefs, and values are needed. This has been a basic but unstated justification for governments to force society to follow common sets of principles. They did it by creating common sets of laws, which commanded specific behaviors.

    Current forms of democracy, however, have followed only one piece of this model. That is, there are no substantive universals in democracy. This means, democracy is simply a process for establishing laws to compel action. It is not a process that understands or expresses specific principles. For a society to operate in harmony, it must understand this distinction thoroughly and find new and appropriate principles that guide both needed processes and values.

    The understanding of the effect of complexity and technology on Athenian democracy led to the new process steps described above. But that wasn’t enough. To arrive at these 11 principles, the process required using Systems Analysis methods to review: the history of humanity’s successes; the basic goals of worldwide peoples; and the failures of past empires. 

    While The Principles, as stated here, are presented as simple statements, they are only “labels” to represent concepts that are very far from simple. It is therefore important that readers prevent the same mistake of oversimplification that has occurred in the interpretation of many foundational documents like the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, Christian and Jewish Bibles, the Koran, the Hindu and Buddhist books, and the teachings of Confucius.

    For each of the 11 sections that these principles create in the Social Contract, an explanatory document like a “constitution” would also be needed to expand the Social Contract into structures of laws that can be acted on appropriately by different peoples around the world to get very different results appropriate for their local situation. This point needs to be emphasized. The process of describing principles and constitutions does NOT lead to only one result. It has been specifically designed to respect one of its own basic principles: diversity. It would take all of these documents, when viewed together, to essentially define “multiple” appropriate moralities for a new global civilization that would also work at national, state, city, and local community levels as well.

    An expanded title for each principle is shown here, with a short note. Again, even as shown here, they are only generalized summaries:

    Principle 1: Society shall respect and protect the Quality of Life (QoL) for each individual. That is, this new Principle turns the focus of a new society away from the distraction of “solidifying government power,” to understanding the goals of life for each individual on our planet.

    Principle 2: ALL ORGANIZATIONS created by society are for the benefit of the individuals in the society. That is, every organization in society must be organized for the primary benefit of the individuals in the society, not the other way around.

    Principle 3: Respect for individual thinking but not individual conclusions. While the “right” of each individual to “think” whatever they want, would still be “respected,” what they “conclude,” and specifically, “what they say or express,” is no longer unlimited. In fact, every statement or expression a person makes would be weighed according to the other principles.

    Principle 4: Rewards in proportion to social contribution. This principle recognizes an inherent human need for motivation to produce effort. It also recognizes that each individual shares their space and activity on the planet with many others. It also recognizes the need to replace luck, which is an unearned reward, with the reliability of results, which are earned through effort and wisdom. 

    Principle 5: Sustainable world, sustainable society. This principle forces societies to use system methods and scientific measurements to plan their actions for long-term sustainability with respect for the ecosystems in which they live.

    Principle 6: Efficiency to support sustainability. This requires the application of system analysis to minimize waste in both material and effort. When done in harmony with Principle 1, the human benefit is greatly increased. And with the application of wise efficiencies in a sustainable productivity there are surpluses for charity and unexpected emergencies.

    Principle 7: Beauty should be captured throughout human environments. To understand this, consider the images of the architecture of the ancient world. Why has humanity replaced this with slums and miles of “strip malls”? Why have we “paved paradise to put up parking lots”?

    Principle 8: Responsibility for personal, family, and local society development. A primary goal for all community level actions would be to understand how to nurture value in personal, family, and social efforts for how social coordination benefits all people.

    Principle 9: Respect logical thinking based on material reality. This principle rejects organizing society in any way that relies on appeals to magic, superstition, human intuition, or supernatural interventions, without proof based on tangible and verifiable natural observations. It also prevents an individual or group from imposing their views on others.

    Principle 10: Understand Human Psychology, Evolution, and History. This stresses the need for society to study, in a formal and global way, the immense and often negative impact that human psychology, evolution and history has in shaping the behaviors that create human culture. New wisdom that results from these studies should be incorporated into the guiding principles that shape world culture. Understanding human psychology, evolution, and history is also critical to understanding how to avoid the mistakes of the past and how to create a better future.

    Principle 11: Understand that all individual and community freedoms have corresponding and equal responsibilities. This principle also creates healthy boundaries for others and the community. This principle is essential for individual and community peace, stability, and growth.

    In summary, this set of 11 fundamental principles was developed to build a new foundation for a new society. These principles capture the wisdom of the great sages of history and the discoveries of underlying flaws that caused modern society’s collapse. While superficially appearing to be simple common wisdom, they are actually a rigorous system derived by applying System Analysis design methods to over 3600 vital concepts related to social harmony. The results provide answers to many of the enduring questions of the ages. They also lay out a path to understanding the major social puzzles of our time and eliminate the world insanity we are living with.

    5. New level of RESPONSIBILITY” for civic knowledge and action placed on citizens

    Personalized Democracy brings major new recognition for each individual in society. This recognition is personal to them, allowing each to be heard, and their voice to carry high weight in establishing policy for the community. It should be clearly obvious that, having been given this new visibility and respect, there should also be a reciprocal element of “responsibility.” In fact, principle 4 of the 10 fundamental principles says right out: Rewards in proportion to social contribution. In short, this means, by accepting membership in the new community, each person must stand up for their contribution of responsibility.

    In the full description of Personalized Democracy, the book goes into this concept in depth. It especially addresses principle 10: Understand Human Psychology Evolution and History. That is, recognizing that all humans have psychological traits based on evolution, that don’t always make it easy to take on responsibility, a successful implementation of PD requires that many cultural practices will be needed to make “responsible” decisions easier to make.  

    A quick example might help visualize this. This need has been recognized from the dawn of time. We actually see it quite frequently. In ancient societies, titles were given to people who held significant roles. In recent times, where authoritarian rule existed, there were titles like kings, queens, dukes, earls. In the military, there are ranks also identified by titles: general, major, corporal, sergeant, etc. Each of these had visual identifiers like stripes worn on the shoulder, or stars for hats.

    It is also common for institutions to give out awards for special performances. An example is the Oscars for movies and Emmys for TV shows. Personalized Democracy adopts similar programs, but in much greater variety. Most important, however, they are “never” associated with either money or power, always with “social contribution”. This process, along with others, hopefully, will help every individual find social responsibility something of high value.

    5. Some examples of how Personalized Democracy might work in Eco-communities

    In this section, a number of examples are given to show how current practices might change under Personalized Democracy (PD).

    Decisions for community action

    Under PD, the concept of “voting” to make decisions would no longer be used. Instead, the new PD process would be used. For each issue that arises where the need for some change is suspected, a task would be created for an appropriate coordination team to determine or develop an understanding of why the need came up at all. That is, why, based on existing scientific and operational analysis, an answer wasn’t already obvious? Understanding this explanation may best be seen using an example.

    Presume the community is planning a climate information rally for an upcoming weekend. Two reasonable choices are apparent: next weekend or the following weekend. In current society, getting this answer might be done by calling a “vote.” The weekend getting the most votes would win. PD takes a very different approach.

    A coordinating group involved with “climate information outreach planning” would typically pull out an event planning guidebook. Such a guide would have a section titled: “How to choose the date for an event.” It might have a consideration like number of people available for each date. But it might also have many other considerations listed as well:

    • Do any of the possible dates conflict with other events?
    • Does the later date provide more time that would be critical for planning or advertising success?
    • Does the earlier date benefit from surprise, etc?

    A good guidebook would also suggest methods to evaluate each of these answers. This is the first point at which community members participate in the decision. Every member of the community would be asked their opinion about many factors: which date could you attend? Do you have any contributions for the following 4 approaches? Do you have any additional suggestions for approaches? Do either of the days conflict with a personal event you have planned? If you had more time to plan or prepare, would it help with your involvement? If we had the rally the first week, can you think of how this might be made a surprise? 

    The initial choice made would then be sent back to the community members for additional feedback and to add any missed consequences that that date might have on that member.

    Using all the information provided, the process outlined in the guide would actually make the choice! If a simple “voting” approach were used, it would exhibit the typical flaws of voting: voter ignorance of an issue’s complexity; voters responding through emotions they aren’t even aware of; the volume of votes for or against not being the most significant factor for success; etc.

    With the PD process, the outcome would always be very different. Each community member would be provided with options that apply, directly, to them personally. For example, Mary Smith might get the following example reply:

    Mary. Thanks for your input. It appears you can go either day. People you’ve already attended rallies with are more available for the second weekend. The advantages of that weekend are a, b, c, etc. However, it appears many members would like to go both weekends. In that case, here are the advantages and possible plans for the first weekend as well.

    Notice the differences that this approach presents:

    1. The elements of only 2 choices are not predetermined by some small groups of representatives for reasons that benefit them.
    2. Because no vote is involved, even if the weekend of choice for a majority of the members is not what you would have chosen, a program that supports your choice has also been developed.
    3. The program that has been provided for you to join addresses every input you provide on an individual basis with an attempt to include that input. 

    Decisions for selecting representatives

    One of the most common applications for voting in current society is the election of “representatives.” The fundamental purpose of such a role is simple. The person selected is expected to present to some legislative body, accurate and comprehensive summaries of the views of those they represent. This, however, is never done! 

    Instead, the citizens of some “geographical” area, are presented with a number of “candidates” to choose from. Each citizen is expected to pick “one” candidate they believe will best represent their interests. When this candidate later acts as a representative for them, the candidate is then only expected to express mostly to only their own viewpoint. This approach has led to widespread corruption through the “buying” of candidates by special interests and “gerrymandering” of election areas.  

    PD completely eliminates both forms of corruption, by accurately implementing the fundamental purpose of having representatives to begin with. But it goes one step further. It directly collects every view of each individual, and inserts that view directly into the processes that representatives were supposed to accomplish. Understanding this explanation may best be seen using an example.

    Presume a community is doing an expected update on how transportation of children will be done for “social group schooling.” Because education would look very different under PD, this example focuses only on one aspect: bringing students from their homes to a centralized learning environment. Such decisions are now typically made by elected representatives called “school boards.”

    With PD, all educational activities would be organized by a qualified and experienced educational coordination group. The members of this group are not elected. They are paid or unpaid professionals with extensive training in coordinating and delivering educational activities and extensive knowledge or experience on the educational subject. Instead of members of this group meeting to discuss and decide on plans, the entire foundation of the process is direct information provided from every member of the community – including the students themselves! As in the previous example, the coordinators do not come together to present their personal knowledge. 

    They turn to a large collection of education planning guides. From that large collection, they gather the appropriate guides for the size, culture, and geography of the community. The guides would provide a large number of questions that each community member would be asked to address, possibly when they first joined the community. For parents, It might have questions like:

    • What is your address?
    • How many children do you have? What is each of their ages?
    • Do they have active educational profiles already submitted to the system?
    • Does your household have personal transportation that would be convenient for transporting your children to the education area? Provide details.
    • Is there convenient public transportation access nearby? Provide details.

    This community questionnaire could be constructed piece by piece over time as needed or, done all at once. If the answer to the previous question about do you already have an “active educational profile” of life is yes, many of these answers would already be filled in and presented to the proper coordinators to verify they have not changed.

    Where PD really shows its “Personalized” responsiveness, when the process nears completion, it is not just the publication of “bus schedules.” Each student would be provided a suggested “optimized” plan for transportation. Upon review, changes, and finalization, the plan, for each individual student, would be activated.

    On any single street in the community, each student might have a different solution, for each day of the week. Why? During some months, for example, when the educational plan includes field trips, a small group of students might be assigned to a local carpool to go directly to the training location – a local hospital, for example. Also, notice that the process is not locked in for an entire year. If a student’s needs change, for any reason, the system would automatically adjust for a new optimum plan. And to make this very clear, no current representative method can come anywhere near doing this. 

    6. How to introduce Personalized Democracy into small communities

    Starting from scratch

    The examples above assume the existence of large, complex, computing structures that accept thousands of inputs, from thousands of citizens, address thousands of options, and produce thousands of individualized outputs. When communities are just forming, and have under 200 members, the processes can be reduced to very simple approaches, most only requiring simple spreadsheets and document storage. What's critical for these communities, is to have access to just basic elements: a public access document storage mechanism like Google Drive for their Foundation documents, members familiar with Personalized Democracy, and a program to train members how PD works for their community. 

    The Foundation Documents

    It is assumed that the community has a written FOUNDATION. That is, the founders have collected a comprehensive set of documents that describe what defines the community and how it differs from other communities and social structures. Such foundation documents would include things like the following.

    Identifying the social goals and common beliefs that have pulled the group together. Some examples would be climate change, social justice, environmental conservation, fresh food, reduction of poverty, or poor living conditions.

    Providing an Index of the foundation documents that summarizes and organizes the foundation documents. This should be a "working" document that grows and changes as the community develops. It would include sections like:

          1. The community's goals and beliefs. These might include:
    1. What are the social changes that the community would like to achieve?
    2. What benefits do you believe working together as a group can better achieve than working as individuals?
    3. What defines survival in a collapsing world?
    4. What structure will be set up to prevent the group from falling apart due to arguments or factions?
    5. What tradeoffs do members make going from being "single actors" to part of a group? What "obligations" for "mutual support" would working together imply?

    These questions will probably raise quite a bit of discussion. Most people intuitively understand that group membership implies responsibilities. Modern society is so lax at discussing this that we are oblivious to the denials we have. For example, many people believe, since we live in a "free society," we all have complete freedom to do what we want. Explaining why this is not so and what is expected otherwise is critical.

    The primary purpose of this effort is to describe how the benefits of joint work require an investment in the care of each other through things like time, effort, and resources.

    Familiarization with Personalized Democracy

    A key factor for launching a community with Personalized Democracy is finding one or more people who are able to envision and apply a coordinating structure different from what exists. All the basics are contained in the 2 volumes of Collapse 2020.

    ClimateSafe Village Education

    Personalized Democracy Terminology

    Many of the elements that describe Eco-communities, including Personalized Democracy (PD), use terms that already have established meanings in society. The term "Democracy" is an example. The terms "Eco," "Community," and "leadership" are also examples. That means, new members, when they hear or read those terms, will try to understand them from their learned experience. The roles of "leadership" in Eco communities are better understood as mentoring or coordinating. Like all social efforts based on PD, the initiative for all activities is focused on contributions by all the members, not a directive from a "leader" or any government. Over time, it means that all members of the community should expect to be called on to help educate other members.

    The effort of education coordinators will be to create educational experience models that members can use to clarify how important terms are used in the new Eco-communities. Since so many community features are approached in a "NEW" way, the opportunities for education will occur continuously. This especially applies to situations where the concepts of education "coordination" and "interaction" themselves apply.

    The concept of COMMUNITY and membership

    A key element of PD Eco-communities is that they are communities! This implies that such communities are not intended to be places for "hermits" or "isolationists" to come and hide out for protection. When people complain that "they want a voice in their government," when they get that wish fulfilled, it means they need to take an active role in providing that voice. If they expect the community to "provide" considerations for them, they must also accept that the community expects that they return value to the community. This means, for education "coordinators," a major focus will be helping members understand what "committing time, effort, and resources" to the community means.

    The modern citizen takes for granted how many community interactions we each already do. To visualize this, look at the following list: food, housing, clothing, transportation, medical, psychology, education, information resources, employment, legal, childcare, meeting space, planning, financing, communicating. All of these will still occur in an Eco-community. An education element is therefore needed to teach the new PD process of coordination expected for each of these.

    For example, consider the process of creating education experiences itself. A community, based on PD, will NOT have the "role" that we now associate with a "traditional leader." The traditional "leader" role, adopting a true "democratic" model, would be dispersed to many people in the form of a mentor or coordinator. Each would be identified as a "knowledgeable" spokesperson or coordinator for their specific areas of knowledge. These people would not be chosen for their personality alone using "elections." Each would first be identified and come forward based on demonstrated specialized knowledge and experience.

    In modern society, every person in a trade – plumbers, electricians, hair dressers, doctors, lawyers – is required to demonstrate competence through some qualification process. To run for president of the U.S., or a senator or representative, there are zero requirements other than citizenship! It's complete madness!

    In an Eco-community, each coordinator would also need to demonstrate some skill in communication of information related to that knowledge and experience. When it comes to explaining the community to external organizations like the news media, no single person would be expected to provide more than a very high-level overview of the community. To present more depth, many different members would have to speak for each of the "elements" listed above. The closest community role that would appear to the outside world as the "community leader" would be a community "speaker." They would essentially be chosen from one of the "philosophical mentors" for the community.

    The concept of COORDINATION

    For every form of community interaction listed above, and others that will also arise, a methodology for coordination will be needed. These, however, do not have to be designed from scratch. Current society already has "de facto" models in place for all of them. What is needed is to modify the existing models so they include and are based on the benefit of each individual separately, and the welfare of the entire community, not the benefit of any individual business or institution. Understanding this explanation may best be seen using an example.

    The entire modern concept of competition developed as a natural progression of life from survival behavior from bacteria to modern humans. The expression of how humans express competition made abrupt changes along the way based almost exclusively on two parameters: human brain changes and the appearance of new technologies.

    The key technology changes for the modern age were: the industrial revolution, electricity, medical birth control, and computers. The industrial revolution greatly speeded up the cultural change called the specialization of labor. This brought much of humanity out of a small farmer agrarian lifestyle and into industry, cities, and an explosion of innovation-driven complexity. The last three items, plus electric communication, quickly turned every population center into a Petri dish. How did humanity respond? Did we listen to the warnings? NO. Under the banner of "capitalism" – also known as the bacterial model on petroleum "steroids" - the focus turned intensively to market dominance. Its score sheet is what we call the daily stock market report.

    The elements listed, of course, are not compatible with each other. They interact as in a paper-scissors-stone game. For example, innovation flourishes in an environment of freely shared learning. It is stifled, however, by the secrecy of organizations seeking market dominance. Think about how this has destroyed academia! Market dominance flourishes in the environment of aristocratic capitalism: secrecy, ambush, destruction of competition, control of markets, and extreme accumulation of wealth. The last two items, of course, are devastating to "free markets," the environment, and the Quality of Life for those in poverty. 

    Resolving these conflicts is where new Eco-communities should make clear changes. Since the growth of "tangible material items" must be greatly reduced to achieve sustainability, modern greed-based capitalism that does not also include the triple bottom line accounting principles and full production cycle sustainability principles should also be completely eliminated. The term "tangible material items" was highlighted because all growth does not "yet" have to stop. The growth of wisdom and knowledge, for example, should still be encouraged. The growth of respect and caring also have a long way to grow. Note the term "yet" highlighted above. The problem of "growth" is tricky. Even for knowledge, unlimited growth eventually fails. Cancer is a good example of the outcome of unlimited growth. At some point, the quantity of knowledge would become so great it would overwhelm any human ability to deal with it, even with computer support.

    So, what would be an alternative for Eco-communities? A new society would do as much as possible to limit "society-produced motivations" that drive individuals to "primitive" and simple forms of thinking that, under stress, our brains feel more comfortable with. New models should be depicted that show safe environments with adequate, sustainable resources where cooperation is the appropriate method to solve problems.

    To implement models like this, the challenge becomes how to invoke the emotional drivers of competition BUT in an environment of broad cooperation, not mutual destruction! There is a way that we've known about for millennia!

    To do this, a specialized form of competition called "cooperative competition" should be applied. The model we have known about from antiquity is the Olympic games.

    To understand this example, it is important to first eliminate the use of medals as awards for first, second, and third-place winners. This is a predatory distortion that parallels autocratic thinking. Instead, consider only the events where the criterion for winning is beating an old tangibly measurable record. These are events that measure performance using instruments like clocks and rulers. In such an event, every contestant who beats his or hers old record would get a medal. That medal does not compare any contestant against any other. It records the specific achievement that counts as a new record. For example, in a sprint, it would record the new shortest time for a 100-meter run. There could also be multiple levels of awards for coming close. 

    This changes the whole meaning of competition. Every contestant running on the track no longer sees other strong contestants as "threats." Instead, each such challenger actually becomes a "helper"! This occurs because they establish "achievements" of possibility that encourage all the others. The faster each person runs, the harder they push all the others toward winning as well. If the whole field of runners breaks the prior record, it's a win-win-win for all. Every contestant would get an award. If none break the old record, no "new-record" awards are given out. 

    The "de facto" models

    Above, I provided a list of activities where human interactions occur: food, housing, clothing, transportation, etc. Human interactions for all of these will change under PD. What we shouldn't do is try to envision the new PD model out of thin air. Start with models we already have, and adapt them.

    Food as a model

    For example, take the first activity on the list: food. How do humans now interact with "food"? The first factor to consider is that there are so many varieties of food experiences in life. These range from getting candy from a vending machine to a feast at a wedding reception. More focus is needed. For each new Eco-community envisioned, try to think of the most basic food issues that will be faced. That is, for a typical day, how would most family groups currently get, transport, store, and process food?

    A typical family in a small suburban rural town the U.S. would do the following:

    • Drive to one or more grocery stores and buy needed items for the current week.
    • Bring the items home, and carry them into the house.
    • Divide them up into perishable and non-perishable piles.
    • Put the perishables in a refrigerator or freezer.
    • Put the non-perishables into cabinets.
    • etc., for many more steps.

    To use this as a simple process to visualize changes for implementing PD, ask the following two questions for each step:

    1. How have authoritarian structures of the past established rituals for daily life that define how we do them?
    2. If you now have the ability to approach the ritual based on giving each party involved a chance to have their personal approach to it included, what changes could be made that address the basic principles of PD. These were listed above in the section titled Social Contract. For convenience, 4 of the 10 list items are repeated here:

    1. Quality of Life

    2. All organizations exist to benefit individuals

    3. Respect individual thinking, not conclusions

    4. Rewards in proportion to social contribution

    Right from square one, the whole issue of buying the "needed items" comes up. If the "family" unit is a couple and small children, the parents may decide this on their own. But, if the family unit is an apartment with 6 adults, this task takes on a whole new level of complexity. Sitcoms are written about conflicts that typically arise when multiple adults live together.

    This is where implementing PD presents an excellent way to envision how a new community could be different. In current society, finding housing is terribly handled because it is driven to optimize sales business. Individuals typically only see the financial aspects of joining an apartment.

    In a PD Eco-community, based on item 2 of the basic principles, the housing process is optimized for the benefit of both buyers and the people already in the apartment. Both the buyers and current occupants would be expected to provide extensive background information about themselves. The elements of the information would be determined by research showing how sharing such elements can improve the "Quality of Life" for all tenants. One of the information items would describe the "food practices" of the tenants already in the apartment and those of prospective tenants. If the apartment is in a city, and the current members are vegetarian and participate in a local "urban garden," this information would be available.

    When it finally came time to make up the "weekly" shopping list, this wouldn't simply be checking in cabinets to see what was missing. If food was an important issue to the residents, it would be typical to have longer-term plans to experiment with their diets.

    Education as a model

    A second example is a brief look at education. In current society, a basic model we have for education is that it is provided to children as they grow to prepare them to enter the workforce and participate as "citizens" in a democracy. To prepare children, we draw on training material from books and videos. The material is gathered into subject groups and presented in gradually increasing complexity. We can start with that. But PD drastically changes the environment in which it is delivered. 

    To begin with, the major focus is not convenience for lecture delivery of the standardized curriculum. The major focus is the individual. Every individual, from their earliest entry into learning, would be given the support for a personalized education. The same "learning modules" that are felt appropriate for what we now call k-4 levels, would probably be included. But each child would be evaluated for both special needs, and special skills. A child with musical virtuosity at age 6, for example, would not be expected to slug through the same music learning as the bulk of children with more common skills. PD also envisions a return to a form of apprenticeship in parallel with general learning. Every business and occupation in the community would be expected, as a community contribution, to support this.

    Jumping ahead to adults, PD envisions "education" to be a "lifelong" process. The same "apprenticeship" cooperation that is easy to visualize for children to explore new interests, would also be available to adults. The "education coordination" function of the community would coordinate all of this. In a newly forming community, it would require simple collections of personal information records and indexes of community opportunities.  

    Employment as a model

    A third example is a brief look at employment. In this example, it only applies to roles considered part of community coordination itself.

    The first element to understand is item 4 on the principles list: "Rewards in proportion to social contribution." Notice, this does not say "monetary" rewards. How can we put a monetary value on things like kindness, sympathy, or simple companionship in times of need? Some coordination tasks, however, like accounting, may have financial value. The point is, when someone acts as a coordinator, it is expected that they receive some fair exchange community reward for that service.

    The second element is how PD handles the concept of "community." Again related to coordinators, every coordinator would be expected to maintain a "universal" member profile record. Think of this as a community "employee file." As circumstances change, new skills are learned, or personal goals change, a person might want to drop one role and take on another. Because of this community profile, the change could occur as simply as employees now change desks. (Ultimately, on a larger scale, PD uses this same model for all employment - a much longer discussion).

    7. Conclusion

    The initial description for Personalized Democracy at the beginning of this page was related to a fully implemented large-scale model. The last few sections gave examples of how it might apply to small communities in formation, especially those that are embedded within or near existing villages or cities. In those cases, only a few of its key components would be needed an in simpler implementations. In either case, a much more extensive description of Personalized Democracy is available in the book Collapse 2020 v2: Birth of Personalized Democracy, available at no cost to all members of the Eco-communities project.


    Other Pages in the ClimateSafe Village Guide

    Page 1: Introduction, Overview, and Goals

    Page 2: Climate Safe Village Qualities, Processes, Income Sources, and Safeguards

    Page 3: The Four ClimateSafe Village Models and Their Operations

    Page 4: Our New Personal Democracy ClimateSafer Village Management Model

    Page 5: About Universe One, a Unique Rural ClimateSafe Village

    Page 6: Our The Universe One ClimateSafe Village Application Process


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    Online Rules for Our Virtual ClimateSafe Village

    Procedures and Policies for Exiting Our ClimateSafe Villages or Applying for Membership 

    Personal Democracy White Paper

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      Having clear and open rules is essential for productive and healthy relationships. Having clear rules also helps protect and preserve civility, safety, and security, which also is essential for productive and healthy relationships.

      Secondarily, and unfortunately, understanding our rules and why we have them is also necessary so that our nonprofit organization can grow and thrive and not be intentionally thwarted or sabotaged by climate change deniers, trolls, troublemakers, fake volunteers, or individuals or organizations acting as agent provocateurs. (These would be individuals or organizations that have bad intentions toward our climate change remedial mission, or who are paid and working for hidden financial interests like the global fossil fuel cartel and it's related industries.)

      The global fossil fuel industry has the most to lose once people understand how dire the climate emergency really is and they demand their politicians enforce the radical global fossil fuel reductions now required.

      Do not underestimate the lengths that multinational fossil fuel cartel will go to protect its massive profits. It is the world's largest single industry, producing about 1/3 of the Earth's total gross domestic product, about $28 trillion annually. It is VERY powerful, and they are exceedingly unhappy with the independent and unpoliticized Job One for Humanity climate change think tank publishing of uncensored climate change research and analysis, not to mention publishing our honest global warming consequence prediction timetables and correct global fossil fuel reduction targets, found here.

      Unfortunately, we already have had dealt with numerous climate change deniers, trolls, and even several fake volunteers and agent provocateurs representing hidden interests attempting to infiltrate our organization as "volunteers" to harm our mission's progress or our organization's reputation and credibility. 

      The rules you find below will help to keep you and our organization and its online tools civil, safe, and secure. They will also do a lot to prevent our mission from being hijacked, infiltrated or harmed by climate deniers, trolls, fake volunteers, or paid agent provocateurs.

      Please do your part to help keep our community civil, safe and secure by reporting violations of our civility, safety and security rules to ([email protected]

      As you read our rules, please keep in mind that we are a non-profit organization. Part of our mission is to preserve and protect the well-being of all visitors and members. Our rules exist solely to preserve and protect that common well-being.

    2. Online Conduct Rules for Safety, Civility, and Security

      By using this website or any service provided, you explicitly agree that:

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      (b) you will not impersonate or misrepresent your association with any person or entity; you will not forge or otherwise seek to conceal or misrepresent the origin of any content provided by you;

      (c) you will not collect or harvest any information about other users; 

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      (f) you agree and understand that this website might expose you to content that may dem to be objectionable or offensive. Job One for Humanity will not be responsible to you in any way for content displayed on this website nor for any error or omission in regulating such content.

      (g) you agree not to use language that is inconsistent with our community standards. Do not swear or use profanity.

      (h) you agree not to impede or otherwise prohibit communication. disrupt the discussion by using screen names in topical chats that are offensive to the topic and repeatedly posting off-topic comments in a topical chat.

      (i) language or images that depicts violence in a gratuitous manner, without journalistic or artistic merit, primarily intended to agitate or cause emotional distress.

      (j) language that is intended to victimize, harass, degrade, or intimidate an individual or group of individuals based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Hate speech or images are always unacceptable anywhere on this website.

      (k) personal information from a minor (under 18 years old). Personal information includes full name, home address, home telephone number, or other identifying information enabling ("offline") contact.

      (l) information to this website that solicits for exchange, sale, or purchase of sexually explicit images and/or material harmful to minors. including, but not limited to, any photograph, film, video, or picture or computer-generated image or picture (actual or simulated).

      (m) information to this website that is illegal or incites illegal activity, such as instructional information on how to build a bomb and/or make counterfeit money.

      (n) or represent any person or entity in an attempt to deceive, harass or otherwise mislead another member.

      (o) to get a password or other private information from a user. Remember: Job One for Humanity will NEVER ask for your password.

      (p) the Job One for Humanity website team shall be the sole arbitrator of what does and what does not violate community standards.

      (q) use the website email and its private message system to spam other members.

      (r) use multiple accounts.

      (s) post or comment on behalf of any banned member. This includes all forums, private messages, blogs, comments, and email features.

      (t) If your actions involve a serious civil or criminal level crime, you understand we will provide that information to civil or criminal authorities upon request.

    3. Volunteer Rules



      Here is our Critical Legal information for ALL Job One for Humanity volunteers! 

      Getting specific legal issues out in the open and out of the way is essential for a productive and healthy relationship.

      Understanding the following is necessary so that our organization can grow and thrive and not be thwarted or sabotaged by fake volunteers or individuals or organizations acting as agent provocateurs who have either bad intentions toward our resolving climate change mission or are working for the hidden financial interests of the global fossil fuel conglomerate. (The global fossil fuel conglomerate is the largest industry, producing about 1/3 of the Earth's total gross domestic product, about $28 trillion a year. They are very, very powerful, and they are very unhappy with Job One publishing uncensored and unp[olitized climate change research and analysis, not to mention the required and honest global fossil fuel reduction targets found here.

      Unfortunately, we have already dealt with several fake volunteers and agent provocateurs representing hidden interests attempting to infiltrate our organization as "volunteers" to harm our mission or our organization's reputation and credibility. 

      The clear legal boundaries you find below keep our organization and mission from being infiltrated by fake volunteers, or thwarted by agent provocateurs or others seeking to act in a way to harm the organization, moving its mission forward. 


      Our logo and website materials: How to correctly use and copy materials on our website for your local use

      As an independent volunteer, in your efforts to help educate others, you may use (or restate) all of the non-members-only climate and runaway global heating materials you find on our website. (You may not copy and distribute anything you find in the Members section of our website.) However, we strongly recommend that you avoid rephrasing the science content of our web pages. Climate science is full of complexities and nuances that are easily misunderstood or not seen. 

      If you choose to restate or create your own climate or other materials using our materials, please always list Job One for Humanity as the source material and create a link back to the Job One for Humanity original page materials that you are using or rewriting! This way, people will ask us technical questions about the science, and they can see our linked references and methodology.

      In any independent climate videos or other written materials you may produce, always say that the information in your videos or writings represents your humble opinion! In the US (and many developed countries,) as long as something is clearly labeled as your personal opinion, you cannot be successfully sued for saying any opinion or sharing any opinion. (IMHO, at the bottom of articles or videos is short for "in my humble opinion.")

      Please also note that our educational materials are not meant for adolescents under 13 years old because of their serious and adult nature. Please allow children under 13 to be children and do not force them to deal with such an upsetting adult matter.

      Never use our Job One for Humanity name or logo on anything you independently produce or alter and publish that is also found on our website that is not our unaltered authentic website materials with a link to our original web page without our prior written permission! 


      Volunteers are not legal agents or executives of Job One for Humanity

      Job One for Humanity has no employees, but we have many worldwide independent, self-organizing volunteers forwarding our climate and runaway global heating analysis and remedial plans. Because you operate completely independently of our organization, please do not ever represent yourself as our legal agent or representative unless we have given you this special legal status from us in writing! 


      You do not make or change Job One for Humanity's organizational policy

      As an independent, self-organizing volunteer, you are not authorized agents or legal representatives of the Job One for Humanity Organization for creating, altering, or publishing Job One policies. Only our board of directors may make policy or position statements, take public actions, or make public statements that officially represent our research or non-profit organization.


      You choose your own actions

      Job One for Humanity does not have any form of a central command center that either directs, orders, or selects your or any volunteer's independent projects. As a volunteer, only you choose, plan, and execute your projects to help resolve the runaway global heating extinction emergency. We may answer your climate questions or offer moral support for actions in alignment with our policies and the climate facts, but we will never tell you what to do or say.


      You are solely responsible for materials you may submit or post on our website

      Remember that Job One for Humanity acts as a climate change information distribution and sharing hub similar to Facebook, Reddit, Google Groups, etc. Accordingly, independent individuals and volunteers post their information and comments on our climate information distribution hub in the blog, discussion, or project management forums, our comments fields, and other areas.

      Suppose you submit or post any materials on our website as an independent volunteer. In that case, YOU are responsible for ensuring that these materials do not contain ANY copyrighted materials you do not own! If you post copyrighted materials on our website for which you do not own the copyright, you can and will be held legally and financially responsible for those copyright violations with the lawful copyright owner. 

      This means that you agree that all information or data of any kind, whether text, software, code, music or sound, photographs or graphics, video or other materials ("content"), made available publicly or privately, by you will be provided and under the sole legal responsibility of the person providing the said content, or of the person whose user account is used.

      You recognize that independent individuals who are not legal agents of Job One for Humanity regularly post information, articles, messages, and comments in numerous places on our climate change information distribution hub. If someone has a copyright issue with something you post, those copyright holders will be directed to contact the independent poster or creator of those materials directly.

      Job One for Humanity is not liable for any postings in its comments areas, blogs, and message area made by independent individuals. Job One for Humanity volunteers are not legal agents of Job One for Humanity.


      Confidential Job One for Humanity materials

      While volunteering for Job One for Humanity, you may be exposed to or work with confidential materials belonging to this website and organization, such as email lists, donor lists, or other confidential member materials. You may not copy, distribute, or use this information in any way other than what has been shown to you regarding only the uses required for your volunteer position. It is a criminal offense to steal or distribute any confidential information you may have had access to while volunteering at Job One for Humanity unless fully authorized by our organization in writing.


      Illegal or violent actions

      And finally, never do anything illegal or violent. We NEVER endorse or support ANY illegal or violent activity. If you engage in any unlawful or violent activity because you are an independent volunteer it will be you and not us that could (or will be) held legally responsible by local authorities for your actions. 

      Our organization is absolutely against all physical violence or violent revolution. We only endorse peaceful protest and peaceful civil disobedience that would make Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela proud.



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      You agree that all information or data of any kind, whether text, software, code, music or sound, photographs or graphics, video or other materials ("content"), made available publicly or privately, will be provided and under the sole legal responsibility of the person providing the said content, or of the person whose user account is used.

      You recognize that Job One for Humanity is a climate change think tank and also a climate change information distribution and sharing hub similar to Facebook, Reddit, Google Groups, etc. Independent individuals who are not authorized legal agents of Job One for Humanity regularly post information, articles, messages, and comments in numerous places on our climate change information distribution hub. These independent individuals are solely responsible for the materials they post, including any copyright violation issues within their postings, messages, and comments they submit or post on our website. 

      If someone has a copyright issue with something you post, those copyright holders will contact you the independent poster or creator of those materials directly. Job One for Humanity is not liable for any postings in its comments areas, blogs, and message area made by independent individuals. Job One for Humanity volunteers are not legal agents of or for Job One for Humanity.



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      By providing any content to our website:

      (a) you agree to grant to us a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive right and license (including any moral rights or other necessary rights) to use, display, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, distribute, perform, promote, archive, translate, and to create derivative works and compilations, in whole or in part. Such license will apply with respect to any form, media, or technology known or later developed:

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  • Universe One: First Land-based, Rural ClimateSafe Village

    Welcome to Page 5 of the ClimateSafe Village Guide, The Universe One Resilient Eco-community

    Please feel free to skip directly to any section title below that most interests you. You can return to the other section titles later.

    If you have not yet read this summary of the ten current climate change condition facts, please do so before reading this page. You will then understand why at this particular time, you should seriously consider joining one of our four ClimateSafe Village models or creating a climate-safer eco-community of your own.

    The sections on this page are:

    1. Introduction to Universe One

    2. Universe One Launch Phases

    3. Universe One Launch Steps

    4. Universe One Membership Process

    5. At Universe One, We Hold a New Worldview

    6. At Universe One, We See Ourselves as Evolutioneers, Global Citizens, and Universe Citizens

    7. The Spiritual and Related Qualities at Our Universe One

    8. The Universe Institute located at Universe One

    9. Additional Reading on Progressive Evolution Theory

    10. Universe College Online at Universe One 

    11. Universe Eco-Community Contributors

    12. Other Pages in Our Eco-community Materials

    Last Updated 5.26.23


    1. Introduction to Universe One, a Unique Rural ClimateSafe Village

    Please do not think about the Universe One eco-community as being similar to the other four models described elsewhere. While it embraces the values and goals of this 6-page eco-community overview, it has many additional values and goals that will not be typically found in the other eco-community models or independent variations.

    Part of what makes Universe One a unique rural eco-community is that, unlike any other eco-community, it will be the new headquarters for Job One for Humanity, the Universe Institute, Universe College, Universe Spirit, and the Universe Day organizations. After years of searching and researching at Job One, we decided on the global warming-safer and academically friendly Bellingham, Washington area as the new headquarters for these organizations' compatible missions and worldviews.

    When fully established, this Bellingham area location holds the promise of surviving and thriving for many decades into an uncertain future. (Depending upon the computer model projections just before we purchase the needed land, we may also choose to locate in the Marquette, Michigan, area.)

    The Universe One eco-community is intentionally located in a predominantly progressive area where many safety and security factors converge. The area is still reasonably affordable to middle-class and lower-middle-class individuals, and it has a climate with colder winters and some snowfall alternating with warmer summers. It also has distinct rainy and growing seasons.  

    A key Universe One eco-community goal is to strive to reflect the highest application of the ideas, values, and principles described on the six eco-community design pages. Beyond that, another unique and critical goal of Universe One is to prepare the future survivors of the chain of coming global catastrophes for a more sustainable and equitable post-catastrophe world.

    Preparing for the post-catastrophe world means experimenting and innovating new solutions now for today's most prominent economic, political, and social problems, then refining, testing, and adapting those new solutions until our eco-community becomes a living example and a "beacon of light" for a more sustainable and equitable world of the future. 

    "Only a crisis—actual or perceived—produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable." Surprisingly, a quote from Milton Friedman, the economist.

    At Universe One, we especially want to create better ideas "lying around" and, more importantly, keep them alive and available until the post-catastrophe politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.

    At Universe One, we will use an evolutionary new form of Personal Democracy (PD). It will play a significant role in managing the Universe One eco-community. Derived from Personal Democracy principles, Universe One will not have traditional leaders.

    Instead, it will have a group of coordinators knowledgeable in different crucial areas the eco-community needs. These knowledgeable coordinators will direct essential activities based on current science and the continual input of every member who could be affected by those decisions or actions. (Click here for a quick overview of the new Personal Democracy and its many benefits. PS is also described in soon to be released Personal Democracy White Paper.) 

    The Universe One eco-community is a good fit for anyone closely agreeing with our eco-community values and goals. It is also a place for futurist thinkers, activists, artists, and educators who agree with most of our "build a better society" ideas and new worldview expressed further down this page. It is also a near-ideal place to flourish for those individuals who already see themselves as active and creative planetary citizens or universe citizens. (More about planetary and universe citizens is found in the links further down this page.)

    The Universe One eco-community project will initially be coordinated and facilitated by Lawrence Wollersheim, a board member of the organizations listed above. Lawrence's wife will join him and, hopefully, his adult children and their families someday once Universe One is fully operational. 

    The Job One for Humanity San Francisco office will move to the Bellingham area as soon as essential volunteer staff members complete the sale of their SF Bay area homes. Universe One will become the relocated home of other willing Job One for Humanity, Universe Institute, Universe College, Universe Spirit team members, volunteers, and website subscribers and members, some of whom have been following our social advocacy work for years. 

    If you feel that you are well aligned with Universe One ideas, values, and principles and are interested in joining the Universe One eco-community, please continue reading the rest of this page and then begin the application instructions found on this page. The requirements for joining this unique eco-community will be considerably more demanding than in other eco-communities due to its additional focus on experimentation and education for the future. 

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    2. Universe One Launch Phases

    The major phases for developing the Universe One community in the Bellingham, Washington, area will be slightly different than we initially imagined. However, they will eventually incorporate everything in the launch steps above. 

    Phase 1. We will move our offices to Bellingham, Washington, and some essential volunteers will join us. They will at least temporarily buy or rent homes in the area, start organic gardens and other emergency-related preparations, etc. In addition, we will complete startup funding for the 20-200+ acre land purchase and initial infrastructure during this period. This will be the start of the Bellingham Urban ClimateSafe Village.

    Phase 2: We will begin recruiting new members already in the Bellingham area and invite them to join and help our urban ClimateSafe Village grow that has been created in Bellingham while we work on building the far larger Universe One rural resilient eco-community vision.

    Phase 3: After we are established in Bellingham, wewill formally invite existing Job One for Humanity, Universe Institute, and Universe Spirit members to join us in the Bellingham area and temporarily buy or rent homes there and join our urban village model until we purchase our rural land and start infrastructure construction.           

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    3. Universe One Launch Steps

    Each step below is a separate sub-project with a project manager coordinator and a volunteer team. As more competent, crisis-aware individuals show up to help; the Universe One eco-community will accelerate into existence.

    Step 1. Complete initial fundraising and future member financial commitments to raise finances for the rural land purchase and infrastructure costs.

    For our first land-based eco-community, this would include the following:

    a. complete overall architectural design for the eco-community layout, i.e., roads, community center, home locations, gardening areas, agricultural areas, open space, business, and art spaces.

    b. complete the best legal structure for the new eco-community model (non-profit corporation, a social benefit corporation, land trust, etc.)

    c. complete eco-community rural land acquisition, soil, environmental, and water testing, etc. 

    d. Complete climate and safety design standards for individually-owned net-zero homes.

    e. Complete the initial eco-community organic garden and agricultural plan.

    f. Complete the first eco-community member screening criteria and begin screenings.

    g. Complete the all-community new democratic voting vision.

    h. Select which new or offline barter system might work best within the eco-community between members and the community and with other Universe model eco-communities.

    i. Complete potential ongoing income plans for both the eco-community and community members. (Please note that some community members already have income sources to sustain themselves that are eco-community compatible and can be continued within the eco-community.)

    j. Recruit first volunteer educator teachers to help create member educational materials and teach online courses.

    k. Begin eco-community infrastructure construction. Our newly purchased land site will be prepared for several RV or tiny home sites to be used for the eco-community infrastructure building team's housing during construction. These Rv and tiny home sites can later be used by visiting members for retreats or new members wanting to experience the community before joining and building their own net-zero homes. (If we raise enough funding, as a community, we may pre-build all net-zero homes and long-term lease them to members or exchange their leasing fees for services rendered to the eco-community.)

    l. While the macro-culture is still relatively stable, once community infrastructure has been installed, those ready members could begin building their net-zero homes on our new land.

    m. Recruit other key member positions.

    n. Establish initial eco-community food, water, and energy security while working on community income source security. 

    o. Help launch introductory online or offline eco-community member education and training courses.

    p. Continue to refine new eco-community economic/barter, social and political systems.

    q. Enhance eco-community reserves, resilience, and community defensibility to protect against coming emergencies.

    r. Eventually, initiate outreach to help other new eco-communities form with or use parts of our developing community model. 



    Step 2. Once we have successfully established Universe One and it has reached its growth limit by buying adjacent lands (of about 150-500 people), we will ask qualified members to help establish a network of other Universe One-like eco-communities in other safer locations worldwide. (These closely affiliated new eco-communities could be known as Universe One Berlin, Universe One Koyoto, etc., to distinguish them from the founding flagship Universe One community outside Bellingham, Washington.

    Step 3. To be determined.

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    4. Universe One Membership Process

    At this time, Universe One is connecting to potential new members primarily through the following:

    a.) peer-to-peer word-of-mouth connections.
    b.) individuals who are finding us and using our application process below.

    If you are applying for membership in the Bellingham Washington Universe One eco-community variation, initial members should be able to fully self-fund their own net-zero homes and personal startup living expenses. However, if you have the skills urgently needed by the eco-community, we may waive all or part of the self-funding requirement in a work exchange arrangement.

    In general, initial founding members will need additional funding to contribute a fair share of the startup eco-community legal costs, community-level land purchase, community center building, and other necessary shared community infrastructure. In addition, once the community is functioning, there will be a reasonable monthly membership fee for group health and additional insurance and ongoing services that we must initially purchase from outside the community. 

    The Universe One eco-community is seeking new members and is accepting applications. The application process is here.

    Here are the exceptions to the above self-funding requirements:

    1. If you have a critical skill level needed to physically build, manage, or maintain the community, such as a skilled teacher, professional carpenter, plumber, electrician, master gardener, human resource administrator, emergency preparation expert, etc., you may be able to exchange your professional skills and time for almost everything you will need to live in the community, and you need not be fully self-funding.

    2. If you are applying for membership to one of the other three eco-community models that do not require self-funding for their startup phase.

    The volunteer staff and management team at Job One for Humanity and Universe Spirit currently manages the Universe One eco-community project. The Universe One eco-community model is the farthest along in its creation. It also has several seed liaisons/organizers willing to help others in vital areas.

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    5. At Universe One, We Hold a New Worldview and Vision for a More Sustainable and Equitable Future 



    As evolved apes and maybe something more, humanity has evolved many different worldviews. Humanity must now embrace a new, more inclusive, and transcending worldview to make all of the many systemic and structural improvements that it must make to survive the coming nightmare of all its bad collective decisions. (Please click here if you do not understand the powerful world-changing implications and the power that an invisible worldview has on the population that holds it.)

    In a twist of the famous Albert Einstein quote that "The consciousness that created the problem is not the consciousness that will solve the problem." the same can be said for worldviews. This means that "the current worldview that has created our 12 major global crises will not be the worldview that can and will solve our 12 major global crises."



    This quote requires the Universe One eco-community (and its think tank, the also see the world from and with a new worldview to be effective in helping to solve the world's 12 major crises and survive what is coming. 

    Accordingly, we are building our first Universe One eco-community to incorporate the many highly adaptive elements and principles from what is called the New Universe Evolutionary Worldview

    Not every eco-community model variation or location will adopt and use the New Universe Evolutionary Worldview or the ideas in the other links below, which is their choice. However, Universe One co-founders will use and teach it because they believe this new transcending worldview has the powerful potential to:

    a. better solve many of the world's biggest crises,

    b. bring the world together in many unique ways,

    c. set the foundation of the needed solutions in the post-mass extinction and collapse world and 

    d. offer many other practical advantages for building strong eco-communities with the best possibility of surviving what is coming. 

    We are at a terrifying point and opportunity in humanity's collective evolution. Either we evolve a new worldview that will help to evolve our global systems intentionally and create a great transition to a more equitable, just, and sustainable world for All, or we evolve the hard way through widespread to near-total system collapse and mass extinction. This does not even include the painful, slow rebuilding process using the immense collective trauma of the extinction and collapse to motivate and compel us to make the required changes so it never happens again.

    Here are advanced links related to the Universe Evolutionary Worldview and its useful evolutionary aspects of it for our eco-community models:

    Click here to read about the many advantages to eco-communities that incorporate New Universe Evolutionary Worldview ideas and principles.

    What is the great news and great evolutionary hope provided by the Universe Evolutionary Worldview?

    What are the practical benefits of the Universe Evolutionary Worldview?

    What are the evolutionary and practical art-of-living skills taught within the Universe Evolutionary Worldview essential for a meaningful, successful, and sustainable life?

    How Does Progressive Evolution create a New Worldview: The Universe Worldview?

    What is the summary overview of the Universe Worldview?

    Why is the Universe Worldview so Important to Our Future?

    What are the practical benefits of the Universe Worldview?

    What is the Evolutionary Impulse and Evolution's Prime Directive? 

    In What Ways is the Universe Worldview growing into a Second Enlightenment for Humanity?

    What is the Highest Evolutionary Life Purpose of the Individual and Humanity?

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    6. At Universe One, We See Ourselves as Evolutioneers, Global Citizens, and Universe Citizens

    Individuals who are a part of co-founding Universe One not only see themselves as Evolutioneers and global citizens, but they often also see themselves as universe citizens.

    What is a Universe Citizen, and what does universe citizenship entail?

    What is the Universe Declaration of Responsibilities for Universe Citizens, Evolutioneers, Planetary Citizens, and Universe Community Members? 

    What is the Universe Declaration of Rights for Universe Citizens, Planetary Evolutioneers, Evolutionaries, Planetary Citizens, and Universe Community Members?  

    What is the Universe Charter for Universe Citizens, Planetary Evolutioneers, Evolutionaries, Planetary Citizens, and Universe Community Members?  

    What are Evolutioneers?

    What are the Four Basic Attitudes/Actions of Evolutioneers

    What do individuals do that call themselves Evolutioneers?

    How does an Evolutioneer and Universe Citizen see the creation of a global government for the Benefit of ALL of Earth's People?

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    7. The Spiritual and Related Qualities at Universe One

    Universe One follows the religious and spiritual advice and warnings discussed previously on this principles of spatial beliefs and practices within the ClimatSafe villages page in a similarly titled section. In all forms of spirituality potentially present at Universe One, rationality and the facts of science will always override individual beliefs and opinions. In other words, healthy and balanced spiritual beliefs should always naturally align with the realities of science and rationality. In some ways, one could say we support the principles of Scientism as our base philosophy for acceptable spiritual beliefs and practices within the community.



    Scientism, is the position that science and the scientific method are the best or only way to render truth about the world and reality and must also be the basis of any form of personal spiritual inquiry and development. Scientism and rationality, when applied to a spiritual or religious setting, help to prevent the group from being harmed by dangerous or irrational beliefs, faith revelations, and practices.

    Some members of Universe One have also adopted the Evolution Spirituality philosophy, a new form of Scientism grounded in the new Universe Evolutionary WorldviewWithin the Evolution Spirituality philosophy, you will also find many secular, traditional, modern, and evolutionary spiritual values. Universe One also allows for the principles and practices of Eco-Spirituality because of its applicability to our rapidly deteriorating environment. 

    No one will be excluded from the Universe One eco-community for not holding either the Evolution Spirituality philosophy or the principles of Eco-Spirituality. But, if your current religious or spiritual behaviors and actions strongly conflict with the liberal and progressive values of the Universe One eco-community model and our principles of healthy spiritual practices described here and on this page in a similarly titled section, the Universe One eco-community model will not be for you.

    Furthermore, while the ClimateSafe Village models will protect an individual's right to have opinions and beliefs about anything, spiritual or otherwise and without interference, behaviors springing from those opinions or beliefs are entirely subject to community examination and limitation.

    Click here for a detailed explanation of the Evolution Spirituality philosophy. (Please note that Universe Spirit is moving to an improved new website here. The old Universe Spirit website is here. Universe Spirt may also change its name in the near future to either Universe Community or something else.)

    Click here for what is meant by Eco-Spirituality.


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    8. The Universe Institute located at Universe One

    The information below is only for Universe One advanced members, advanced evaluator training, Universe Institute training, or individuals starting independent new eco-communities that wish to align closely with Universe One. 

    We will teach advanced students joining our Universe Institute think tank logic, scientific method, systems theory, and dialectical meta-systemic theory. We will also teach advanced students the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview, (which also incorporates many of the best elements from the Integral Philosophy Movement without this movement's less desirable qualities.



    At Universe One, we may also sell our climate change think tank consulting services to large corporations and expand the think tank into researching new models of economics, global governance, and other solutions needed in the post-mass-extinction and post-collapse world.              Return to Section Index


    9. Additional Reading on Progressive Evolution Theory

    The links below contain materials for Universe One advanced members, leadership training, Universe Institute think tank training, or individuals starting independent new eco-communities that wish to align with Universe One closely. 

    John Stewart is an Australian-based evolutionary scientist and member of the Evolution, Complexity, and Cognition (ECCO) Research Group of the Free University of Brussels. Much of his work on the directionality of evolution and its implications for humanity has been published in peer-reviewed papers in international science journals.

    Several of his recent papers have focused on psychological development, including the future evolution of consciousness.

    He is the author of the internationally acclaimed book 'Evolution's Arrow: the Direction of Evolution and the Future of Humanity.' More recently, he has finalized The Evolutionary Manifesto, which outlines an evolutionary worldview and explores its relevance to humanity. It demonstrates the potential of a new evolutionary worldview to provide meaning and purpose for human existence.

    His recent work also focuses on the evolutionary imperative for humanity to organize itself into a cooperative and evolvable planetary society that is underpinned by appropriate global governance.

    His latest paper on these issues is The Self-Organizing Society: A Grower’s Guide, which is freely available at

    More about his work is at

    Click here for the most updated and current evolutionary theory for organizing billionaires (and the 1%) to save us from the climate extinction emergency and other global existential threats. (This link also discusses the pros and cons of getting billionaires to work together from an evolutionary perspective. We do not hide the many negatives that can be anticipated when you try to get billionaires working together on a worthwhile project.)

    If you want to see the original evolutionary theory behind the principles of How ‘The One Percent’ of Billionaires can be Organized to Fix Climate Change, click this link.<nbsp;                       Return to Section Index


    10. Universe College Online at Universe One

    We will restart our Universe College ( to do much of the preceding. It was online for almost eight years before we closed it planning to reopen it with new far more effective online educational software. Here is the link to the original Universe College information.

    The new Universe College, when it reopens, will educate about many things online relevant to ClimateSafe Village life.



    It will also teach the critical needed dialectical meta-systemic thinking and analysis, described in detail here. Dialectical meta-systemic thinking and analysis is currently the most advanced analysis system, far beyond systems thinking and logic alone. But, unfortunately, worldwide, only a minimal number of people have mastered it, and that needs to be remedied.

    We believe the time is ripe for teaching the 28 forms of dialectical thinking. Here is just a tiny part of the reason why.

    Organization's are fixated on current applied capability (performance) alone and neglect or deny the existence of the current potential and the emergent potential capabilities of human agents and since recent ‘breakthroughs’ such as chatbots are used mainly to strengthen instrumentalist thinking and de-agentify work, the teaching the new dialectical meta-systemic thinking and analysis processes could bring together what people COULD DO if given the right advanced dialectical thinking tools to address what is obviously a slow or fast system breakdown our our current economic, ecological, and political systems.

    Teaching of these new thinking skills could help remedy what Zachary Stein called the “cognitive fallacy” – the assumption that everybody operates at a peak level of cognitive maturity and had nothing more to learn about thinking except to be ‘critical’ -- has become a fallacy that is about to engulf us. It is time to teach those who are at least 25-27 years olds the advanced new dialectical thinking systems that will help save the world.

    When the teachers, staff, and funding are in place, we will reopen the Universe College to teach and share everything we have learned or offer at Universe One.

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    11. Universe One Contributors

    The Job One for Humanity and to a significantly smaller part the Universe Spirit organizations focus on educating individuals and businesses about what is avoidable and what is unavoidable in the face of many rapidly unfolding environmental and social global collapse processes. Its primary mission is to help individuals, as a society, prepare for and optimally adapt to survive the coming levels of extinction and collapse.

    These nonprofit organizations will help individuals form groups and communities to evolve and create sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods in global warming-safer locations. Job One for Humanity will also continue to educate governments and support government-driven migration, infrastructure transfer, and emergency backup programs to deal with the accelerating global warming extinction emergency. 

    Universe Spirit provides a broad science-based knowledge base, focusing on biological evolution, to explain what is developing in society and the physical world. This "fact-based" foundation is then used to create remedial "survive and thrive" strategies. 

    (Please note that at the Universe Institute, individuals will work on better solutions to many of the world's biggest problems. Universe College operated online for about eight years and will reopen at the new Universe One site. Universe Spirit is moving to an improved new website here and may even change its name to possibly the Universe Community or Universe Scientism. The old Universe Spirit website is here. Many pages on the Universe Spirit website are decades old and a bit outdated in some areas. They are slowly being upgraded as they are transferred to the new Universe Spirit website.)

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    12. Other Pages in the ClimateSafe Village Guide

    Page 1: Introduction, Overview, and Goals

    Page 2: Climate Safe Village Qualities, Processes, Income Sources, and Safeguards

    Page 3: The Four ClimateSafe Village Models and Their Operations

    Page 4: Our New Personal Democracy ClimateSafer Village Management Model

    Page 5: About Universe One, a Unique Rural ClimateSafe Village

    Page 6: Our The Universe One ClimateSafe Village Application Process

    Appendix Materials

    The ClimateSafe Village Social Contract Page

    Online Rules for Our Virtual ClimateSafe Village

    Procedures and Policies for Exiting Our ClimateSafe Villages or Applying for Membership 

    Personal Democracy White Paper

    Click here for our ClimateSafe Village topic index guide.

    Sign up here to learn more about ClimateSafe Villages

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