4 Phases of Implementation
The first phase includes all planning and requirements leading up to the actual establishment of the community and the setting up of the community.
One of the firsts steps will be locating a suitable area for the establishment of the community (As described in "Physical Requirements")
Another important first step will be sourcing suitable people to commit to positions of community leaders (As described in "Community Members") - the first group that must be sourced during this period must contain 50 members.
The first group of members will need to fulfill utilitarian requirements (at least one of each speciality), such as:
Phase one will also include the planning of the building locations, sizes, uses and so on.
Sourcing suppliers of building materials, investigating what the most effective options are available for generating electricity and planning where and how to install it.
The infrastructure that must be completed during Phase 1 include:
- A school for each level of learning (pre-primary, junior primary, senior primary, high school, adult education facility)
- Supply stores that will provide the essentials such as food, hardware, pet shop,
- A medical centre capable of handling most common illnesses and traumas
- A police station
- A fire department
- A community centre
- A mechanic/garage
- A petrol station
- Residences for the community members who will be arriving at the beginning of Phase 2 and the current community leaders
- A waste management centre
- A sewage management centre & infrastructure
Phase 2 will include the first steps of establishing the community. This means starting construction of the first buildings, establishing the electrical, sewage and water grids.
The first of the community members will be involved in the planning and creation of the community from the beginning. Temporary residences will need to be supplied until the first of the permanent community residences are completed.
The first group of community members will arrive in the beginning of phase 2.
Residences will be assigned according to practical requirements such as size of family, location of workplace, etc. Note here that the residences will all be similar in appearance and will differ more in size and practical uses. For example, A family of 3 (2 parents and one child) would not require a house larger than 3 bedrooms.
This stage will be crucial for the development of inter relationships between community members. Community leaders will themselves be busy settling in, so a degree of chaos is to be expected. It will still be up to the community leaders to help others settle in and make sure that the first of the basic services get up and running. This will be the time for mistakes to be made and learned from, to better prepare the community members for the future when the community will undoubtedly be larger and more complex.
Once everything is functioning relatively smoothly and the infrastructure has been developed to allow for the next group to be brought in, the project will move on to phase 3.
Phase 3 is set in motion once the basic infrastructure of the community is in place. The first of the community members will be invited to move in and become part of the community, with the support of the community leaders.
The community leaders will now have to be vigilant to identify any issues that new community members face in order to develop different approaches to supporting the members through the difficulties. Community leaders will be expected to, in cooperation with each other, develop instructions and journals of their observations of the typical and atypical responses of new community members in adjusting to the community. These journals and instructions will be made publicly available 6 months after each subject of each journal/instructions arrives. In other words, community leaders will be keeping notes of the behaviour of new members and notes of the different approaches the leaders practice in supporting new members. This will serve not only as a source of valuable information for psychologists and anthropologists, but also for the community when accepting new members in the future. Any new member who the community leaders deem to be causing disruption to the community after having done everything in their ability to support will be removed from the community. If this disruptive member is there with his/her family and they are legally considered as an adult then their family will be given the option to stay (assuming the family is not also disruptive). Every effort must be made to support a member who is struggling to live by the community's principles and expulsion should only be considered as an absolute last resort.
Phase 3 will include the slow and steady growth of the community in physical space and structures as well as community members.
The community leaders will be responsible for identifying the needs of the community and applying solutions to those needs. As the community grows so too will the need for more community leaders. It will also be the responsibility of the community leaders to identify potential candidates from the community members to join them as a community leader.
It will be important to not rush the growth of community members. At this stage no more than 50 people should join the community every 6 months, until the stability and support of the community has been proven over a semi-long term.
This will be the
final phase. The community will be allowed to grow at a faster rate, though
only as fast as infrastructure allows.