Today, I think I saw it

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Today, I think I saw what I am looking for. I was waiting with Perry outside of an auto repair place – we had just toured around the area looking for the perfect lunch, namely great food for under 5$ or under. I ordered a slice of pizza for $2.50, and gave half to a homeless man who was living next to a power generator. I noticed a lot of neglected property around the area, and wondered what it would take to convert it to farmland. First the soil is terrible – pure clay I think, and very dry. Would take years to make it work. Also, a lot of waste vegetation:

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April

It’s been about a month since I posted.  In that period of time, many things have occurred   I started a project to create a low-cost water quality sensor.  This seemed to be aligned with my vision and is a unique opportunity to work with my Father and use his expertise.  Help was enlisted, and a project was started, but it slowed due to competition with a project I have been trying to finish.   This caused a lot of disappointment until recently, when my Father got a lab at UCSD, and several new ideas for the sensor came about.  Also, I considered a new way of managing projects that didn’t put me at the center of action.  I think it’s possible to keep a project alive by putting in something every week no matter how small.   So at this point, I’m recovering from momentum loss in a few areas.  

First Post

Let this blog document my quest to create an Eco-Village.  It sounds like an absurd idea… and indeed it is, but it is the first step of a thousand mile journey, likely to be the final journey of my life.  I do not think I could do such a thing without God, and I am praying for God to give me wisdom, and possibly take me off this course as soon as possible if it’s solely an expression of my arrogance, which I don’t deny is possible.

I just started meeting with George Zeigler who is a guru figure, a great chess player (a few points sub master) and teacher as well as semi-mystic and life-coach.  I have asked him to help me on this quest to begin to organize my time and thinking in order to realize the latent potential in this idea.  He has very kindly agreed, and will keep me accountable even if just by his very presence, even if I just don’t want to let him down.  So I have planted this idea into him as well, and I hope it grows there.   He has given me some new terminology which I like, and I hope to form with him an initial master-mind which will incubate and grow this idea.

My task this week was to reach out to existing people who are already doing this sort of thing, reach out, and start a conversation with them.  You can avoid a thousand errors by having a model.  This actually turned out to be more difficult than I thought, a lot of the problem was semantics, specifically finding the name of the thing I was looking for…  In the end, I did find “sustainable Eco-village” which led me to <a title=”http://www.sustainableecovillages.net&#8221; href=”http://www.sustainableecovillages.net”>http://www.sustainableecovillages.net</a> .  I looked around, and found many of the ideas I had been thinking of represented, as well some ideas I didn’t think of.  A very good document serving as a starting point for thinking about this subject is <a title=”Fundamentals of Village Design” href=”http://www.villagedesign.org/vdi_writings/Fundamentals%20of%20Village%20Design.doc”>Fundamentals of Village Design</a>.

A quote that resonated strongly with me was:

“A competent Village Designer must first be an accomplished gardener; it’s all a difference of scale.”

I am currently a gardener.   My winter garden is doing pretty well at this moment, I ate some of my home grown salad, peas, and lemons for dinner.  It’s amazingly good stuff, and I hope to share it with many many friends (and enemies too).

Another important idea from this document is that no-one has yet fully realized this idea of a  truly “sustainable” village.  It’s like the invention of such a thing would incur a radical transformation of the planet.  The document ends with an imaginative, quasi-religious talk about the formation of the ideal eco-village being the ultimate will and possibly creation of the Gaia consciousness.  This is a neat idea, but since for me God is Jesus the Messiah, I suspect  my concept of God may be a unique dimension in this field.  The other idea that I bring which seemed to diverge from the author (EC Mare?) is the need for strong and positive authority to bring about harmony.  He speaks about self-assembly, and autopoeisis, and these are our current scientific models of creation, but I believe that one of man’s greatest struggles in the end is relating to authority, and I don’t think nature ever dispenses of it.

I created a profile on that site, and asked them to recommend existing Eco-Village in the southern California area that I could visit, and learn from.  We’ll see if they get back to me.

I am doing this really pressed for time.  My current way of life has very little freedom to expand in.  I’m either going to have to became more efficient, or let go of something in order to magnetize this area…

 

My quest to create a sustainable Eco-village

Let this blog document my quest to create an Eco-Village.  It sounds like an absurd idea… and indeed it is, but it is the first step of a thousand mile journey, likely to be the final journey of my life.  I do not think I could do such a thing without God, and I am praying for God to give me wisdom, and possibly take me off this course as soon as possible if it’s solely an expression of my arrogance, which I don’t deny is possible.

I just started meeting with George Zeigler who is a guru figure, a great chess player (a few points sub master) and teacher as well as semi-mystic and life-coach.  I have asked him to help me on this quest to begin to organize my time and thinking in order to realize the latent potential in this idea.  He has very kindly agreed, and will keep me accountable even if just by his very presence, even if I just don’t want to let him down.  So I have planted this idea into him as well, and I hope it grows there.   He has given me some new terminology which I like, and I hope to form with him an initial master-mind which will incubate and grow this idea.

My task this week was to reach out to existing people who are already doing this sort of thing, reach out, and start a conversation with them.  You can avoid a thousand errors by having a model.  This actually turned out to be more difficult than I thought, a lot of the problem was semantics, specifically finding the name of the thing I was looking for…  In the end, I did find “sustainable Eco-village” which led me to http://www.sustainableecovillages.net .  I looked around, and found many of the ideas I had been thinking of represented, as well some ideas I didn’t think of.  A very good document serving as a starting point for thinking about this subject is Fundamentals of Village Design.    

A quote that resonated strongly with me was:

“A competent Village Designer must first be an accomplished gardener; it’s all a difference of scale.”

I am currently a gardener.   My winter garden is doing pretty well at this moment, I ate some of my home grown salad, peas, and lemons for dinner.  It’s amazingly good stuff, and I hope to share it with many many friends (and enemies too).

Another important idea from this document is that no-one has yet fully realized this idea of a  truly “sustainable” village.  It’s like the invention of such a thing would incur a radical transformation of the planet.  The document ends with an imaginative, quasi-religious talk about the formation of the ideal eco-village being the ultimate will and possibly creation of the Gaia consciousness.  This is a neat idea, but since for me God is Jesus the Messiah, I suspect  my concept of God may be a unique dimension in this field.  The other idea that I bring which seemed to diverge from the author (EC Mare?) is the need for strong and positive authority to bring about harmony.  He speaks about self-assembly, and autopoeisis, and these are our current scientific models of creation, but I believe that one of man’s greatest struggles in the end is relating to authority, and I don’t think nature ever dispenses of it.

I created a profile on that site, and asked them to recommend existing Eco-Village in the southern California area that I could visit, and learn from.

I am doing this really pressed for time.  My current way of life has very little freedom to expand in.  I’m either going to have to became more efficient, or let go of something.

Marco