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One Small Town is a beautiful concept to realise Ubuntu. [...]

Surry Hills, New South Wales
via Ubuntu - Australia - NSW - Sydney
One Small Town is a beautiful concept to realise Ubuntu. It is a model so people can see how people can empower themselves.

Do you agree that we should aim for a community of 5,000 people? Where did MT come up with that number? I ask as if we're going to to replicate in Australia then we need to plan around a number for: land, resources, housing, skill sets. A friend on mine has 100acres and is planning for 100 people. Would that be enough to aid the transition? or should we aim high?…
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personally, I think it's better to start with a smaller group than 5000.
Monday 9 January 2017, 01:08:08
Alex Arathoon
I guess it's something that can grow over time if properly planned for. Planning first for essential services / skills. Then attract more people. Vital to have enough land first of all for future growth and location is key. We have to keep in mind that Ubuntu isn't about living in a "bubble". Many conscious/intentional communities have failed why? as they didn't seed the consciousness. They didn't plan and didn't sell cut down products cheaply to surrounding towns. We need to look at best practice in all areas, make a beautiful outstanding town that people will be attracted to: arts and culture, rejuvenated health practice, wonderful crafts, cutting edge scientific research into alternative energy.
Monday 9 January 2017, 01:40:44
Good questions.... and responses my understanding of the 'one small town' concept is not to build a community of this size ( just not feasible), but to look for an existing village or town of around this number with a mayor/sherif/council/residents who is/are willing to contemplate and implement the Ubuntu manifesto, or some aspects of it...if this is correct, you can see why this approx nº makes sense. Then you could turn around the village into a productive and thriving example as you envision Alex without the need to literally build from the ground up.
Monday 9 January 2017, 20:16:13
I have had a couple of meetings with the mayor in my village in Andalucia, Spain for example. He is not dismissive of the ideas, but rather needs more support and confidence. Most (all?) officials here are basically afraid to make a move outside of the accepted 'norms' , or have been corrupted and dont want to expose their misdeeds... I'm thinking it might mean waiting until everything has become a lot worse and there is no real alternative for the local 'authorities' to see that they just might have to take matters into their own hands. Or, as Michael suggests, one good example elsewhere to provide the motivation....
still, we'll keep approaching and building the case :-). Put simply, its the illusion and fear of those in apparent authority and the fictional legislation that accompanies this which prevents anyone from moving ahead with implementing ideas of their own . When are we going to overcome these impediments??
Monday 9 January 2017, 20:23:59
Alex Arathoon
Thanks for your response. Michael E. V. Knight has posted a directory of communities in the Australian Ubuntu Coordinators FB page.. Perhaps it's worth contacting each to educate them in Ubuntu. If there is a good response then the community leaders can propose the model to the residents. This would be a huge win with minor effort. I'm drawing up a further document as there is much detail that needs to be covered.

Here's the list.…

Tuesday 10 January 2017, 04:32:14
Nic G
Will that go well with Trump?
Tuesday 10 January 2017, 11:30:16
Alex Arathoon
Who cares about Trump, Turrnbull, May or whoever think they are in 'power'. There's nothing illegal about what we are doing we are slowly transitioning to a life of harmony and freedom. Over time it will be an unstoppable force as people see the truth to contributionism. One Small Town is beautiful and simple.
Wednesday 11 January 2017, 22:37:11
Nic G
I love the concept, I'm just skeptic about some issues that can be a source of corruption inside the organization, like the people that controls the income of the exported material.Will he or will the Mayor get greedy? Is there some fiscal authority so that the money gets equally distributed? I know that we are seeking harmony, but we also know that the human being is easily corrupted.
Thursday 12 January 2017, 12:53:07
Alex Arathoon
I get your concerns Nic G but I feel once we set an example the people will gravitate to our villages/towns and not allow any corruption to happen. The more aligned people will enter local government and work with the people. Direct democracy like Flux can give people a direct say in their affairs at the local level. In established towns this will take time as people need to build trust in the transition. In new towns it's easier in a way as all members will be aligned. So this is another argument for transitioning established communities or building new.

We must have faith that human consciousness is evolving. If we had a town of 5,000 as mentioned in One Small Town we would decide who is most aligned to become a candidate for Mayor. Imagine 5,000 people voting for one person it's a no brainer that person will serve the people. Once the people see they have integrity and serve the surrounding communities then it will snow ball. We can't live in fear any more this is the time for change. It's my mission and passion.
Thursday 12 January 2017, 23:03:34
Nic G
Thanks for the positive view Alex, we pessimists need it time to time!
Friday 13 January 2017, 15:27:10
Alex Arathoon
Haha I know I get like the every time I watch the news - it's the worst habit. I find if I get out in nature for a walk it helps me gain balance. I love Centenial Park in Sydney and love to do my reading there and to help me think about where we want to go.
Saturday 14 January 2017, 23:41:42
Michael E. V. Knight
The reason MT likes towns with 5,000 population is he is hoping close to 20% of them will want Ubuntu and actually help make it happen.

But yes this can start ANYWHERE 2 people start working TOGETHER on it.
Tuesday 17 January 2017, 20:03:56
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