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Sustainable Caring Communities

Sustainable Organic Off-The-Grid Communities Are The Future

The EcoSustainability community concept is one of the most central parts of the entire Dolce Vita Global operation and vision. Founders Niklas Christides and Rocco Parisi envisioned that self-sustainable community living could achieved in the future back in 2014. They also recognised that this would connects all the different pieces of the DVG world together. Niklas and Rocco have since the beginning believed in collective power, especially among people who are at the level of consciousness where they do not live only through their own agenda, but rather through their warm hearts.

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."

Henry Ford

Natural Extension To Evolution

Our EcoVillage concept emphasizes the importance of sustainable development and innovation in the villages, so that the community can function as a natural extension to evolution. Natural, yet comprehensive health maintenance and sustainable lifestyle is a collective matter that the community needs to see as a core building block.

When people have a healthy body, mind and heart, it means that they are able and want to participate actively in the activities of the village and that they are inclined to be constructive and flexible in supporting, maintaining and promoting high Quality Of Life in the community.

Good planning, stong co-operation and careful implementation

Many may think that creating a functioning village and community is utopian thinking and too challenging to implement in today's restricted and government controlled world, because there simply would seem to be far too many limiting factors. However, we do not believe it is so, all it requires is a well-planned, co-operative and carefully implemented out of the box thinking village society. Focusing and creating the framework is crucial, rather than just rushing in to build the village piece by peace, having the core infrastructure and committed people should be priority number one, not the village itself.

Enabling a village to thrive

The most important things to guarantee a thriving village community are the dynamics of the community and the management of the cost structure, to become fully self-sufficient should be the long term aim. Automation and clear processes help minimize or ideally totally remove the need for any bureaucracy and thus prevents corruption from rising to burden the community. An organic way of life and a connection to nature should equally be seen as everyday things to celebrate and be appreciative off. Finally, sustainability does not require size, as size can often become the downfall, as we can witness and clearly see in modern cities and socity. 

Research, history and challenges with running EcoVillages

We already knew years ago that community spirit is an essential factor in maintaining EcoVillage sustainability and becoming self-sufficient. But it is always good to dig a bit deeper, to know a little bit more about the background of eco-villages and what other people have created. In this section we discuss key things and challenges that we think are important to consider and resolve before pursuing setting up of any EcoVillages.

C = Challenge I S = Solution

C1) The first observation is that self-sufficiency is of interest to people and on their agenda, however the reason why it is not comprehensively pursued is due to the difficulty, resources, time and energy it takes when done alone or in smaller communities. As a consequence it becomes a strain and the Quality Of Life suffers.

S1) Our solution is to work on every aspect of the Village operation, ensure all parts are modelled, ideally in advance, and then continuously developed over time. If necessary, solutions and methods could be tested in advance, so that when the EcoVillage setup stage is nearing the tested and running practices can be harnessed there.

C2) Almost all eco-village models seem to be based on the fact that they are extension to living and housing solutions, i.e. people want to change their life, live on farm or in the countryside or alternatively due to the fact that they want or need to control their living structure. We feel this is a problem, because in these cases the core intent and activity will only focus on development after actually starting setup of the village. When things don't have a structure in the background, it almost impossible to make it sustainable, because you are up against it, constantly dealing with arising challenges. This in turn will result in being reactive rather than sustainable due to the constant pressure to resolve challenges. The result is a destructive loop, where you end up fixing an already existing problem that won't go away.

S2) In our opinion, development should always be organic and well planned, you do not need to know everything, but things must be clear at least at the level of thought. This is the reason why we have been working on this issue for about six years, so that we could make sure that we almost fully understand what a EcoVillage would requires operationally and what commitments it requires from its community.

C3) It is quite clear that idealism and leadership figures are a strong common feature in village communities, the purpose of which assumingly is to create unity and stability. In this day and age, innovation and communal projects, as well as progressive attitude also bind and unite people. The problem we feel is that community spirit suffers greatly when realism is replaced by idealism, which over time fragments activities and creates confrontation, even competition for leadership positions, which stands in the way of organic progress.

S3) We aim to resolve the matter through minimizing administration and bureaucracy, which is where the management and operational experience, insight and acumen that Niklas holds is important, as he values efficiency thinking, but not at the cost of unity and common interests. Administration and bureaucracy are not needed to a large extent when things and activities have clear frames and processes. When you don't need administration and bureaucracy, you don't need a lot of leadership either, and for us the degree of self-actualization is what measures the capability to achieve and remain sustainability and healthy in terms of operations.

C4) Power and abuse of power is always a big risk and often the fact that the founders of villages are also the village leaders is in our view a big problem and misconception, because power generally leads to wanting more power (can be an unconscious act or trait, as well).

S4) The problem related to power is solved in such a way that the village administration and activity or operational coordination body (3-6 people depending on the size) changes every 18 months, the same person cannot be in the role two consecutive periods. This ensures that the power of an individual person to decide matters is removed often enough. Every resident of the village commits to the fact that at some point they will probably have to take on an administrative task, it is essential for the collective to function and therefore should not be a question of choice (obviously the collective agrees to this). It is also important that there are people from different age groups in administrative positions.