As proof of how long we’ve been thinking along these lines, A Working Prototype reveals:
The physical infrastructure of public utility is currently susceptible to much abuse and waste. Electricity, communications, water, natural gas, transportation fuel and many other aspects of physical infrastructure have long been managed by the existing bureaucratic elements through social conditioning. Corporate marketing and governmental control have played a major role in making people feel powerless in the struggle for economic justice and sustainability. The vicious circle of consumption and imposed billing has presented a model of subjugation to the populace. Reversing this trend is a necessary task of the new ecological paradigm that we propose to institute. The same model that we used for governance is translated to the physical form described in the following table.
ECOLOGICAL RESOURCES INFRASTRUCTURES
ECONOMIC RESOURCES soil, water, sunlight local public utility (specific instance of the village infrastructure) food, energy, shelter, etc local integrated service grid the village infrastructure applied to localized communities transmission of local resources between communities to a larger bio-region the aggregation of local ecologies to larger bio-regional areas the confederation of bio-regions and producer communities the gross national product derived from the aggregation of bio-regions
Shifting from a consumer culture to a producer culture will require social conditioning which is very stringent and pervasive. This process is inevitable and an intentional schematic for doing so will greatly ease the pain of the process. Everyone knows that solar energy and other ecological forms for extracting resources from our natural environment cannot and should not be metered or abused. The moral adjunct of economics and ecology is a planetary mandate which we all have received from our logical collective consciousness.
That is from an eBook we started in 2001. Since then, social media, eco-village thinking, regenerative agriculture, permaculture and free, libre and open source software production and distribution have grown enormously, but so have the commercial consumerism-based Internet ploys, schemes and exploits. The OzoneFarm Experiment is far from complete.
See ecological economics for further proof that the idea is pervasive, logical and inevitable.