One of the biggest challenges of sustaining a small community is its economy.
With fewer customers locally, how will the businesses make enough money, how will there be enough jobs for residents to earn the money they need to sustain their families and homes?
Here are some of the ways:
- The farm could operate a farm-stand and produce food products such as perserved veggies and herbs, jams and sauces, as well as meat products such as sausages. The products could be sold online and products shipped worldwide.
- A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) would allow residents to work part-time to earn their food, or pay a fee for a weekly share. They could also provide gardening and animal husbandry classes, training workshops for others in other parts of the world who want to build something similar to this community.
- A co-op shop could provide imported goods that aren’t available locally, such as soy free chocolate, or fine wine. 🙂 (for those of you who don’t know, I have a soy allergy)
- The community / events center would be a great place to host ASL-centric events year round, such as camps, yoga / spiritual retreats, small conferences, ASL & other sign language classes, eco-lifestyle training, and so on. That would create administrative, hospitality and event coordination jobs locally. Speakers and teachers could be invited from around the world to come and teach our locals and visitors about gardening, farming, eco-living, business, ASL, you name it….
- A little local cafe and/or pub with a diverse menu and/or pub could serve the community. A brewery could serve as another export business as well.
- The charter school would offer some job opportunities, of course. There would also be additional funding and job opportunities if we force K12.com to comply with accessibility and then provide the manpower to create the additional materials and/or captioning of their videos.
- A carpentry and home building company with employees who are experienced and educated in eco-building techniques.
- A web development and Internet marketing company would establish different kinds of jobs; high tech, administrative, sales, and management. Clients can be served around the world using 100% virtual communications. Of course, the farm, community center, and other local businesses would be the highest priority customers.
- Film production is always a great economic booster, especially today with the need for more online content to be produced in video. With local scenery and unique town backgrounds, a film studio and production company would be a smart investment.
- A travel / tour guide can take people camping, on hikes, recreational activities, and survival training, especially if the village is in a location close enough to national parks or a place where other recreational activity can take place.
- Some kind of medical care could be provided by a doctor or nurse practitioner, apothecary or pharmacy.
- Other online and retail businesses can be founded such as software services and thanks to today’s worldwide shipping network; crafts, imports/exports, printing services, you name it. We wouldn’t even need to establish warehouses, there are great services to take care of that such as Amazon.com.
In a nutshell, an “off the grid” community that’s CONNECTED to the grid using technology to create a thriving community of individuals that share similar values and interests.
If the world starts to fall apart for whatever reason, we have our farm and natural resources to keep everyone safe and well fed while adapting to becoming 100% inter-dependent.
For instance, all the tech people could then start focusing on providing repair services to preserve the electronic goods such as toasters and washing machines that are no longer available as imports. Others could start making clothes, hunt for food. When the washing machines wear out; provide clothes washing services. And so on…