Twelve years of programming experience with a farm background and training at the University of Guelph have been put into developing a model for an integrated, sustainable community with 36 dwellings and 144 people on 160 acres, with food, water and energy being obtained on site, designed to result in a net positive output, while being symbiotically balanced within its native surroundings. The model is being designed in and for Eastern Ontario.
Just as in university, when five courses are taken each semester, each of us has a variety of interests. Mine are programming, carpentry, hiking, sustainability and origins. These interests then lead naturally into work that is invigorating and can be sustained over the long run.
When the weather gets warmer, I like to be involved in projects that requiring building, maintaining or fixing. These are a pleasant diversion from all the time spent behind the keyboard. It is also healthier to engage in various physical activities as these support a fit body, which in turn supports a fit mind. Carpentry, and its related activities, are just a continuation of my time spent growing up on the farm.
If I can't get out in a farm environment or workshop, then I enjoy going for long walks, anywhere where there are few people and lot's of nature. Perhaps that is what brought me to the Peterborough area, where there is enough city to find micro SD cards, but plenty of country once one gets a fifteen or twenty minute walk outside of it. I also enjoy taking photographs and usually have a device with me that can snap pictures of interesting objects or landscapes when I go out.
I have worked on an integrated, sustainable community model starting in late 2016. There, after spending two weeks on the property of an off-grid solar installer near Buckhorn, Ontario and living in a 40’ diameter, circular straw bale house, I came up with the schematic I am currently using as a two dimensional layout for the community. It is 2,640’ x 2,640 and contains 36 dwellings for 144 people on 160 acres. The occupants selected support each other with their professions and trades. The design calls for a net positive output, while being symbiotically balanced within its native surroundings. Tested methods, as well as products and services are systematically offered to the surrounding communities. Credit must be given to Michael Tellinger of South Africa who had developed a system called “Contributionism” as a model in which existing communities could thrive. However, it was felt that this system—developed in South Africa—did not have realistic expectations of the number of hours required per person per week and so would not translate well to a Western mindset, culture and environment. The model developed is my own work, with hints from Tellinger, and others.
Last, I have been interested in our origins for some time; how we got here and why. When I started my professional career, I thought I knew what I needed and had prepared to go out and tell others this. I wasn't so certain, however, when a student naively asked a question about Darwin's theory of evolution. It made a lot of sense, especially the part about bird's beaks. This prompted me to find out more. That "more" started in the mid-90s and has culminated in the current work.
Practically, as this relates to my current efforts, this means I am making myself available to meet the needs of others through the following:
Programming and Page Loads
Page Speed, Page Load Times, Optimization, Backup and Security. I have developed a lightweight five file framework (tentatively called the LF3) that is a precursor to WordPress and provides a redundant fallback if WordPress ceases to function due to its more complex nature. Extensive work has been done on directory structure to better use it as a means of categorizing topics, filing new information, and separating out content from the underlying logic used to deliver the site. This makes the site more robust and secure. The “LF3” loads quickly, can be scanned by a programmer in its entirety and performs much of the basic functions expected from a site; with very few files. Extensions can be added, if needed. It picks up image, video and audio files automatically and tacks the document PDF to the excerpt automatically resulting in what amounts to “semi-intelligent document creation”.
As this is not something I am actively doing, starting up again in this works requires transition time and care, especially as one gets older. However, it is rewarding to have a hobby that involves working with machinery and wood. It is enjoyable working with another person, especially when they also have background and skills in this area.
My work right now (2020) is at the stage where I feel comfortable looking for people in the six to eight sectors defined so far (trades, arts and music, gardening and personal care, monitoring, analysis and reporting, academic and applied) to approach them to determine how the model developed so far might benefit them. This might mean trading work improving their web site for products, services or training they are offering in a 2:1 blend (see below).
Origins and Discussion
How we got here, why and how knowledge of that can help our life today. Evidence of ancient technologies shows we were not the first to develop to an advanced state. Indeed, precise rock cuts and 1,100 tonne rocks show the ancient technology was much advanced to ours! Knowing what happened back then can help guide us in how to proceed today. This includes a knowledge of the original languages, the etymology of words used today, advanced stone work, and megalithic sites.
Transitioning to a Better Society
Realistically—in order to perform work in an environment that requires the use of the local currency in order to function—the person or group performing the service needs to have enough of that currency to do what they need to do. Without that—however noble their intentions—they eventually will cease being able to do anything at all. With that in mind, I am introducing a blended method that uses a 2:1 ratio (trade:dollar). Trade may occur on the simbi.com platform and use its internal currency (called “simbi”) or the trade of products and services deemed to be of equal value. For example, three hours of work at 50 per hour and at a 2:1 ratio would be 100 simbi and $50 CAD. All work may be in CAD, but not all work may be in simbi, as a critical minimum in CAD is required in order to function.
Criteria for Engagement
Due to the easy manner in which profiles may be created, discretion is exercised when engaging others encountered in an online only environment. Indicators used to determine credibility are: (a) An authentic profile photo with only one person in the image, (b) a person’s real name used in a link or in a profile description, (c) A link to a personal or professional website showing original work. Preference is given to working with people in the Eastern Time Zone with attention given to distance (nearer is better).
http://earth3300.ca (General Framework)
http://ec01.earth3300.ca (Specific Working Site)
http://wp.cbos.ca (WordPress and Related)
Code and Documentation
Bringing Quality Back to the Web. (2019).
Setting Perspective on the Page. (2019).
Delaying Publication for Better Results. (2019)
Model for a Sustainable Community. (2017).
The draft needs work, but pins down many of the initial ideas that were generated after the schematic was developed. The schematic shown at left is stable and well developed. It is available online.
Creating a Workflow for Online Publishing. (2019). 150 pp.
This book (draft) was written in the processing of attempting to find a better way to write and publish content that would implement software used by many for decades; that is, the word processor. The format used in the book is a result of that effort. It is optimized for an 8” tablet (link provided upon request).