Tiny communities have always been seen as groups of people who shun the on grid system, capitalism and the whole idea of working 9 to 5 to pay bills. Until recently tiny living has been seen as a lifestyle for dropouts, drug/alcohol addicts, homeless people, transients and the poor.
Communities that have been established are often shunned by middle class working folk due in part to what seems like a complete disrespect for the rules that we all abide by in our 21st century civilized society.
Camps are often untidy and living accommodations appear to be what can only be described as a patchwork of recycled materials. Hoarding (as everything will come in useful someday) makes most sites look like junk yards and neighboring property prices are affected as a result. Many of the inhabitants collect social benefits or some form local council support making most traditionalists feel like they are paying their bills as well as their own, causing even more division between these 2 groups with what appears to be very distinctly different ideas of what utopia should look like.
Amongst all inhabitants of any tiny communities there is a diverse group with what appears to be common goals. Although the fact remains that some choose to be there and some have no choice. In addition there are givers and takers which often causes rifts in tightly compact environments.
Before solving a problem or meeting a need, it’s important to recognise the fundamental ‘desires’ of all parties directly affected by it. Common ground is where we can begin to rebuild a better way.
There is no doubt that everyone is affected by the stresses of everyday living and most people would agree that the chance to escape it (even for a short time) would be desirable. But moving your family to what most people would consider a ‘trashy trailer park’ just so you can have an easier life personally, is to be frank selfish. Not to mention the burden you now place on an already over stretched social system in your personal desire for an easier life.
So how can you have the BEST of both worlds?
By spreading the community wider and providing sustainable centralised essential services supported by an efficient recycling, junk/waste material handling and logistics services and a reward for participation community points/credits system.
NEEDS WE MEET FOR INHABITANTS
Tiny (well designed) modular homes that can grow with your family; that are spread across the city rather than on one site.
A community points/credits system that rewards ‘active’ members.
A central ‘Horders Heaven’ junkyard site, so properties stay tidy.
A workshop to explore your creativity or just build stuff at the junkyard location with all the tools you’ll ever need.
A sewage and waste recycling system
A vegan farm providing work for inhabitants and education for volunteers and students
An off-grid clean energy production and distribution system
A community logistics support system that acts as a conduit between central services and community members
NEEDS WE MEE FOR COUNCILS
Inexpensive flexible accommodation
Reduction in social benefit dependancy
Taxes from farm and energy production
Reduction in urban density
Support for transients and homeless
NEEDS WE MEET FOR CORPORATIONS
Retreats for high pressured employees
Accommodation for temporary stay employees
Socially conscious PR