ProtoVillage

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Published on February 18, 2014

Author: InteGreater

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ProtoVillage will be an intentional community of seekers committed to practicing Abundance. It will be a centre for learning, practice, demonstration and dissemination of the knowledge on how any community in this region can organise itself for abundance.
Abundance is a state in which a community employs ecologically sustainable means to ensure a resilient access to resources that are necessary and sufficient to fulfill the basic needs of all its inhabitants (including humans).

An  abundant  world  begins  with  a  Prototype ProtoVillage an initiative of

We   dream   of   an   abundant   world   and   we   are   working   on   its   prototype.  We  call  it  ProtoVillage. Abundance   is   a   state   in   which   a   community   employs ecologically sustainable means   to   ensure   a resilient access   to   resources   that   are   necessary   and   sufficient   to   fulfill   the   basic needs   of   all   its   inhabitants   (including humans). Being set up in 12.5 acres of land owned by a registered non-profit, in   the   2nd   driest   district   in   India   (Anantapur,   Andhra   Pradesh),   ProtoVillage will be an intentional community of seekers committed to practicing Abundance. It will be a center for learning, practice, demonstration and dissemination of the knowledge on how any community in this region can organize itself for abundance. ABer  2.5  years   of   traveling  across   India  and  3   years  of  living  and  learning  the   ways  of  rural   life   in   a   remote   drought-­‐prone   village   cluster,   our   thinking   evolved   from   a   raw   ambiGon  of  “wanGng  to  change”  to  an  inspired  pracGce  of  “being  the  change”.

Abundance Disaster Management Food & Water Security Shelter Connectivity Clothing Education Health Trade Energy There   are   five   essenGal   components   of   Abundance.   The   outer   rim   indicates   a  resilient   capability   to  fulfill   all   basic   needs  in   ecologically   sustainable   ways.   The   ellipses   indicate   the   basic   needs   along   9   dimensions.   The   red   dots   indicate   member   groups   within   a   community.  The  network  of  lines  represents   the   conscious  pracGce  of   interdependence   amongst   individual   members   as   well   as   groups   of   members.   And   at   the   very   core,   is   the   commitment   to   learn   and   pracGce  the  ways  of  mutuality  and  coexistence.

Abundance is when: 1. All the members honor the commitment to learn and practice a way of life that is synergistic with the ways of the natural ecosystem they are part of. 2. Members organize themselves into several interdependent groups. Each group takes responsibility of fulfilling one basic need for the entire community. Collectively, they will be capable of fulfilling all the basic needs of every inhabitant within the community. It is only when the individual members establish and respect the traditions of interdependence, that the community as a whole can enjoy autonomy. a. Interdependence leads to a resource (material, energy, time) efficient system, and therefore gifts each member an abundance of time. 3. The community provides an environment that inspires all members to invest the abundant time in practicing whatever expresses them best! Abundance is a decentralized, cooperative, steady state of resilience that breaks away from the paradigm of limitless economic growth. It requires that we adopt a lifestyle that is more respectful of all life around us. There will be art and there will be poetry There will be a singing bird atop every tree

Creating an interdependence eco-system In   each   of   the   9 dimensions,   members   of   ProtoVillage   will  setup   locally   appropriate   micro-enterprises   that   are   ecologically   sustainable   and   economically   viable.   These   micro-­‐enterprises   demonstrate   alternative livelihoods   to   the   villagers   in   the   region.   Members   of   ProtoVillage   run   them  as  free learning  centers  for  the  village  SelfHelpGroups (SHGs). Different groups   in   each   village   are   trained   in   enterprises   along   different dimensions.  This  has  three  advantages: 1. Creates  Occupational diversity  that   leads  to   interdependence   within  each  village.   2. A   SHG   enterprise   in   a   given   village   can   expand   only   by   partnering   with   another  SHG  from  a  different  village.  Therefore  there’s  an   incentive for spreading goodness!   3. Creates  an  array  of   expanding networks of small-scale  but   high   quality  eco-­‐friendly  manufacturing/service  delivery  operations. ProtoVillage is not just about technologies or solutions across 9 dimensions. That’s the easier part. ProtoVillage is about how any community can organize itself for abundance!

We invite you to be a ProtoBeliever! ProtoVillage   aims   to   be   a   dynamic   flux   of   people   with   diverse   skills   and   perspecGves,   bonding,   cross-­‐pollinaGng   and   co-­‐creaGng   abundance   in   an   arid   drought-­‐prone  region.   ProtoBelievers  are  a  group   of  pioneer  believers  who  see  the  barren  lands  and   believe   the   promise   of   abundance...   who   own   up   and   say   “We   will   make   this   happen!”   They   will   be   the   members   of   ProtoVillage   (Some   resident   and   others   non-­‐ resident).   The   ProtoBelievers   are   by   invitaGon   only.   They   become   acGve   collaborators  in  thinking,  planning  and  implementaGon. We  invite  you  to  be  a  ProtoBeliever.   It  is   in  these  barren  lands  that  we   dream  of  abundance.  Let’s  join  hands  and  co-­‐create  ProtoVillage! To   learn   more   about   ProtoVillage,   we   encourage   you   to   visit   us   at   www.protovillage.org   and   like   us   @   www.facebook.com/protovillage,   or   reach   us   at:   Kalyan   Akkipeddi   (on-­‐field   volunteer)   +91   9000284794,+91   9741746478,  kalyanakkipeddi@gmail.com   ProtoVillage  is  an  iniGaGve   of  InteGreater  FoundaGon,  a  non-­‐profit  organizaGon  based  in   Andhra   Pradesh,  India.  All   donaGons  to  InteGreater  are  exempt  from  Income  Tax  under  sec  80g. There  are   640 districts across India.  Imagine  groups  of   co-­‐learners,   each   group   sehng  up   one   such   demonstrative village per district   and  spreading  abundance  within  that  district. Let’s join hands and make it real!

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