The core team has been busy the last few years living our respective lives and doing much background work for this project. We have accumulated knowledge and skills, we have explored various eco-villages and intentional communities, we have visioned together, we have traveled extensively in Central America and chosen two possible regions which would best suit our vision and where we have looked for land. We have decided on the basic guidelines and functioning framework of the community and have several documents that explain this in detail and set up the website as a platform from which we can share what has been done and promote the IPC.
Publicity is now our highest priority with the intention of finding interested participants and raising funds to purchase the land. Incorporation of the non-profit organization Community Earth has been put on hold as legally at this time it only makes sense if we start that in Panama not abroad. It is our hope that we can raise enough funds to purchase the land we have chosen by July of 2020 and continue the work that has will be started on the land this October 2019.
Once the land has been purchased the following plan: IPC's Strategies for Sustainable Growth, will be used as a general guideline in the community's development. In general this means that there will be an observation period where our permaculture plan can be developed and divided into distinct zones: village (personal and communal spaces), agro-forestry, agricultural and protected preserves. Once this is established, the building of the village proper, the initiation of cooperatives and the influx of more participants will get underway with earnest. For more details on this plan consult the above link.
The functionality of the community is laid out in the IPC Structure and within the Membership Contract. With the gradual growth of the community, aspects of these architectural elements will shift as needed in democratic fashion using our democracy model - the Voting Sphere. The possibility within this structure to create co-ops for products and services that are unique to the region are limited only by our imagination. Any such enterprises will diversify our income stream and sustainability. Once established, the community could serve as a catalyst to help initiate a network of similar communities worldwide.