Plan C    Dormant Conditions

During severe economic downturns, an affected company would go into a dormant state rather than shut down. Its employees would go on unpaid furlough rather than be laid off and would be recalled when work became available. Increased community service allows furloughed employee-residents to retain their apartments and pay most or all their housing cost with earned Community Credit. Participating employers, in order to avoid permanent shutdown, must be debt-free, insured, subsidized, or otherwise able to reorganize or freeze obligations to be covered for the dormant period. This plan would preserve a company’s physical, business, and workforce assets as well as its employees’ jobs, housing and essential quality of life.

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Plan B    Variable Conditions

During moderate economic hard times, affected employees’ commitments would be varied according to a negotiated scale. In accord with those agreements, affected companies would reduce some or all employees’ work-hours. Affected employees would work more hours in community service and pay a larger portion of their housing cost with earned Community Credit. This option provides the opportunity for employers and employees to calibrate their variable agreements to securing their quality of life.

Plan A   Normal Conditions

Under normal conditions an employee-resident’s time allocations are balanced between employment and community service according to their basic agreement. All residents participate in community service for which they earn Community Credit used to pay a portion of their housing cost.

Ground Floor:  The Holigent Delta Plan

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A multipurpose project that begins with the acquisition of a suitable real property, preferably no smaller than an 18 unit apartment complex. The property will be renovated to serve as live/work and classroom arrangements for associates, students studying Holigent socioeconomic organization, and for suitable commercial live/work tenants.

Step 1: The Holigent Seed Project

Generic, not the actual property

Step 4:  Regional Development
A cluster or string of Holigent Urban Villages to form a Holigent Town. Such regional development will provide the opportunity to fine-tune the hybrid socioeconomic system and demonstrate its large-scale potential. Each village would feature a car share and efficient light mass transit to facilitate movement between and outside Holigent communities. Living comfortably in these safe, economically secure, well-maintained and healthful communities with parks and recreational facilities and without the burden of car-ownership or commute allows for greater social interaction, physical activity and stress-free living. Stress-free living is a significant factor of greater individual and collective health and happiness. Holigent communities will also prevent rather than fight crime by providing outreach, training and jobs for adjacent neighborhoods with special attention to their at-risk youth. Furthermore, Holigent Villages will be developed and managed by nonprofit organizations and all the rental income they generate will be reinvested into the communities.
Step 5:  National Program
When politicians on all sides understand that the Holigent Reconstruct America project can become a massive means of job creation as well as a solution to the multidimensional challenges facing the nation, federal funding will be forthcoming and the regional project will expand nationally.
The Holigent Project expanded to a national scale would sharpen America’s competitive edge, move the U.S. toward energy independence and balanced budgets, create economic security, reduce the burden on government, and provide quality of life at a sustainable rate of consumption and minimal carbon footprint. A national Holigent program would bring back outsourced jobs, create large numbers of employment opportunities, and leave a legacy of low-carbon, self-financed, self-maintained, affordable, secure and sustainable communities across America.
Step 2: The Seed Project Enlarged
The property will be further developed and additional property acquired to provide live/work spaces for self-employed entrepreneurs and for small companies and their employees. They will each participate in a Delta Plan socioeconomic arrangement that will provide business, job, and housing security.
Step 6:  Global Outreach 
Coordinated with U.S. foreign policy and managed by nongovernmental organizations overseas, Holigent programs could be a model for international community networking and economic revitalization that could supplement or supplant foreign aid and promote economic security, sustainability, peace and goodwill worldwide without strain on American taxpayers.

The Delta Plan

The Holigent Delta Plan is a three-way agreement between participating employers, their participating employee-residents of the “Village” and a nonprofit developer/management organization. Economic security is achieved through the Delta Plan by maintaining balance between local and global economies. The Holigent arrangement helps generate and retain local value and wealth, providing a “firewall” to protect participating communities against the unpredictability of the national and global economies even during recessionary times. With these three-way agreements the nonprofit management organization is able to underwrite business continuity, job and housing security, and quality of life for all occupants of a Holigent community. Three general scenarios are highlighted below to illustrate the key aspects of the hybrid economic arrangement.

Holigent Reconstruct America

Step by step local to global

Holigent Reconstruction

This page concentrates mostly on the physical reconstruction of society, one community at a time. We need to remember that societal renewal in the Holigent spirit is systemic reconstruction that includes social, economic and environmental aspects as well. When we accomplish such systemic synergetic rearrangements of all aspects of society there is a "holistic-emergent" higher order outcome that secures universal quality of life, peace and true sustainability for all the residents of such communities.  


In order to follow the example of natural evolutionary self-organization –– "Nature's building code," the only truly sustainable systemic self-organizational model –– the Holigent Solution proposes that each Holigent Community design its own Delta Plan within the Holigent spirit to allow for variations out of which best practices and continuous improvement will emerge.  


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Summary of Projected Impacts




Economic Impact


Economic Impact on the Individual

An individual, living car-free in a Holigent community will be able to eliminate the cost of car purchase, insurance, maintenance, fuel and other car-related expenses. Rent reduction through C-credit earned in community service will further reduce the cost of living.  The Holigent socioeconomic arrangement (Delta Plan) helps secure job and affordable housing.  


Reducing Reliance on Oil

For decades the U.S. imported over 50% of the oil needed to run our economy. At that rate the U.S. economy is potentially held hostage to foreign oil and some of our oil money found its way to terrorist organizations and still helps to finance their operations against the U.S. Consequently the U.S. has to spend additional billions of dollars to fight terrorism. Under the buzz about the newfound U.S. oil riches, there are justified concerns about the probable short life expectancy of “fracking” and serious concerns about the accompanying environmental damage. Holigent Reconstruct America would progressively and significantly lower energy demand and demonstrate a replicable socioeconomic model of high productivity at reduced reliance on fossil fuel.


Helping to Balance Trade

This Proposal will reduce consumption of goods and energy thus improve US balance of trade.




Social Impact


Saved Commute Time

On average, an individual participating in the car-free live/work program will save 240 hours per year based on the typical big city commutes. Community service commitments convert part of that saved time to economic value for the individual and for the community. In addition, interaction and bonding with team members during community service provides a social benefit. The rest of the time reclaimed from the car commute will increase residents’ free time for social activities and recreation, further improving the quality of life.


Health Benefits

Holigent Urban Villages, with car-free pedestrian cores, provide for their residents a built-in opportunity for daily walks. In addition, participation in community construction and maintenance provide additional opportunity for physical activity. Parks with recreational facilities within the community complex will contribute to healthful and stress-free living. Research associates such stress-free and healthful lifestyles with improved fitness and lower incidences of illness.  


Social and Economic Security

The Holigent Solution through its Variable Commitment Allocation Plan (Delta Plan) provides agreements among participating employers, their employee-residents, and the nonprofit community developer/management organization by which individuals will be able to preserve their jobs and their housing even during economic recessions. The arrangements will help preserve social and economic continuity and security.


Improved Quality of Life

In a Holigent Village quality of life will be secured by means other than money alone.  Consequently money will loose its monopoly on value exchange.  The hybrid arrangement provided by the physical and economic rearrangements of life and work, summarized in the Delta Plan, will increasingly secure quality of life unaffected by local or global economic downturns.


Impact on Transportation


Reduced Traffic Congestion

As the project expands and participation grows each year, a greater number of people will transition from car-dependent to car-free living. Fewer cars on the roads will reduce the number of auto accidents and will decrease traffic congestion. Faster-flowing traffic will result in reduced energy consumption, fewer wasted hours and improved productivity.


Improved Mass Transportation

The Holigent developments, with future cellular arrangement of urban villages, will lend itself to the development of an efficient high-speed electric train or monorail mass transit lines that will connect Holigent Villages and to existing transit lines. The Holigent Solution will promote the development and use of efficient mass transit systems.



Environmental Impact


Reduced CO2 Emissions

Fully developed Holigent Urban Villages could be 80% to 100% car-free. According to EPA, the average car emits over 5 tons of CO2 per year. Accordingly, this program can yield a significant reduction of CO2 emissions.  There will be additional reduction in CO2 emission and other pollutants associated with the manufacture and shipping of cars.


Environmental Restoration and Protection

A portion of the direct human resource derived from community service will be allocated to habitat restoration and environmental protection in and adjacent to Holigent developments.




Reducing the Burden on Government


The Department of Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Treasury Department (servicing the national debt), are the four entities of the Federal Government with budgets towering over those of all other federal agencies. Their spending is mainly responsible for the $17 trillion (as of January 2014) national debt.


Reducing the Burden on the Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration’s budget for 2013 was over $800 billion and growing. The Federal government is uncertain whether it can sustain the current level of social security benefits much longer. The Holigent Proposal could tackle this dilemma. In addition to the rental income, Holigent Communities are projected to generate direct human resources derived from the members’ community service agreements. With the self generated resources and built-in arrangements of social and economic security, the Holigent Communities will have a capacity to assist all its participating residents, into their old age, thus requiring reduced assistance from the Social Security Administration.   


Reducing the Burden on the Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, at nearly $900 billion (2013), is the largest in the Federal budget. This department is a major contributor to unsustainable federal spending. The solution for health and well-being provided through the Holigent Proposal is focused on lifestyle and prevention of illness as well as providing a community-supported health care system.


An emphasis on walking in the pedestrian Villages and the participation in community service will provide a built-in routine of physical exercise. Car-free living, reduced rent, and the absence of a freeway commute will reduce stress levels. Social and economic security in walkable compact urban villages improves the quality of life. It is well documented by research that an active, secure and stress-free lifestyle is an effective way to maintain physical and emotional health and fitness.  


In addition to these built-in preventions, Holigent Communities will have the self-generated funds and human resources to provide excellent health and human services with reduced assistance from the Federal government, thus reducing the burden on the Department of Health and Human Services.

 
Step 3: The Holigent Urban Village
The Holigent Urban Village is a proposed human scale, walkable community that consists of low, mid and high-rise all green, mixed-use residential and commercial structures. The village will provide office, light industrial and commercial spaces, a shopping promenade and parks with recreational facilities. Such “live/work” multi-purpose developments will bring places of employment within close proximity to residences.  Holigent Urban Villages will not be permitted to sprawl beyond their designated capacity in order to preserve their walkable human scale. To satisfy growing demand, additional villages will be built and joined by electric rail transportation.

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