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Our Hamlets


The first thing you will notice about our hamlets is that they cannot all be the same. This is because the hamlets, which back into a corner, must be slightly longer and thinner than those hamlets, which just back onto a straight back fence. But these differences are very minor.
            There is no reason for these hamlets to be similar at all. But, the plan that I have given here, I think is the most efficient form in terms of walking times. So bear this feature in mind if you want to consider a different form.


I will now discuss the various features of these hamlets. It is convenient to do this in terms of the features at the back of the hamlets first - in the same way as I did for my "Green Community".


With these hamlets, there is now no longer any need for the water collection and storage at the back of these communities. This is because the water in this agricultural area is recycled. If you study these agricultural areas carefully, you will see that a mesh of little white crossing lines covers them. This is my symbol to show this agricultural land is covered in.
            This covered system will not need as much land. But there are other complications as I discuss in my "An Enclosed Agricultural System" webpage. The agricultural areas I use here are the same as I used in my Green Community. (I spent a long time getting out these figures from various agricultural institutes). I don't know what the new agricultural areas should be (and nor does anyone else).


In these hamlets I give slightly less land for local wildlife (and fun) than I gave in my Green Community. But these hamlets should still have plenty space for all normal activities.


In these hamlets, I still have some farm animals and they will produce milk, eggs and some meat for the community to eat. But the portions they produce will be fairly small. We will mostly have the animals for fun. I just love so see animals around the place because they have always formed part of our lives. They are part of our cultural heritage. I have put them in this spot so that they can be easily seen by the people passing by. But this corner is also a sheltered spot and the animals can use some of the warmth given off from the greenhouses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I have put the compost recycling building in the agricultural area. The small red line, which you can see leading up from the Hamlet Centre, indicates a underground passageway and this will carry all our organic waste up to this building (as well as all the other services). I will say more about this very important passageway later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are now ready to discuss the details of our Hamlet Centre, which is shown in the following diagram.
If you compare this centre with the Green Community centre, then you will see that this hamlet centre is noticeably smaller. This is because several of the functions, which are done in Green Community centre, will now be done in our larger Village Centre.


            We will start at our main entrance at the bottom (which is closest to all our homes).


This large room is where people will meet other people. But the most important type of meeting will be between all the officers of the community and all the other hundred members. So all the officers of the community will have their desks here. But there are also four extra desks in the centre of the room. Here other members can work with computers and phones (in particular to study their own financial account, accounts in general, all the various officer reports and officer exam questions etc). (In general, these facilities are limited in all these communities. We want people in our communities to spend most of their time with the people they live and work with. This is the same that all people have done over thousands of years. This is how we evolved. If the rest of the world wishes to spend all their time connected to the global village, then they have every opportunity to do this in the current world. This community wants to be different and so they would mostly just trust the manner in which we evolved.)
            These officers, of course, will basically run this community. The government of a community is such a large and difficult subject that I will leave this subject to the end of the webpage.
To the left of this meeting and officer's room is a large room capable of taking the whole community (sitting).

            During the day this room will be a pre-school children's room where children can play and interact with other children. (I suppose the children can do a little bit of learning if they want to. But I tend to be against this. I never did any learning at all until I went to school. And I turned out OK. I don't think learning at this age makes any difference. The important learning occurs naturally when children react with each other and squabble.) A side door to this room leads outside where the usual outside play items are waiting for the children to use. This group also has room at the back where all the various users can store their gear.
            On most nights, this room will be available to the community's various groups and clubs. So these groups will also have a room at the back where they can store their gear.
            But once a week there will be a community meeting here. And, if any voting occurs at such a meeting, then absolutely every member must attend. All individual votes will be recorded for posterity to study. (The "secret ballot" desire as opposed "visibility" is discussed in detail in my "Pure, Visible Democracy – versus – Current Democracies" webpage.) If democracy is to work well then the whole operation must be taken deadly seriously. There is no other way. In the current world we all take our jobs seriously. In a proper democracy, this voting shall define every job a person shall obtain. So voting must be taken very seriously.

 

At the back of the left-wing of our centre is our "food room". Here our food will be prepared, stored if necessary and collected by the members. I don't think this food needs to be strictly paid for. But all transactions should be recorded, so people's usage can checked - if there should be a problem.


 

 

 

At the front of the right-wing, there is our centre's lounge. So here all the hamlet members can rest, socialize, read, watch TV, drink at the bar, or eat with their friends.

 


 

 

At the back of our centre's right-wing is our hamlet's large recycle room. This room has to be large because many different items can be reused by other people e.g. clothes and toys. At the back of the room I have put a repair area with all the necessary tools for this repair work to be carried out.
            Also I have put couple of "cooler" cubicles in this area. Sometimes humans also need to contemplate whether they need to "repair" their ways. And the easiest way I know of doing this is to put a person in a small dark cubicle for a few hours to contemplate their future existence in this community. In very exceptional circumstances, this community might decide that it can no longer cope with this person under consideration. I will talk about this remote possibility in my webpage called "Our Citizen Incentive System".


Finally I will say just a few words on the officers of this community. (I don't need to say too much on this subject because I cover this subject extensively elsewhere.)
            In my Green Community I give the community 15 officers. And none of these officers is senior to any other officer. (All the tasks of these various officers are clearly defined in my "Green Living – book".)
            In this Hamlet Community I don't think we need as many officers, because the village government is now doing some of these tasks e.g. construction and transport. But we should still need quite a few. Also it is also a very good experience for a young person to start their officer life by gaining a minor officer position. In the officer room I have put 12 officer desks. We shouldn't need as many as this. But we should consider about 10.
            In my book I suggest that each officer is allowed 10 hours per week, which they don't have to account for i.e. they don't need to specify the actions done during these hours in their time-sheets. But I do think that each officer must spend a specified hour each day at their desk where they can be contacted (as part of this deal). This roughly means that there should always be at least one officer always present in the officer room. So the officer phones can always be answered. I want this community to operate effectively – and I know many communities, which don't operate in any sane fashion. So there must be strict rules, which ensure that every person does do their job.


Finally the hamlet has a street of terrace houses, which lead between the hamlet-centre down to the village-centre. And this carefully designed arrangement means that each person, in every hamlet, can get to the village transport centre by a 5-minute walk from their homes. So this total arrangement means we can have a very efficient public transportation at very low cost.

 

            I describe the details of these terrace houses in my "Our Homes" webpage.


However there is one important system, which is mostly hidden from view. This is the underground passageways, which will carry all the community's essential services – water, electricity, communications and sewerage. These passageways are represented by the red lines and they go - beneath all the houses; and continue back to the compost building in the covered agricultural area; and also on to the village centre (and in the case of a Town-State they link with the larger system at the underground village station).
            These passageways should be quite substantial. So they should be perhaps 1.0 m wide, 1.8 m high and the service pipes should be attached to one of the walls. Beneath all housing and buildings, there must also be many meters to register the usage of all the various units and facilities above.
            But these passageways have another important function. These passageways also connect all the hamlet buildings to the village centre. And in the case of the Town-State these passageways would all lead directly to a village underground station and hence to the complete tunnel system, which lies beneath the whole small state. So all people residing in any building can enter this tunnel system and join up with the whole population without going outside at all. In the case of a terrible disaster, this gives the complete population a degree of safety, which no other community in the world enjoys.
            I know no one else in the world worries about this fact. But I do. And this safety is obtained at very little extra cost.


It is time now to read about "Our Village Centres".

 

You might now also like to look back at:

either my "Home Page" (which introduces this whole website and lists all my webpages),

or "The Ultimate Ascent" (which introduces these webpages),

or "A Path to Create a Full Space Colony", (which introduces the coming webpages in more detail).

 

Updated on 14/11/2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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