What is a community? And how would you define a “successful” community?
For me a community consists of member, being with families, couples or individuals that reside in an area within close proximity to one another. These members may not have the same aspirations or belief systems but each of the members has in their own mind an ideal of what they want from life. For me a community that is successful would be one that can attend to both the physical, financial and emotional needs of all its members. For example; a successful community would be one that is encouraging house ownership through bringing the cost of a house down and offering members of that community an opportunity to get their own home. The members would then be encouraged through well thought out and designed residential housing estates and buildings to get together and celebrate and connect to one another regularly. It is important to tackle affordability, because this will have a flow on effect to many members financially and emotionally. Everyone deserves to be able to have their own home. It should actually be a human right. Houses should add to our well being and that of the planet instead of causing so much devision and heartache.
What benefits do residents of these “successful” communities experience? They should experience the ability to get into there OWN home. They should be able to be working towards financial independence. Even if the home is small, at least it can be a place that they can call their own without being stuck renting for the rest of their life. The residents should feel a sense of oneness with fellow members as they move towards financial independence and security. The communities should be designed to encourage integration both physically and through technical online media.
What are some examples of communities that follow those models, and what are their outcomes for residents?
I think the model needs to be re-thought. Housing is not keeping pace with technology. We must create a Prize that can entice some of the smartest minds to begin to thunk beyond normal thinking in order to even scratch this massive problem. If this X Prize cannot tackle ultimately the world housing shortage then Im not sure if it can inspire that change needed.