Abundance-Based Community Developments

Abundance-Based Community Developments (ABCDs) are intentional communities that meet all human needs as efficiently as present technology allows in order to provide a regenerative, enriching, and highly fulfilling environment. Inhabitants have permanent access to healthy food, shelter, and ample opportunities to learn, play, socialize and explore without the burden of unfulfilling or unsafe jobs, exchange, structural violence, or pollution. All of this is possible with today’s scientific understanding of technology and systems design.

Designing an optimum environment with the characteristics of abundance

Environment of Abundance

Optimum Design
Steady State

Environment of Scarcity

Infinite Growth
Labor for Income
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Systems Thinking

The application of holistic design to ABCDs considers the interrelationship of all infrastructure, support systems, and building layout, addressing the root causes of today’s design challenges. This enables a high level of optimization and efficiency by removing artificial constraints to design.

Systems of Access

By providing open-access to food, shelter, goods and services, members of ABCDs will all enjoy the same high standard of living, while the duplication of products and services will be greatly reduced.

Regenerative Design

ABCDs will be designed to be restorative to ourselves and the planet, as nature does when it is left alone. ABCDs will ideally be located in areas where they can restore environments that have been harmed by human activity.



Permaculture and automated hydroponic systems will feed the entire community using much less land and water, while eliminating the need for herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers.


Recyclable buildings 3D-printed from sustainable materials will be a dramatic improvement over modern construction techniques.


Small-scale additive manufacturing techniques like 3D-printing will allow members of ABCDs to produce almost all of their own things from virtually all commonly-used materials. This is about 10-times more efficient than conventional subtractive manufacturing techniques.


Most things will be available to reserve and check-out in distributed item libraries, or access centers. By sharing items when not in use, the same amount of raw resources can be used to create much higher-quality products, while greatly reducing duplication and waste.


Efficient design will drastically reduce energy usage, and renewable and passive technologies will provide abundant energy.


As in nature, there will be no “waste”. Buildings and objects will be designed to last and be upgradable, and will be turned back into raw materials at the end of their life cycle.


Efficient building layout will drastically reduce the need for vehicles within ABCDs. Automated personal transit and rail systems will be safer, faster, and more environmentally-friendly than conventional methods.


Through automation inhabitants are liberated from dangerous and undesirable jobs so that they have the freedom to pursue their interests and find their own way to contribute positively to society.
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