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What technologies should be used?

Initially due to budget constraints, space, health and safety issues, the initial community should focus purely on computer and IT technologies. These provide the most utility for the lowest costs.

As for software a primarily open source approach fits in line with an organisation trying to help the world and future generations without extending  the price tag.

As the community expands, gains members and space more labs and additional technologies can be integrated.

For the sake of expansion and diversity of members these labs should initially be multi-purpose.

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What (if any) are the methods of initiation?

Initiation, despite some overtones it has picked up does not imply that the community is a cult. Established communities and organisations use initiation ceremonies all the time, from university graduation days, to receiving a watch for your 21st birthday. There should be some official recognition of achievements not just for the community but for the individual. Public recognition of every grade is a sign of achievement and success.

There certainly should be a method of initiation into the community just to let people realise they are entering a new system, a moment they should remember, a time they should look back on.

Once such possibility is in the initial 6 months of entering the community to make a huge emphasis on the change the person is going through. Everyone enters equal that is certain they are given all the some basic clothing and items they are introduced to their teachers and staff. While there are many possibilities 2 things have a big reaction.

  1. Sudden environmental or external change greatly effects us
  2. Gradual unnoticed change suddenly noticed deeply effects us.

By moving into the the community we have already accomplished point 1 by radically changing the environment people are accustomed to. I have numerous opinions on how to achieve option 2 which are merely conjecture.

Firstly, each and every long term member candidate will shave their head on entry, it may seem extreme but if you want a generation of newcomers to identify and connect  with each other creating a common unnatural situation works very well, it is in line with entering the community as equals and in 6 months you will have your hair back with its natural colour at a reasonable length.

Secondly, a lack of mirrors in the novice community would only aid in the effect of gradual unnoticed change. After 6 months of exercise, meditation, healthy eating and regular sleep only the healthiest of individuals would remain unchanged at the end.

After an optional shave the candidates would have access to a full body mirror of their new selves which should be a radical change from their initial point.

Levels of BMI, cardiovascular fitness and making people redo any tests they initially did would all hammer home how much they have changed physically.

For mental  improvement show them their increase in levels in subjects in front of classes show the novice how far they have come in just 6 months welcome them to the community in a state of good health and positive thinking.

Each major step should be an exercise in showing the difference between now and where you were before.

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What contracts should exist between the community and the individual?

Contracts between a community and an individual seems initially repellent, as an idea. Although in such a complex environment with a society that pays individuals has ideas of ownership of goods and has mandatory regimes and possible punishments it seems necessary for an exhaustive legal and insurance based contract must exist if not for lifetime members at least then for transitory members who ware there for the university/ higher education learning / experience.

Contracts will likely include:

  • Forms of payments.
  • Acceptance of punitive measures in cases of inappropriate behaviour.
  • Minimum terms, training periods.
  • Insurance and healthcare.
  • Liability and external payments.

Now I am not a lawyer so there needs to be some legal representation to confirm the legal contract is acceptable. Eventually legally trained and qualified members of the community may well exist.

Also there may be variations of the contract in different host nations to correctly comply with civil law in that country as such there should be a publicly available (and translated) template that anyone can read with an up to date guide through the clauses and the reasons for each part so that the lay person can understand.

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What are the minimum and maximum ages one should be allowed to enter?

This will no doubt change over time as the organisation grows and lifespan increases. The upper limit on age will be only guesswork. Certainly the panels created to deliberate entrance  should take into account someones age till retirement or equally their youth. Initially, 18+ seems a reasonable standard and up to 60-65 as a maximum age.

However, it depends on how the community grows if eventually it offers an education system from infancy to university, the “starting age” drops dramatically if it starts an orphanage education system in developing countries it could drop to the new born.

Equally, life expectancy grows presently around 3 months a year so predicting a maximum age is very difficult.

These figures should be reviewed and debated regularly especially with relevant community changes or breakthroughs in longevity.

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What amount of vacation is acceptable?

The number mandated by countries of paid vacation days varies a lot. The best would be around 30 days of paid leave + national / public holidays. These should allow members to travel home for important festivals and family gatherings, it should also give much needed rest from community chores and give you exposure to a different lifestyle.

Additional mandated vacation will occur on a regular 2 or 3 year basis, where members are sent on sabbatical or abroad to broaden their experience of the world (e50).

Finally, there should probably be a variation of days for permanent and transitory members but not too vast.

The most complicated elements  would be in assuring the ‘pay’ into the savings account and holidays should only really be allowed at the end of the 6 month grace period.