The 5th Village
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller
The 5th Village is a collection of field tested, sustainable, low or no cost, regionally appropriate solutions for the 2.5 billion people who live on less than $2 per day by providing information they can access and use to achieve life stability, education and a thriving community, and share their information and victories back.
Old-school static, from the top down ‘help projects’ prove again and again that good intentions and massive spending are not enough to create lasting change. What is needed is a creative, responsive, interactive model.
If you are curious about why this got started (and the story behind the name) you can read that here, but the basic principle is simple: there are thousands of committed, kind, fabulous people, who are helping the poor, and they come up with creative and amazing solutions which work. The frustration is that these solutions don’t go much farther than their own community, even though lots of additional people could use these ideas to make their life better.
Now that cell phones and the Internet allow us to spread information all over the world at the the click of a button, the time has come to create a single, trusted site where all these solutions can be pooled. And 5th Village is that site.
Information on 5V is shared from all sides: a mother in Nepal can submit her infant care solution and (after we verify and edit the idea) can help a parent in Kenya. Agricultural experts from an agricultural university In Holland can suggest new crops or growing methods when climate change makes the old ways of doing things impossible. 5V combines the best of commerce (creating wealth), development work (best practices), grassroots movement and creativity. Eventually we will also post ready made businessplans, which can immediately qualify for microloans such as solar light (which can be paid back form the money that was already earmarked for lighting fuel.)
There is no way to predict how and where these new cooperative ventures will be created: 5V will just open up the fertile soil for it.
(Also: please feel free to donate: which you can do in the sidebar! You will notice that our sponsoring 501c3 organization is an arts organization because they were the most ‘hands off’ way for us to build this. I actually do think of this project as art and it will need all creativity we can find to make this brand new idea come to life)
We hope you feel inspired to join our community.
For information at firstname.lastname@example.org