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NewVistas is a nonprofit organization committed to understanding and promoting sustainable prosperity.

It exists to educate the public regarding sustainable systems, develop the NewVistas model, provide housing and employment opportunities within an ecologically and economically sustainable infrastructure, and promote the conservation of real property for fully sustainable development.

The key principles of the NewVistas model are:

  • High quality of life
  • Fully integrated economic system
  • Nonhierarchical organizational structure
  • Massive worldwide scalability
  • Low overall impact


NewVistas was formally organized in 2015, but its roots go back to 1973 when David Hall began studying a community plat and other documents created in the 1830s. These documents were of special interest to him because of the oil crisis of the time and also because of his science, religious, and entrepreneurial background.

The American Planning Association recognized the documents when awarding its 1996 Planning Landmark Award, but David Hall’s interest went beyond considering their historical value. His interest turned into a lifetime of study and innovation and eventually led to the creation of NewVistas. For more information on historical background, see the article “Where the Pattern Comes From and Why it Matters” and this interview from 2021.