How can communities function more effectively, with much less bureaucratic inefficiency and political manipulation?
In the modern era, humanity has made much progress in decreasing discriminatory hierarchical abuses and bringing about greater freedoms and equality for women, racial minorities, the disabled, singles, LGBTQ+ people, adherents of any religion or spiritual practice, and the impoverished.
Much progress remains to be made, but progress is limited by the inefficiencies, inequities, and manipulations of today’s systems, including economic, governmental, industrial, agricultural, and community infrastructural systems.
Replacing these systems with the correctly scaled, calibrated, and transparent NewVistas system will enable humanity to make even greater social progress and raise the quality of living for all who choose to participate.
A NewVistas community can begin to take shape before the physical campus, as follows:
Household—The core unit of a NewVistas community is a household composed of an individual, couple, family, or other compatible small group. Most households comprise 1–4 individuals, but a household could be as large as 16 individuals.
Group—Ten households comprise a group. Groups are arranged according to the four largest adult demographics: single females, single males, married females, and married males. A captain serves each group, helping individuals meet their needs and, when needed, get assistance from community agencies.
Branch—Four groups comprise a branch of about 100 individuals who interact socially and look out for each other. The four group captains together serve as a branch presidency. In a physical campus, a branch occupies one apartment building.
Village—Ten branches comprise a village. Villages organize activities for specific groups, such as youth, elderly, or singles. A village is served by three presidencies, each with four individuals, and these presidencies form a village board. A full-sized NewVistas campus contains 96 villages, each occupying half a block.
District—Four villages comprise a district. Districts organize activities, sports, and service projects that need many individuals to be successful. A district is served by three presidencies, each with four individuals, and these presidencies form a district board. A full-sized NewVistas campus contains 24 districts, with each district responsible for one of the community’s 24 central multipurpose buildings.
Community—Full communities of 75,000–100,000 people can coordinate large-scale activities such as arts festivals, sports tournaments, drama, and large service projects.
Community Organizational Structure
The NewVistas system is a matrix rather than a hierarchy. It breaks down all community functions into strictly defined duties that unpaid public servants can accomplish in about four hours a week.
The core organizational unit in NewVistas is a presidency composed of four individual presidents: a single woman, single man, married woman, and married man. All equal in status, these four presidents occupy adjacent offices and make decisions together. Every time a presidency meets, the presiding and clerking responsibilities rotate among the four presidents.
In a NewVistas community of up to 100,000 people, the organizational structure comprises 5,760 individuals, or about 6% of the community’s total population. Serving four hours a week in precisely defined roles, these unpaid presidents work together in 1,440 four-person presidencies.
At a community-wide level, 480 of these presidencies (1,920 individuals) formally meet each quarter to coordinate. In addition, 396 of the 480 presidencies work together in 132 boards, with each board comprised of three presidencies.
- 12 trustee presidencies form four demographic boards
- 24 agency presidencies form eight bureau boards
- 72 district presidencies form 24 district boards
- 288 village presidencies form 96 village boards
- 84 assistant agency presidencies
In addition to the 480 presidencies listed above, 960 presidencies of four presidents serve local branches of 100 people, for a total of 3,840 branch servants.
With the exception of the 12 trustee presidencies, all other community presidencies function within two departments: the Human and Financial Capital Department and the Process and Property Department. Each department contains four bureaus and 12 agencies. A community’s 24 agencies also function within three verticals, each with eight agencies.
In a NewVistas community, public servants have term and tenure limits, so no long-term public careers are possible. The focus stays on each defined position rather than on the individual serving in that position, so every community participant always knows exactly which position to consult for a particular need, even when the individual serving in that position has changed.
At the worldwide NewVistas level, 12 area presidencies (48 individuals) form four demographic boards and can appoint up to 490 assistant area presidencies (1,960 individuals). The assistant area presidents visit communities remotely two by two (single man, single woman, married man, married woman) to appoint community trustee presidencies and help maintain overall system integrity.
- These are the four largest adult demographics. People who identify as a gender other than man or woman are free to choose between the two categories.
- The United Nations predicts that the world population will reach 11.2 billion in 2100 and stabilize soon thereafter. See World Population Prospects.