Organizational Structure

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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.

Community Groupings

A NewVistas community can begin to take shape before the physical campus, as follows:

HouseholdThe core unit of a NewVistas community is a limited partner. Each limited partner, with an investment in the community of at least $20,000, rents an apartment. A limited partner has an average of 1.5 dependents. Two limited partners, such as a couple, can come together to form a household, comprised of the limited partners and their dependents. They can combine their respective apartments to form a household unit. Most households comprise 1–4 individuals, but a household could be as large as 16 individuals. 

Group A group consists of 7 – 10 limited partners from diverse demographic groups (married men, married women, single women, and single men). A group is served by a captain, who recruits group members and helps them access community services. Including dependents, a group has around 25 participants.

BranchFour groups comprise a branch of about 100 individuals (40 limited partners and their 60 dependents) who interact socially and look out for each other. The four group captains together serve as a branch presidency. Each captain represents a demographic group. In a physical campus, a branch occupies one apartment building.

VillageTen 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.

DistrictFour 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.

CommunityFull communities of 75,000–100,000 people can coordinate large-scale activities such as arts festivals, sports tournaments, drama, and large service projects.

Branch, village, and district presidencies coordinate to ensure that there is diversity throughout the community. This is reflected in captains’ recruitment, where they are guided by community bylaws, village presidencies, and data analysis by the Human Relations Agency’s automated system to establish an optimal mix.

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.((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.)) 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 the NewVistas organizational structure, every position is filled by a presidency of four individuals, each representing a main adult demographic: single male, married female, single female, married male.  

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.

Worldwide NewVistas

NewVistas is a worldwide pattern and system for up to 12 billion people((The United Nations predicts that the world population will reach 11.2 billion in 2100 and stabilize soon thereafter. See World Population Prospects.)) living in as many as 120,000 communities grouped into 2,400 NewVista councils of 50.

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.

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