The creation of a new nucleus is not easy, particularly when it is not added to an already existing, developing village. It is even the greater challenge if it happens to be a pioneering nucleus in a country in which no nuclei have been formed.
The reasons are straightforward because the already existing nuclei could help in many ways, first of all, by providing a real example of how to do it. Also, the already existing nuclei could provide various forms of assistance and delegate some of their members to work together with members of the newly formed nucleus.
However, in each case, the creation of a new nucleus begins before any implementational work happens. And is especially challenging if it happens to be the very first one, without any precedence.
I am writing this to emphasize that the lack of proper preparation is a recipe for future disappointment. Inspiration and optimism are necessary ingredients to begin. Still, the over-optimism, built on false hopes, can be deadly, so to speak.
Forming the nucleus group
The initial and critically important phase of the nucleus project begins with coalescing a group of people who decide to get involved in becoming its members. The necessary condition which brings them together is their clear vision that creating the WS is their ultimate purpose. Without that, in the best case, it would be a little island of sanity, which easily could be swept by a tsunami of the disturbances of the existing capitalistic system. For that reason, the creation of only one isolated nucleus must not be their goal.
It does not mean that there must be several groups that, together, will begin their individual projects for the creation of an entire Wisdom village. That would certainly be advantageous for both pragmatic and visionary reasons, but at the same time, somewhat unrealistic.
The creation of even one functional Wisdom nucleus has tremendous significance. It is what in scientific lingua is called: “proof of concept.” It is also an invaluable source of inspiration and experience showing what to avoid and what to follow.
Assuming that there is a group of people sharing the intention to create a nucleus as a component of WS, they can enter the implementation phase. During that, using basic wisdom practice and wisdom attitudes becomes extremely important. They would have to be tested, not only as before for individuals, but also for creating an atmosphere conducive for invoking altruistic cooperation, group intelligence, making consensual decisions and developing a close relationship.
Communication between members
At that point, or most likely even earlier, arises the issue of interpersonal communication between members of the future nucleus. There are two possible scenarios: all its members live relatively close, so they can meet in person (of course, we are talking about the post-COVID era!), and another, where the distance of places where they live is too large for frequent reunions.
In the first case, the coalescence of a group is obviously more natural. The group can meet on a variety of occasions ranging from meeting in a sufficiently large space to joint excursions on camping trips. At that point, it is essential to note that members are not only adults but also children and teenagers. The presence of not-adults can provide interesting challenges, but it is crucial: all of them are going to live together once the nucleus becomes functional. There, they may form their own sub-community as it often happens in similar situations.
The second case is, by far, more challenging. It would require some kind of internet communication in the form of virtual meetings, which become increasingly popular and completely unavoidable during the COVID-19 era. It is difficult to assess how effective they may be because certain kinds of energy transfer, which maybe takes place during direct, short distance communication are not present in electronic coded and uncoded signals of the Internet. On the other hand, it may create some advantages so far unknown.
However, in both cases, some in-person meetings and some shared experiences are necessary. People forming a Wisdom nucleus have to be fully aware that they are beginning a journey into unexplored territory where they may have to deal with unexpected and previously unknown situations. Saying it in a more brutally direct way: if they are incapable of meeting together to make one of the most crucial decisions in their life, it is doubtful that the project will succeed.
However, it is not enough, the group has to learn how to cooperate since altruistic cooperation is the heart of Wisdom Society. There is one such task creation of the business plan, discussed in the section below. It involves proper research and requires learning about areas of life previously unknown.
Furthermore, it would be very advantageous if they would invent a project requiring participation not only from adults but also teenagers and possibly children. That will inspire their confidence and a sense of responsibility. It could contain tasks in which physical work plays an essential part. For example, it could be erecting a greenhouse and cultivating in it whatever they find appropriate, particularly some edible plants. This kind of cooperation will bring into the forming their nucleus a sense of physical reality, which will complement the psychological and intellectual involvement.
Legal and business form of nucleus
Since nuclei exist within the present social and political system, they must have an acceptable legal form. It seems that such a format, namely workers cooperatives, about which I wrote already, exists in all democracies. They are permitted even in Russia, Turkey and China, in the form of agricultural cooperatives owned by workers. Many types of workers cooperatives are also legal in Cuba, where they are even encouraged.
Workers cooperative can be formed in such a way that the egalitarian principle and unanimous decision making are incorporated into its status. Therefore this kind of legal and economic structure perfectly suites wisdom nuclei. There are also several ways how the cooperative workers’ format can be expanded to embrace Wisdom villages, towns, and so on.
The existence of the appropriate legal base while forming a nucleus is good news, so what remains is to compose the proper wording of its legal status. That should not be difficult – it could be copied and adjusted from some already existing similar entities often available on the Internet.
It is essential to find a proper legal format that provides advantages and minimize disadvantages. For example, making the nucleus able to receive some financial assistance and grants as a producer of organic food and provider of green energy. Also, there should be explored a possibility to legalize it as a non-profit organization, which is free of paying for various taxes.
Finances and business plan
Establishing a new nucleus would require proper financing. I hope that it does not need too many explanations, because most of us know that no new enterprise in the capitalistic system can be created without investment.
How much funds would be needed depends on several factors like costs of land, housing for the members, agricultural and other equipment required for the functioning of the nucleus. In the following chapter will be presented some more specific suggestions concerning this subject. But without going into details, we can already say that a proposed project must satisfy the vision of WS and, at the same time, generate the necessary income to secure its members safe and healthy life and repay the potential loan.
The way to begin is to develop the business plan. It may sound too business-like and not enough visionary, but it is not the case. On the contrary, composing such a plan is not only absolutely necessary for any bank or similar financial institution to agree to give a necessary loan. It also provides a unique opportunity for the members to test how their basic Wisdom practice and Wisdom attitudes work in a very real situation. It also may inspire some of them to enter an alien territory where they have to deal with issues not only unfamiliar but going against their idealistic views.
However, the business plan is produced not only to make the bank manager feel secure to authorize the requested loan but to inspire the creativity of the members of the future nucleus. There are a plethora of templates on how to make a business plan. Still, the real challenge arises to research, create and verify ways of how the proposed project would work.
The issue of assessment of costs involved with establishing a new nucleus will be discussed in a separate chapter. Once that is done, the members have to decide how the necessary funds will be acquired. The most straightforward way would be their contributions in the form of donations or loans. However, if that will not be sufficient, what most likely might be the case, the nucleus as a cooperative would have to approach a bank or other financial institutions specialized in this kind of venture to provide a loan. At this point, a realistic and persuasive business plan becomes crucial.
The last issue which may be a part of the business plan or the legal description of the forming nucleus are the rules concerning its ownership. This is necessary because we must not forget that we live in a capitalistic society. However, the approach to this issue would distinguish the nucleus from a typical capitalistic corporation, because the ownership will be equally distributed among all members, independently how much money they contribute while creating it. This could be very difficult to accept because such an approach challenges our views formed by thousands of years of the firm belief in the “sacred” rules governing the issue of private property. It becomes a real test of the depth of their rediscovered wisdom applies to real-life situations.
Creating a nucleus involves an apparent contrast between the necessary pragmatics and the vast vision of Wisdom Society. This paradoxical situation cannot be avoided because while living in the modern capitalistic society, we have to obey its rules. However, it provided a fertile ground for creativity, which is one of the essential components of human wisdom. We have to combine these seemingly contradictory views without compromising the fundamental vision of Wisdom Society.