Article (MIT Technology Review, 2010) describes research comparing nature's modular systems survivability model to modern economic systems. Increasing interdependence decreases the system modularity necessary to withstand local economic dislocations.
NewVistas provides resources and support for the operation of a local economy of 15,000 to 20,000 people. It seeks to create a platform for the stable and sustainable creation of income and wealth through the full-cycle material resources and labor of a local economy. Targets: 1. Size of local economy: 15,000 to 20,000 people 2. Basic needs locally produced including food, water, shelter, clothing, full cycle materials, and energy 3. Hundreds of small business enterprises 4. Work opportunity for everyone – all levels of ability 5. All productive resources owned by the community and used by businesses under stewardship principles
YouTube video (China Radio International, 2009) describes the wealthiest village in China. A vibrant managed industrial operation is possible with a population of less than 100,000 people.
Video lecture (Michael Shuman, Carnegie Mellon, 2008) explains how local businesses are good investments and benefit communities.