Regenerative Neighborhood Villages

A Blueprint for Sustainable Local Communities

on a Healthy and Thriving Planet

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Welcome to the future of regenerative community development—a world where communities thrive in harmony with nature. We present a revolutionary concept: the Regenerative Neighborhood Village, a model designed to provide 50 to 500 people with the basic human needs to sustainably thrive!  This innovative model of community design integrates elements of holistic health, wellbeing and environmental sustainability. A blueprint for conscious community development of neighborhoods, villages, towns and smart cities – offering a solution to the pressing challenges we face on our planet today.

The Problem

Our world is struggling with complex multifaceted challenges including environmental degradation, pollution, social unrest, hunger, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and disease. The traditional urban development model has contributed to the disconnect between humans and their environment, leading to a host of social, psychological, and environmental issues.

The Solution

The solution lies in reimagining the way we design and build our communities. We propose a holistic approach—a regenerative model that fosters self-sustaining neighborhood villages. These villages are designed to:

  • Grow Organic Food: Establish local agriculture to reduce reliance on centralized food systems, promoting healthier diets and reducing the carbon footprint of food production.
  • Generate Renewable Energy: Harness localized sources of renewable energy to ensure a sustainable and resilient power supply, mitigating the impact of climate change.
  • Manage Waste with Closed-Loop Systems: Implement innovative waste management systems that recycle and regenerate resources, minimizing environmental impact.
  • Use Sustainable Building Materials: Construct buildings with locally sourced, eco-friendly materials to reduce the carbon footprint of construction and support local economies.
  • Ensure Abundant Clean Water: Implement water harvesting and purification systems to provide a secure and sustainable water source for the community.
  • Cultivate Human Connection: Consciously designed neighborhoods that support frequent interactions and meaningful life experiences with friends, family, neighbors and community.

Providing these basic needs at the hyper-local level of a neighborhood village reduces the need for complex and expensive urban infrastructure and dependency on larger civic support systems. It empowers people at the local neighborhood scale to sustain a healthy life and home with friends, family, neighbors and community. The neighborhood villages can be designed to interconnect and integrate with larger scale community planning and development models for urban, suburban or rural applications.

In our current world characterized by dynamic shifts in climate patterns, depletion of vital topsoil for agriculture, drought, energy shortages, blackouts, and disruptions in supply chains – the concept of regenerative neighborhood villages emerges as a strategic response. By establishing resilient communities capable of meeting fundamental needs within their immediate vicinity, these neighborhood villages will provide an enhanced peace of mind to people in the community. The assurance that fundamental needs can be locally sourced fosters a profound sense of safety and security, alleviating many concerns stemming from external vulnerabilities. This design concept will alleviate the burden on local governments and civic agencies, diminishing reliance on external entities and fostering a greater degree of self-sufficiency within these communities.

Scale-Linking Design

Economy of Scale

Incorporating the principle of economy of scale, we optimize the cost-effectiveness of our design. By strategically planning the use of materials, construction methods, and infrastructure, we aim to create scalable solutions that are economically viable for both small and large-scale projects.

Bridging the Micro and Macro

The uniqueness of our approach lies in the concept of Scale Linking Design. We propose a base unit scale of design for the Regenerative Neighborhood Village model that serves as a foundational building block. This base unit is designed to be replicable and adaptable, forming the nucleus of each neighborhood village.

As these neighborhood villages flourish, we emphasize the importance of connecting them seamlessly to create networks of interlinked communities. This integration allows for the scalability of our model to encompass larger urban planning concepts and philosophies. The interconnected villages can share resources, knowledge, and infrastructure, creating a symbiotic relationship that enhances the overall resilience and sustainability of the larger urban fabric.

Dunbar’s Number

One component of our design methodology  is informed and inspired by Dunbar’s Number, recognizing the importance of maintaining intimate social relationships within a community. This theory suggests that approximately 150 is the maximum number of individuals with whom one can maintain stable interpersonal relationships. By keeping this number in mind when designing our neighborhoods and communities – we prioritize meaningful connections, fostering a sense of belonging and cooperation.

Taking into account that people already have friends, family and colleagues – our base unit scale of design is focused on the structural needs and systems for about 100 people. If a project is being designed for more than 100 people, we will break down some components of the design into 100 person segments. For example, if the project is for 500 people we would have five distinct neighborhood village zones for about 100 people each. Some of the design elements would be focused on the needs of that 100 person neighborhood zone, while some of the design components would be scaled to provide the needs for all 500 people – integrating each smaller 100 person segment with the larger scale community design.

Integration with Larger-Scale Community Development

Our Regenerative Neighborhood Village model is not an isolated solution but a catalyst for broader community transformation. By integrating seamlessly with larger-scale urban planning initiatives, our design philosophy aligns with progressive community development concepts such as:

  • Transit-Oriented Development (TOD): Placing an emphasis on connectivity and accessibility, our villages integrate with transit hubs and promote eco-friendly modes of transportation, reducing the reliance on individual vehicles.
  • Mixed-Use Development: Embracing the concept of mixed-use spaces, our design incorporates residential, commercial, and recreational zones within the neighborhood villages, fostering a vibrant and diverse community.
  • Green Infrastructure: Our commitment to sustainability extends to the larger urban environment, integrating green spaces, renewable energy sources, and sustainable water management into the surrounding urban landscape.

Networked Community Ecosystem

Scale Linking Design cultivates a networked community ecosystem where neighborhood villages form the building blocks of resilient and sustainable towns and cities. This approach not only addresses the challenges faced by individual communities but also contributes to the broader goal of creating neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities that are environmentally conscious, socially cohesive, and economically robust.

Pilot Projects, Use Cases and Implementation

Global Network & Team Building

This invitation for collaboration is extended to forward thinking developers, conscious real estate professionals, architecture and engineering firms, city and urban planners, civic agencies, civil servants, policymakers, city council members, and engaged citizens who share our vision for healthy and sustainable communities and neighborhoods. Our intention is to form a network of teams that would like to initiate pilot projects and use cases in various locations around the world.

Visionary Community Development with Versatility in Application

We would like to work together with visionary large-scale developers involved with Smart City design for larger populations. The Regenerative Neighborhood Village model is versatile and can be designed for higher density urban applications, or for lower density suburban or rural settings. One potential approach could be for us to begin establishing pilot projects in the outskirts of smaller towns in rural areas. This could provide us with the opportunity to refine various elements of the design for optimal functionality, while creating proof of concept for broader integration into larger scale urban planning and community development. 

New Development & Retrofitting Existing Neighborhoods

The original pilot projects and use cases can be designed and built for newly planned smart cities (such as the City of Telosa and Satoshi Island), as well as for new rural or suburban developments around already existing cities. Once the neighborhood village design is refined, the model can be used to begin upgrading and retrofitting neighborhoods in already existing towns and cities.

Concept Presentation Deck

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Primary Partnership

Regen Villages

ReGen Villages is our primary technology, design and implementation partner. We highly recommend watching this short video “The Tesla of Ecovillages” with founder James Ehrlich. Website (

“ReGen Villages continues to receive global press and media coverage since 2016, with over 1500-million web impressions and over 72,000 families registered to live in ReGen Villages enabled communities around the world.

ReGen Villages has established collaboration agreements with top international industry, university and government partners, working closely on development and implementation of our VillageOS™ operating system software and subsequent master plans.

We are in the process of completing software development that supports partners in planning pilot communities across Northern and Southern Europe, USA and ASEAN nations.

We are living in transformational times, where we can apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to address the integration of high yield organic food, clean water, renewable energy and circular waste to resource management at the neighborhood scale.

ReGen Villages, patent-pending VillageOS™ operating system software and ReGenerative Villages Simulator™ will enable the replication and global scaling of regenerative resiliency to meet the challenges of safe, healthy and secure communities in dynamically changing times.

ReGen Villages answers almost all of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, leveraging the VillageOS™ software to rapidly master plan. This changes the rules for fast-track development and realization of integrated critical life-support systems with doorstep access and agency.

Other Potential Partners and Collaborators 

Call to Action!

Connect, Collaborate & Implement

We invite forward-thinking individuals, companies, and organizations to join us in building a regenerative future. We invite YOU to join us on this endeavor to co-create a healthy planet; with thriving communities composed of beautiful, regenerative neighborhood villages! There is potential to work together on projects that are already underway… and/or the potential to create new projects together from the ground up. To explore the potential of working together simply fill in your information on the form link below (someone from our team will contact you shortly)!

With Gratitude ~ Thank You!

Joshua Alvord


Executive Director @ Local Earth

Community Development Partner @ Regen Villages

Solar Consultant @ Powur & the Solar Energy Alliance

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