Thinking about it, I am reminded of a recent discussion at ArCosanti, which has been in transition mode since Paolo's death in 2013. Arcosanti's administrative structure has been absent, in its own mind, of means or method for development of inclusion of an administratively democratic process. One option might be a membership-driven organizational structure, for example, with an elected board occupying limited terms of office. Its Mom and Pop organizational model has helped it retain its original purpose of testing the hand-crafted passive solar architectural design ideas of Paolo Soleri.
The re-purposing of its administrative model by the Advisory Committee is an interesting approach on the part of a peacefully tolerant group's institutionally entrenched organization. The goal, I suppose, is to develop an administrative structure that can abet the intent of achieving a still-indeterminate goal. How that will reflect awareness of the constituency of Arcosanti, how it will demonstrate sensitivity to shifts in consciousness, how it will remain considerately responsive within its own sphere; how it will take responsibility for that process, are some big questions. Especially I wonder how all that will shed light on the nature of social groups?
Tea Party conservatives, Black Panthers, Raging Grannies, First Nations, churches, educational non-profits: no group achieves Fan Shen without careful planning. Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) said "Things will have to change for things to stay the same," but while change is inevitable, it is not necessarily predictable.
In any case, whining is not a conducive concomitant of committed engagement in positive reformulation of anything. Wouldn't it be silly to be surprised, in the course of any revisionary process, to discover that some of its elements grind exceeding small, provoking change?
That is perhaps why it strikes me as somehow miraculous to observe the Cosanti Foundation's Board steering committee as it progresses in parallel tandem with my own investigation. What I see thus far continues to confirm my valuation: Arcosanti is an idea whose time has come.
Whatever plan the ArCosanti steering committee's licensed planners, architects, contractors and construction experts come up with is likely to be novel and interesting. But what I'm curious to see is how it stretches out to include anyone and everyone who has ever valued his/her own experience with what Arcosanti has become thus far.
I'm looking now at putting another 10,000 miles under my feet in August, taking a more northerly route this time than I did in May and June. Incidentally, each leg of that tripedal journey, the first by car, bus, airplane; the second by train, truck, car; the third by car, plane, bus; cost just under $400 for transit, food and lodging, a total of $1,200. Less than 10 cents a mile? Does that seem odd, that it doesn't matter by what means or method you travel, that it all costs the same? Don't economies of scale matter in the transportation sector?
I expect to travel by bus between BC and QC, stopping over along the way to interview architects with Arcosanti in their history. If you're one reading this, please use the Contact page to get in touch with me, let me know how to arrange a meeting with you. Thank you!