The One Community revenue stream model is part of our Highest Good business contribution developed for open source duplication like all other aspects of One Community. This revenue stream model and our marketing engine are also designed to help promote and support others building self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities modeled after One Community and demonstrating a desire to live, open source share, and create for the Highest Good of All.
This page is about the community revenue streams that will be maintained by One Community in order to maintain our financial viability and achieve our global transformation goals. It is divided into the following sections:
The purpose of One Community revenue streams is to provide a duplicable model for future teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities and to allow us to forward our goals of open source blueprints for sustainable replication. These revenue streams will allow us to maintain this new way of living sustainably as accessible to everyone, with a lifestyle that offers mainstream appeal, and to achieve expansion of One Community as outlined throughout this website. Tourism and timeshare sales are our primary revenue stream methods of accomplishing this for the following reasons:
*Note for anyone considering joining One Community: While One Community is designed to be a financially successful endeavor, we are a not-for-profit organization. With this in mind, the Pioneer Team is focused first and foremost on global contribution and achieving our long-term global change goals – and we seek to work with others who agree about the importance of maximally prioritizing these goals when making all non-profit financial decisions. For those focused more on personal financial needs, please see the Entrepreneurial Model Page.
One Community’s primary offering is the One Community Experience with participation available in the form of community membership, tourism, and timeshare ownership. Where else can you visit and stay in a hand-built eco-home, eat hand-grown food prepared lovingly by the people who live there, choose to have the experience of learning and working side-by-side with the people of the community, or just sit in on a variety of classes and activities the community conducts daily as a way of life? And when you are done, you can take the blueprints of this experience with you and build your own greenhouse, cob home, composting bin, or complete self-sufficient and self-replicating teacher/demonstration hub.
Like a bed and breakfast hosted by family, One Community IS a new way to live and everyone is invited to visit, participate, learn, and explore the novelty and intelligence of an environment where everything we do is designed to promote and support the environment, human health, and progress for the Highest Good of All people and life on our planet.
As a byproduct of One Community’s daily operations we will also generate a diversity of unique foods that we can sell locally, have space for a few retirees, and also space for a few special students wishing to join our childhood education program. Additionally, One Community will establish an internet network of businesses and offer grants and assistance staffing to Community Members to help them establish residual income streams.
The point of One Community is to demonstrate to people a Highest Good Society way of living that specifically meets people’s deeper needs for fulfilled living and happiness while continuously contributing to positive and permanent global transformation for the Highest Good of All . Because of these goals, daily living at One Community, and the experience of visiting One Community, will include the following:
Because our infrastructure is self-sustainable, and our labor force is 100% volunteer, our operating costs will be significantly lower than a traditional bed and breakfast or hotel and this allows us to price ourselves comparable to local markets while offering FAR more in value. Duplicable Center nightly rates will run between $150-$250 night for a suite, and regular room rates will range from $70-$100/night. Food and all group recreational activities, participating in the community experience, use of the grounds, and childcare are all included.
Timeshare ownership is a secondary option to tourism offering all the same benefit but purchased a week at a time with indefinite ownership. Weekly timeshare cost could be very competitively priced at $5,000, with annual dues/cleaning fees of $150 for a family of 2 and an additional surcharge of $30 per person over two. Because we will grow all our food, this lower than industry standard fee would actually be an additional small revenue stream for us. People not using their timeshare would also be able to submit it to the Overflow Pool creating additional revenue, covering their dues, and potentially profiting up to $400. Initial calculations for this option of revenue, if applied to all the allocated rental rooms in the Earthbag Village, has the potential for raising over 1.5 million in short-term revenue but at the expense of long-term profitability. Timeshare sales are not necessary in the existing plans for One Community financial viability and, because of the sacrifice of long-term profitability, will only be offered if a specific situation dictates a need.
One Community is also creating an educational program expanding on the most cutting edge and transformational methodologies currently in existence. This program, like One Community, is unique in its offerings and approach. As part of the One Community blueprints of civilization model, we will be conducting and evolving this program with the children of One Community and offering a limited number (5-15 as One Community grows) of spaces to those outside the community for private education. Tuition will be around $5,000 per child (national average is $3,116) generating a projected $25,000 – $75,000 annually while supporting the education needs of our own children.
One Community will also offer space for 10 active retirees by the third year (please see the Retiree’s Page for details). Because of the community model, this space will be completely different from any other retirement community on the planet, offering a place for a One Community Retiree Member to contribute to world change both actively and financially. The cost of being a Retiree Member will be priced comparable to national averages for nursing home care and based on the amount the retiree member wishes to participate in One Community through community contribution. Contribution of 30 hours will be priced at $60,000/year and contribution of 20 weekly hours will be priced at $80,000/year. The level of service provided by One Community will be comparable to an Independent Living Community and community contribution for participants will be self-selected, doing things like reading stories to children, gardening, answering phones, playing music, nature walks, teaching, etc.
One Community is founded on principles of diversity and collaboration that are perfect for inspired business creation that helps both the community and economic development. Members with business ideas are encouraged to present detailed business plans to the complete membership of the community for consensus on viability and community sponsorship. If 100% of community membership agrees that a business is viable, we will then sponsor the business and provide a grant or loan and staffing for the business’s creation. This provides ongoing opportunity for us to leverage the diversity of our skills in the marketplace, individual revenue for our members, and an agreed upon percentage of revenue to One Community. The criteria for business selection are:
With the team we have now, it will be very easy to build a website hub connecting individual business owners’ websites to each other, and One Community, and then use the marketing power of the Community and the Team to help support both. What these and other businesses focus on, and end up looking like, remains to be seen. But the power of a community focused on helping them grow with innovative new ideas, support through capital, and publicity by association is a HUGE asset.
Here is where you can go for more specifics related to revenue production at One Community:
Tourism revenue has been identified as the revenue stream most capable of accomplishing our global transformation goals by further supporting and sharing One Community as a teacher/demonstration community, village, and city. We will use a combination of the visitability of our location, educational classes, and non-stop creation of open source blueprints to market and share this option with the world. Sustainable infrastructure combined with an all volunteer labor force will keep operational expenses low while we share the fulfilled living and enriching environment as a marketable eco-tourism option. This will allow us to offer significantly more value, for a lower price, with an endless and free open source sharing marketing engine that benefits us and the world. In short, the more (and higher quality) our open source sharing, and the more fun our environment is, the more successful we will be; all of which will help to fuel our secondary revenue streams as well.
Q: Is anyone (directors, consultants, etc.) paid as part of One Community?
No, we are a 100% unpaid volunteer organization.
Q: How would individuals who want to make money as part of One Community do so?
Please see our entrepreneurial model page.
Q: Are you basing these concepts on an existing model? In other words, how confident are you they will work?
These concepts are based on the foundations of intelligent business in almost any industry: providing value, low cost to profit ratio, and a quality marketing engine. The successful (and growing) model to compare with what we are creating would be the affordable tourism industry. Affordable tourism continues to gain market share and sustainability as an industry and an interest continue to grow also. Visiting a property like One Community’s, an environment like One Community’s, and hands on experience with all of One Community’s open source blueprints and creations all add to our desirability and marketability. Further add to this that the entire “staff” of One Community are non-profit volunteer residents not doing a “job,” but rather operating the Highest Good society model that is the core of One Community, makes it a fun place to be and visit, and an exciting and world changing organization to maintain.
Combining all these things produces a place people want to visit, that will offer much more interesting and fun things to do, at a lower price, with a higher profit margin, staffed by people who are (instead of “workers”) equal and full shareholders in the experience. On top of this, we are changing the world for the better and the more fun and beautiful residents make One Community, the more they individually benefit, the more visitors benefit, and the more it benefits One Community’s global transformation goals.
For these reasons, we are very confident in the financial viability of One Community.
Q: What about duplicability, how will this be duplicable for others?
The marketing engine of One Community is growing to specifically support and coordinate with other teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities too. When other teacher/demonstration hubs contribute to the global open source archive, we will help them promote their work through our engine. We will operate this like a franchise where inclusion is based on open source contributions to positive and permanent global transformation. This means future models will have a significantly easier time implementing this same model. We are and will continue open source free-sharing the complete for-profit, non-profit, and entrepreneurial models and details of One Community so others will be able to duplicate them with our without association with One Community.
Q: Why do you have a for-profit component, why not be 100% non-profit?
There are two primary reasons for this:
First, in essence One Community is establishing itself to place maximum profits into our non-profit and global goals. However, there are elements of One Community that will not legally fall under the umbrella of a non-profit and these areas will need to be classified and taxed as for-profit ventures operated under a separate legal entity. We also see it as a positive for both One Community and Visitors so long as we offer enough value that people feel good about their investment in the for-profit elements of One Community. In this way we hope to demonstrate and spread Highest Good economics as part of our model too.
Second is our goal to demonstrate and open source share a model that is A) sustainable and B) can meet the needs of as many people as possible. In the case of the model being sustainable, we do not consider any model that operates 100% on donations as a sustainable and duplicable solution because donated resources are limited. Revenue is also necessary to purchase everything that cannot be produced effectively internally like machinery, appliances, technology, clothing, some food items, vehicles, etc. These items will differ for different people in different locations and an effective revenue stream addresses this.
In the case of meeting the needs of as many people as possible, One Community is also taking into account those who have debt, those seeking only to invest, and the reality that there will be many who will try a model like this and then change their mind and want to leave and/or do something else. The for-profit element of One Community is purposed to provide duplicable revenue streams that help all three of these group while also helping share and spread teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities by demonstrating them as a progressive and profitable opportunity.
Q: If you are a team of people without debt, how do you intend to teach people with debt how to become free of debt?
Our goal is to clearly define as many of the variables as possible for creating a financially viable teacher/demonstration hub with a diversity of options for implementation to suit different demographics and budgets. The more One Community grows and expands, the more open source blueprints, tools, tutorials, and resources we will provide for others to duplicate our efforts. This is why we are focused on people joining the Pioneer Team that are financially stable, so we can focus 100% of our energy on open source creation for those that aren’t in such a fortunate position. This is also one of the reasons why we won’t move onto the property with any debt as an organization.
Q: If you are a non-profit organization, how do you intend to operate for-profit businesses too?
Any activities of One Community deemed by tax code and federal law to not be operable under our 501(c)3 status will be operated under a separate for-profit corporate entity.
Q: Will One Community ever pay any of its members?
One Community’s #1 financial priority is expansion and our global goals. If we are accomplishing expansion and these goals successfully, and a 100% of the membership agrees through consensus that distribution of funds is warranted and will not in any way compromise these goals, then distributions can be made.
Q: How does the eco-tourism model work if I’m only building enough housing for the people that will live there?
For the eco-tourism revenue stream to work, you need sufficient startup funds to build enough to house residents and also to host others or offer camping or something similar. All this though is dependent on how compelling/inviting the environment is that you are creating. If not compelling enough, you may need to come up with a product or other way to generate revenue.