SMART VILLAGE

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We are currently looking for patient debt capital financing (private loans) to help make this project happen. We need $2,000,000 in total, and already have $1,350,000 pledged. Our deadline for funding is the end of October 2020.

You’ll get interest on your loan, plus the option to convert any amount of the loan into renting different spaces on the property and tickets to future events (all at a discount).

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Most conventional cities are unsustainable and miserable as living spaces – with the crime, noise, pollution, traffic, unaffordable tiny box apartments, the feeling of social isolation, and constant stress.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed or cancelled a lot of the aspects of cities that used to be attractive – the events, concerts, shops, and restaurants. And the riots have made some cities nearly unliveable.

Many people are seeking healthier alternatives.

WHAT ARE SMART VILLAGES?

Smart villages are a new, healthier way to live. They are rural settlements that integrate technology, nature, and community.

Smart Villages operate from the principles of biomimicry, creating environments that support the health of the bioregion, and the people & other living beings within it.

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?

Future Thinkers Smart Village is a rural innovation lab & education center that combines technological innovation, education & personal development programs, regenerative agriculture, and community – located in a beautiful mountain valley the heart of the Kootenays, BC, Canada.

The lab will aim to create processes and templates that others can use to regenerate the health of the bioregional ecosystem, the local communities, and the people living in them.

Benefits to Local Communities & Bioregion:

  • Encouraging regenerative practices, innovation, and sustainable business development in the region
  • Creating training for the next generation of leaders, creators & entrepreneurs
  • Attracting international thinkers & media coverage
  • Future-proofing the community by prototyping innovative solutions for local issues
  • Fostering a healthier and deeper connection to ourselves, each other, and the land

DESIGNING WITH BIOMIMICRY PRINCIPLES

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  • Nature is resilient to disturbances, decentralized, redundant, diverse, and self-healing.
  • Nature uses only the energy it needs and relies on freely available energy.
  • Nature builds using abundant resources, using few rare resources.
  • Nature recycles all materials and creates no waste.
  • Nature tends to optimize rather than maximize.
  • Nature uses chemistry and materials that are safe for living beings.
  • Nature uses shape to determine functionality.
  • Nature runs on information and monitors its environment.
  • Nature is locally attuned and responsive.
  • Nature creates mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Nature scales by building from principles, using templates, and adapting to local conditions

The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.

– Gregory Bateson

PROGRAMS

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Programs

  • Co-Working, Co-Living & Co-Creating
  • Workshops & Festivals
  • Hackathons & Idea Incubators
  • Personal Development Retreats
  • Outdoor & Wilderness Adventure

Subjects

  • Social & Technological Innovation
  • Meditation & Resilience
  • Personal Development
  • Communities of The Future
  • Natural Health & Parenting
  • Permaculture & Ecology

Who Is It For?

  • Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders
  • Change-Makers & Social Entrepreneurs
  • Tech Innovators
  • Digital Nomads & Remote Workers
  • Educators, Researchers, and Facilitators
  • Artists & Makers
  • Families

Unique Advantages

  • Established International Audience at Future Thinkers
  • Existing Programs at members.futurethinkers.org

WHO ARE WE?

Future Thinkers is a long-running podcast with over 5 Million downloads that has been featured in BBC, Forbes, World Economic Forum, Futurism, Financial Times, and iTunes Top 40 in Technology. The focus of the show is the evolution of society, technology, and consciousness towards a regenerative future.

The podcast has hosted many thinkers & creators including Ken Wilber, Jordan Peterson, Jamie Wheal, John Vervaeke, Kevin Kelly, Douglas Rushkoff, Nora Bateson, Charles Eisenstein, Jordan Hall, Daniel Schmachtenberger, Jim Rutt, Joe Brewer, Dayna Baumeister, Ramez Naam, David Brin, Vitalik Buterin, Duncan Trussell, and others.

Founders and Co-Hosts Mike & Euvie also facilitate courses and workshops in sovereignty & resilience.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

– Buckminster Fuller

PROPERTY FEATURES

OFF-GRID LIVING

OFF-GRID LIVING

Most of the energy for the property is produced by our two bays of solar panels. The water comes from our own wells.

GLAMPING DOMES

GLAMPING DOMES

Unique, eco-friendly, and beautiful living environments that give you an expansive feeling.

CABINS & TINY HOMES

CABINS & TINY HOMES

Low energy, low expense, and low consumption homes. Live in luxury in an A-frame cabin, shipping container home, or glamping dome. 

WORKSHOPS & RETREATS

WORKSHOPS & RETREATS

Events on resilience & sovereignty, innovation, personal development, natural health, permaculture & more.

CO-WORKING

CO-WORKING

Working online is easy with our high-speed Internet connections, cozy co-working environments, and private meeting rooms. 

PERMACULTURE FARM

PERMACULTURE FARM

Eat organic, home-grown food produced on the farm. You can enjoy working in the garden & grow something yourself.

MULTIMEDIA STUDIO

A/V STUDIO

Record a podcast, make music, film a youtube video; do it all from the on-site audio / video studio.

MAKER SPACE

MAKER SPACE

Woodworking, metal working, 3d printing & fabrication, all the tools for arts and media creation. Take action at any moment of inspiration. 

TESLA CAR SHARING

TESLA CAR SHARING

When you stay on the property, you get access to 3 Tesla cars that can take you around the region and to and from town.

WILDERNESS & OUTDOORS

WILDERNESS & OUTDOORS

Hiking, fishing, boating, kayaking, rafting & more. Kootenay lake, Duncan Lake, Purcell and Goat Range Provincial Parks are nearby.

ELECTRIC DIRT BIKING

ELECTRIC DIRT BIKING

1000’s of acres of mountains, valleys, river and lake fronts to explore by electric dirt bike.

WEDDING & EVENT VENUE

WEDDING & EVENT VENUE

Have your dream wedding or event in a unique & private location in the Kootenays with high end cabins & domes, surrounded by gorgeous nature.

GYM

GYM

All the equipment you need for working out & crossfit. Barbells, rings, chin up bars, battle ropes, sleds, kettle bells, and more…

POOL, SPA, SAUNA & FLOAT

POOL, SPA, SAUNA & FLOAT

Unwind in the community pool, relax in the spa & sauna, or meditate in the isolation float tanks.

YOGA, MEDITATION & DANCE

YOGA & MEDITATION SPACE

Enjoy our yoga, meditation, and dance space – by yourself or as part of a workshop. Sometimes there is live music, too!

THE PROPERTY

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN 2020

Property

  • 107 Acres – River Front, 360 Mountain View
  • 3 Houses – 5BR, 2BR, and 2BR
  • Solar Panels, Wells, Septic tanks
  • Farm, Barn, & Stable
  • Outdoor Activities: Swimming, Camping, Hiking, Boating, Skiing, Dirt-Biking, Kayaking, Rafting
  • 5 Min Drive To General Store, 10 Min Drive To 2 Lakes, 30 Min Drive To Town (Kaslo, BC), 2 Hr Drive to Airport (Castlegar, BC)

Services

  • Tesla Car Sharing
  • Airport Pickup
  • Catering

PLANNED FOR 2021-2023

Property

  • Large Event Dome & Co-Working Space
  • A-Frame Cabins & Geodesic Domes for Guests
  • Multimedia Studio
  • Maker Space / Workshop
  • Yoga & Meditation Dome
  • Community Pool, Spa & Sauna
  • Gym
  • Coffee / Smoothie / Sandwich Bar

Services

  • Adventure Tours (Kayaking, E-Boating, E-Dirt Biking, Etc)
  • Events: Workshops, Retreats, Co-Working, Conferences, Hackathons

TIMELINE & PROJECT STATUS

We need $2,000,000 CAD total to acquire and update the property.

We still need to raise $650,000, and we’re looking for private loans from our network to make up the rest (minimum $100,000 per person). We have until the end of October 2020 to raise the funds we need.

If you want to contribute, fill out this form.

In the future you’ll be able to convert any portion of the loan into accommodation, space & event bookings.

Stage 1

  • Raise $2M CAD
  • Begin Renovations
  • Build Multimedia Studio

Stage 2

  • Build Event Center Dome & Co-Working Space
  • Build 4 New Dwellings (Cabins / Domes)
  • Start Taking Bookings & Hosting Events

Stage 3

  • Build Maker Space & Workshop
  • Build Yoga & Meditation Dome
  • Build Coffee / Smoothie / Sandwich Bar
  • Build Health & Fitness Facilities

Stage 4

  • Build New Road
  • Build More Housing For Short & Long Term Stays

$2,000,000

TOTAL FUNDS NEEDED

$1,350,000

FUNDS PLEDGED

End of October 2020

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