1. People

People work together, care for, nurture and support each other when they live in face-to-face communities of about 250 to 750 people. At this optimal size, people know each other and are known. Conflict resolution is face-to-face, and when someone falls, someone else picks them up. At that size, communities have a very low tolerance for social predation, for those toxic actions that tear at the fabric of the community.

In the MarketTown context, this optimally-sized community is called a village.

The town is made up of about 20 such side-by-side villages, and it is hoped that each one has its own, very different character. However, within the village, initially there will some form of common attraction - a theme, a quality, a set of values, perhaps a nationality or language. Over time, that character will evolve, but if it begins with an ethos of taking care, it is likely to continue. It's human nature. 


In this pedestrian town in Italy, people encounter each other without an appointment. Note the eye contact between the woman and the baby. That is how children learn. Children are hard-wired to be social and to be in the company of adults. It works best when they are face-to-face.

Three generations meet on the street