Open Source Business
Open source and free-shared sustainable development policies are another area that One Community is open source project-launch blueprinting in support of Highest Good of All sustainable business models. For those interested in joining us in our goal to build and evolve open source and free-sharing self-sufficient teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities all over the world there are three primary areas we are developing to open source and free-share our experience in relation to entrepreneurialism: For Profit, Non-profit, and Business Sponsorship.
BUSINESS OPEN SOURCE PORTAL
One Community is a 501c3 non profit organization that is developing a business model for open source project-launch blueprinting of both for-profit and non-profit self-sufficient teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities as well as an internal community/village/city business sponsorship and project-launch model for entrepreneurs. As we develop and operate these business models for One Community (and with others around the world) we will be providing the following open source and free-shared details to support others wishing to duplicate our efforts:
● How to start a non-profit organization: what we filed for our 501c3
● All aspects of our process to build and operate an eco-tourism village and business
● All aspects of our screening, review, and launch process for internal business sponsorship
● Ongoing sharing and archiving of our business learning and development process
● Ongoing sharing and archiving of the learning and development process of others using this model
The entire marketing and sharing engine we are creating is also being developed specifically to support and refer interested people to other self-sufficient teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities using and helping us grow and evolve One Community and the open source project-launch blueprinting process for The Highest Good of All.
BUSINESS BUILDING WITH ONE COMMUNITY
One Community offers near unparalleled opportunity for business building and development and individual business building is not a necessary or essential part of the One Community revenue stream model. While we consider individual revenue streams foundational as an option available to community members, we have designed this new way to live as a duplicable model:
● Not needing financial input of any kind from the people who choose to participate
● Where a debt-free person can become a community member and live without needing income
● Where a person can create passive income through home ownership and/or business grants
● Where a person can choose to have the experience of focusing on living and creating for The Highest Good of All instead of money if they want to (demonstrating what results from people truly having this as an option is ultimately our goal and foundational to our purpose and mission)
Once established and demonstrated as successful, the One Community open source project-launch blueprinting for business is also being created as a duplicable investment model for people who would like to fund self-sufficient teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to make money, for people with debt that want to use the model to eliminate their debt, and as a duplicable retirement model.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT ONE COMMUNITY
People joining One Community do so with zero financial input and business building is optional because the comprehensive sustainability model and revenue streams provide for all basic needs. If a person desires to build a business at One Community, the business pays 25% of gross revenue to One Community and will fall into one of two categories: Community Sponsored or Independent. The difference between the two is One Community has a financial, managerial, and labor investment in Community Sponsored businesses (see below). Building either type of business with One Community has the following benefits:
● Built-in One Community marketing engine
● Financing and free labor if needed (see below)
● Non-existence of traditional overhead expenses like utility bills and rent
● Unparalleled diversity of skills, business knowledge, and collaborative input constantly available
Benefits for One Community include:
● 25% gross contribution to community income streams shared by the community
● Business building is a social activity that can help bring people together even more
● Opportunity to include some part of the business in our open source model as we market it
● Opportunity to leverage the huge talent base and skill sets of our members in a beneficial way
Independent businesses are run entirely by the individual and still pay 25% of gross revenue to the community as host. In return the business owner benefits from the diversity of knowledge and community talent, does not pay rent or utilities while conducting business on One Community property, and benefits from the marketing engine of One Community. One Community does not take part in the business’ funding, organization, staffing or business operation other than auditing the financial aspects. If a person leaves One Community they take their business with them.
COMMUNITY SPONSORED BUSINESSES
Community sponsored businesses are also run by the individual but are managed with community input. The community takes an active roll in business decisions to help it become successful and supplies financing support, labor through community contribution if needed, website creation and support, and marketing. Businesses of this kind are established to create on-going income for both the individual and One Community and maintain their association with and support of the community even if the business owner is no longer a community member (see example below). Capital for business building is created and maintained by all income streams of One Community and allocated by community consensus.
To become a community sponsored business, members with business ideas present a detailed business plan 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, One Community will then sponsor the business and provide a grant or 0% interest loan and staffing (through community contribution) for the business’ creation. The criteria for business sponsorship are:
● Submission of complete business plan
● Consensus agreement to sponsor business
● Business must require only temporary community staffing support
● Business must be in alignment with One Communities triple-bottom-line foundation
● Business model should take no longer than 1 year to be profitable AND repay supplied startup costs
● Businesses with associated maintenance costs must maintain 1 year of business operation costs in a solvency account to be managed by One Community
Note: Businesses desiring sponsorship that requires community contribution staffing will not be available until there is sufficient infrastructure in place. This includes our tourism revenue stream that is foundational to the financial viability of One Community and sponsoring entrepreneurs.
COMMUNITY SPONSORED BUSINESS EXAMPLE
An example of a community sponsored business that is built into the One Community revenue stream model is home ownership. Once a Community Pioneer has contributed to One Community for 18 months they own the home they helped build. If they decide to leave One Community, this home is managed and maintained by One Community under the community-sponsored business model as a revenue-producing timeshare. An open book financial agreement between the home owner and One Community (who is the manager of funds as business sponsor) is maintained, and distribution of funds to the home owner and One Community happen at the end of each fiscal year. Necessary repairs, etc. are paid for from the solvency account.
Note: Timeshare and tourism rental are foundational revenue streams for One Community and rentals owned and operated 100% by One Community receive priority in the rental process.
One Community is a structure for creating sovereignty, so if individual business building is a part of that for an individual, we’ve established the model and infrastructure to help people achieve success. The same four principles of success that create the solid infrastructure of One Community, in essence a thriving economy of its own, are also applied to every business we help create: open source sharing as a foundation for marketing, working together to maximize the effectiveness of the diverse talent available, keeping overhead low through community contribution support, and creating systems to maximize efficiency to the benefit of everyone involved. With this infrastructure, we see applying the team we have now and creating an interconnected and constantly growing and expanding hub of ethosolutions and sponsored community businesses as a win-win we want to support.