Decentralized networks are more stable than centralized ones. This applies to work places, sources of income, computer networks and nature. In the workplace, a top-down centralized system creates a large burden on a central point, when the load is decentralized there are fewer problems if one person isn’t “doing their job” or some sort of failure happens in the production line. When your income is decentralized and you are bringing in revenue from various projects, it is less devastating when one of them fails and your family is better able to weather the storm. Decentralized computer networks provide network stability and security – take the Bitcoin network for example, if a miner or mining pool go down, there are still thousands of nodes able to pick up where those left off. Mother nature operates this way, too, ant colonies and animals in migration do not have one central authority dictating how to travel or when, they depend on their own cues and instincts, their network is decentralized and their network is strong.
I have seen the power of the decentralized network and feel passionate about creating this sort of security in my life on multiple fronts. When we lost our farm it was totally devastating. We lost everything we had been working for, because we had centralized our efforts all in once place. Our family was the central focal point of the community and when we lost what we had, the community scattered and we were left trying to figure out where to farm and garden.
Now that we are in an apartment, we have our own front porch garden going. We are also building garden beds on the sidewalk in front of a neighboring restaurant and plan to get an additional restaurant on board. We are also gardening with friends on their property and actively looking for a property of our own. We decentralized our local gardening efforts to prevent losing it all again, but I want to decentralize further, I want to decentralized our geographic location so we have choices across the country where we have thriving gardens and community that we can plug into when we please.
After years of travel and meeting with activists communities I see 4 geographic locations that seem to provide the most in term of what we are looking for. We want a government that is minimal, we want strong like minded community, we want the ability to garden and live off the grid. The places we feel provide the most in these regards are 1. Central Texas 2. New Hampshire 3. Asheville, NH and 4. Colorado.
I want to have a place to stay in each of these communities. I want an off the grid permanent home in each of these locations. I want a thriving garden in each of these locations. I want a thriving livestock operation in each location. And I want them to be profitable so I can incentivize someone to operate them while we travel between the 4.
To make this happen I need a good plan, and that is the phase I am in currently, determining the plan of action. Where to start? Obviously Central Texas is a good option for us to start because we are here, we have community have family here, we have chickens here, we have gardens here. We also need something sooner than later because my family is not happy in an apartment. The next step will likely be NH because there are so many activists there and moving there and Bardo Farm has a thriving off the grid community that we want to be a part of. Asheville is very enticing to me because we really clicked with the activists there and loved the city. Colorado we have the least ties to, but I see great potential.
Here is a podcast I did discussing the choices and where to go from here.
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I plan to write an overview of all 4 activist hubs to give others advice and inspiration on where they can go to be in community with others!