The idea of serious systemic change is not alien to many of us. The widespread economic, physical, philosophical, emotional and psychological suffering, as well as the prolific lack of peace that permeates the minds of our so-called modern world, has encouraged huge droves of people to not just question the status quo, but the entire models that dictate the ways in which we operate, both locally and globally.

However, this questioning (or so-called awakening) has led to further division and conflict. Those in the independent media, as well as independent thinkers in general, are lost in a web of opposing ideologies. Of course this is a natural process, however it has amplified to the point where the amount of action complementing the awakening is highly imbalanced.

That’s not to say there aren’t a good amount of people thinking and acting in ways that reinforce their new-found consciousness. For example, advanced systems like Permaculture are extremely widespread.

An example of an individual willing to ‘act outside the box‘ is Ron Higgins, who is the Mayor of North Frontenac, Canada. He aims to implement Michael Tellinger’s ‘One Small Town’ plan in his local community. Although it’s at the early stages of development, and still requires council approval, he has already attracted 90% of the funds required for the three major projects.

As stated by Ron:

“My intent is to identify a potential “out of the box” solution to address issues our residents continually communicate to the township … we have investment lined up from Norway, Ottawa and the United States for three elements of a potential plan.

One investment is for green electricity generation (not wind or solar) that would provide immediate benefit for those who contribute –free electricity. The other is for a year round indoor greenhouse aquatic and food production facility(s) which could provide both employment and free food for those who contribute. The other is to build an Earthship residential community that would bring in a younger generation that would ensure diversity of our age groups and bring children for our school and new skill sets.

Contributionism – the whole plan is based on community volunteers who would make the choice on whether they want to contribute to the program or not. In this concept all residents of North Frontenac will have an opportunity to volunteer three hours a week to help implement and sustain such a program.

Conducting the research will be the easy part and the financing of the three key projects is about 90% in place. My challenges are to present a viable plan that will be acceptable by our residents and Council. Once approved there will some regulatory requirements to obtain approval to establish electrical generation and food production.

Not surprisingly, his plan has garnered the support of around 75% of the local residents. As stated by one local:

“I would like to applaud Craig Bakay (author), and Ron Higgins (Mayor) for the article to promote the idea of Ubuntu contributionism. I have been following with great interest, Michael Tellinger, and his Ubuntu movement, and am excited to hear of any news of a town considering to accept the “One Small Town” challenge to implement the Ubuntu philosophy.

Those that are quick to dismiss the idea should evaluate the current systems for shelter, warmth & food. Think of tomorrow and more sustainable ways of living. Think about todays problems projected to your greatgreat- grandchildren. Think about the way things are now, and then consider how long things can stay the same. We must consider the: cost of living, national debt, water and air quality, general health, sustainability of farms, and find a way to fix any **broken systems**.

In my opinion, the Ubuntu philosophy combined with effort will bring about a positive wave of change across the entire Country”.

It’s important to highlight their comment regarding those who “are quick to dismiss the idea”, because many people who are strong advocates for systemic and philosophical change will do this without thinking more laterally about the issues.

Simply, at the very least we need to trial all potential solutions to the immense challenges we face, and the ‘One Small Town‘ project is one of them.

An Interview with Michael Tellinger

​In this interview, Phillip J. Watt and Michael Tellinger discuss the evolution of Michael’s Ubuntu philosophy and model, the preparation and progress of the ‘One Small Town’ project in North Frontenac, Canada and the general state of humanity’s consciousness as we move through the rest of twenty seventeen.

This interview is part of the ‘Redesigning Society‘ Podcast which is available on Soundcloud, itunes and all other good Podcast apps.

You can follow and support Michael’s work at michaeltellinger and ubuntuplanet.

You can follow Phillip J. Watt at his websites vitalityguidance and pushingthetippingpoint, as well as his YouTube Channel The Conscious Society and his Facebook page Phillip J. Watt.