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Cybercommunities - Understandings


A cybercommunity is integral - it integrates residence, work, service, commerce and recreation.

A cybercommunity is tolerant - it is open to all who accept and practice tolerance.


A cybercommunity is democratic - its members practice constitutional democratic governance and affirm the universal value of democracy.


A cybercommunity is helpful - it upholds the value of help as reciprocal and encourages mutual assistance.


A cybercommunity is non-idolatrous - it values scientific method, freedom of thought and an iconoclastic but civil temperament.  


A cybercommunity is public. Its material structures are not owned by occupants but by the community.

Occupancy of spaces that are "private" is by subscription.  So is membership in the community. So are many of its services and commercial ventures.


Cybercommunities may be privately or publicly owned. Members may invest in their community. Cooperative banks will function within cybercommunities.   


Cybercommunites provide employment, education, and all spaces one associates with an integrated urban existence.


All but private spaces are shared, multi-purpose. Public spaces are be created, moved and enlarged with ease. Open areas are small and plentiful - squares, circles, small parks.


A great deal of flexibility will be the hallmark of cybercommunities. For example one would not be required to own anything that requires individual plumbing. At the same time there would be all manner of choice as to what sort of "private" plumbing one would desire. Similarly food processing could be in a kitchen of one's own or in community kitchens or eateries spread throughout the community.

Cybercommunities would serve all ages and conditions. Health care and all other services for a community of 10,000 would be available.

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…