How to organise communities and remove politics
Economic theory often talks about bundles of public goods, smallism doesn't
This section will introduce the Ward as a theoretical model on which we will gradually build up and expand into a practical, national society of self-managed, self-reliant and self-representative Wards in the modern context.
- The ward is a geographically-connected collection of properties that make up a community
- Wards are dynamic and changing.
- Those that are run successfully will expand those that fail will shrink
- Wards are defined by the owners of property choosing which ward they wish to be a part of
- Wards cannot be gerrymandered by politicians for political reasons
Our initial ward is minimalist and vacuumist with a few dozen or so houses, a farm, butchers, grocers and fresh well water. Employment is created by the production and distribution of food and products created from the farm (e.g. leather) and families provide the social care structure for the young and old. Everybody owns their property and our Ward is fully self-sufficient.
Because this ward is isolated, all shared assets within the bounds of the ward belong to the ward and consequently, maintenance and upkeep are the responsibility of the ward. In our isolated example, there is no other logical possibility. There is no one else to do it.
This Ward produces food and leather; the neighbouring wards produce whatever is appropriate to their resources at the current time and happen to consume the supply of leather from neighbouring wards. Trade in surplus produce is enabled and encouraged by encouraging a logistics infrastructure to develop that will allow businesses to distribute products throughout the country.
Wards may take responsibility for services that are geographically based, such as roads, cleaning, waste management, parks, swimming pools, skate parks - and any other local services the ward deems as valuable to the community.
This is a shared ownership model whereby buying a property also ties you into services provided by the ward, in the same way, that a property is bound to a local council currently.
The ward in effect replaces the local council and every property owner becomes (in council language) a councillor in their own ward.
The management structure of a ward is the choice of the property owners. Some may choose to do it themselves but wards that grow and have large populations would probably choose to start a management company with ownership spread to the property owners.
Having the property owners also being the clients of the service management company provides some interesting checks and balances which we will deal with separately.
 Ignoring this concept is the fundamental error in our concept of ownership in social systems today.