Neighborhood Node Developers Program

The Neighborhood Node Network needs developers for node-based applications and service programs. Critical needs are for LAMP familiar software programmers, social service experts, nonprofit admins and property specialists. Interested individuals or groups should contact Dane at the the Neighborhood Node Center in Tempe.

Neighborhood Node Center
7650 S. McClintock Dr. Suite 103-215
Tempe AZ 85284
480 201-1417

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Community Infrastructure

by Neighbors
for Neighbors

The Metapolitan Communities Neighborhood Node Centers offer group self-help programs utilizing the software that address fundamental needs for residential communities. Organized around a facility-based WLAN connected to the Internet, they are able to utilize neglected resources to improve food, health, social and economic conditions in their area. These are envisioned as Grassroots Community Infrastructure provided by neighbors for neighbors:

WiFi Internet Access
Facility Operations Program
Social Program
Gardening and Food Program
Home-based Business Program

These programs are complementary and synergistic, adding value many times their cost

Sustainable Neighborhood Strategy

Designing sustainable neighborhoods is a challenge for us all. Where we live can and should be a microcosm of sustainable practices needed at all levels of society.  However, we need to view our neighborhoods as more than a microcosm of the larger society, neighborhoods are the foundation of a sustainable society, communicating core values to residents.

Designing with a high information, low energy world view will provide us with useful and applicable methods to improve the quality of life for everyone. It will enable us to convert our sprawl housing complexes into sustainable neighborhoods that grow food, provide productive work opportunities, help care for our children and aging adults and make us secure in all ways.

The Neighborhood Node Center does this by combining a small group of functions that enable residential areas to organize their own non-commercial "grassroots community infrastructure" services.

The Node service arhitecture focuses on aggregating demand from suppliers in order to get the best deal when buying, as well as  researching and adopting services strategies to reduce costs and increase quality.

The Node services represent basic division of labor productivity opportunities such as gardening, child care, education, health, entertainment and work. It serves as the brain of the neighborhood offering planning and organization to save energy, money and time for all concerned.

Using open source GPL programs, the Neighborhood Node is connected by WiFi broadband with its neighbors to facilitate the group efforts. This level of information technology is sustainable even with an enormous rise in the cost of energy. Its resource costs are small in comparison to its yield and its universal appeal has already created the scale to assure a continual drop in cost with an ever rising applicability to routine tasks. It is the heart of productivity in a sustainable global society.

Current efforts to create a prototype Neighborhood Node Center are focused in Tempe AZ. A one thousand square foot facility with three sub-leasable spaces, a membership desk and multipurpose room is being readied for an open house in April.

Five existing strategies are combined at the location for prototype development:

    Facility operation via Multi-tenant Nonprofit principles-
    Broadband Internet access and wlan functionality via wifi and mesh networking-
    Child development strategies emphasizing birth to school age focus-
    Gardening and home improvement emphasizing Permaculture principles-
    Business from home support with online auctions (eBay)-

These are all issues that any family will need to address. Each strategy will be supported with open source software via the wlan and the Internet.

If you are interested in this approach to building a sustainable society, please contact me about the Neighborhood Node Center via email.

(P.S. Grant writers and programmers with LAMP (linux, apache, mysql, php) experience are needed now.)

Dane M Arr
Neighborhood Node Center
Tempe AZ

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