Sustainable and prosperous economies are best founded on vibrant local economies that have the ability to meet most of their own needs and respond effectively to shocks. This does not mean complete self-sufficiency at the local level. There are many benefits of trade within regional, national, and global economies, and those benefits should be fostered. However, the ability of a community to organize and adapt locally, and to meet basic needs of food, water, energy, and housing, provides an economic strength that can enable sustainable prosperity.
NewVistas Model

Description and Targets

NewVistas provides resources and support for the operation of a local economy of 15,000 to 20,000 people. It seeks to create a platform for the stable and sustainable creation of income and wealth through the full-cycle material resources and labor of a local economy.


1. Size of local economy: 15,000 to 20,000 people 

2. Basic needs locally produced including food, water, shelter, clothing, full cycle materials, and energy

3. Hundreds of small business enterprises

4. Work opportunity for everyone – all levels of ability

5. All productive resources owned by the community and used by businesses under stewardship principles