The Open Source Design Specifications for Community

  • a unified model for human fulfillment
  • a socio-economic information system
  • the logical reasoning for community
  • the concept of operation of community (ConOps)
  • the technical operation of community (TechOps)
  • specifications to be used in the planning, duplication, and actualized operation of community

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Every society is composed of the following four systems. Different types of societies have different internal compositions of these four systems. The composition of these systems determines the type of society. The type of society described by these four Auravana Project specifications is a, community-type society. These four specifications may be used to construct and duplicate community at the societal level.


The Social System Specification describes the organized structuring of the social environment; the social structuring of community. A social system is a grouping of units of individuation (units of consciousness) forming a cooperative network in which information is shared and integrated through a structure. The term social system is used, in general, to refer to lifeforms in definite relation to each other, which have enduring patterns of behavior in that relationship. Essentially, this social system specification identifies humanity’s (“our”) aligned interests, and that which everyone has socially in common. It is an organizing system for social navigation that specifies a direction, orientation, and approach to our lives (to our socially coordinated experience). This specification details the purpose for the community’s existence (a direction), its value system (an orientation), and its approach (a methodology and methods). Herein, these concepts, their relationships and understandings, are defined and modeled. Discursive reasoning is provided for their selection, as opposed to the selection and encoding of other concepts; and their consequences are evidenced. The social system provides an initial description of who we are, why we are here, and where we are going. It details the physiology of who we are, how we behave toward others and our environment, and how we navigate through the world as a society.

Version:  2.2

Release Date:  July 2016

File Size:  17 MB (PDF)  |  39.3 MB (ePub)

Page Count: 330 pages

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The Decision System Specification describes the formal structuring of decisions involving a comprehensive information space that resolves into a modification to the state-dynamic of the material environment. In effect, the decision system is designed to structure and coordinate the flow of resources for global accessibility to all goods and services. A decision system is a collection of information-processing components -- often involving humans and automation (e.g., computing) -- that interact towards a common set of objectives. To navigate in common, we must also decide in common. Herein, we maintain a relationship to resources that focuses on access rather than possession, maximizing the advantages of sharing, and incentivizing cooperative, rather than competitive, interest. All metrics relevant to human fulfillment and ecological well-being are factored in to the allocation of resources, optimizing quality-of-life for all, while ensuring the persistence of the commons. The system’s decision processes produce tasks that are acted upon by an intersystem (a.k.a., “interdisciplinary”) team involving the coordinated planning and operation of projects. Through this comprehensive and transparent decisioning process we know precisely what needs to be accomplished to sustain and evolve our fulfillment. Herein, through formalized decisioning and cooperation we may continuously restructure community toward a higher potential dynamic of life experience for all. Note that the community’s "economic system" is primarily encompassed by its decision system -- an economic system is a decision system.

Version:  2.2

Release Date:  July 2016

File Size:  35.5MB (PDF)  |72.4 MB (ePub)

Page Count: 425 pages

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The accompanying decision chart:



The Lifestyle System Specification describes the common behavioral orientations and interests of individuals among community, while identifying the cycles to which we entrain that make up the daily motion in our lives. A lifestyle is how we spend our time; it is our pattern of living in the world as expressed by our activities, interests, and understandings. In part, a lifestyle refers to the decided timing of activities in our lives. This specification provides a reasoned reflection on our way of life, how we live our values, and the ways in which we express our world view. It logically derives and discursively argues for the life experience that we all have in common: we all participate in communities of practice, we all have interests and needs, we all contribute through our participation, we all seek self-integration and self-development, we are all active sometimes and inactive at other times, we all discover and adapt through our experiences, we all have routine patterns of behavior, and we all entrain to a cycle. Herein, learning is something we do through life experience and something which influences life experience. What would your life be like in community where goods and services are openly coordinated to be accessible without the need for any form of exchange? It is interesting to think about what a lifestyle might be like in a society oriented toward self-development and contribution, and not stratified by age and the power positioning of oneself over others.

Version:  2.2

Release Date:  July 2016

File Size:  5.85 MB (PDF)  |  26.4 MB (ePub)

Page Count: 122 pages

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The Material System Specification describes the structures, technologies, and other processes we construct around ourselves and into our material-spatial environment, into our ecological habitat. The material system encodes and expresses our resolved decisions. When a decision resolves into action, that action is specified to occur in the material system. Here, our behavior influences the environment, and in turn, the environment influences our [social] behavior. The coherent integration and open visualization of the material systems is important if our creations are to maintain the highest level of fulfillment for all individuals. This specification represents the encoding of our decisions into our environment forming our lifestyles around a unified habitat service system within which exists a network of integrated city systems. The visualization and simulation of our connected material integrations is essential for maintaining a set of complex material constructions designed to remain in alignment with the regeneration of our highest potential state of fulfillment. As such, the material system details what has been, what is, and what could be constructed [from our information model] into our environment. This specification depicts, through language and symbols, visualization, and simulation, the material system (i.e., the network of integrated city systems). For anything that is to be constructed in the material system, there is a written part, a drawing part, and a simulation part, which is also how the material system specification is, itself, divided.

Alternative specifications, models and frameworks

(of the societal system)


Below is content worth reviewing and integrating into the above unified societal specification. As the content below is integrated into the content above, it shall be removed from this page and its record logged.

MECS: An Organizational Structure for Socio-Industrial Function

Author(s) of Document: K.L. Senah

Year of publication: 2010

LinguisticTeam Wiki (short)

Concept of Operation (.docx)

Model Structuring (.pptx)

ASIMPAC: An Auto-Investing Sociotechnological Iterative Monetarily-Interfaced Project-based Accessibility-driven Community

Author(s) of Document: Alexandre Thibeault and Léo Caussan

Year of publication: 2018


Transition Model

Conceptual Overview



The Auravana Project hosts the design specifications for a moneyless societal system based upon cooperatively shared access to common resources and socio-technical design. These are the specifications, given what is known, for a global resource-based economy, as a tradeless, highly automated, fulfillment oriented, needs-based society, significantly composed of a network of circular city systems. The Auravana Project refers to a natural-law/resource-based economy (RBE) as a community-type society, because this specification for the next iteration of our proposed society is configured to scale for our human community. The following are the most recent versions of the specification (mirrors of the above PDFs), but locally hosted.

The Social System specification (current version, pdf)

The Decision System specification (current version, pdf)

The Lifestyle System specification (current version, pdf)