There is a growing worldwide movement of loosely knit and highly diverse, autonomous environmentally and socially sustainable settlements. If you have a sincere interest in an alternative way to organize society and live your life. Check out the Ecovillage Network.
There are also trainings held in various wonderful locations around the world for those who wish to study Ecovillage Design. The place to start if you wish to study the “how to’s” of starting an ecovillage, the place to start is GaiaEducation.org.
Don’t let the brevity of this article mislead you. Ecovillages may turn out to be the key to the survival of humanity on the planet earth should our currently unsustainable momentum lead to a breakdown of social order, such as might readily occur with a sudden disruption of conventional (fossil fuel based) energy supplies. The ecovillages around the world may become the candles in dark times. Excuse the gloom. This is not a ‘prediction’ of any kind, just a supposition. Form your own conclusions.