by Teré Foster

Building Co-op Arcologies
from the Inside Out and the Ground Up
Nearby and Around the World

[Arcologies of Well-Being 9-21-18]

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Co-create a new way of life.

Build a co-op arcology of well-being from the ground up.

Live and work together with like-minded people.

Plug your gifts into projects where they can do the most good.

Work in cooperation instead of competition.




"Arcology" is a self-contained, self-sustaining human habitat taken from two words "architecture" and "ecology."

"Well-Being" is a state of being that includes finances, health, life purpose, spirituality, connection, sustainability, and human evolution.

"Arcologies of well-being" are places where people live and work together for the common good to help each other thrive in today's competitive economy.

Wanted:  Leaders, thinkers, artists, innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and investors who can dream without limitations, to create for themselves and their loved ones a life, a future and a hope that is far beyond what is offered by the world so far, by gathering together unity to design and build a human habitat that includes a gift economy and a new social structure for those who live there.

"We believe that all people should have the privilege of designing their own community in pursuit of their own well-being, rather than being forced to live in communities designed by others.  Only then are we empowered as individuals to lay the foundation for a lifestyle that will address the larger issues of world hunger, pollution, corruption, war and every other practice that prevents global well-being." 
--Teré Foster, founder of

OVERVIEW" Arcologies of Well-Being

Chapter 1: Build arcologies of well-being, transformative human habitats
Chapter 2: from the inside out,

creating things spiritually first, defining core values, concerns and objectives,
Chapter 3: and the ground up, by screening every decision through our core values,
Chapter 4: online first, finding like-minded people in your local area
Chapter 5: then on land, by designing self-sustaining, self-contained arcologies
Chapter 6: nearby, by organizing hubs, teams, and co-ops,
Chapter 7: around the world,
wherever a visionary leader exists.


Chapter 1-Build Co-op Arcologies of Well-Being

“Arcology” combines two words: “ecology” and “architecture.”  Arcologies of Well-being, Arc 777, offers a high-energy lifestyle that is equivalent to living and working in a year-round, high-energy, wellness retreat. Arc-ology, like Noah's Ark, is a place to live and work that is self-contained and self-sustaining.  From a legal standpoint this plan is a "solely worker owned co-op" that gathers together 100 leaders and their families to design, build and own this small, experimental, ecologically-low-impact, human habitat. No need for a car because you live, go to school, and work in the same location. With the intent to take care of each other like a tribal family, arcologies offer a beautiful place to live, plenty of whole foods grown on site, natural medical care, dental, better education, in-depth conflict resolution training, self-care training and much more.

Chapter 2-Build from the Inside Out

We look for leaders who will dare to break ground with us inside our own hearts and minds first before we break ground on a construction site. We believe that all things must be created spiritually first, and then be allowed to manifest naturally.  So we will re-build our core values and social responsibilities, and learn advanced thinking and feeling about our fellow man, envisioning new advancements in architecture, permaculture or bio-conversion. This alignment of intention on the inside will lay the foundation without forcing or pushing. Our new way of life will be birthed from the inside out.

Chapter 3-Build from the Ground Up

Using our core values as a screen, we will work together to build something completely new, separate and distinct from the corruption, rather than believing that the solutions can be built on top of a corrupt foundation. Re-design the economic system and the social structure from the ground up within each arcology to provide greater support for entrepreneurs and dream builders, as well as vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.  Together we will produce our basic needs, health care, education, spiritual training, a self-governance system and much more in a way that is supportive towards the global systems at the same time.

Chapter 4-Build Online First

We must find like-minded people who will share the vision with us. Building online first, we can then enjoy online discussions, workshops and training that will help to establish hubs, teams, co-ops and arcologies wherever a leader is willing to lead.  We help each person discover their life purpose and define their roles within the arcology, long before an arcology is designed and built. We are looking for an open source platform that will allow the rising global leaders to add their own programs, books, songs, inventions and systems that were “downloaded” to them.  We believe that all the necessary pieces of the global well-being erector set were “downloaded” to someone somewhere in the world.  It’s our job to find the pieces and join them together to build the structure that they were intended to be.  An online platform will make that possible and unite us into one powerful vision.

Chapter 5-Then Build On Land

Once the membership is fully developed online, we can begin designing small, well-planned, self-contained economies with innovative enterprises in each one including a farmers market, a restaurant, a theme park, a health and wellness clinic, and centers of support for each element of well-being. We will be looking for new, low-impact materials and designs that fully utilize renewable and sustainable systems. We are looking for experts in every field to live and work in these arcologies and to offer their innovations and inventions to make arcologies of well-being the most advanced human habits in the world.

Chapter 6-Build Nearby

Arcologies can be built nearby, in any town, city, suburb, or rural countryside wherever a visionary leader exists that has a group of at least 100 multi-generational families who want to work together to build it.  The sum total of their gifts and talents will make it happen. The early stages of forming financial and legal entities for each arcology can be done online without having to move our physical home addresses until the final touches are completed.  The end result will be a building that may resemble a 5 star hotel, but for those who live there it's another world. Some will want their arcologies to be on the countryside, the mountains or the beach. Others will want their arcologies to be near universities, shopping and airports. The location doesn’t impact the common foundation created spiritually first that unites them all with one intention of global well-being.

Chapter 7-Build Around the World

These arcologies can be built in the poorest places in the world to elevate the circumstances of others quickly and permanently.  Arcologies will make it their goal to sustainably and responsibly produce more than enough to build a sister arcology in a poor nation somewhere in the world. This sister arcology will produce more than enough to end poverty for those who live there and the communities around them. They will also make it their goal to build a sister arcology where there is great need, and so on.  Like a human chain, we will build around the world until every need is met and every person enjoys well-being.   

We believe that humans have the capacity to accomplish anything when they hold hands and combine gifts and talents.  We don’t want anything to do with systems of control that require force or coercion.  On the contrary, all decisions and strategies are your own, because you are part of the planning team that makes it happen. Our plan is to transition from systems of control to systems of empowerment.

Cooperation works better than isolation. When a family has two incomes they can afford a much bigger house in a better neighborhood.  How much more could they afford if they combined incomes with 100 families?  In this plan we simply suggest that we each include a finite number of additional people in our immediate families. By enlarging our immediate family to include our small tribes of 100 multi-generational families, we each have access to so much more than we would have as a single family unit.

Members of an arcology of well-being don't have to agree on everything.  They don’t have to all be democrats, or all Catholics, or all millennials. However, there are seven core values, global concerns and well-being objectives that we must agree upon in order to have functional unity among our members. These seven objectives lay the foundation for successful autonomy and inter-dependence through love, compassion, acceptance and non-judgment. At times the world seems to be in a state of chaos with so many important issues to address.  It is easy to become bogged down and ineffective as we spread ourselves too thin to be effective or find it impossible to agree on anything when talking to our family members.  For this reason we have narrowed our arcology values, concerns and objectives to seven because they address each element of well-being and each dimension of love.  Other issues can be addressed outside the organization of the arcology and there may be a wide diversity of cultures, beliefs and priorities among our members, yet the first seven objectives established in Arcologies of Well-Being will lay a foundation of unity and functionality between family members, arcology members and between arcologies of well-being built around the world.

Each arcology might be organized by leaders who gather and inspire a specific culture of people with their own collective values, such as a religious arcology, an ethnic arcology, an arcology centered on manufacturing a product or hosting a tourist attraction.  These are just a few of the private values or goals that an arcology may be built around,  However, if an arcology truly seeks to be a place of well-being for all members, an arcology cannot be built around an ideology that would exclude family members or it would defeat itself before it began. Unity is the key.  Love is the answer.  Family is the foundation.

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