Communication is essential in every instance of life and especially when interacting with others. Unfortunately, in modern society, the term "communication" has often become synonymous with an overuse and abuse of technology.
It all may have started with the analog telephone, but our ability to communicate has evolved into a combination of necessity and addiction in order to function in the world around us and has become less and less about listening and learning from a conversation.
What did we do before cellphones and computers? Nothing necessarily different. Everything just required more time and people to complete, but life still functioned. And yes, it did actually require organizing your thoughts and planning ahead of time in order to get the same tasks completed.
Project TriStar understands the obvious benefits of technology and the advancements that technology has provided, but also believes that advancements in technology are partly responsible for a systematic destruction of humanity.
No, technology is not evil and like all things has it's place in our growth on both personal and global levels. This website is a perfect example of how technology can help people if used constructively. It can bring people together instantly from around the world and can help to bridge the gaps in cultural differences, however, it can also be linked to the demise of social standards, ethics and morality as it creates a social disconnect with human interaction including within oneself.
In other words, it's easier to say or do something to harm another person if you don't have to look them in the eye or lie to their face. It's also easier to do something to hurt yourself or avoid a lesson if we are consumed or distracted by the gadgets around us. We have unsolicited marketing calls, emails, and a growing dependency to technology. As a whole, mankind has become addicted to instant gratification. We have adapted a need to be plugged in order to exercise, to relax, and especially to be entertained. These are just a few examples of how technology has become a destructive tool to the advancement of spiritual awareness and consciousness much more than a constructive tool.
Just as electronic communication has become increasingly important in most modern day societies, it is absolutely not important to the Project TriStar community initiative. In fact, Project TriStar believes that our dependence on electronic gadgetry is a major player in the social and spiritual downfall of modern day society. After all, how can we consciously connect with yourself or another person when we are constantly plugged in? The answer is very simply that it is difficult at best.
Project TriStar believes the key is a return to natural and universal laws and to a simpler way of life. This includes removing our dependencies, additions, and distractions to technology and replacing them with personal interaction, personal communication, and creative activities.
If a member understands the Project TriStar initiative, then they may also understand what off-the-grid living really means as it applies to daily life. The remote community location means no access to cellular service, little or no electricity, no access to the internet, and no batteries.
Member orientation is specifically designed to help new members experience the community lifestyle before actually moving to the community site. Besides addressing issues related to the raw vegan diet, medications, and possible feelings of isolation, this orientation period assists members in realizing and clearing any known or unknown dependencies and addictions to technology.
If someone needs electronic devices to feel comfortable, connected, and entertained, they have a long way to go before even applying to a community like Project TriStar. If they are still clinging to those devices up to the last possible moment before moving into such a remote community, then they may still not be ready for an off-the-grid lifestyle.
Helping members reduce and eventually eliminate their dependency on cell phones and other forms technology is part of the transition to off-the-grid living. Members may believe they understand what off-the-grid living means, but the reality may be quite a shock for a population that has become addicted to technology, instant gratification, and unconscious communication.
The Project TriStar community is preparing for likely the greatest leap in conscious evolution and the potential and probable events surrounding this time in history. These events could render most technology useless and ultimately obsolete. Those who choose to become members of the community understand these topics and have no problem letting go of technology that is accustomed to being used for pleasure or business. Once a member has relocated to the community, there should be little or no need for access to such technologies.
As with many topics related to the Project TriStar community, there is a transition period while the community is under development, through the member orientation, and all the way up to relocation to the remote community facilities. This period of time provides members with an opportunity to utilize there technological devices while eliminating their dependency.
Project TriStar has every intention on maintaining communication with the outside world both before, during, and after the coming catastrophic potentials and social realities of these times. As such any technology used for communication with the outside world is used sparingly and as a way to keep tabs on the rest of humanity.
Obviously, the remote location of the Project TriStar community naturally limits communication options with the outside world. Project TriStar plans to use some satellite phones for communication during the community planning and construction. Once construction is completed and all the members have moved into the community, the majority of communications with the outside world will be through the use of HAM or shortwave radio, preferably of the tube design.
A Communications Committee has been established to coordinate and facilitate all internal and external communications for the community. This committee is responsible for the communication techniques and technology used for planning of the remote community, on-site development, and internal needs after development. They are also responsible for all communications needs and access during the member orientation period including: internet access, mobile phone usage, and vendor contact. This committee will authorize access to outside communication on an as needed basis. Some authorized communications may include: contact with family and friends, coordination with new members, and ongoing support of the community development process.
Project TriStar does plan to utilize some for of computer technology to archive and store information that is deemed important for the preservation of knowledge and history. This technology and these efforts are also coordinated by the Communications Committee to ensure the technology is maintainable and provides the highest probability of retrieval at a later date. Any use of technology for education or health services is coordinated between the appropriate committees.
All Project TriStar committee members have greater access to external communications during the development process due to their responsibility to contact vendors, coordinate with new members, and handle logistics for the community planning and development efforts. However, once the community development is completed and all members have relocated to the remote facilities, committee member will have no more access to technology and communications than any other member.
Members are required to relinquish or dispose of all electronic devices prior to relocating to the remote community location. This includes: cell phones, ipods, mp3 and multimedia players, hair dryers, computers, and satellite phones.
Community Type: Sustainable
Conscious Principles: Spiritual
Construction Start: TBD
Construction End: TBD
Open to New Members: Yes
Application Required: Yes
Population Limits: none
Age Limits: none
Kids Without Adults: Yes
Community Decisions: Committees
Leadership Core: 100 to 200
Governance Rules: Yes
Financial Requirement: Voluntary
Labor Contribution: Mutual
Specific Skill Requirement: No
Living Quarters: Shared
Personal Pets: No
Food Production: Growing
Dietary Practice: Raw Vegan
Dining: Cafeteria Style
Disallowed Substances: Yes
Prescription Meds Allowed: No
Weapons Allowed: No
Education Style: Waldorf/Steiner
Economic: Compassionate Consum