The philosophy behind this project would not be possible without the efforts of the many other thinkers who inspired it. This is an incomplete list of some of my own inspirations, and I encourage anyone interested in the transformation of the human landscape to check them out. I am always keen to learn about more, particularly ideas that propose alternative philosophies about our communities, not just technical solutions or new trends.
The Medici Effect (2017 ed.)
By Frans Johansson.how the best ideas occur at the intersection and innovative recombination of other great ideas. In that spirit, I give credit in this section to innovative models that, when combined, become more powerful.
NorthEast Investment Cooperative (NEIC)
W as among the first real estate investment groups to use a cooperative structure to localize ownership, build community involvement and trust, and to take a holistic and community-driven approach to the redevelopment and rehabilitation of buildings into more productive uses. Focused exclusively in Minneapolis, it was a major inspiration behind AR. It should be a goal of AR to bring some of that cooperative “magic” to other cities and towns lacking similar approaches.
The Nature Conservancy
See this strategy for forming community groups to acquire private land, privately
The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)
How land trusts can be used to preserve housing and commercial space affordability in perpetuity, plan internally to the CLT, and support community commons, permaculture, entrepreneurship, and human interaction.
Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
DSNI itself drew inspiration from E.F. Schumacher’s magnum opus
Habitat for Humanity
Their volunteer apprenticeship program is among the first and the best. Many volunteers show up with little experience, and leave with valuable skills. It is even possible that Authentic Redevelopment will partner with HfH in the future, and it certainly provides a model for an apprentice-based educational overlay.
A Taoist concept, its impact (or lack thereof) should be recognizable in the design of this initiative. The following is a short briefing on the concept. Now apply this idea to development in a modern context.
The Geography of Nowhere
By James Kunstler. Inspires us to do placemaking right, to put time and effort into every project, and to give our neighborhoods soul. This is more than aesthetic beauty, but rather what happens when people come together to shape the future of places that matter — rather than leaving it to developers and chain stores.