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Not long ago I launched an idea called Triadic Philosophy. It is summarized in Triadic Philosophy 100 Aphorisms available at the Kindle Store.. It grew into several more books. “Cybercommunity — A Handbook” seeks to lay out a community concept based on the values of tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and non-idolatry, integral and car-free.

This may be a good moment to summarize a four step approach to what has until now been mainly public and private.

Private has tended to mean closed and public has mainly lost meaning. There are public buildings and public parks and public roads, but the notion of public as having anything to do with our experienced lives is not terribly clear or even encouraging.

Too often public, in terms of offering amenities to human beings, is an afterthought in the wake of ravenous private development.

Let me suggest four closer readings:

Private — where we gather to retreat, to be alone or to do private things with partners.

Semi-Private — a space we regard as our own but which is also open to others for various reasons, primarily friendship and business.

Semi-Public — Structures meant to serve the public but which require some security. Accessed by an accepted means such as membership, past involvement or simply an expression of interest. These structures generally have someone in charge and access to security if needed.

Public — The walkways (streets) of “cities” and all the area and walkways outside of the “cities”. All structures in these locales.

Semi-public structures front on streets. Many are shops, eateries or cafes. All cities have at least one clinic, one educational node, one counseling-mentoring node.

Where there are no semi-public establishments streets are widened to include semi-circular or rectangular extensions of public space — creating mini circles and squares with seats, park benches, play sculpture and exhibit spaces.

Top to bottom: private, semi-private, public circle

This might be a good time to fantasize a bit about expenses. As I write, in Manhattan, you can get about 400 square feet for around $3,000 monthly.

With five individuals to one 20 foot frontage this would work out to $600 monthly.

A cybercommunity reduces private space to a minimum. There will be room for 8 spaces in each unit. Five occupied is the basic mimimum to activate a space.

This handbook is meant to accompany Planning and Designing a Good Future: What to Strive for and What to Avoid