Focus: Creating learning and leisure environments that are as self-sufficient as possible
Infrastructure: Car-free campus with residential living quarters, gardens, micro-breweries, boutique wineries, gourmet kitchens
Operating Structure: Private club with membership deposits and dues; a college with a flat organizational structure; essentially there will be a guest/leisure/club component and a student/learning/college component; guests will be able to participate in the learning component as much or as little as they desire
Locations: The first campus will likely be here in the Pacific Northwest. Please contact me if you know of a campus -- office or school -- that is for sale. Orchard properties are also a possibility. 25 acres or larger. Select urban properties may be considered as gateways.
Timing: Just as soon as a suitable property is found and fund raising is well under way. The college component can be started at any time.
Does anything like this currently exist? Esalen is probably the best example. The Duany Plater-Zyberk plan for Tsawwassen, British Columbia bears a certain resemblance to what I have in mind as far as structure is concerned. One other example is the programs at Schumacher College.
For those who have an interest in a snippet of background material, see this post from 2008. It should be noted that all of the material on this journal points to an institution/infrastructure similar to that which is briefly outlined above. Our education system is at the root of our inability to live sustainably and happily. Here is a concise essay on the problem with education.