The SRNO model differs from today’s ecovillages in its focus on developer-driven design and mass-replicability. Today’s ecovillages mostly have solidly middle-class origins and have been designed and built from the bottom up. It is member savings and other transferable assets that permit the extra costs that a unique design entails. Economically challenged families do not have such resources.
They could, however, reside and work in an enterprising ecovillage that was designed from the outset to employ residents in achieving self-reliance in shelter, energy, water, food, bio-waste recovery, access to education, employment and governance. Any economically challenged worker-family or individual willing to share responsibility could thrive in such a community. However, it would first have to be designed, financed and built by a developer.