Cost cutting through minimalist and replicable design is critical to serving the largest number of citizens in need of the SRN model. Taking a minimalist perspective and using as many open-source elements as possible in design and construction are first steps.
That initial design cost is one development cost that need not be replicated. Once proof of concept has been established in a maximally self-reliant prototype, soft costs are reduced to copying files and filling out forms.
Those of us who have been involved in the member-driven design of a community’s infrastructure can testify to the extra costs inherent in creating a one-off design to accommodate the input tastes of many stakeholders. Unique designs just cost more.
Replicability has been the design element by which access to most, if not all, technical innovations have eventually trickled down the social layers.
Absent the lower costs derived from smart design, construction and mass replication, those who really do need a permanent economic floor beneath their feet will remain hostage to forces that have reduced their prospects already.