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How does one account for the unaccountable? To what extent can meaningful and viable contingencies be put in place? How fluid and adaptive must the foundation be to successfully deal with all of the potential shortcomings and challenges that will inevitably arise?

Another issue of concern that necessitates an adaptive approach is the ability of the Community Development to address unforeseen consequences as they arise. Even seemingly inconsequential oversight or mistaken projections can destroy an entire program if they are not adequately and efficiently addressed. Among the most common issues are an emotionally-charged ambitioni that fails to take the reality of the world into consideration.

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could just get a new house built for them? Yes and no. Again, taking examples from other projects and programs as have been submitted, there needs to be a systemic approach to the projects or they just will not work. In this case, when everyone has a brand new home in their old lots, their tax rates will increase. Since these are already working class individuals barely getting by in third world or developing countries, have they been provided with a new home or forced off their land due to increased tax rates that they can no longer afford at all?

Can the formerly homeless, often times families that have been homeless and/or indigent for multiple generations, merely be granted a new home and expected to become productive, contributing members of society? Or is there some level of support that will be required? Housing alone will not solve homelessness. 

What about local markets? When all of the solid waste is removed and utilized for other purposes, what will happen to the poor and indigent who are only able to eat by digging through the garbage and salvaging whatever they can find that they can sell?

Is the introduction of a farm producing methane for fuel and other uses, going to be able to dump the required levels of livestock onto the local markets without crashing those markets and destroying every business within that field of interest? How can such a vast harvest be marketed without negatively impacting the local economy?

There are quite literally thousands (or more) additional and similar examples that have already been considered by the group(s) of people working to develop the Integrated and Adaptive Community Developments. However, no matter how much the known and even projected and theorized details have been thoroughly researched and analyzed and gone over and been passed around by the greatest experts in the world, there are going to be real-world variables that have not been foreseen.

Each and every one of those seemingly small, even inconsequential details must be dealt with effectively and immediately. The consequences of failure for immediate and effective solutions will result in the very real suffering and loss for those people who are in the most dire need of assistance. Once again, the adaptive nature of the Community Developments is established in such a manner so as to allow for the immediate response to any and all such circumstances as shall inevitably arise from time to time.

i Greed is also a mitigating factor that routinely produces unintended consequences. Such is the case with contractors who believe that it will be possible to build a million homes using a singular technology. In the cases of emotionally charged or intention-driven projects however, unintended consequences are still a very real and common problem that is not adequately addressed in most project outlines, much less in practice.

The Adaptive nature of the Community Developments is imperative in order to ensure that all of the problems faced in real-world environments can be quickly and efficiently rectified so as to reduce any potential for negative or detrimental results to the people living with in the Community Developments.

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