We have used these in the UK to support, steer and nurture new festivals, in particular The Alde Valley Spring Festival and Pesta Nukenen in Sarawak, Malaysia. A range of residency projects, R&D and eco/socio / cultural enrichment projects are attached to both festivals. It seems an important time to share useful information. These are the planning and development criteria we have used here in the UK and internationally – we are sharing them in the hope that they will help guide other project managers and decision-makers, be they in domestic / community / business settings, towards outcomes that are genuinely enriching and sustainable.
Proportionality and Sensitivity to Setting
Developments which are integrated with their social, economic and environmental surroundings, demonstrating sensitivity to local needs, landscape settings and local built heritage, are likely to bring greater long term social and economic gain.
Protection of Natural/Heritage/Landscape Assets
Quiet, clean and relatively undisturbed land and water systems are gaining premium value, due to their increasing rarity. In many situations they can be an area’s primary asset. Developments should enhance the quietness, cleanliness and quality of local landscapes and water systems.
Distributed Ownership of [New] Technologies
Ownership of [new] technologies, production processes and processing businesses, when widely distributed, can have a transforming effect upon local, regional and national economies.
Provision of Local Social, Economic and Environmental Enrichment
If this rule is applied universally, a blanket effect of distributed gain and improvement can be achieved.
Provision of [Skilled] Local Employment and Resource Use
Developments which provide for ongoing local employment and resource use bring economic gain directly back into the local community and local economy.
Equitable [Re]Distribution of Income
[Re]Distribution of income from local resource use brings social and economic gain back to local communities. This is particularly applicable to the arts, renewable energy technologies, ICTs and local foods.
Provision of Significant Local Ecological Gain
Ecological improvement and enrichment should be a target for all developments and practices, leading to systems restoration and habitat recreation on a large scale.