Social Enterprise Network
The necessary manufacturing & supply can be rapidly organized by the Social Enterprise Network (SE Net) which is a distributed and cooperative association of businesses who are capable of the commercial supply of competitively priced, pre-engineered and prefabricated materials, components and equipment. The manufacturers and fabricators will supply to a global distribution network of design, build, and service businesses, the large majority of which will be small and medium independent construction contractors and architects. SE Net manufacturers will also sell goods and services directly to Sola Roof community members for DIY projects, where the massive volume of standardized materials purchased by the global community will assure access to the very best price and quality for each of our members.
This open and flexible supply system will ensure that the Sola Roof home or residential projects can be competitively supplied around the globe. This network of businesses have social and environmental goals as well as profit goals. This is typical of the Social Enterprise Network that will characteristic of the Gift Economy
The SE Net will collaborate with the Eco Centers Network to demonstrate that self reliant Eco Living is the only investment that is able produce returns that are so substantial as to be able to turn around the negative social and environmental trends and deliver an impact that is sufficient to reverse environmental damage and restore the planetary ecology. The value of food, water, and energy saved on air conditioning and other benefits is high enough to more than pay back the cost of any residential project in three to five years depending on the optimization of crops for commercial value. Or, if this is not the goal, then at least the residents have the sense of security that comes with the self reliant living in a Sola Roof home.
Compared to typical residential structures and neighborhoods, our garden homes and multi-residence villa and village designs provide more attractive, comfortable and beautiful spaces in which to live. Thus, government and societal goals for reduced consumption and pollution and CO 2 abatement can be achieved without a sense of sacrifice and without regulations to force people in the direction of the desired social and environmental goals. The work of the Sola Roof community will prove that Social Enterprise can produce positive economic development that actually builds environmental benefits over time and removes some of the restrictions that limit development and prosperity. The first and leading Eco Centers, the founders of our global Eco Centers Network, would be the catalysts that will trigger and support local initiatives to build a vast number and variety of Eco Centers projects. They will also provide support to pioneering projects built by individuals and groups within the rapidly expanding community of DIY enthusiasts.