Communities of the Future
Humans are wired to live in communal, mutually-supportive groups of several hundred people. In this way, needs are met, resources are shared, and everyone has a place that fits within the whole. Communities formed this way are a microcosm of the larger community of global humanity.
Over the past several hundred years, however, exacerbated and accelerated by the advent of the industrial revolution and especially brought on by the introduction of capitalism, you began to specialize and individuate. Every man is for himself. You no longer live in awareness of your connection to the whole. This is how you live now, and you are at the brink of a huge shift in how you live in community with others.
Rising ocean levels will cause massive slow flooding of coastal areas, prompting a huge global exodus. Some people will attempt to rebuild and re-create the lifestyle they experienced before the move, but other factors (economic, technological, socio-political) will influence decision-makers to create multitudes of smaller, more heterogenous communities.
Reminiscent of village life as evidenced in Middle Ages Europe and turn-of-the-twentieth-century small towns in Midwestern America, these communities will become microcosms of larger society, each with the requisite “butcher, baker, and candlestick maker”. All members of these communities will support the community through their labors, and the communities will become internally interwoven, with each member contributing their personal speciality of focus.