ERIC Number: ED073343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Designing a New Human Settlement Pattern.
Mueller, E. W.
ASCILOS, an acronym for a symbiotic community in the land of the Sioux, is a new land settlement pattern designed by the Center for Community Organization and Area Development (CENCOAD), sponsored by Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. ASCILOS covers a 60-mile radius around Sioux Falls. ASCILOS, based on symbiosis in nature, assumes that unlike communities, working together for mutual benefit, make for a strong social fabric. CENCOAD's objectives are to improve the human condition in the area by increasing the performance of the social systems and to develop a religious force at the local and area level that has the power to influence the lifestyle in the area. Citizens need to develop a value system that combines economic forces with religious forces to achieve community advancement. In order to develop a symbiotic community, citizens need: (1) a catalyst such as CENCOAD; (2) to organize resources to best meet their needs; (3) a new image of community; (4) a sense of community among individuals; and (5) a new approach to resource development that will be sensitive to the national, social, and ecological cost. The three basic factors in community development are a major input of education, horizontal communication, and a motivational force. Development of a symbiotic community requires a study of the value system, development of an aware, responsible, positive spirit among the people, leadership, and a catalyst. (KM)
Descriptors: Church Role, Citizen Participation, Citizen Role, Community Attitudes, Community Change, Community Cooperation, Community Development, Community Influence, Community Involvement, Community Planning, Community Resources, Community Role, Extension Agents, Land Settlement, Rural Development, Rural Urban Differences, School Community Programs, Social Values, Speeches
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Augustana Coll., Sioux Falls, SD. Center for Community Organization and Area Development.
Note: Paper presented at Mid-Continent Research and Development Council, Rapid City, South Dakota, September 1971