Kalu Yala: Founding the World's Most Sustainable Town

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A Flagship Community Demonstrates a New Way to Build, Own, and Live in the World.

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What's so smart about it? “Social Capitalism,” says CEO Jimmy Stice. “Citizens owning their neighborhood."

Eco-entrepreneur and CEO of the Kalu Yala Company Jimmy Stice has announced the official launch of what he claims will be the world’s most sustainable town.

That town is Kalu Yala – a visionary paradise in the Panamanian rainforest, described as “a sustainable jungle settlement for entrepreneurs and tropical cowboys.” But beyond its goals as a fantasy-grade eco-destination, Kalu Yala is a model – the pioneer settlement for a new community framework.

Born of Stice’s frustration with the social, environmental and economic failings of the suburbs, the Kalu Yala model calls for a localized economy, environmental stewardship and one hundred percent citizen equity as a better way to build, own, and live in the world. Getting people out of their cubicles and into creating value within their communities, Stice believes his model is a guaranteed formula for thriving businesses, design innovation, healthy communities and elevated standards of living.

What's so smart about it? “Social Capitalism,” responds Stice. “Citizens owning their neighborhood. That way, the value they produce determines both their financial returns and their quality of life. Accountability finally pays, financially and personally. There's a very healthy tension when everything is in your backyard.”

And what a backyard – Kalu Yala will be situated in a highland valley surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine rainforest. But its close proximity to Panama City, an international business hub with one of the fastest growing economies in the Western Hemisphere, makes it an accessible destination for burgeoning numbers of eco-tourists and soon-to-be citizens alike.

Who are these citizens? Jimmy Stice says he is about to find out. The “citizen crusade” has begun – and from the wide range of leading environmental minds, socially conscious investors and bold young entrepreneurs who see Kalu Yala as the realization of their dreams, a select few will become its founders. But Stice is also looking to engage a virtual community – of critics! “All of our planning and design documents will be available online for public critique,” he explains. “We're calling it Naked Development. We believe in complete transparency, both in terms of accountability and in terms of authentically seeking highest and best practices. If our ideas aren’t the best, we want the ones that are.”

If you would like more information about Kalu Yala, visit http://www.KaluYala.com. To schedule an interview with Jimmy Stice, please call Kate Croft at 404-771-5260 or email Kate at katecroft(at)gmail(dot)com.

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