Political power is often imbalanced in favor of those with money, so anything that helps the economic position of everyday people helps civilization.
Civilizations depend on economic activity otherwise resources get consumed but no new value is generated. "Supply and demand" should self-organize economic activity as self-interest and competition moderates both buying activity and sell price. Industrialism has served man for 400 years or so, but has relied on labor from the Earth in the form of fossil fuel. If civilization is to survive, it must transform itself away from oil dependency and towards a creative economy -- economic development made by humans.
Non-profit community innovation centers can hold assets for the common good to citizens with time, passion, and ideas to utilize them. The idea is to pair people with tools and resources that are available in the community (or perhaps purchased by a district or underwritten by a community bank) that would generally be out-of-reach for the common citizen to afford or house themselves. Depending on the interests of the community, districts and cities can decide which items are available (woodworking, textiles, bookmaking, automotive, baking, metalworking, etc.). Weekly or monthly memberships give a point of accountability and revenue generation. Managers should be paid by membership fees MINUS equipment maintenance costs, encouraging proper stewardship of equipment and enlistment of new members. These managers can throw jobs from the community to interested members, and collect a commission on behalf of the space (or charge by shelf-space/day of retail).
- Members, not the district, are responsible for any non-members they may bring in for assistance.
- Managers may be elected by ongoing members (who have more than 1 year of membership within the past year OR each member get # of votes based on the # of membership months w/in past 5yrs) and start with 1 year term, doubling each time they're re-elected. When they're not it falls back to the original smallest term.
- Figure community investment of assets and operations at ~($1*population)/month when you have a person who knows what the're doing, otherwise start at a 1/4 of that until you do.