Download and read online Creating a Life Together in PDF and EPUB Everything you need to know to create and manage an intentional community from scratch.
Download and read online Creating a Life Together in PDF and EPUB An intentional community is a group of people who have chosen to live or work together in pursuit of a common ideal or vision. An ecovillage is a village-scale intentional community that intends to create, ecological, social, economic, and spiritual sustainability over several generations. The 90s saw a revitalized surge of interest in intentional communities and ecovillages in North America: the number of intentional communities listed in the Communities Directory increased 60 percent between 1990 and 1995. But only 10 percent of the actual number of forming-community groups actually succeeded. Ninety percent failed, often in conflict and heartbreak. After visiting and interviewing founders of dozens of successful and failed communities, along with her own forming-community experiences, the author concluded that "the successful 10 percent" had all done the same five or six things right, and "the unsuccessful 90 percent" had made the same handful of mistakes. Recognizing that a wealth of wisdom were contained in these experiences, she set out to distill and capture them in one place. Creating a Life Together is the only resource available that provides step-by-step, practical "how-to" information on how to launch and sustain a successful ecovillage or intentional community. Through anecdotes, stories, and cautionary tales about real communities, and by profiling seven successful communities in depth, the book examines "the successful 10 percent" and why 90 percent fail; the role of community founders; getting a group off to a good start; vision and vision documents; decision-making and governance; agreements; legal options; finding, financing, and developing land; structuring a community economy; selecting new members; and communication, process, and dealing well with conflict. Sample vision documents, community agreements, and visioning exercises are included, along with abundant resources for learning more.
Download and read online Creating a Life Together in PDF and EPUB The 1990s saw a surge of interest in community living, with thousands of people seeking communities to join and hundreds of visionary groups attempting to launch new ones. Yet only about ten percent actually succeeded. Most disbanded--often in conflict and heartbreak. This is a unique guide to launching and sustaining successful ecovillages and intentional communities--and avoiding the typical mistakes in the process. Distilling the wisdom from dozens of successful community projects, it outlines what works, what doesn't work, and how not to reinvent the wheel. It provides step-by step, practical advice on everything from the role of founders and the need for vision documents, through agreements, decision-making, legal options, and buying and financing land, to sustainable site design, communication, group process, and dealing well with conflict. Along with community profiles, cautionary tales, and ample resources for learning more, Creating a Life Together can help you make your community dream come true.--From publisher description.
Download and read online Finding Community in PDF and EPUB Finding community is as critical as obtaining food and shelter, since the need to belong is what makes us human. The isolation and loneliness of modern life have led many people to search for deeper connection, which has resulted in a renewed interest in intentional communities. These intentional communities or ecovillages are an appealing choice for like-minded people who seek to create a family-oriented and ecologically sustainable lifestyle—a lifestyle they are unlikely to find anywhere else. However, the notion of an intentional community can still be a tremendous leap for some—deterred perhaps by a misguided vision of eking out a hardscrabble existence with little reward. In fact, successful ecovillages thrive because of the combined skills and resources of their members. Finding Community presents a thorough overview of ecovillages and intentional communities and offers solid advice on how to research thoroughly, visit thoughtfully, evaluate intelligently, and join gracefully. Useful considerations include: • Important questions to ask (of members and of yourself) • Signs of a healthy (and not-so-healthy) community • Cost of joining (and staying) • Common blunders to avoid Finding Community provides intriguing possibilities to readers who are seeking a more cooperative, sustainable, and meaningful life. Diana Leafe Christian is the author of Creating a Life Together and editor of Communities magazine. She lives at Earthhaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.
Download and read online Creating Cohousing in PDF and EPUB The cohousing "bible" by the US originators of the concept.
Download and read online Sustainable Revolution in PDF and EPUB Urban gardeners. Native seed-saving collectives. Ecovillage developments. What is the connection between these seemingly disparate groups? The ecological design system of permaculture is the common thread that weaves them into a powerful, potentially revolutionary—or reevolutionary—movement. Permaculture is a philosophy based on common ethics of sustainable cultures throughout history that have designed settlements according to nature's patterns and lived within its bounds. As a movement that has been building momentum for the past 40 years, it now is taking form as a growing network of sites developed with the intention of regenerating local ecologies and economies. Permaculture strategies can be used by individuals, groups, or nations to address basic human needs such as food, water, energy, and housing. As a species, humans are being called forth to evolve, using our collective intelligence to meet the challenges of the future. Yet if we are to survive our collective planetary crisis, we need to revisit history, integrating successful systems from sustainable cultures. To boldly confront our position on the brink of the earth's carrying capacity and make changes that incorporate the wisdom of the past is truly revolutionary. Sustainable Revolution features the work of a worldwide network of visionaries, including journalists, activists, indigenous leaders and permaculturists such as David Holmgren, Vandana Shiva, Charles Eisenstein, Starhawk, Erik Assadourian, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Albert Bates, and Geoff Lawton. This beautifully photographed collection of profiles, interviews, and essays features 60 innovative community-based projects in diverse climates across the planet. Edited by anthropologist Juliana Birnbaum Fox and award-winning activist filmmaker Louis Fox, it can be read as an informal ethnography of an international culture that is modeling solutions on the cutting edge of social and environmental change. The research presented in the book frames the permaculture movement as a significant ally to marginalized groups, such as the urban poor and native communities resisting the pressures of globalization. Sustainable Revolution uplifts and inspires with its amazing array of dynamic activists and thriving, vibrant communities. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Download and read online Intentional Community in PDF and EPUB Uses classical anthropological theory to understand “intentional communities” in the United States.
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Download and read online Collective Manifestation in PDF and EPUB "Collective Manifestation" is part practical self-help guide, part inspiring social-change manifesto, part experiment in consciousness, designed to help individuals, groups and teams (online and off) to expand their vision and potential, while contributing to evolutionary manifestations of love, peace and plenty around the globe. This book is a game changer! We are at a pivotal time in human history in which heart vision is paramount. No longer is there a division between our inner self and outer self. And, how that truth is being expressed in the world, and changing everything for the better, is a remarkable story! "Collective Manifestation" takes community development to an entirely new level by identifying the primary energy shifts inspiring people to connect in newly collaborative and creative ways. And, it offers practical exercises designed to help groups and team align their values and needs, and identify their primary focuses for a cohesive foundation to action. For fans of the law of attraction, the 11 keys to collective manifestation reveal the essential components to becoming a conscious force for good. It's important to understand all stages of manifestation - both the unseen realm of intention planting and idea germination, and the seen realm of physical manifestation. The book shares five empowering intuitive processes that enable you to play with co-creation in the invisible realm of manifestation, rather than merely reacting to surface life conditions. "Collective Manifestation" is organized to facilitate the cohesive creation of online and offline intentional communities that will positively impact the reality we live now and in the future. This is an ideal guide for any individual seeking clarity about their values and needs, and how they can meaningfully contribute by aligning with others who share their values. Step-by-step, "Collective Manifestation" empowers groups and teams in the creation of communities energized by committed, engaged and empowered people who believe in their ability to make a difference. This is a great resource of helpful and thought-provoking information for a range people who believe they can be more and shine more brightly. This book is ideal for: progressive individuals looking for outside-the-box ways to problem solve business leaders looking for processes that will effectively engage their teams online community initiators who want to attract people with complementary values passionate activists hoping to bring about critical changes to their community and the planet creatives searching for a new way to belong and contribute their genius networked people who are frustrated with the status quo and looking for ways to bring about positive change within their own communities and network of friends
Download and read online Ecovillages in PDF and EPUB Originally published: Totnes, UK: Green Books Ltd., 2006.
Download and read online Pocket Neighborhoods in PDF and EPUB This book by architect and author Chapin describes existing pocket neighborhoods and co-housing communities--and provides inspiration for creating new ones.
Download and read online Eco Homes in PDF and EPUB It is widely understood that good, affordable eco-housing needs to be at the heart of any attempt to mitigate or adapt to climate change. This is the first book to comprehensively explore eco-housing from a geographical, social and political perspective. It starts from the premise that we already know how to build good eco-houses and we already have the technology to retrofit existing housing. Despite this, relatively few eco-houses are being built. Featuring over thirty case studies of eco-housing in Britain, Spain, Thailand, Argentina and the United States, Eco-Homes examines the ways in which radical changes to our houses – such as making them more temporary, using natural materials, or relying on manual heating and ventilation systems – require changes in how we live. As such, it argues, it is not lack of technology or political will that is holding us back from responding to climate change, but deep-rooted cultural and social understandings of our way of life and what we expect our houses to do for us.
Download and read online Low Impact Living in PDF and EPUB This book is the inspirational story of one project that shows you how you can become involved in building and running your neighbourhood. The author, co-founder of Lilac (Low Impact Living Affordable Community), along with other members of the community and the project team, explains how a group of people got together to build one of the most pioneering ecological, affordable cohousing neighbourhoods in the world. The book is a story of perseverance, vision and passion, demonstrating how ordinary people can build their own affordable, ecological community. The book starts with the clear values that motivated and guided the project’s members: sustainability, co-operativism, equality, social justice and self-management. It outlines how they were driven by challenges and concerns over the need to respond to climate change and energy scarcity, the limits of the ‘business as usual’ model of pro-growth economics, and the need to develop resources so that communities can determine and manage their own land and resources. The author’s story is interspersed with vignettes on topics such as decision making, landscaping, finance and design. The book summarises academic debates on the key issues that informed the project, and gives technical data on energy and land issues as well as practical ‘how-to’ guides on a range of issues such as designing meetings, budget planning and community agreements. Low Impact Living provides clear and easy to follow advice for community groups, practitioners, government, business and the development sector and is heavily illustrated with drawings and photographs from the architectural team.
Download and read online Sustainable Community in PDF and EPUB This book is about the previously unsubstantiated link between 'sustainability' and 'community'. It is based on a ten year investigation of cohousing, a popular new type of housing project that directly addresses both environmental degradation and social disintegration. The book argues that social and environmental sustainability are inexorably linked. Whilst the existence of this link is generally recognised, there is little existing literature that offers empirical evidence to prove it. In doing so, the book uses case study data (including 120 photographs, 50 tables and 30 diagrams) from twelve recent cohousing developments in Canada, the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Japan - concrete examples of working sustainable communities. The book comprises two parts. Part One introduces the twelve cohousing communities - projects with distinct attributes of their own that highlight their diversity and cultural specificity. Each is richly illustrated with photographs taken by the author, who (in addition to being an architect and scholar) is a commercial photographer. Part Two offers detailed comparative analysis based on substantive quantitative and qualitative data. The strands of the analysis are eventually brought together in a 'holistic' or 'ecological' model, the Community Empowerment Model. The model is then utilised in a broader discussion of empowerment, community development and ecologically sustainable development (ESD). The book is scholarly and authoritative, yet accessible to a broad intelligent readership as an illustrated account of a fascinating cultural phenomenon. It will be valuable to students of architecture, planning, sociology, community psychology and environmental studies. It will also be useful to architects, planners and other professionals. The book contains in-depth information for participants in the growing cohousing, ecovillage, sustainability and communities movements. It is well recognised that such activists face a scarcity of successful examples of sustainable communities from which to draw knowledge and inspiration. This book will help fill that void.
Download and read online The Cohousing Handbook in PDF and EPUB An updated edition of the essential guide to building a cohousing community