al aric wrote:I live in Northern Cal. I'm wondering if there are any groups, community events for us or...? Just wondering.
mark best wrote:I was wondering how people found/researched the community they are currently living in?
Deb Stephens wrote:Thanks for all this information George. I am curious about what happened when you tried packing people tighter as well as what the pros and cons of the adjacent and non-adjacent properties may be. Would you mind elaborating on those? Thanks!
Deb Stephens wrote: <snip> ... are there any successful intentional communities that have the problem of too many members for the size of their land and community goals? <snip> , but I never see these ICs telling people they're all filled up and not to apply. If it does happen, what do you do? Wait for someone to die? Ask your least favorite members to leave so you can get others you like better? Expand the land base? What is your strategy?
Deb Stephens wrote: <snip> I am especially interested in the possibility of an IC expanding its property to accommodate new members. What do you do if there is no land nearby for sale? Have you considered splinter groups or more properly, a kind of annex or sister site that works with the original community but is separate from it physically?
Peter Ellis wrote:When I look at intentional communities, it seems to me that the problem is always in "community". Who will own the property, the community, or an individual? Who makes the rules, the community, or an individual? How are rules made? How are decisions made? These social constructs are the essence of community, and where a sufficient number of people can come to a consensus about these elements, we find successful intentional communities.
It's not about land, but about commonality of purpose, goals and ideals. The land is the easy part. Finding people you can live and work with is much harder.
Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:
George Lafayette wrote:
Queenie Hankinson wrote:--integral to that should be that the community has a waiting list of potential candidates and retain right to buy back and rights of first refusal to a property with the understanding that within the first year, the community can buy back the property for no more than the price paid the year before.
Are there existing communities with waiting lists? I haven't heard of any in years. I would think it would be great, but I haven't seen that kind of real interest.
There are lots of people seeking community. The fact that so many more have been forming in the past 5-10 years (see CDFI for stats) is an indicator. And many more people are out of work and need to sustain themselves in more direct (i.e. growing food) ways; doing that in community is a lot easier and less scary than alone.
Christopher Kyprianos wrote:Hi Joshua,
Thanks for piping in.
Can you give me more information on Morehouse? I would like to check into what they offer.
http://www.LafayetteMorehouse.com, established July 1968. In Lafayette, CA, Oakland, CA and in Hawaii.
Joshua, can you remind me of which morehouse you lived in and what years you were there?