i am interested in the concept of 'intentional community' though i have never known any i wanted to live in----visiting was ok. the idea sounds good (better than, say, 'disfunctional communities' like the ones i am more familiar with).
I tend to think if intentional communities are going to be more than the fairly marginal things they are now (eg the Federation of IC, which puts out a mag) they may need to diversify in a variety of directions---especially off from the more common 60's commune type of thing.
in fact my ideal would be what some indigenous peoples have, especially in mountain areas like tibetans and swiss; a mixture of a home community, and a nomadic lifestyle, at different seasons----if it was me, i might be outside all summer exploring my bioregion.
also, i noted a discussion was here on the DC General site, and thought i'd add a comment.
What skills or experience would you share? We need architects, artists, planners, scholars, farmers, web wizards, fundraisers, vintners, vegan chefs, grant writers, carpenters, beekeepers, scientists, dreamers, lobbyists - you get the idea ...
it would depend on the terms of the sharing. (i tend to be a utilitarian (contract oriented) since the 'mutual aid' or 'gift economy' or 'handshake deal' doesn't work for me.)
i am somewhat into 'dreaming', science, planning (eg 'to do (tomorrow) lists' or 'what others should or should not do' lists), and being a 'scholar'. If music is art, then i'm into that too . I can write some. I appreciate farming, but I am more into hunter gathering mode (but think trades might be alternative commerce). cooking and construction are not my thing, but sometimes are neccesary. I'm not a web wizard, but I am into the science of the web, of social/networks, from the complex systems view.
What are your areas of interest?
alternative commerce, intentional community, wellness
What level of commitment to an intentional community would you consider at this point?
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We meet WEEKLY due to the enormity of the challenges and the urgency needed to address the issues that face us - Tuesdays 7 pm at Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid Street NW, WDC 20001. We've been following a schedule something like this:
1st week - Food & Farming
2nd week - Transition
3rd week - Film
4th week - Planning & Networking
5th week when there's one - Special guest
but any can be trumped by urgent matters arising. For example, we devoted the first meeting in 2009 to building the infrastructure for an alternative local economy based on time banks and/or local currency, such as Anacostia Hours in circulation in Mount Rainier.
I'm glad you joined so we can share these thoughts. I can identify with you not wanting to live in any communities you've known. I've visited several with the intention to join but was not drawn to any, so i decided to start one. Rather than repair to the country where most of them are, i figured why not here in DC? We do not need to spread our "development" any further into virgin territory. We need to fix what we've already messed up, so in building we will repair and restore as well.
I also agree that ICs, as they are typically organized, are marginal in the sense that they cannot include or address the massive social and environmental problems that beset us. They were not meant to, having been designed to be isolationist and escapist, the idea of a retreat from a corrupt and degraded society into a more ideal situation. In the event of catclysmic devastation, it's good to have pockets of self-sufficient homesteaders, more likely to survive for regeneration, but short of that, those of us who have the vision serve better as yeast to leaven the urban loaf where the bulk of population is found.
Your ideal of a mixed community is plausible and is probably closer to what would emerge if we were able to develop a site such as Hill East. The IC would function as a policy and administrative core, integrating all aspects and occupants of the complex with the surrounding neighborhoods and communities.
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