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15 February 2010 @ 06:37 pm
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As many or most of you know, I want to live in an intentional community. I have, for several years, talked about what it might look like, what it might take to get started, and scouted for interested people.

I'm in the middle of Creating Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities. It's giving me structure for my idea and opening up new pathways that I never considered. It's made me realize that we can start this process now, without committing any money or anything other than time and ideas.

I'm also communicating with someone whose business is green community design. She's very interested in engaging in this process with us-- whoever "us" ends up being. For whoever's interested in being involved, we can make a yahoogroup or something so we can discuss, although it'd be a good idea to have real-time meetings every week or two.

I know I've asked this before, but who here is really, honestly interested in starting this process? It's a hell of a lot of work. We may find out that it won't work out after all (in which case, I'm seriously considering joining a community already in progress-- just saying, so no one thinks that failure means my own dreams are shattered). But if we could make a small community together work, I would love to live with my friends and loved ones all around me. :)
 
 
 
Avatar of Ambiguitymercurialgirl on February 16th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Isn't that book *wonderful*? Practically bursting with vital info!

Another useful one in conjunction (whenever additional humans are involved in any way) is Nonviolent Communication, by Rosenberg. Since so many sensitive subjects need to be discussed in depth, and any group of people involves a wide variety of communication styles, it's good to all have an idea of the process.
Elletheletterelle on February 16th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
It's amazing. Thank you so much for the rec! I am bursting with new ideas, and I'm not even halfway through!
Avatar of Ambiguitymercurialgirl on February 16th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
You're so welcome! There's a book on choosing a community by the same author; I haven't read it but her stuff is pretty fabulous.

There's an interview with her on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlMDckgqU30 (The show is also interesting, even if it veers in a discordant directions on occasion)

Fenrissfenriss on February 16th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
I just want to mention how delighted I am that the book is turning out to be helpful, and that you are moving forward with this project. I want to be as supportive as I can. I can't commit to living in the community, as you know, because E is not entirely sure how he feels about it, but this should not be taken as a lack of enthusiasm. Especially if you decide to found it near the DC area, I will certainly be involved.

Yay!
thebabsbrew on March 4th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I think its wonderful that you want to do this :-)
the authenticity from an intentional community must be amazing! I hope that you're able to find what you're looking for. I think a great way to start an intentional community is to be an intentional community. Just living life with the people around you, or being intentional about supporting your communities.

I know of one intentional community and its called The Simple Way.
(Anonymous) on April 20th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
IMPORTANT
Sorry, I wasn't sure how to contact you except via your live journal page and commenting section. I am a merchant in Second Life, and recently came across someone selling your fabric fold brushes in SL. http://insightdesigns.co.uk/blog/2010/04/02/creating-folds-and-creases-in-a-few-easy-steps-photoshop-tutorial/
On the tutorial you can clearly see that the brush they are using is the one that is packaged with your brushes.
https://xstreetsl.com/modules.php?name=Marketplace&file=item&ItemID=1778937&affiliate=d0d97afb550e99c2574bf8d4310091 is where they are selling the brushes.
You can contact SecondLife to have the item removed if you would like.
Elle: Cagefightingtheletterelle on May 5th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Re: IMPORTANT
Hi! Thanks for letting me know. I looked at the texture pack you pointed out and... honestly, I'm not sure. The general look is the same, but the shades don't look to me like they fall exactly where mine do. I think someone may have taken the idea, made it their own, and packaged up some brushes to sell, which sucks, but isn't technically outside the terms I stated. There are at least 2 brushes there that I didn't make, so it looks to me more like they're ripping off my idea than anything else. Which, since I put it out there... like I said, it sucks, but it's not illegal.