Edinburgh Research Archive

Michael Lee started living on the streets of San Francisco last May. He had traveled from Las Vegas to seek medical treatment. So I wound up living on the streets. This is where we live, unfortunately—on the sidewalks. We are going to be rejoining the community. After a federal judge granted the City of Berkeley a temporary restraining order against the sale and the buyer backed out, the USPS finally announced that it was shelving its plans to sell the building and by April the legal battle was suspended. Half a year later, in December , some of the people from the post office homeless encampment set up another larger camp a block away, on the lawn of the old City Hall, to protest a new city council plan to establish stricter rules targeting homeless people. The city swept the away during the Christmas to New Year holiday season, scattering its occupants throughout the Bay Area. Defenders of the old post office and homeless organizers are now strategizing next steps to create a self-organized community in Berkeley. O ccupied with Intention Over the years, Berkeley, like most liberal communities, has been comfortable with the idea of the homeless as victims.

How Does Your Community Create Space for Romantic Partnerships?

This is a guide to terms you might hear in the polyamorous community. Some of the terms have definitions that are not clearly established or universally accepted, particularly with regards to terms used to describe various relationship styles. Where possible, I have tried to define such terms in ways that reflect all these different usages.

Poly Pocket: Building Intentional Community and Relationship Anarchy When my girlfriend and I started dating, we spent a lot of time alone.

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Discovering Solidarity

Getting there requires traversing country roads that rise, dip and twist through chicken-wire-fenced farmsteads and grazing pastures cluttered with rusty agricultural equipment until you reach 1, acres of largely undeveloped highland forest, where cedar, oak, pine and mulberry create a dense canopy. Beneath that are 27 buildings and structures, including four large dormitories, nine personal shelters, a kitchen and dining facility, an automobile shop, a nut butter manufacturing plant and a cold-storage warehouse, all built over the years by the community since its founding in Outside, farm animals — six piglets, 50 chickens, several dozen brown-and-white cows — crunch through the carpet of winter leaves.

Some polyamorous families create intentional communities with the idea of even among people in a network who are not dating each other.

Annually, we host spring and fall events of 1 to 3 days in length, providing opportunities for intentional communities in our region to meet each other, talk about similarities and differences, and share what has been learned. These events are not designed to be promotional, as in marketing any particular community, but seekers are welcome to them and typically do attend, and at least half of the attendees are usually current community members.

Our board of trustees currently meet monthly, usually on the first Wednesday of each month — but dates can vary. Please look for event announcements on our Facebook page. We are open to visitors attending. Some of the topics we have covered are: co-creating traditions within community; food growing and food sharing programs; consensus, sociocracy or other group decision making forms; Transition Towns Movement; and exploring the role of elders in ICs.

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In the big open kitchen, a few residents make themselves a bowl of cereal or cook up some eggs for breakfast, while others give a quick goodbye as they leave for work. Someone takes a peek into the washing machine to see if it’s free. It’s a common scene playing out in apartments across Chicago. But at Stone Soup, one of about two dozen intentional communities in and around the city, there are a few telltale signs that things are a bit different.

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Intentional communities, utopian communities, communes, alternative communities, collectives, cooperatives, experimental communities, communal societies, and communitarian utopias are some of the more popular terms used to describe what many consider to be nonconventional living arrangements. The definitions of these terms vary from study to study but, for the most part, the term intentional community is broad enough to encompass all of those listed above. These terms are often used interchangeably.

According to Geoph Kozeny, “An ‘intentional community’ is a group of people who have chosen to live together with a common purpose, working cooperatively to create a lifestyle that reflects their shared core values. The people may live together on a piece of rural land, in a suburban home, or in an urban neighborhood, and they may share a single residence or live in a cluster of dwellings” , p.

Lyman Tower Sargent defines an intentional community as a “group of five or more adults and their children, if any, who come from more than one nuclear family and who have chosen to live together to enhance their shared values or for some other mutually agreed upon purpose” , p. Timothy Miller identified the following seven criteria as necessary ingredients to be considered an intentional community: ” 1 A sense of common purpose and of separation from the dominant society; 2 some form and level of self-denial, of voluntary suppression of individual choice for the good of the group; 3 geographic proximity; 4 personal interaction; 5 economic sharing; 6 real existence; and 7 critical mass ” , p.

Contemporary intentional communities come in many different varieties including communes, ecovillages, urban housing cooperatives, residential land trusts, student co-ops, co-housing developments, monasteries, kibbutzim, and spiritual communities. The nature of intentional communities varies depending on the criteria selected to define the community and the group’s mission. Housing cooperatives, ecovillages, and co-housing developments are the most popular types of intentional communities listed in Communities Directory: A Guide to Intentional Communities and Cooperative Living Fellowship for Intentional Community Intentional communities are not new phenomena nor are they transitory or ephemeral.

Those who seek to live in community mirror, in many ways, the essence of early utopian thought which stated that human beings had the potential for goodness and that they could attain that goodness if they lived in the proper kind of society. Philosophers and writers throughout the centuries have shared their thoughts on how these societies should be constructed.

The New Generation of Self-Created Utopias

Josie Kearns is a year-old queer, polyamorous, white, trans woman living in Chicago. She has been married for 12 years and also has a long-term girlfriend. Josie: I started exploring it about five years ago. My wife and I had been married monogamously for seven years prior to that, and after we read Sex at Dawn , a book on non-monogamy, together and decided it fit us. A friend recommended it, and we brought it on a trip not even really knowing what it was. It was boring at first.

Wikipedia: “An intentional community is a planned residential community designed from the Defining ‘Intentional Community’ www. No dating first 4 months.

Gina was born with cerebral palsy, so she knew how to work with her physical limitations, but she had no idea how to handle the negative thoughts and feelings she experienced. Taylor first noticed mental health symptoms when she started to experience confusion while at home and work. On the outside she was fine, but on the inside, she was depressed and anxious. Only later did she realize her mental health had been getting worse over the past few years. As her depression and anxiety got worse, she struggled through each day.

I lost my job and my apartment and ended up in the hospital.

Intentional Communities

Definitions and Purpose. The Property Code. Dissolution of the Community.

Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived. What makes the difference between failure and success?

For over 30 years, the FIC has served as a platform for intentional communities to connect with each other and as a hub for people to discover community for the first time. The brand change is a landmark moment for the intentional communities movement. The new interface at ic. It is the leading resource for people starting and finding intentional communities. We support these solutions and amplify their stories because we believe in the power of community to create a better world.

Experiment and find yours! Access: ic. I teach courses, facilitate groups and mediate conflicts in intentional communities, NGOs and businesses.

To Date or Not to Date?