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Wanting to build a collective on 36 acres... have no idea where to start

 
                              
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Hello Permies!

I'll try to keep this short and sweet as I'm looking for resources (videos, books, websites) that can help me articulate and understand all the moving components to building out an open collective. Based on the things that I'm seeing its time to take action on my 36 acres and make the move to sustainable living. I'll be looking for like-minds along the way and trying to figure out all the logistics, the dynamics, and finding a way to keep it equitable for all that are involved.

There are many different things to consider. Are peopel the right fit for each other? Do we share the same values? WHat is our vision, or goal? How do you divide up contributions of time, money, resources? What would be equitable for someone to be interested in investing into your land and build out? What are the long-term or short-term things to consider?

So many questions to start considering this idea, but would love to absorb knowledge of succesful communities that have done the same in the past. Any direction you can give will be greatly valued and appreciated. I hope to start to build out a vision and plan soon enough to share and find like-minds to jump on this. I have a gorgeous 36 acre plot in green country central Oklahoma. It has a fully stocked 2 acre pond, and I want to run cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, and perhaps find 3-4 families that can invest into a sustainable community.

Any insight you have is welcomed. Thank you.
 
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Congratulations on deciding to go in this direction!

The Global Ecovillage Network is a good source for information on intentional communities and their structures, and here's a link to a free copy of Eco Village at Ithaca, which describes the genesis and reality of ecovillage living:  http://library.uniteddiversity.coop/Ecovillages_and_Low_Impact_Development/EcoVillage_at_Ithaca-Pioneering_a_Sustainable_Culture.pdf

I read the above some time ago, but remember that the process of making the village work was addressed on all levels, physical/emotional/mental/spiritual, each with their own processes.

Good luck!
 
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I can't recommend highly enough the book Creating a Life Together by Diana Leafe Christian, which explores why most intentional communities fail and how to avoid the pitfalls.
 
                              
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Thank you both for your recommendations! I'll be checking into all of what you mentioned here. .
 
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I hope you see this in time, it might be helpful.

Besides checking out the resources at Foundation for Intentional Community https://www.ic.org, they are offering "One Week Online Training for Community Founders!" https://www.ic.org/event/create-community-week/ on June 22 - 26 | 3 Live Zoom Sessions | Group Coaching

Good luck!
 
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Greetings!!
I’m often in OK visiting family just outside Fletcher...are you anywhere nearby??  I’d love to stop by and see your little piece of heaven!!
I’m a gypsy/nomad at the moment...checking out intentional communities...being a work-trader...I love to build gardens...so am always willing to barter for room/board....
 
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