Whew! This podcast went 2 hours 11 minutes. I need a glass of water now, even though Paul did most of the talking (as usual ).
It's a very rich discussion about getting along, intentional community structures, decision making models, community conflict examples, community experiments, Diana Leafe Christian, online communities, communication models and respect.
Recorded today, though it's likely in the queue for some fine-tuning before it's published.
Location: Federal Way, WA - Western Washington (Zone 8 - temperate maritime)
posted 8 years ago
I really enjoyed - and 'rich' is the word, per your very, very extensive experience, and generosity. I think you pointed in the right direction with that example of the folks who joined for the community's 'purpose' where chosen, over those who joined for the 'communal' experience.
I have thought that sharing work for a shared goal might be stickier glue than rules and governance. I think the importance of the purpose might minimize sensitivity to 'getting my own way" - maybe even generate some gratitude for freedom from the 'deciding' so more effort can be put to the 'doing'. Seems to be true for a lot of religious communities (although convents/monasteries have their squabbles too Your expierence on the ranches confirmed same (would like to hear more about that And it probably is what made your PDC so appealing - eager like minds
I had read of two occasions where communication and integration only happened when a shared work project occurred. One was a young couple living, short term, in an Amish community, where the wife easily 'joined' via sewing bees, etc. But the young guy felt 'outside' until a building project brought the men together. Can't remember the other instance, but it was the shared work on a common goal that actually created 'membership'.
Looking forward to your progress Thanks again!
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