We are gathering 144 sincere & self-motivated people to form a community (a trustworthy, dependable & unified group), who will collaborate together to build an eco-village from the ground up; with all the necessary principles to ensure a perpetual environment of peace, love, kindness, equality, abundance, social responsibility, and most important (free of corruption). It is an environment in which the people & children will love and care for the elderly, and integrate the elderly into the community instead of discarding them into nursing home. Since we all will get old and weak at some point. It's important to build a community that will walk this path of loving and nurturing the weakest & most feeble among the community. As they say, "we reap what we sow."
Unlike most other intentional and eco communities out there that are under someone else's building and zoning code. This eco-village will have autonomous "home rule" jurisdiction over the building & zoning code. In other words, we will be able to build however we see fit, using the local available resources to cut construction cost.
"In the United States, some states constitutionally or legislatively grant home rule to cities, counties, and municipalities within their borders. These are called "home rule states." Local governments in home rule states are free to pass laws and ordinances as they see fit to further their operations, within the bounds of the state and federal constitutions. In other states, local governments have only the authority expressly granted to them by state legislatures, typically in accordance with the legal principle known as Dillon's Rule. " -- source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_rule#United_States
If you are a peaceful, patience, humble, and kind-hearted person who are awaken and aware of what's going on globally. If you are ready to walk the path of peace instead of the path of politics & conflicts. If you are tire of being trap in a rat race and want to escape from it. If you are tire of living in a stressful competitive dog eat dog environment, where you constantly have to watch your back; and you are ready to live in a loving, tranquil & peaceful environment where everyone in the community nurture & watch out for each others well being. Then contact us to begin the collaboration process.
The property will be community owned, while the floating houses or tiny homes on wheels/Gypsy wagons are individually owned. The floating houses can be docked to the main floating community hub, or separate to go sight seeing. The tiny homes on wheels/Gypsy wagons can also be wheeled onto floating platform to dock with the main floating community hub if so desire. The community will help the members build their own floating house or gypsy wagon, using the available natural resources on the community property, as well as using recycle materials to drastically cut cost for those who are on a tight budget.
As part of our screening process, please answer the following formality questions when you contact us.
Please tell us a little about yourself (i.e. what is your current goals/life goals? How do you envision the village community helping you to achieve those goals? What skills do you have currently? If none, what peaceful & constructive skills would you be interested in learning to help the community? If a situation arises such that no one in the community has a particular set of skills that the community needs, are you willing to learn those skills assigned to you? (In other words, are you communal minded enough to be motivated to learn a new skill for the mutual benefits of all in your community?)
What's your current situation (i.e. are you someone who wants to get into an eco-village asap or do you have the patient & is able to wait a few years while the community work together to acquire the land & build the infrastructures? )
And what is the driving factors/reasons behind your desire to be a part of an eco-village?
[The questions below are meant to help us determine how best to communicate with you]
Are you someone whose mind can face & handle the truth of our world no matter how disturbing & horrific they are? If so, are you able to make use of these truth to problem solve in a peaceful & constructive manners? (i.e. being able to problem solve without resorting to the path of violence, conflicts, or politics)
Or, are you someone whose mind cannot handle the truth, and need certain information to be sugar coated or omitted? (i.e. are you someone whose mind cannot handle complexity & disturbing information and is happy and content to just follow directions to reap the communal benefits?)
Hi Piperson, I didn't know about home rule, but will have to research it more. Where are you planning to get land? Have you read Diana Leafe Christian's books? In terms of community, I've thought about NH (libertarian/fewer rules), NC (temperate rainforest west of Asheville), and really anywhere in Appalachia. I'm still trying to figure out the exact topography that I'd want... something with enough slope to support tree crops and pond-irrigation, but with pastures and some tillable land. The goal would be to mix food forests with silvopasture, for a meat and veggie-based diet.
I've visited Earth Haven, Acorn, and Burning Man, and I like reading about tribal cultures and anthropology to better understand how to structure human communities. Some of the biggest issues seem to revolve around conflict resolution, business planning/financial management, and proper boundary setting. I've also read about cult characteristics, which shed light on some toxic groups I've dealt with. I also like reading Paul's stuff here, and some of the other forum members who have lived in community for a long time.
Learning by doing: forest conversion, raised beds, pollarding.
posted 5 months ago
Hello Josh Garbo,
Yes we are aware of Diana Leafe Christian. She's not saying anything new. The founding fathers of this nation said the same things, but few people bother to read and paid attention their writings. Even the Holy Scriptures said the same things. Guess the old saying is true, "Things given freely are not always valued or appreciated". People would rather go out and pay a lot of money to buy books from various so call enlightened people instead of paying attention to the wisdom of the past for free. People just rehash the same thing putting on a new label to make it look like they discover something new. Take this new thing called "consensus decision making", that's just another way of saying democratic decision making. But people rush out and buy books on it, making the same mistakes all over again. Democracy only works if the decisions are made with intelligent minds. If decisions are made by mass of ignorant people, then what you've got is tyranny by the ignorant masses (that's what we see in many 3rd world countries that claim to be a democracy. It's tyranny of the ignorant masses who are easily manipulated by their Dictators). Democracy is more than just voting.
"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." -- James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry, August 4, 1822
"If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free — in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Colonel Charles Yancey, January 6, 1816
This is the very reason why many commune and utopia groups have failed. Lack of knowledge. A community is more than just a bunch people growing food and cohabiting in the same space. People need knowledge of how to organize and manage the community. How to hold the community together in the long run. A nation is just a scale up version of a community, therefore the same principles that apply to the organization, management, and holding together & stabilizing the nation applies to the community level. This knowledge is freely available from our founding fathers.
There are two type of leaderships. Constructive and destructive leadership. All cults operate with destructive leadership. Therefore, by being able to distinguish between these two type of leaderships, one will always be able to avoid joining a cult or prevent a cult from infiltrating and taking over a community.
The reason why many communities are always dealing with issues around conflict resolution is because they did not take the time to select for people of like-mind to join them. If you have people of like-mind, there would be no disagreement, ergo no conflict. When you dangle a prize like a piece of land for example, you end up attracting people who want the prize but not necessarily share your same vision. They will say whatever you want to hear in order to get access to the prize. Thus, you end up with people who do not actually share your vision but have different intention, so conflicts naturally arises. That is why we don't dangle a prize, we select for people who share our vision. In the absent of a prize, those who do not share our vision will not be motivated to join. A good engineer/creator prevents problems instead of chasing after & trying to fix them. It is better to prevent cancer than to try and cure cancer.
Yes. That one is posted in the eco-village section to speak to the land oriented people. This one is posted in the intentional community section to speak to those who are more drawn to the water. It would be too confusing if we dump everything into one post. And beside, it won't let us edit the other post for some reason (the edit button is missing). Anticipating climate change, we are building a community that has a mixture of land and water infrastructures to ensure the highest chance of survival and stability. Remember Hurricane Katrina? Those communities that were flooded, they stop functioning and chaos broke out. This way, if there were regional widespread disasters with civil unrest and riots heading towards our community; we simply pack up and float the whole community away to safety.
We have the ability here on permies to make 1 thread show up in multiple forums. So, this thread could show up in Intentional Communities, Eco Village, and any other forum that it fits in. Would you mind if I merge this one with your other thread, or maybe delete this one if all it's information is a duplicate? I went ahead and added https://permies.com/t/90703/Eco-Village-Forming to the Intentional Community Forum for you. If there's any other forums you'd like it listed in, you can post here, or--better yet--click the "report" button on the first post of the thread with a note saying where you'd like it added to.
As for editing, there's a timeline for when people get to edit their posts. New members get something like a few hours to edit, people with lots of apples get more time, etc. BUT, if you need to edit a post, we have a button we can push that can give you access to editing. It's called "Training Wheels." It currently comes with an automated PM because we usually use it for people fixing something inappropriate in their post. BUT, it opens up the editing function for anyone.
Would you like me to put your other post on "Training Wheels" so you can edit it?