My thoughts after reading the start of this topic. I do not want to have my 'first reaction' influenced by other posts. So those I will read afterwards. Maybe then I'll have new reactions ;-)
From my youth on I have periods in which I think: I want to live in an intentional community. When I was young there were 'hippie communes', but that wasn't the kind of community I wanted to live in.
When I think of what kind of community I'd like to live in, I think:
- It's like a village. Every person (sometimes a couple or family) has a little house in that village, or at least an apartment.
- Every little house in the community has its own little garden. An apartment building can have one garden or several. Community members do not need to have a garden and take care of it. But if they do have a garden, there are rules for taking care of it.
- For me it's important that 'village' is clean, like nature is clean. Free of toxic chemicals. All 'waste' has to be re-used, re-cycled or up-cycled.
- There are rules, like 'be nice'.
- There are weekly meetings. Everything concerning the community is shared at these meetings. If something isn't going well, the members try to find a solution together. If a community member doesn't want to be at these meetings ... that means something isn't going well. Maybe in such a case there has to be a special meeting concerning this special case ... Maybe that one person has a problem with one or some of the other members and first wants to talk with them alone ... or with some others alone ... It's very important such talks take place as soon as possible, before the problem gets way too big!
- There's some kind of 'village hall'. It has a kitchen, every member of the community can join the group meals there, whenever they want. But nobody is forced to do so.
- There are shared tools, machines, vehicles. All members of the community can use those. A schedule for using those is needed, and rules for use.
- There's a community garden. Every member of the community who wants to work there can work there. If a schedule and rules are needed for this work ... then it has to be made by that group of members who are involved.
- There's other work to do for the community. Same here as for garden ...
- Members of the community can 'pay' for the costs by doing volunteer work (garden or other work) or by paying money. Or partly volunteering and partly money. Work for the community is valued higher than money. Money is only needed for costs (like taxes, buying new community stuff, a.a.). Nobody has a salary from working for the community as a whole.
- All members of the community have free choice of what they want to do for the community and wath they want to do for themselves. But doing work (f.e. having a workshop) in the community area is prefered over 'commuting' to a job somewhere else. Community members can have their own enterprise with co-workers, members of the community, and they can be paid a salary. They can sell their products both in the community and to other buyers. Maybe in some cases even co-workers from outside the community are allowed in these enterprises ...
OK, now it's time to stop this writing ;-)