Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities

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New Society Publishers, Jan 1, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages

Creating a Life Together is the only resource available that provides step-by-step practical information distilled from numerous firsthand sources on how to establish an intentional community. It deals in depth with structural, interpersonal and leadership issues, decision-making methods, vision statements, and the development of a legal structure, as well as profiling well-established model communities. This exhaustive guide includes excellent sample documents among its wealth of resources.

Diana Leafe Christian is the editor of Communities magazine and has contributed to Body & Soul, Yoga Journal, and Shaman’s Drum, among others. She is a popular public speaker and workshop leader on forming intentional communities, and has been interviewed about the subject on NPR. She is a member of an intentional community in North Carolina.

 

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Jane: I have read this book. There is a lot of good information in this book but unfortunately because the primary audience is ecovillages and other types of intentional communities, you really have ... Read full review

Contents

YOUR ROLE AS FOUNDER
14
GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START
20
Getting Real about Finances
29
COMMUNITY VISION WHAT IT IS WHY YOU NEED IT
35
CREATING VISION DOCUMENTS
42
Sharing from the Heart
52
What You Need to Make Consensus Work
58
What Decisionmaking Method Should You Use?
65
DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE HUMAN SETTLEMENTS
142
The Risks of Community Businesses
155
Can People Afford to Join You?
168
Condominium Associations
182
THRIVING IN COMMUNITY ENRICHING THE SOIL
199
High Woundedness High Willingness
205
Threshing Meetings
212
SELECTING PEOPLE TO JOIN YOU
218

Your Communitys Agreements and Policies
71
The Proactive Land Search
84
FINDING THE RIGHT PROPERTY
99
Taking Property Off the Market While You do Further Research
112
FINANCING YOUR PROPERTY LOANS YOU CAN LIVE WITH
126
Private Financing
129
How Can You Tell?
224
SAMPLE COMMUNITY VISION DOCUMENTS
230
SETTING UP AND MAINTAINING A 501C3 NONPROFIT
238
INDEX
245
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Besides editing Communities magazine since 1993, Diana Leafe Christian offers workshops nationwide on the process of forming new ecovillages and intentional communities. She is a member of Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.

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