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206: Awakening the Village Heart and Mind

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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pm206_200.jpgFrom their “Zero Mile Meal Eatery” to zoning and financing innovations, O.U.R. Ecovillage in BC, Canada has paved the way for many communities worldwide. For Brandy Gallagher, the story on the planet right now could be a shared ethos of caring: “Everyone is fed. Everyone is taken care of.” Asserting that “No is just an uneducated Yes,” Brandy shows how a village mindset can transform individuals, preserve land, reduce resource use, apply permaculture principles, change laws, and even the way money works [www.ourecovillage.org].

Listen to Audio.  Read the Transcript. Download video on iTunes. Pictures of OUR Ecovillage are below the video.

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179: Fences Down! Fostering Community in an Urban Neighborhood

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

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pm179_150.jpgGardens replace driveways, a chicken coop replaces a garage, and personal relationships are deepening. Meet the residents of three adjoining houses, who removed the fences and talk about shared projects (and their one auto!), meals together, ecological living, and treasured conviviality. This idea could transform urban and suburban neighborhood life anywhere.

Listen to Audio. Read in Janaia’s journal “Fences Down: Creating Community in the City” about taping this conversation. Read a great review on TreeHugger by Sami Grover.

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164: The World of Ecovillages

Monday, March 8th, 2010

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pm164_150.jpgThe ecovillage movement is gaining a lot of traction and in some surprising forms, says Diana Leafe Christian, the author of Finding Community: How to join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community. Drawing from ecovillages worldwide, she describes many examples of these “human-scaled, full-featured settlements.” Ecovillages aim to integrate human activities harmlessly into the natural world and be sustainable indefinitely. To succeed, they need to have multiple centers of initiative (e.g., business enterprises), and support healthy human development (like cooperation and having fun). (www.EcovillageNews.org).

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148: Finding an Ecovillage / Sacred Activism — Love, Grief, and Empowerment

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

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pm148_diana_120.jpgDiana Leafe Christian, author of Finding Community: How to join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community, zeros in on how to find an ecovillage. Once you determine what you want, what are the criteria to explore whether an ecovillage is a good fit/match for you? (www.EcovillageNews.org).

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Bob Banner, publisher of Hopedance magazine, shares insights from Andrew Harvey’s Sacred Activism workshop: “What breaks your heart, what you really love, is the thing that will sustain you. That’s what you ought to be doing.” For Bob, it’s using media to bring together the political with the spiritual; the environmental and business. (www.hopedance.org).

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84: Creating the Impossible - O.U.R. Ecovillage

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

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pm84_150.jpgO.U.R. stands for “One United Resource,” expressing how interdependence and inclusion undergird this 25 acre demonstration sustainable community on Vancouver Island. This model ecovillage comprises natural buildings, a school, long- and short-term residences, extensive gardens, greenhouses, and even a bed & breakfast. Brandy Gallagher MacPherson describes how they created an entirely new zoning category by building relationships with regulatory agencies that go beyond “us versus them”. [www.ourecovillage.org]

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83: Practical Tools to Grow an Intentional Community

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

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Peak Moment 83Communities Magazine editor Diana Leafe Christian concisely spells out what the successful 10% of intentional communities do: common vision and purpose, fair participatory decision-making, clear agreements in writing, good balance of right and left-brain knowledge, methods of staying accountable to agreements, criteria for new members, good communication and processing skills. She also discusses peak oil effects on the wider community. [www.creating-a-life-together.org]

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38: A Natural Builder Creates an Ecovillage

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

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pm38_150.jpgTour an urban ecovillage on less than two acres only five minutes by bicycle from the center of Eugene, Oregon. Builder Robert Bolman uses natural materials like sensitively-harvested wood, earth and straw in the several beautiful, well-insulated, non-toxic structures surrounding the central shared gardens. [www.maitreyaecovillage.org]

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