So many people want to live in an intentional community where they know everyone, where they are empowered within a governance structure, where they grow their own healthy food, raise and educate their children in interesting ways (vs in big-box schools where everything is standardized). We all want places where everyone is cared for at all stages of life and all areas of the land are thoughtfully tended. But how many can afford to buy land and build new?
What if we considered all of Asheville to be our "intentional" community? In other words, what would it look like if we all felt empowered enough to make our town be a place where everyone thrived - kids, elders and all ages collaborating for life-long learning, support and resources. Would there be structural changes downtown? In the neighborhoods? How would transit be accomplished? Are there collective ways of achieving sustainability?
If it's important to change our lifestyle for our future - as we've said for decades, then we need to include the bulk of people within existing neighborhoods and existing housing stock; we need to use existing infrastructures - though certainly changes can be made. And we need to get really creative - together.
After a short presentation, this will be a facilitated conversation to see what we all come up with! Please bring your curiosity, ideas and some food and drink to share!