Intentional Communities Seed Group

The Portland Intentional Community Seed Group Meeting

 

Get together with other individuals interested in intentional community Wednesday 1/16/13 from 7pm to 9pm at the Kailash Ecovillage, 4311 SE 37th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97202.

Discussion topics are determined by a democratic vote at the beginning of the meeting, so come prepared with a topic or two you’d like to discuss. One topic that is coming to this month’s meeting is: “Should we continue to have a city-wide meeting, or narrow the focus to neighborhoods or quadrants?”

You’re invited to bring finger food to share. Out of respect for Kailash policies, please bring only vegan foods and remove your shoes as you enter the meeting space.

The purpose of this seed group is to form connections with others interested in intentional community of all types, from ecovillages to community supported agriculture projects, either rural or urban. We will not focus on any one project, but share information, resources, and provide a space for people with similar vision to meet and talk. We meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month, space permitting.

http://pdxseedmeeting.wordpress.com/

http://portlandintentionalcommunities.org/

 

Portland Intentional Community Seed Meeting is an incubator group with a vision to foster the birth and growth of Intentional Communities all over the Pacific Northwest and around the world. We desire to form connections with others interested in intentional community of all types, from ecovillages to community supported agriculture projects to neighborhood collectives, either rural or urban. We will not focus on any one project, but share information, resources, and provide a space for people with similar vision to meet and talk. Our hope is that this group will inspire the formation of many projects, and any project groups that form may end up meeting more or less frequently at their own discretion.

Some of the topics we’ve discussed:
What is a “shared value”?
The importance of shared values.
How to inspire others to commit to taking action on shared values.
What is the scope of “community”?

We hold meetings the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and welcome volunteer facilitators so we can enjoy many different perspectives at our meetings.

 

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  • Hsiao-Ling D.

    Hi everyone!! I am new--just moved to Portland in Nov, and looking forward to meeting people who are interested in green living!!

    February 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Welcome, Hsiao-Ling!

      1 · February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    February 5, 2013

  • Pandora P.

    It was fun to have a big turnout. With all the momentum I think that we should organize some action based projects like organizing a resource exchange coop.

    January 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Here's an instance where reinventing the wheel might be avoided: http://www.communitys...­

      January 27, 2013

    • Michelle

      looks like it could be a nifty site. I'll try to contact the developers to see if there is a way to add resources. right now it looks like there isn't.

      February 5, 2013

  • Brian

    Not to detract from this meeting.. But in February the permaculture group will also be having a seed swap.. I wished t make this one buti won't be back int PDX until Friday and my seeds are out in the Gorge.. So ya maybe another time.. I have a few thousand leeks, onions, and Brussels all heirlooms to share.

    January 14, 2013

    • Brian

      Feb 22 for the seed swap to be exact..

      January 14, 2013

    • Michelle

      Brian, if you message me the information I'll let people know about it.

      January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just wanted to add that the reason I came to the meeting, and would like to attend more meetings on intentional communities, is to connect with as many people as possible who are interested in forming actual physical ecofriendly intentional communities in which to live, whatever shapes they may take. If subsequent meetups that are posted as being about this but end up being about or involving some other topics or activities as their main focus, then that may not be so interesting to me and I will hope that someone else (I have enough on my plate to organize this) would organize more meetups with living in intentional community as their focus.

    January 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I understand that this meetup group is about sustainability and green living, and thus a lot of things fall under that banner. I'm just saying I'd enjoy it if there were continued get togethers to simply discuss the whole topic of creating physical intentional communities.

      January 21, 2013

    • Michelle

      oh yes! the Portland Intentional Community Seed Meeting will continue to meet monthly. I'm hoping that it will spawn groups of people who want to create community together as well.

      January 23, 2013

  • Michelle

    some signed up for the email list with a viseup.net account... if you're here will you message me? emails are bouncing back.

    January 23, 2013

  • Michelle

    I had a bunch of personal stuff to attend to this weekend so I'm a bit late on sending out an email to everyone. I will do that this week so you all have my email!

    January 21, 2013

  • Kyler M.

    good discussion...perhaps we all could do a little better at not cross-talking...not sure how everyone felt by the end of the night...can't change the world in one meetup....all the best to you all...looking forward to the next debate...

    January 16, 2013

    • Michelle

      There was a lot of cross-talk and usually I'd have reined it in, but I felt kind of bad when I tried for this meeting because the energy was so high and there was so much enthusiasm. We WILL have to rein it in to focus in future meetings so I resolve to work on that.

      January 21, 2013

  • Mary

    Hi Everyone! I joined the meetup group so I could connect with you all. It was so great to meet all of you this week and I look forward to more productive meetings in the future. I'm working on planning a gathering of some sort to get some of these projects in action but need to do some research for a bit and find out what would work for this season. I really want to do some farm visits soon and focus on food prep and storage. So any ideas you guys? I'm thinking a pickling night might be fun. Anyone interested in learning how to pickle?

    January 18, 2013

    • Kyler M.

      YUM...I love pickled string beans, both yellow and green...and Beets...can't eat cucumber though....but I am in for the pickle party...Kyler

      January 18, 2013

  • Mary

    Also I keep forgetting to mention I'm REALLY into fermented foods right now and going to start experimenting with some recipes soon. Anyone else interested in this? We are also going to attempt our own Kombucha soon as well. It would be cool to have a group to discuss the trials and errors and victories.. and try out some different varieties!

    January 18, 2013

  • Michelle

    Michael, I'm in N/NE and would love to have a neighborhood meeting. I feel like it could take a few months to build to that. Once there's enough momentum, anything is possible.

    Lauren, yes, those would be good topics to propose. Networking is exactly why we started having this meeting, so talking about how to network instead of floating along solo could really help everyone.

    January 14, 2013

  • Lauren Janisse W.

    i'm interested in this kind of thing, but portland in general has been very hard to network.
    could that be a topic? just how to network in this area a little more effectively for a family looking for community?
    also, could we have the iFarmOregon organization be a topic? if so, we may be able to attend a meeting. :)

    January 14, 2013

  • Brian

    I might make it last minute.. Have to head out to The Gorge for a few days so I am not sure ill be back Wednesday or Thursday..if not I am hoping to make the movie Thursday..8)

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    “Should we continue to have a city-wide meeting"

    No.

    "or narrow the focus to neighborhoods or quadrants?”

    Yes. I'd attend this meeting if it were closer to me (i.e. SW Portland/Tigard/Beaverton/Tualatin).

    January 13, 2013

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