November 2, 2013
We begin by clarifying our purpose or intention as well as our values. This forms the common ground upon which we come together and begin building. I envision community as a prototype for a peaceful, humane, eco-sustainable, life enhancing society. It's leaving behind the illusions of scarcity and powerlessness as we build relationships of mutual caring and support. Learning to build those relationships with each other is where I believe we need to begin. This means developing "community consciousness" - a sense of self that includes others and recognizes our true feelings and needs as the common humanity that we share. It is moving beyond the addictive way of life as we discover that all our true needs can be met (especially emotional and relational). It is new family or tribe: deep relating that brings us joy, gratitude, meaning, purpose and energy.
I'm ready to begin any time.
Seeing how most communities and attempts to form them fail due to interpersonal difficulties. We carry our programming from the dominant culture with us, which for most of us means we're ill-equipped for living and working in cooperative, harmonious relationships with others. This process of healing and liberating ourselves from the limitations of our cultural conditioning is what most communities fail to do and is why they do not succeed or fall far short of realizing their true potential. I'm only interested in joining with others who want to realize the higher potential of a community and are willing to do the work to make that possible.
Anywhere that's right for the group, which can only be known after the group has done a "coming-together" process and has access to our collective wisdom of intuition.
No answer yet
I've had a strong interest in co-op communities for many years, with involvement in a few and learning about many. It began with my discovery of "person-centered" education and realizing the potential for a similar kind of culture or society.