How to Start an Intentional Community - Day 3
Yana Ludwig presented an expanded version of her “How to Start an Intentional Community” training recently. Here is what I found most valuable from Day 3 of 3.
What is Consensus?
Consensus means that all voices are heard and taken into account.
Consensus doesn’t mean everyone gets their way or is even happy about the decision.
Consensus means a good faith effort has been made to make sure everyone is part of the decision, and that the decision is in service to the group’s mission.
Some Community Design Basics
I really hadn’t given a lot of thought to meal sharing at Mirador Astronomy Village, but universally I am hearing that meal sharing (whatever the frequency) really helps to build community within your community.
Use a community-oriented architect and land-use planner, not an architect that specializes only in designing single buildings.
A Land Trust (either an LLC or a nonprofit) owns the land.
Housing on the land can be either private ownership or collective ownership (e.g. rental), or some combination of the two.