Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities

Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities

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By (author) Diana Leafe Christian, Foreword by Patch Adams

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  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 224mm x 23mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 24 July 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Gabriola Island
  • ISBN 10: 0865714711
  • ISBN 13: 9780865714717
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 50 B&W photographs
  • Sales rank: 81,405

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Creating a Life Together is the only resource available that provides step-by-step practical information distilled from numerous firsthand sources on how to establish an intentional community. It deals in depth with structural, interpersonal and leadership issues, decision-making methods, vision statements, and the development of a legal structure, as well as profiling well-established model communities. This exhaustive guide includes excellent sample documents among its wealth of resources. Diana Leafe Christian is the editor of Communities magazine and has contributed to Body & Soul, Yoga Journal, and Shaman's Drum, among others. She is a popular public speaker and workshop leader on forming intentional communities, and has been interviewed about the subject on NPR. She is a member of an intentional community in North Carolina.

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Besides editing Communities magazine since 1993, Diana Leafe Christian offers workshops nationwide in the USA on the process of forming new ecovillages and intentional communities. She is a member of Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.

Table of contents

Introduction: Creating a Life Together; The Successful Ten Percent And why Ninety Percent Fail; Your Role as Founder; Getting Off to a Good Start; Community Vision: What It Is, Why You Need It; Creating Vision Documents; Power, Decision-Making, and Governance; Agreements & Policies: "Good Documents Make Good Friends"; Establishing Your Legal Entity; The Great Land-Buying Adventure; Finding the Right Property; Neighbours and Zoning; Financing Your Property (Loans You Can Live with); Developing Sustainable Human Settlements; Internal Community Finances (Can we Afford to Live There?); Legal Entities for Owning Property; If You Are Using a Tax-Exempt Non-Profit; Communication, Process, and Dealing with Conflict: The Heart of Healthy Community; Selecting People to Join You; Index.