Creating a Life Together : Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities
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.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 185 x 229 x 18.54mm | 509g
- 01 Jun 2003
- New Society Publishers
- Gabriola Island, United States
- 50 B&W photographs
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.
About Diana Leafe Christian
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.