Prior to age 20, I had chance to explore a few pieces of the Intentional and Egalitarian Community network within North America. These experiences took place stretched over time, scattered as far back as I can recall.
I knew these times were part of what my "lived experience" had to offer walking into this volunteer position, but never expected how much it would apply in so many ways.
I find myself pulling for thoughts and ideas from this area of my life often, as the eclectic groups Ive encountered throughout my life seem to be forming a solitary unit. I've been unaware, busy as we all become with life itself, of what I can only call a distinct growing thought trend demanding focus on our communities social development, in it's own sense, our desire to live in a more intentional community with more connectivity to its people. Many more people are recognizing the isolation we have created within our current societies social structure and finding it to be faulty. Collectively, we seem to seek a way to overcome it, as more individuals find themselves coping with its effects on a day to day basis. Some are specifically looking to know more about alternative styles of living, contemplating their potential to resolve the variety of problems we are facing.
So, true to my name, let's talk a bit of "hippy", starting with some links and information on the topic of various styles of intentional community. You'll find these on my site in various places. As I run across ones I enjoy, I will also post them on social media.
One of the things about community, that I think at least, is that each persons voice is very much their own. They dont have to agree, and full consensus is not a norm, as I recall, but there's a level of respect between all in knowing that even when views don't align, even when your opinion is the "unpopular one", that you will still be heard in sharing it, and that it will be welcomed. That's the beautiful thing, we each have a perspective, each one deserving to be heard.
(However, NO hateful or volatile comments allowed - These will be deleted as they divides us when we need to be aligning ourselves)
There are so many types of intentional community, please feel free to share your story or thoughts on the topic in comment below.
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Regan Sunshine Brussé
I am often wrong and always learning.