We each have the capacity to become skillful network weavers — individuals who guide the threads of connection that bring together people, places, and ideas for transformative action. Network weaving is an essential function in any growing social movement.
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“I came to Camphill thinking I was going to learn about social therapy for people with special needs, but then I learned it’s actually mainstream society that needs the social therapy,” a Camphill resident shared on stage.
In March 2019 I started work as the Communications Director at the Foundation for Intentional Community, an organization I’ve served on the Board of since 2014. I led the brand transformation for this 30+ year old organization.
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) hosted its twice annual Organizational (Org) Meeting at the end of October. For over thirty years, this gathering has taken place at different intentional communities throughout North America. The meeting marked a pivotal milestone in the evolution of FIC.
How can we steward a more sustainable and regenerative future for North America? This was the central inquiry during a three day event called the Regenerative CoLab.
“We envision a world of interdependent cooperative communities stewarding the conditions of regeneration, justice, peace, and abundance, in order to realize the full potential of flourishing for all life, for all generations to come.”—GENNA Alliance
There are thousands upon thousands of communities around the world where people are working to regenerate our planet. You may discover there is an intentional community or permaculture project near where you are living right now. Here are some resources to help you navigate the possibilities.
I’m headed West this September & October for a journey from British Columbia down to Arizona. Along the way I will tour intentional communities, consult on regenerative projects, and speak at events. Stay tuned for stories from me!
Initiation processes are vital to the survival of a tribe, expanding one’s consciousness from the “I” to the “we,” a worldview shift into altruism – into community. Those who pass through the rites of passage discover their life’s purpose and role within the tribe.
I joined the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development #HLPF. It was reaffirming to hear the world’s governments address our environmental and humanitarian crises. Everyone seems to be on the same page that the situation is dire.
How can we catalyze healthy culture across the generations? How do ecovillages serve as fertile ground for youth and elder collaboration in wider culture? A group of people passionate about intergenerational community connection gathered this past weekend at an event called Ecovillage Pathways, an annual event in it’s 5th year.
ECOLISE is a testament to the desire amongst disparate local groups and their regional, national, and international networks, to nature their collective energy in order to increase their visibility, improve learning and exchange, and influence policy making as European and national levels.
Imagine having meetings with your coworkers while swimming in blue tropical waters… joining a work retreat where the agenda gives equal importance to business strategy and authentic relating games… conversing with company founders, under a star-filled sky, about how our organization can do the most good for the future of humanity…
The function of the nomad is to connect isolated groups through the sharing of goods, services, stories and, primarily, ideas. In the digital age, we still have our nomads, but their essential function has largely been replaced by the tiny gadget you are likely reading this article with.
The idealized “summer camp” has been enshrined for decades in movies. It serves as an adolescent’s wild escape from the boring confines of suburban neighborhoods and primary school, at least until “growing up” happens. But what if the fleeting joys of summer camp never ended? What if you could live in summer camp?
I pray for a lifelong journey of service, growth, and pursuit of bliss. I hope to leave this world better than I found it – the soil richer, community more whole, self more aware.