anybody know about ecovillages?
my girlfriend and i just had two hour discussion about this type of lifestyle. we both (just like many people) are sick and tired of many things that have to do with the current situation that the world is in. im the type of person that would rather do something about it than complain all of the time, and i think that nothing is going to be getting better with our government or way of life no matter what we do or say. so, this was the direction the conversation took, and i wanted some input from other people to see if something like this would work out ok, or have known anybody in ecovillages, or just additional ideas. keep in mind this is just a rough plan, and different ideas were being thrown around, some good, and some maybe not so good. -why not try to get together a group of like minded people, where everybody would put in an initial equal share into getting this off the ground. for example, say everybody were to throw in a few thousand dollars (or whatever it would seem would be enough to get started out, NO LOANS THOUGH, part of the point is to get away from the slavery situation of debt) and all go in on some nice land in a rural location. then basically build a community from the ground up, with people that have specialized skills (carpenters, organic gardener/farmers, butchers (if we wanted to do meat), doctors (or something sort of equivilent if not a real m.d.), etc……there would be no money changing hands for any reason, though it would be necessary to have some sort of community fund for anything that could be needed (farming tools, any outside medical care, etc…) basically a self supporting community. as far as decisions to be made, it would be a truly democratic situation (everybody gets a vote that counts the same)……as far as leadership goes we couldnt agree on the best way to do that, but my idea was that everybody inside of the community (or tribe as we would like to think of it) would rotate jobs/positions once a month, to make things even. so one month i may be working in a field, the next month i may be building something, etc…. my gf brought up the point that a. she does not have a very "leadership" type personality b. you wouldnt want people to do jobs they would loathe (like a vegan doing a butcher job)….. which are both valid points. so maybe for leadership there could be small groups of people (say 5 councilmembers or whatever) who could be voted in, and could also very easily be voted out if things werent going the way the overall tribe wanted….but no matter what the situation, i think it would be very valuable for people to be "cross trained" so to speak, so that the carpenter could also do two other things, so that everybody would not be dependent on just one or two people in one area, but more everyone would be closer to "jack of all trades"……and for the community to have income we could sell our organic produce at fruit stands by the road, and go to local farmers markets…. we could even have our own system of rules and laws, and ways of dealing with them…..for example say somebody did something that endangered the entire community (like growing a big patch of marijuana on our land) we could sentence them to the worst hardest jobs for a year (cleaning toilets)….thats just an example, and maybe a bad one, but i think you get the idea. of course something more serious like murder would have to get local police involved…..just really try and make the situation as self sufficient as possible, healthy, debt free, and everyone involved and doing their fair share……would something like this really work? i know the amish are like that, and there are successful ecovillages, but im wondering if this vision sounds more like a pipe dream than a real possibility….
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Check out Friland outside of Aarhus in Denmark. Amazing place. Have a friend living out there in a house he’s built with his own two hands. If you want to contact him, let me know, he would probably be delighted to let you in on some secets…
I’m also trying to remember the name of this English tvshow where they followed ppl who were building their dream houses. In one they showed a man building in hay in England, in the other a man building in hay in France or spaine. Both very inspiering episodes, even though the aesthetics weren’t always in my liking.
Yes, I absolutely see what you are saying. I was just saying that of course people would not intend frivolous spending but something a person may regard as a great benefit for the society, yet would be expensive and have risk involved, you would have to weigh up it’s practicality. It does itself present a situation at risk of bureaucracy.
Sounds sweet, I’d like to partake in a project like that. It’s definitely not a pipe dream, it’s 100% possible and can’t be that hard. I think your problem is that you’re trying to plan everything out perfectly from the start, that doesn’t work, it takes focus. One step at a time.
Check out “Off the grid” by Les “Survivorman” Stroud. It’s not about a whole village but a single house but it’s still interesting and full of good stuff. Here’s a link: http://www.sprword.com/videos/offthegrid/
I really want to get involved in an eco-village project but I don’t have yet the courage to leave my comfort zone.
Off-topic: Jep, I love you man but may I suggest you use paragraphs when posting? :) All your posts are one huge paragraph and for me at least it’s hard to follow. If you don’t want to, that’s OK too but I can’t guarantee that I will read your posts. :) Cheers.
I would be behind this! The only part of my comfort zone that would be hard to break is my glass/contacts situation. Contacts wouldnt be that smart because they require a number of other things and glasses always seem like they are gonna fall off my face when doing anything active and i wouldnt want to depend on them always. Does anyone have insight on this problem? (I know laser eye surgery is sortof a solution but certain things about it worry me)
Thank you grass for the post! i love the site. Jesse, who started this thread, is my boyfriend. We are moving soon and through that site i found potential communities for us to look into at our destination!! :)