Holistic and sustainable communities can show us the path towards a new paradigm. Honoring indigenous ways of life and working harmoniously with Nature are crucial components. This is a space where individuality is respected, and each person is acknowledged for their positive contributions to their communities.
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From Yes! Magazine. Written by Araz Hachadourian.
Time-banking is a model for trading skills, goods, and labor instead of money. There are close to 500 such banks across the country.
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"Individuality, not individualism, is the cornerstone of community. . . . (It) can flourish and survive only when each member flourishes, living in the full potential of her or his purpose. To honor and support its members is in the self-interest of any community."
— Malidoma Patrice Some in The Healing Wisdom of Africa by Malidoma Patrice Some
Ever since the 1516 publication of Thomas Moore’s Utopia, innumerable attempts have been made to found both theoretical and practical utopian cities. Though we may know that a perfect society is impossible, this exercise of the imagination (human as it is) represented in a utopia is still a beautiful reflection of our own natural tendency toward harmony and evolution. The very impossibility of More’s nonexistent island was based on the highest philosophical and political ideals of its own era, and at some point it left the very pages of a book (along with the ones created by other utopian thinkers like Francis Bacon’s) and it actually touched reality.
Doug and Stacy were city folks who decided the pace of life was just to fast. They sold their businesses and large house in the suburbs and moved to the country. Now you may think they had a bunch of experience with this lifestyle but truth be told, they had none. Doug actually built a log cabin from wood from the forest in 90 days with no experience. Stacy has taken cooking from scratch to a whole new level as the raise a large portion of their food right on their own land.
Together they decided to live with no solar power or wind turbines and even rely 100% on rain catchment for their water needs. By reducing their carbon foot print and learning to be more self sufficient they feel that the quality of life has never been better.