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Notes from the Brainstorm on May 13th, 2011 May 23, 2011

In attendance: Clara, Phil, Lily, Ilyse

What follows are the rough notes from the whiteboard with some minor fleshing out. They are definitely NOT exhaustive, so comment away and add MORE FLESH!!

Found this by googling "happy farm." It was like the only picture that wasn't of Farmville.

Mission Statement Brainstorm:

-awesome people necessary

-chill house, chill people, chill space

-comfortable

-own mindspace

-place to have a career

-community of people

-Life as Art

-mundane as art, day to day life as art

-sharing resources

-especially occasional use stuff

-mutual reliance

-sharing work

-community interface

-still have privacy

-public/space vs. private space

-perhaps a system where there are times of the year that are private, or parts of the property that are designated as public/priate spaces

-beautiful place, safe, ease, people

-commitment, flexibility, empowerment

-hoard of children in the woods

-life I’m not ashamed of!

-regenerative

-how outward facing do we want it?

-naturally built

-Wonderland

-trees and flowing water

-somewhere between rural and urban

-creating IC neighborhood

-“I look around and I don’t see anything I want to join, so I want to make it!”

-sister communities

-founding a nation

-orchard

-how much food are we going to grow?

-integrating gardening practice into daily life

-clear communication in expectations and responsibilities

-globally-recognized institute

-of living, of exploring, of community

-open spaces and sprawling property with paths, sculptures/sculptural structures, and sites for gathering, meditation, exploration

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The Land Agenda — Let’s talk Timelines again April 24, 2011

Filed under: Decision Making,Finance,Question: Needs Input,Vision — lily @ 10:36 pm

I made this little art piece above my door last week, if you can see all the way to the left it reads “The Land Agenda”.  The Land Agenda is simply:

Buy land by the time I’m 30.

So, that’s four years people. Not very long! But also not tomorrow. I remember sometimes that I’ve been here in SF for just over 2.5 years and have created sooo much, 4 years is a long time. But it is also very short and there are many things to figure out before a group buys land together, which is also part of The Land Agenda. So it’s really:

Buy land with a group by the time I’m 30.

QUESTION for the delightful masses: What is your ideal timeline? Don’t worry about mine, just state honestly what feels good to you right now in your life for a timeline.

Love,

Lily

 

Placemaking and PPS June 12, 2010

Filed under: Architecture,Decision Making,Examples,Social Structure,Vision — Ilyse @ 10:28 am

This wonderful organization called Project for Public Spaces came to me from the heavens (or the Permaculture SF listserv). It talks about co-creating cities in a communal fashion. It seems like an amazing example of treating urban spaces as the communal living environments they are and the intentional communities they could be, centered around a concept called “Placemaking.”

“Placemaking is both a process and a philosophy. It takes root when a community expresses needs and desires about places in their lives, even if there is not yet a clearly defined plan of action. The yearning to unite people around a larger vision for a particular place is often present long before the word “Placemaking” is ever mentioned. Once the term is introduced, however, it enables people to realize just how inspiring their collective vision can be, and allows them to look with fresh eyes at the potential of parks, downtowns, waterfronts, plazas, neighborhoods, streets, markets, campuses and public buildings. It sparks an exciting re-examination of everyday settings and experiences in our lives.

Unfortunately the way our communities are built today has become so institutionalized that community stakeholders seldom have a chance to voice ideas and aspirations about the places they inhabit. Placemaking breaks through this by showing planners, designers, and engineers how to move beyond their habit of looking at communities through the narrow lens of single-minded goals or rigid professional disciplines. The first step is listening to best experts in the field—the people who live, work and play in a place.

Experience has shown us that when developers and planners welcome as much grassroots involvement as possible, they spare themselves a lot of headaches. Common problems like traffic-dominated streets, little-used parks, and isolated, underperforming development projects can be avoided by embracing the Placemaking perspective that views a place in its entirety, rather than zeroing in on isolated fragments of the whole.”

Check out the Project for Public Spaces here: http://www.pps.org

 

Roommates or commune-mates? March 30, 2010

Occurred to me today that the search for new roommates might in some way be analogous to how new members should be approached for RainbowAcre. Something to ponder on, both from the perspective of co-tenants accepting someone into their family/lives and from the perspective of a landlord.

-Phil

 

Initiation Policies March 1, 2010

Filed under: Decision Making,Social Structure — indorfpf @ 11:41 pm

Looking down the line, one initiation policy that might be important to have requires there be a halfway-like home in our community. People who want to buy into BlackAcre would stay in this halfway home for six months or so. This induction period would allow BlackAcre members enough time to evaluate the person prior to voting them in. It would also allow the candidate the opportunity to see whether BlackAcre is the right fit for them. There should be some form of “rent”… I instinctively imagine volunteer hours onsite doing chores/gardening.

Is there a need for a constitution?

-Phil

 

Let’s throw down our thoughts, Lovelies! February 28, 2010

Manifest Love Beauty Think Together Dream New Reality Share Evolve Live Really Ridiculously Well Together Vision.   Yes.

so, lovelies, let’s use this to throw down our daily thoughts about community, and build a dialog over time. This blog should serve as a group journal of sorts. Put down your thoughts, inspiration, ideas, and over time we’ll  shape this thing we call life.  🙂

So, let’s each become admins to this blog and then everyone can post thoughts and tag them by category, so the posts can then be sorted anytime by subject! These can be well articulated, or just quickly jotted down. More is better! Include links, pics etc.  We can comment on posts to have a conversation and also have conversations by making new posts that link to previous ones.  (This post is tagged with all the categories so far, just so they show up)

Let’s also build some pages to put down central ideas as they emerge. These can also be edited by all over time.

I love you all, and am so excited to start talking with you this way.

loooooooove  lily