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Introduction

Introduction Sustainable Communities are consciously designed, nurturing, people-friendly environments, many of which have been in existence around the world for decades. They were born out of the wave of optimism and creativity that swept the world in the 1960s, when … Continue reading

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Proactive Management

Proactive Management Proactive Work Practices Over decades, Peter Drucker pioneered almost every substantive management practice and industrial trend, setting the agenda for proactive management. He described pro-active work practices: “Workers [at every level of an organisation] grow according to the … Continue reading

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Retrofitting Communities

Retrofitting Communities Appropriate Solutions Becoming More Wholistic and Sustainable Many remote settlements suffer designs and constructions that are more suited to temperate, wet climate town or city living, and generally are exceedingly unsustainable, making individual living and community management difficult … Continue reading

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1960s Communal Living

1960s Communal Living Historical Experiments True community living is a relatively new phenomenon in post-industrial western civilisation. There has always been the odd attempt, usually by a group of religious or political idealists, many of whom went to remote and … Continue reading

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Typical Areas Needing Retrofit

Typical Areas Needing Retrofit Eliminating Dysfunctionality and Waste Housing Housing has been a long troubled issue. Houses more suited to temperate climates are still being built in remote tropical communities, poorly insulated and ventilated, wrongly sited for the sun, little … Continue reading

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Professional Community Design

Professional Community Design By the 1980s, many Local Govts around the world had come to understand the benefits of structured community living and the values that underlie it, and with community input, adjusted their by-laws to accommodate community living, such … Continue reading

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Pioneering Sustainable Communities

Pioneering Sustainable Communities Communal Living Arising out of the sheer joy and nourishing effect of each other’s company, flower children created urban communal households, and rural and remote communes, as safe, trusting, gentle places to live their highest values with … Continue reading

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Empowering CDEPs

Empowering CDEPs Creating Sustainable Communities Creative Work One of the great benefits of CDEP was that it could easily lend itself to workplace democracy, and be free of the complications inherent in the usual work scheme or business. It was … Continue reading

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Self-Actualisation

Self-Actualisation Real Human Nature Self-actualisation, or higher human functioning, was first noticed in the 1950s, in rare and exceptional individuals. It blossomed during the 1960s, and flourished amongst many youths and young adults, leading to a new appreciation of life, … Continue reading

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Life-Affirming Community Living

Life-Affirming Community Living Nourishing and Nurturing, People-Friendly Environments Life-affirming communities are not new. India has a several-thousand-year tradition of ashrams, created expressly for the purpose of self-realisation. Most religions and traditional indigenous groups live communally, sustainably, and engage in practises … Continue reading

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Administration Issues

Administration Issues Appropriate Systems Reporting Requirements Reporting requirements need to be designed for flow, and not roadblocks, and should reflect what the community really needs to know for its good functioning. In general, the paperwork should be designed as a … Continue reading

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Flower Children

Flower Children Natural Wholistic Pioneers Flower children, as they called themselves, to some measure arose out of an open-minded ferment in the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco in the mid 1960s, where young people were exploring ideas of open society, … Continue reading

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Common Life-affirming Community Practices

Common Life-affirming Community Practices Many of the wholistic discoveries of better ways of living that emerged in cities and were lived in community neighbourhoods, became the bedrock of wholistic communities, and practised as part of everyday, living reality. Meetings, Steering … Continue reading

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Management Teams

Management Teams Many Hands The Bureaucratic requirements to interface with mainstream funding institutions are enormous and increase each year. They can be expected to become significantly greater following the farming out of ATSIC funding to other Govt Depts. Rather than … Continue reading

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Education

Education What our children are taught at school is rote learn and regurgitate instead of educating schools tend to indoctrinate Schools teach materialism which inverts the natural law prizing inanimate objects finding living things a bore We must use things … Continue reading

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Community Development Dynamics

Community Development Dynamics Synergistic Upliftment The major forces that make up communities are naturally complementary, and together create the development dynamics of the community. Council, administration, CDEP participants, and the community itself, make up those groups on some communities. Community … Continue reading

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Whole-Brain Functioning

Whole-Brain Functioning Both Hemispheres are Far Better than One Self-actualisation involves bringing into fruition aspects of a person’s inner life not normally accessed, and enables a deeper appreciation and understanding of the human potential to emerge, including experiencing ‘left brain’ … Continue reading

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