Category Archives: Creating Communities

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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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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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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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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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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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 Sustainability

Community Sustainability Environmentally-Friendly Communities Sustainability arose out of a concern for the harmful consequences of the “high consumption, throw-away” society that became widely noticeable in the 1960s: planned obsolescence, excessive waste, pollution, resource depletion, ecological destruction, etc; and of the … Continue reading

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Biological Basis of Sustainable Communities

Biological Basis of Sustainable Communities Sustainable communities are based on the principles of sustainability as found in nature. Natural ecosystems are communities of animals, plants and micro-organisms. These interact benevolently, along with all the non-living components, such as light, temperature … Continue reading

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Growing Nutritious Food Easily

Growing Nutritious Food Easily Low Cost, Low Maintenance, Organic, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Today, following many widespread, serious and intractable problems associated with the farming industry in virtually all nations as they have adopted the western model, the world is seeing … Continue reading

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Permaculture

Permaculture If we want to heal the earth Permaculture has the solution Damaged land can be restored and we can farm without pollution Permaculture starts with an ethic Above all, care for the land We must never lose site of … Continue reading

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Permaculture

Permaculture Design for Abundance and Optimum Living Permaculture is Australia’s great contribution to creating a better home and property, and regenerating a continent and a planet. Designed by Bill Mollison and David Holgren during the 1970s, after Bill lived in … Continue reading

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Private Enterprise

Private Enterprise The underlying principle of community economics is produce for local community consumption first, then for the surrounding area, then for further away. This enriches the producer, the purchaser, the community  and the surrounding area, and enables prices to … Continue reading

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Natural Capitalism

Natural Capitalism Encouraging Benign Development Natural Capitalism evolved out of the work by Amory Lovins and Paul Hawkens, two pioneers of future economic trends. Natural Capitalism is a system that, in addition to the mainstream measures of: financial capital: cash … Continue reading

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Fully-Functioning Sustainable Communities

Fully-Functioning Sustainable Communities Personal and Community Fulfilment Sustainable communities are created so their members can live with all of the advantages not yet available in mainstream living – inexpensive, non-wasteful, non-destructive, non-harmful, healthy, wholesome, sustainable, nurturing, inspiring, healing, etc. In … Continue reading

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Summary

Summary Nature always works towards greater richness, diversity, integration, stability, resilience, and adaptability. Human nature is healthy at its core. There is a higher side of human nature that may be tapped, offering greater understanding, originality, ingenuity, innovation and wisdom. … Continue reading

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