What is the promise of
communal living, what has it to offer for a world facing a material, ecological
and spiritual crisis?
This project is a study about living/working communities, how they are structured and functioning. Especially to investigate the deeper goals, motivations and expectations of those supporting or participating in such communities. Why do communities work or not, what can be learned and what can be improved?
The purpose of the study is to better
understand the conditions for a successful community, in whatever meaning of
that word. This in terms of human relations, economic and
ecological feasibility, global and personal transformation and growth.
It draws upon historical analysis, literature, visits and experience of
participation in communities and the opinions of many people involved.
This project should render valuable information in a multimedia format (book/video/website) about existing and utopian communities, aimed at people interested in the subject and/or planning to participate in a communal project. It goes beyond the obvious but somewhat superficial material aspects like planning, the financial setup and government regulations and codes.
One of the methods to gather material for this study is to interview people with experience in communal projects about their ideas, motivation, suggestions, backgrounds etc.
However, it turn out, that asking people about their deeper motives and incentives for joining a community, this really touches a very emotional and sensitive level in them. They are hesitant to answer questions like the ones below, because they know that there are deeper, hidden reasons they don’t really want to share.
Therefore, the following questions are maybe more of a guide line for self-exploration.
Parts are already available, like a piece about utopian communities, pieces about community setup etc. see website www.myster.nl
The general outline is to describe the whole concept of communities, some history, give examples of existing ones, and opinions of people involved concerning the major issues.
een boek over communities en het belang ervan als uitweg uit de crisis en het weer opbouwen van een gemeenschapsgevoel zou in hoofdlijnen kunnen zijn:
inleiding. waarom is het denken over communities essentieel
de crisis en communities; overview
wat kunnen communities en buurtschappen betekenen voor emotie, economie. ecologie
de psychologie van het samenzijn, de mens en zijn omgeving
de astrologie en esoterische betekenis van samenzijn
Wat is een community
verschillende soorten communities
Community historie - commune, communisme, communities, waterschappen, buurtschappen
Tribal communities, tribalism, urban tribes
de burger, verstedelijking, compacte stad
de economie van het samenzijn
de ecologie van het samenzijn
de emotie van het samenzijn
de juridische basis
eigen ervaringen: venwoude, woongroepen, magic farm, synergia, OG, Herakleitus, Azart, ecodorp, vlierhof, ruigoord etc.
visits to communities-reports
Community as a new level of society - legal, economical, ecological
the connection with energy, credit crisis
What would we gain
How to stimulate and promote communities
A roadmap for community development
There is video material about many communities and people involved available (shot and owned by Luc) including:
Stephen Gaskin interviews
Hof van Weezel
Vale dominio do Mondego
Fjordvang en denemarken
Many indigenous rituals dances, festivals etc.