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  •  Interesting stuff. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm going to have to look into this more.

    “Washington has become our Versailles. We are ruled, entertained, and informed by courtiers -- and the media has evolved into a class of courtiers." - Chris Hedges

    by Klusterpuck on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 08:27:55 AM PDT

    •  Please do. I think it has relevance both as (5+ / 0-)

      direct action on the Class, Climate and Consumer Culture wars as well as a way of working on our ability as a civilization to work together and develop better long-term decisions for everyone.

      Whether or not one actually lives in an intentional community, one can support the movement and/or an  community. Most community allow visitors, encourage volunteers, interns and apprentices. Most also have multiple levels of support and membership.

      And then there is simply spreading the word and informing and encouraging others to consider ICs.

      And also helping inside the community in various, such as increasing awareness and creating bridges among IC's and between IC's and other organizations...

      So many possible ways to participate.

      Mindfulness is the first necessity of sanity and survival and the first casualty of Consumer Culture.

      by Words In Action on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 08:52:52 AM PDT

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      •  Very impressive list. (2+ / 0-)
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        I see a possible connection between this group and Ray Pensador's - for those who may want to combine intentional community and intentional political action. And thanks for mentioning the idea of visitors, supporters, etc. That may be a way for those of us on the margins of change to be of some help. (By on the margins I mean not in a position currently to make this kind of change.)
        Carolyn Baker's site Speaking Truth to Power has many articles that speak to this movement - I believe in her case specifically Transition Towns. I read her book Sacred Demise about 3 years ago and have been using her as a source of information and frankly hope, which is in short supply at times.
        Thanks for your work on this, WIA.

        •  Yes, there is a strong connection (2+ / 0-)
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          to Ray's work.

          And Transition Towns have a strong connection as well.

          What I'd ultimately like to see is a whole network of intentional communities of activists in outlying areas all around D.C. One thing all of these communities would do is provide food and shelter for ralliers coming in from outside the area. And then provide them with means to get into town, if needed.

          And then one day, when the critical mass is great enough, provide the infrastructure for supporting a mass, daily, unceasing, relentless, irresistible occupation in D.C.

          Mindfulness is the first necessity of sanity and survival and the first casualty of Consumer Culture.

          by Words In Action on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 12:29:36 PM PDT

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          •  Brilliant vision, I think. (2+ / 0-)
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            And of course to amplify your vision, there is the idea that, in hub and spoke fashion, intentional communities could be developed in and around other large urban areas. This is a very important group you have developed. I don't have much in the way of hands on experience to offer, but would really like to see this group expand.

            •  Thanks. It seems that infrastructural sustain- (1+ / 0-)
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              ability was a stumbling block for OWS.

              So much energy went into developing and sustaining infrastructure so the movement could exist. And then you had equipment and supplies that just kind of went everywhere, including right of the camps...

              What I neglected to mention was that then it would handy to have smaller urban intentional communities in the city, as distributed as possible, that could help maintain supply lines and in-town logistical support, critical services, etc.

              Mindfulness is the first necessity of sanity and survival and the first casualty of Consumer Culture.

              by Words In Action on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 07:13:01 PM PDT

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          •  Yeah, I was thinking I hope someone (1+ / 0-)
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            sends this to Ray Pensador.

            Great work, Words in Action! (h/t Evening Blues)

            Can't believe I'm not seeing anything in here for Northern CA, they are usually cutting edge on this sort of thing. But I haven't really had the chance to look into this yet to know the specifics. I'll be doing that soon. Thanks!

            If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

            by Oaktown Girl on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:19:15 PM PDT

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            •  Ray and I are in contact. In fact, he's set up (1+ / 0-)
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              as a contributor for this group. :)

              We definitely sharing similar passions and overlapping visions.

              Mindfulness is the first necessity of sanity and survival and the first casualty of Consumer Culture.

              by Words In Action on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 07:14:48 PM PDT

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