Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest This was written in 2014 after my first visit to the Annual Communities Conference hosted by Twin Oaks, near Charlottesville, VA. I’ve since returned every Labor Day weekend to catch each year’s conference. Those in attendance hailed from all corners of the US and even some from across the pond. Many were already living communally, others were somewhere in the process of forming communities, while others were just community-curious. Each day consisted of morning and
Forming a community is HARD. I’ve tried (& failed) several times. Forming a community is like starting a business & marrying 30 people at the same time. The odds are really stacked against you. But there are successful communities out there. What did they do right? What resources are available to help you avoid common mistakes?
I HIGHLY recommend Creating a Life Together by Diana Leafe Christian. The author spent decades visiting successful and failed communities to determine what commonalities were found among them. She also outlines a slew of tools & resources.
I get asked that a lot. But I think it is the wrong question. I feel a better question is “What is the difference between a neighborhood and a community?”
Typically, a neighborhood is built to improve the wealth of a developer or landlord. The ultimate goal is profit. On the other end of the spectrum is a people-based model, where the bottom line is maximizing the happiness index & meeting the needs of the residents.