Living in an Intentional Community: A Case Study of Twin Oaks

Living in an Intentional Community: A Case Study of Twin Oaks

Facebook Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest People often ask me to define “Intentional Community”. In short, it is a planned community of self-selecting residents with common values that prioritize social cohesion, shared responsibilities & shared resources.  I find it best to provide an overview of an existing intentional community. Below, I will provide a case study of Twin Oaks. You may resonate with or against some of what you read. Keep in mind that each community decides what works best for

2014 Annual Community Conference Recap: First Exposure

2014 Annual Community Conference Recap: First Exposure

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

What is the difference between an RV Park & a Tiny House Community?

What is the difference between an RV Park & a Tiny House Community?

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.