* This conversation was recorded just a few weeks before the conversation The Emergence of Belonging took place. In several profound ways inquiries framed here are answered in the discoveries of The Emergence of Belonging.
It shouldn’t be surprising that with the cultural changes born of the pandemic, and the ecological crisis of climate change, there is a new passion for, simply put, finding new ways to live — creating ecologies that will support the kind of life we imagine is possible.
It isn’t easy; as intentional communities create their visions, they face familiar challenges: building a shared living space that respects an individual’s passion and growth, while harmoniously supporting mutual values and mission. Surviving practically and financially, when the motivating energy isn’t about making money.
Easy, no. But there is renewed interest — perhaps an emerging global movement — in imagining new blueprints for collective living in this time of cultural and ecological upheaval. Current events point to the motivation: forced isolation during the pandemic; environmental catastrophe from the extraction and depletion of natural and human resources, and a deep intuition that we are due for and can bring about a constructive reset for humanity.
What could new models for collaborative living look like? In this conversation, Aviv Shahar joins author, consultant and Emmy Award-winning documentary film director Tucker Walsh for a closer look at the rise of new intentional communities. Tucker’s life-long interest in group and collective living has taken him to communities around the planet.
Among their observations and insights:
- You will face the obstacles, challenges, and fault lines; the first being in the paradigm of the modern world where the question is, how will this project support itself?
- We are able to converge and cohere at the high idealistic aspect of what we imagine, but the breakdown occurs in the "middle spaces" of where we live our lives.
- These are people that on a deeply intimate level you know their shadow, their light, their stories, their traumas. This also creates a sense of safety.
- Could there be a community celebrating the miracle of life and living together in a way that is ecologically and interpersonally sound? Something like an intentional village?
- How do we move past the interpersonal conflict? How can we show up and be of service as sovereign individuals that also recognize all of life is a relational process?
- A voice deep within my being is hungry to fall in love and fully serve and give my life to something larger than myself. One way that can manifest is through community.
- Can we engage in a deliberative co-evolving endeavor that will include our desires today and our children’s desires? Unless we do, we won’t unlock our fullest and highest potential.
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