Poly Pocket: Building Intentional Community and Relationship Anarchy

Michael Lee started living on the streets of San Francisco last May. He had traveled from Las Vegas to seek medical treatment. So I wound up living on the streets. This is where we live, unfortunately—on the sidewalks. We are going to be rejoining the community. After a federal judge granted the City of Berkeley a temporary restraining order against the sale and the buyer backed out, the USPS finally announced that it was shelving its plans to sell the building and by April the legal battle was suspended.

Intentional Communities

The interviewees were candid about their hopes for meaningful romantic relationships, as well as their insecurities and flaws, sex lives, and sadness about their current romantic situations. The result is a film that is authentic, evokes laughter and tears, and inspires viewers toward something greater for our romantic culture. Can young adults expect to find a meaningful relationship without sex? How do we move an entire culture that is saturated with this casualness toward sex and relationships and that has experienced such incredible changes in technology, communication, and community formation?

One central conclusion of the film is that we need to teach and encourage more intentional dating among young people. Namely, the questions asked in the interviews provoked reflection by the interviewees, which resulted in positive shifts in their mindsets and actions concerning dating.

Communities Directory: A Guide to Intentional Communities and Cooperative for each community, including the location, founding date, number and gender of​.

In this essay, Julian Washio-Collette writes about how living in community has fostered his spiritual journey, moving him from individualism to solidarity. It will be the spirit of the time, and people will marvel that they have sat so long in darkness without seeing the light. Looking back, I can sense an interweaving of motivations at work. On the one hand, having lived through two parental divorces, I endured a shattering degree of relational disruption and instability.

No wonder that I longed for a life that was more relationally whole, stable, meaningful, dependable. Yet, instinctively, I also recognized a deeper level of fragmentation. As a family, broken as we were, we were further isolated by the modern social and economic structure of the nuclear family: we were consigned to our fourth of an acre as to a private kingdom, complete with all the technological conveniences to render good neighborliness and interdependence, and intimacy with the natural world virtually superfluous.

The idea of intentional community, then, spoke not only to my longing for relational wholeness, but also to the possibility of a radical restructuring of relationships and the stuff of life —work, education, leisure, culture, economics—to reflect a unity of values and purpose.

Foundation for Intentional Community

Intentional communities, utopian communities, communes, alternative communities, collectives, cooperatives, experimental communities, communal societies, and communitarian utopias are some of the more popular terms used to describe what many consider to be nonconventional living arrangements. The definitions of these terms vary from study to study but, for the most part, the term intentional community is broad enough to encompass all of those listed above.

These terms are often used interchangeably.

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This is a guide to terms you might hear in the polyamorous community. Some of the terms have definitions that are not clearly established or universally accepted, particularly with regards to terms used to describe various relationship styles. Where possible, I have tried to define such terms in ways that reflect all these different usages. Some of the terms in this glossary are used primarily in swinging; it should not be inferred from this that polyamory and swinging are the same thing.

Rather, there is enough crossover between the poly and swinging community that knowledge of some swinging terms is often helpful. The definitions given here, particularly of colloquialisms, reflect the usage I am most familiar with. Some terms contain commentary; anything following the word Commentary indicates my own experiences, interpretations, or views on a particular subject, and should not be assumed to be part of the formal definition of the word.

Some terms on this page are used by both the polyamorous and BDSM communities; these terms will take you to the appropriate entry in the BDSM glossary. ADULT BUFFET: Colloquial A specific type of group sex in which a group of consenting adults gets together for the purpose of sex, and each person in the group is free to have sex with any of the other members of the group he or she chooses.

Usage: Originated with the swinging community; uncommon outside it.

Discovering Solidarity

The Parkview House community, founded in and located right on the edge of Washington Park in Albany, New York, is home to around twenty-five people, many of them university students attending different schools in the Capital District. About Us : The population at our Parkview location includes families and children, as well as a number of young people attending Capital Region universities and Albany Medical College.

In addition to Albany Med, St. Several Parkview members work jobs in Albany to help support the community.

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I am stunned at how five Black women, in four different countries, across different time zones come together, in community, to discuss books and themes all connected through our different but shared experiences as Black women navigating society. Our lazily named Best Book Club was intentional on the membership being Black and non-Black racialized women from African countries reading books by other Black and non-Black racialized African authors.

There is something to be said about community, and being with others who have shared experiences is comforting, healing, and rejuvenating. Community is central to my life and wellbeing. I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria surrounded by family, friends and members of my community. I always had people and this cemented the feelings and benefits of having a network around.

Moving to Kingston in for work exposed me to the many challenges of making friends and creating community in adulthood, especially in a space lacking in representation of Black people and the ability gather, effortlessly. There are significant comforts and unsaid ways of being that come with being in spaces with other Black and brown folks that I have to let go of in my day-to-day life.

In many instances, I have not felt like myself and I continue to yearn for, crave, and create those communities where I can just be. This drew me to ponder the many ways in which members of marginalized groups create and maintain community, in-person and online. It is important to have a discussion around the need of spaces and communities that are centered around marginalized groups and especially dispel the notion that the creation of these spaces is sexist, racist, and exclusionary for members of the dominant culture s.

Safe Space , a term that is used often at the start of events, workshops, and sessions is a call to action to ensure that everyone in that space feels safe, is not exposed to harm, and, hopefully, is protected if safety is not met. The concept of safe spaces is contested because, among other reasons, how can organizers really ensure safety.

The uncertainty around guaranteeing a safe space can be attributed to the systems of oppression that exist within those spaces.

Intentional Communities: Cohousing & More

In the big open kitchen, a few residents make themselves a bowl of cereal or cook up some eggs for breakfast, while others give a quick goodbye as they leave for work. Someone takes a peek into the washing machine to see if it’s free. It’s a common scene playing out in apartments across Chicago.

Why live in an intentional community? For Julian Washio-Collette, it’s about discipleship, transformation, and solidarity.

Recently opened by the Governor General Quentin Bryce, and featured in her final televised annual Christmas address to the nation in , Benambra is a unique social housing development made possible by the NDIS — the first so called intentional community to be designed and constructed in Australia. The project is the culmination of dogged determination, significant lobbying and great patience for close to a decade.

In effect the three young men and their carers are the first and indeed head tenants of Benambra, who have a say in which other residents might live in this innovative community. All dwellings benefit from excellent northern solar access with attractive private courtyards. Benambra incorporates 4 main dwellings types each designed for specific residents needs and each therefore having quite different layouts.

Nevertheless the development feels cohesive with a warm palette of materials, consistent roof lines and a distinctive entry portico detail common to all dwellings. The convenient location in Phillip is central to the three young men and their families and convenient for all other residents given its close proximity to Woden Town Centre and public transport. It is anticipated that this might be the first of many similar communities across Australia underpinned by the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Gina was born with cerebral palsy, so she knew how to work with her physical limitations, but she had no idea how to handle the negative thoughts and feelings she experienced. Taylor first noticed mental health symptoms when she started to experience confusion while at home and work. On the outside she was fine, but on the inside, she was depressed and anxious. Only later did she realize her mental health had been getting worse over the past few years. As her depression and anxiety got worse, she struggled through each day.

I lost my job and my apartment and ended up in the hospital.

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By Jeffrey Kluger. A dinner with friends would be nice; so would a yoga class or a shared movie and a good long talk. At one place in Syracuse, all of that happens on those long snow-filled nights. The 27 residents couples are welcome live together — but only sort of — in private apartments that are, once you step outside your door, un-private too. In cities and towns across the U. An intentional community is a very different beast from the more familiar planned communities , which can be big, unwieldy things — hundreds or thousands of families living on small parcels across hundreds of acres of land.

While there may be some common facilities — a swimming pool or golf course or community lake — the communities are really just villages writ large or cities writ small, easy places to be anonymous. Intentional communities, by contrast, are intimate: a couple dozen apartments or single-family homes, built around central squares or common spaces.

There are currently 7. Vivek Murthy, former U. Surgeon General.

Rethinking safe spaces through intentional community building

Josie Kearns is a year-old queer, polyamorous, white, trans woman living in Chicago. She has been married for 12 years and also has a long-term girlfriend. Josie: I started exploring it about five years ago. My wife and I had been married monogamously for seven years prior to that, and after we read Sex at Dawn , a book on non-monogamy, together and decided it fit us.

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A dream where fast food means popping cherry tomatoes and green beans from the garden in your mouth. A dream where work means spending a day weeding, harvesting, planting in the garden or helping build a strawbale home that runs on solar power. Where work means building our own town and making a small place on this earth to truly call home.

This work means building relationships and creating a tight, supportive community in this vast, disconnected world. Maybe this dream sounds familiar to you. There are thousands of communities made up of people like this all across the globe. They are not fanatical cults or hippies lost in time, they are hard-working groups of people. What are these, you ask? Most, though not all, share land or housing.

“Dating With Purpose”