of service to community
© AMBER, Intentional Seattle, MCDM, Cohort 12
I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of ’intentional communities’- groups of people that formally create a community to share resources and live in a way that reflects their common values and beliefs. Now more than ever, as the economy atrophies, food prices soar, and infrastructures break down, the practice of ‘intentional community’ is critical: it is up to us to find the solutions, locally, that larger society can no longer provide.
Washington State has more intentional communities than anywhere in the country. From radical anarchists squats, off-the-grid eco-villages, to intergenerational urban communes and self-sustainable housing cooperatives, I want to explore as many of these living solutions as possible, and find out if something like this is right for me. I plan to visit some local intentional communities and document my experiences there- to dig into what makes intentional communities work (or not work, for that matter).
Peppered between these stories and personal experiences will be little seeds of knowledge I come across about how to get closer to the kind of lifestyle I moved out here to find. One in which I feel empowered to live by my values of respecting nature, forming community, and finding alternative ways to contribute to a local and fair economy.
Amber brings her East coast, reality check sensibility to exploring the idea of intentional communities. Check her blog for updates in the days and weeks to come, and take her brief quiz to get started on the road to living more intentionally.