Intentional Community

25 Nov 2014

Living in Community

in Commonwealth, Deep Wealth, Intentional Community, Lifestyle, Social Contracts

Youth sitting in a tight circle with their feet together.I’ve pretty much always lived in community. Except for when living in my camper or a tent, I’ve never really had a home to myself, I’ve always had family, community, roommates, housemates, or some variant like that.

In fact, there are only brief moments that I grasp the allure of the solitude of living alone. I experience it when I go out in nature, or want to have large windows of uninterrupted time to focus, create or work. But as a lifestyle, there feels like a certain kind of poverty to living alone.

It is my experience, that true wealth is not a function of the amount of stuff you can cram into your house, or the quality of that stuff, or having a big number in your bank account in case you need some of that stuff. True wealth, or maybe I should say Deep Wealth, is a function of relationships.

24 Nov 2014

Building with the Earth

in Building, Campus, Intentional Community

A couple weeks ago, I started thinking about assembling a campus for Emerging Leader Labs, Agile Learning Centers, MetaCurrency and various other cool projects. I was looking at a site with a lot of facilities (127 bedrooms (sleeps 400), conference center commercial kitchen with 200 person dining room, etc.) and thinking about the projects we’d want to have around to retrofit these buildings to be energy efficient and maintainable.

I started thinking about what it would take to just build a campus that way to start with and it seemed like it would take a ridiculous long time with ridiculous expense… But the notion kind of haunted me.


I started looking into Compressed Earth Blocks which can typically be made from dirt right on site, are stronger than the specs for concrete block, have open source plans for a block-maker, etc. It started to look like for the cost of a few thousand dollars, we could make the structure of buildings from merely what is already on site and free. When structured correctly, walls can be super-insulated and built without mortar or cement.

That set me to thinking about the roof framing and the possibilities of a portable glulam machine which might make beams from scrap wood & brush cleared from the site as well.

Suddenly, the notion of building a campus started seeming more feasible.

08 Nov 2014

Conscious Culture Creation and the Community Mastery Board

in Collective Intelligence, Culture, Intentional Community, Social DNA

A lot of my endeavors revolve around creating an intentional and powerful community or social fabric which serves as the foundation for building other value. Some time in my 20s, I realized: “So what if I do all sorts of great and powerful things… The real juicy and surprising things happen when I create with others, and I even often get to surprise myself.”