An intentional community is a group of people who have chosen to live or work together in pursuit of a common ideal or vision. An ecovillage is a
village-scale intentional community that intends to create, ecological, social, economic, and spiritual sustainability over several generations.
Creating a Life
Together is the only resource available that provides step-by-step, practical "how-to" information on how to launch and sustain a successful ecovillage or intentional
community. Through anecdotes, stories, and cautionary tales about real communities, and by profiling seven successful communities in depth, the book examines "the successful 10
percent" and why 90 percent fail; the role of community founders; getting a group off to a good start; vision and vision documents; decision-making and governance; agreements;
legal options; finding, financing, and developing land; structuring a community economy; selecting new members; and communication, process, and dealing well with conflict.
Sample vision documents, community agreements, and visioning exercises are included, along with abundant resources for learning more.
The 19 Steps: How People Typically Start a Community - LONG VERSION
The community is not "finished" with Step 19, of course, but continues through time , as an ever-evolving learning process of creating the physical, economic, and social/cultural/spiritual infrastructure. Here are more details about each step or process:
Any of you may sell, mortgage, or give your ownership interest in the property to anyone you wish — someone who isn't a community member — and the new owner becomes the new Tenant in Common with the rest of you. Any disgruntled community member can force the sale of the property to get his or her money out.