Report on NICA East West Panel, Sept 1, 2011

On Thursday, September 1, 2011, NICA hosted its 3rd panel presentation at the East West Bookshop at 6500 Rossevelt Way NE Seattle. About 30 people attended. The topic was

Intentional Communities: Models for Sustainable Living. Our goal was to share with people some of the many benefits of community living, and how examples of a saner, more sustainable lifestyle are now being developed in communities, and that many of these developments hold the promise of benefits that can spread in the wider community as well.

The panel consisted of :

  • Phil Noterman and Helen Gabel from New Earth Song in Bothell;
  • Larry Rider from the Ananda Community of Lynnwood;
  • Jonathan Betz-Zall from Bright Morningstarin Seattle, and
  • Francis Parks from Duwamish Co-Housing in Seattle.

In addition to briefly describing their communities, panelists shared examples from their life in community on such topics as simple living and shared resources; sharing food growing and meals; a sense of belonging and creative participation; and more satisfying models of leadership and decision-making.

There was a wide range of questions from the audience, sharing their own stories and asking questions of the panelists. From these questions there was a sense among the panelists that the interest in intentional community is growing as people become more concerned about the need for more sustainable lifestyles.

Videos available from Hope for a Better World Panel Discussion

Video segments from the Hope for a Better World panel discussion, hosted by NICA at East West Bookshop, October 13, 2010, are now available on the nwcommunities Youtube site.

Communities represented on this panel included Bright Morning Star, Ananda Community Lynnwood, Jackson Park Co-housing, and Sherwood Co-op.

Each community provided an introduction as well as a reflection on specific benefits of living in intentional community, such as Satisfying Relationships, Harmonious Living, Shared Resources, and Cooperation.

Here are a few samples:



The entire playlist can be viewed here.

And the playlist from the previous Panel Discussion (Models for Sustainable Living) can be viewed here.

Thanks to all who participated.

Five communities and sustainable living: Video selections from recent panel discussion

Here are the community introductions by panel members at the recent “Intentional Communities: Models of Sustainable Living” event, hosted by East West Bookshop, March 10, 2010.  Additional selections, as well as a the complete video of the entire event, will be released soon.

Visit the Ravenna Kibbutz Web site.

Visit the Songaia Web site.

Visit the Ananda of Seattle Community Web site.

Visit the Sherwood Co-op Web site.

Visit the Twin Oaks Web site.

Nearly 60 people attend East West Bookshop Panel on Intentional Communities, Models for Sustainable Living

Terrific event last night, graciously hosted by East West Bookshop, with nearly 60 in attendance, including representatives from several intentional communities, including the Port Townsend EcoVillage and Clearwater Commons. If you attended on behalf of a community and I missed naming it, add it below in comments–we were so glad to have you there!

This is a very brief overview of what happened–the event was videotaped and we will post excerpts as soon as they become available.

Panelists, including Neal Schindler (Ravenna Kibbutz), Nancy Lanphear (Songaia Cohousing Community), Syd Fredrickson (speaking about her experience at Twin Oaks), Larry Ryder (Ananda Community), and Helen Bennett (Sherwood Co-op), shared their reflections on the material, emotional and spiritual benefits of living in intentional communities, and added their own personal thoughts on how they decided to join one.

The Q&A session following the formal presentations included key questions like economic support, the impact of the recession, how communities deal with difficult residents, whether pets are allowed, decision making processes, and opportunities for people to explore living in an intentional community before actually making the leap.

Susan Gleason of YES Magazine was present and “live-tweeted” the discussion. You can get a flavor of the discussion on her Twitter profile (scan to her entries for March 10).

Thanks to all who made this event possible, particularly new NICA Board member Larry Ryder for helping set up the event at East West Bookstore, bookstore staff, our panelists (including another new NICA Board member, Neal Schindler), and Syd Fredrickson for skillfully moderating the discussion.