Who I am:
I’m a voracious reader who sees the world the way that it is and the way that it could be. I’m interested in a diverse number of things, including science, spirituality, social change, personal growth, human relationships, simple living, compost, soil, resiliency, eco-building projects, intentional communities, and especially lots of different forms of systems thinking (including complexity theory, ecology, and permaculture–and, of course, community as a system). I believe that it’s all connected. I’ve been trying to live what I read and I sometimes talk about ‘rebuilding the world from the ground up’. I see community building as a part of that.
I’m a long time community person who has helped create an urban income sharing community in the 1990s, has lived in three different Boston area co-ops and maintains ties to all of them, and recently has been part of several attempts to form community in Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York–and have, hopefully, learned something from each. I have a couple of blogs, one of which I’ve been writing on for six and a half year and have written nearly four hundred posts, the other a loose, silly tale about a fictional community in an unnamed Green Mountain state that I’ve been cranking out in weekly chapters. I’m a geek of sorts, a freak of sorts, a lover of people, and a believer in a better world.
Why I’m helping out with Point A:
Two reasons: one, I am interested in helping with community building in any way that I can, and especially building income sharing communities, and two, as I said, I helped build an urban income sharing community in the 90s, and I’d love to do it again. Also, my not-so-secret-agenda is that if we can get an NYC community up and running, I’d really like to be part of building one in Boston (which is what I’ve been working on for the last thirty years)–and become a long-term part of that.
I’m currently living in the Ganas community on Staten Island in and working more closely with Point A New York City to create new communities in the largest city in the US.