If we are honest with ourselves, we are just guessing. Guessing what it will take to start new communities and especially what it will take to start new income sharing communities in NYC. What we do know is that we are making lots of friends and allies and there are a bunch of people who are willing to help, or listen and consider these wild schemes.
We know that there are not many other groups who are doing the community promotional work we are doing, and the handful of events we have organized since the beginning of the year seem to have had a disproportionate effective – jump starting forming communities which were stalled in their launch, recruiting new people to existing NYC communities, deep advising and support for communities which are going through restructuring.
It is not the work we thought we were going to be doing, but it is quite satisfying and important work. [The current Point A collective has decided not to chase the much hyped “sharing economy” as our Plan B if we can’t start new communities soon]
What we are guessing this month is Community Matchmaking is the trick. We have not yet figured out if we are going to do a speed dating-like thing – or just stick to the more conventional “meet the communities” open market place of projects (after each gives a one minute self reflective presentation or some other format).
We are returning to the BUZ on Saturday Oct 18th to network, educate, discuss and debate intentional communities in the New York City metro area. We are hoping to hit at several different aspects of community life including: children/families. supporting activism, enabling sustainable living, sharing work and living space.
And we are looking for presenters (though we already have some in-city ringers lined up) for workshops. And of course, we are especially seeking seekers. People who do not yet have community but are seeking it are encouraged to attend.
Further Event Information:
This is a networking and educational event for people who are looking for intentional community or are forming new ones as well as residential communities seeking new members. People interested in supporting collectives in the city, but not necessarily living at one, are also welcome.
A collection of workshops and interactive events will assist participants in finding allies and guides to living more collectively. We understand how difficult it is to live cooperatively in and around the city. Yet there are important examples and opportunities for people interested in activism, sustainability, collective child care and education and shared living and working spaces.
10 to noon Pot Luck Brunch – informal discussion and networking
12:30 to 6PM Workshops, community presentations, structured networking.
This event is hosted by the Point A project (see www.FromPointA.org)
Cost: Sliding Scale $5 to $10 – no one refused for lack of funds.
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