Share the Wealth: Envisioning Intentional Communities

We, Penny Smith and Tony Albrecht, recently visited a number of intentional communities, which provides the jumping-off point for this week’s Share the Wealth. We will share our pictures, stories, and takeaways from six different communities of people trying to live in harmony with each other and the Earth. Some of the questions we will wrangle:

  • What does it look like to provide your own food and shelter and why does it even matter?
  • What is an intentional community?
  • Hippies?
  • Could most of today’s problems be the result of isolation and lack of real community?
  • Can we really do no harm to other people or creatures in the modern world?
  • Is it possible to live without electricity and not immediately descend into an abyss of crippling boredom?
  • I’m supposed to poop in what hole?

Join us this Sunday 1 December
at Josh and Laura’s house, 6312 W. Park, St. Louis, MO 63139.
Potluck starts at 6, and discussion begins at 6:45.
We have bigger houses but smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense;
more knowledge but less judgment;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicines but less healthiness.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble in crossing the street to meet our new neighbor.
We built more computers to hold more copies than ever,
But have less real communication;
We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;
Tall men but short characters;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It’s a time when there is much in the window,
But nothing in the room.
–Authorship unknown


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