Sometimes people make me so mad I want to retreat from the world, but I know I am a better person when I embrace people and often find myself seeking out a sense of community. Community means different things to different people and a few weeks ago we highlighted elements of a sustainable community. This week we are looking at some different models for living and hope they inspire you to think about the community you are creating for yourself and others.
What is an Eco Village
It is amazing how many established eco-villages exist around the world. Some traditional, rural settings, taking steps to live off the grid, but more and more are in cities where people are choosing to live with intention incorporating the four pillars; social, culture, ecology and economy to regenerate their social and natural environments. Local participation is key as eco-villages transform over time. The Foundation for Intentional Community and Global EcoVillage Network offer directories and resources for more information.
What is a 15 Minute City
Growing up in NYC I took the concept of everything I need being within a 15 minute walk for granted most of my life. Urban sprawl has made people more and more dependent on their cars, but a resurgence in residential hubs where people can walk or bike to most necessities is having a positive impact on the way neighborhoods, towns and cities plan their growth. Social economic equity is more attainable when the cost of a car or in some cases more than one does not factor into your cost of living. Walking promotes a healthier lifestyle and also fosters a connection to your neighbors. Congress for the New Urbanism does a great job of defining 15 minute cities.
Multi-Generational Co-Living Communities
Homes with private and communal space are popping up everywhere. Maybe you created one and didn't even know it when you moved your aging parents into your home. Remember the dorm you lived in while at college or the three roommates you had in order to afford your first apartment. Cooperative living communities provide diversity and inclusivity for all ages and backgrounds. Check out Thrive Co-Living Communities, revitalizing abandoned spaces and incorporating environmentally friendly initiatives for a forward thinking sustainable lifestyle.
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