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Twin Oaks Communities Conference
Labor Day Weekend, Aug 29 – Sept 1, 2014
Preparations are underway for the 2014 Communities Conference, and registration is open.
You can look forward to some improvements to the conference site. In addition to an upgraded kitchen we’ve purchased 4 geodesic domes for use as workshop locations and general rain-proof hang-out space.
As of mid-April we raised $6,000 to rebuild the kitchen at the conference site, including a $1,000 contribution from the Federation of Egalitarian Communities. Over 50 individuals contributed to the campaign; yay for crowdfunding! Twin Oaks matched the amount, giving us a budget of $12,000 to work with. This will allow us to do the minimum needed for this project, but is several thousand less than we’d hoped for.
Tax-deductible donations can still be made through the Fellowship for Intentional Community: look for the Donate button on the right-hand sidebar at the Communities Conference website.
Theme: Radical Resource Sharing
Sharing is no secret. It’s well known that sharing can make your life better, whether it’s from an economic, social, or environmental perspective. But sharing is daring. It requires trust. It requires communication. It requires a whole set of skills and attitudes not taught to us in our hyper-individualized, capitalist economy.
In the mainstream economy sharing is inconvenient, discouraged, or even illegal. Community is about sharing. It’s about changing to notion of ownership from one of control to one of access. Its about the systems and the culture that make sharing possible and make it a force that can solve the biggest problems facing the world today.
More exciting Conferences!
While you’re making plans to come to the Twin Oaks Communities Conference you should also plan on attending two other important events. The Farm in Tennessee is having its conference on Community and Sustainability May 23 – 25. The US Federation of Worker Co-operatives is hosting it’s bi-annual National Conference the next weekend, May 30 – Jun 1, in Chicago.
The Communities Conference at the Farm is a unique opportunity to tour Green Homes of all types, learn about Alternative Education, Conflict Resolution, Land Trusts, Midwifery and much more.
The Worker Co-op Conference will bring together the U.S.’s leading lenders, funders, educators, and businesses supporting the cooperative economy.