Conference Theme: Thriving, Not Just Surviving – Fiscal Health in Community
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Diana Leafe Christian, author of Creating a Life Together
Taking off from last year’s theme of economic justice, we are organizing this year’s topics around the subject of equitable and sustainable income and affordability. We have workshops…
Workshop topics and speakers include:
– Financially feasible ways to start Community and ongoing affordability
– Organizing for affordability in less able neighborhoods
– Intentional Business (IB): Kinds of businesses that may be suitable with Intentional Community
– A look at Worker Cooperatives (Collectives)
– Fairness of equitable effort: Everyone pulling their own weight while respecting those less able
– Balancing Intra (local) Economy and Extra (global) Economy
– Alternative Trade Systems: LETS, TimeBank, HourWorld, etc.
– Sources of Funding
The event will be held near Escondido, CA, off Highway 15 between Los Angeles and San Diego.
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Community founders and other experts in cohousing and other kinds of intentional communities in California will share what works well, especially in community financial and economic health.
Diana Leafe Christian’s keynote address will be on “Recipe for a Thriving Community: Establishing an Internal Economy with Social Enterprises, Community Labor Systems, and More.”
Workshop presenters include Lois Arkin, founder of Los Angeles Eco-Village and longtime ecovillage activist; FIC Executive Director and longtime Twin Oaks Community member Sky Blue; cohousing activists Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris; and Jonah Mesritz, superstar expert on finding and financing community property and cofounder of Emerald Village Ecovillage.
Panel discussions of experts on healthy communities, and on community financing, and Diana Leafe Christian’s breakout workshop on Sociocracy for cohousing and other kinds of intentional communities.
Call for Volunteers: Help make this year’s event even better. There are several roles we can use help with. People are needed for registration, volunteer coordination, website administration, among others. Those who would like to get involved or for more information, please contact:
Contact Us: Conference Email; Conference FaceBook Page; South-West Intentional Community Alliance (SWICA) website; SWICA Email
Organized by SWICA – South West IC Alliance,
Fellowship for Intentional Community
Terra Madre Gardens
Sustainable Living Institute
Werner Kontara (949) 551-2800
Steve Fuji, SWICA Committee Head – (505) 715-1418