We are a group of academic staff from several disciplines with an interest in intentional communities. We are currently organising a series of events and activities including:
•An inter-disciplinary lunchtime seminar series
•A symposium to bring together people living in intentional communities, researchers, developers, policy makers, housing associations and others to learn about the barriers to new communities and how they can be overcome here in Wales. (hyperlink to click here for more box)
•Working with social landlords in Wales to develop a better understanding amongst the sector, and to encourage innovative approaches to housing and community.
•Developing a research based 'tool-kit' that can be used by new groups to help avoid pitfalls. This is not a meant as a practical guide (these are already available) but as a guide to better understanding some of the barriers so that they can be avoided/dealt with at an early stage.
•Developing a body of research to better understand aspects such as:
•Why people choose to join communities / and why they choose not to
•Understanding the decision making process and governance
•Issues of power - the 'formers' (people who initiate and carry through) and 'joiners' (people who join existing communities)
•Are people influenced by utopian literature?
•What are the signs / indicators that a conceptual community will develop into a reality. This may include following embryonic groups as they progress)
•Do communities move through distinct stages and phases?
•Are intentional communities different according to different cultures – Japan? America? (or is the very nature of 'stepping out of the norm' a normalising process across continents – the 'global' village')
•Decision making within Intentional Communities? At every stage – does it change / mature. Are there critical stages for this, does the way decision making happen indicate the progress of the community?
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- Location: Cardiff, Wales, UK, United Kingdom
Symposium 2016 The Intentional Communities Research and Enterprise group will be hosting their second symposium entitled 'Intentional Communities – Living the Good Life' on the theme of sustainability and low impact living. The day will consist of presentations from academics and researchers with expertise in the field, a series of themed workshops from practitioners, and culminating in a panel discussion where you will have the opportunity to put your questions to a panel made up of … Read more