So, I am working on a framework for an Intentional Community. This community would be both physical and virtual. The physical part would consist of a number of families living on a common piece of ground, but in separate dwellings. The community would own the land and buildings. The land would be leased by the community from the land owner and the buildings leased by the individual families from the community.
For example, say I owned 100 acres. I might lease it to a community of folks who wanted to live on it. They then might identify, using permaculture principals, a dozen home sites, each on about an acre, but with the living structures fairly close together so they can share grey water management, fresh water distribution, solar power generation, etc. On the one acre each family leased, they would be free to do anything they wanted, limited only by the lease from the original landowner, who might stipulate that only x amount of hardwood could be harvested per year or that permanent infrastructure, such as roads, had to have his approval. For the rest of the property, it would be joint use by the community. So, if 2 families wanted to start a vineyard and produce their own label of wine, they might propose the idea to the community that several acres on a southern slope be allotted to them for a vineyard. The community would sell them a license to operate a vineyard. Another member of the community, seeing the cut vine clippings from the vineyard, might want to make some grape vine furniture and offer to buy or trade with the vineyard owners for the clippings to use to make furniture to sell. Another member might offer to rent from the vineyard owners some of the cleared ground below the vineyard, which would be wetter than normal from the soil improvements of the vineyard, to grow micro-greens for the local organic market.
There are many other aspects. The community might start a homeschool co-op, even making a little money by allowing those outside the small community to take advantage of coming onto the property, guest teachers, etc. This would also become a form of outreach, to spread the ideas of permaculture, spiritual development, homeschooling, etc.
There are a lot of issues that come from that. Issues of how we live in community, sustainability, conflict resolution, spiritual formation, and many others.
But, what do y’all think of the basic idea?