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The Tree of Life Collective (TLC) is a nonprofit workers collective of artists in Montpelier, VT that works to “create social change around the principles of bioregionalism, social ecology, and spiritual resonance with the Earth”. TLC is offering a opportunity to learn jewelry making techniques in titanium, a reactive metal that changes color when anodized. The intern will also have an opportunity to make a liveable income in a non-hierarchical environment and contribute to social projects. For more information, read the Tree of Life Artist Internship flyer then contact contact TLC.


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The Dreamtime Festival is a collaborative festival in Paonia, Colorado that combines the educational aspects of a conference and tradeshow with the celebratory aspects of music, dance, theatre, film and and visual art. With live performances by world-class bands, workshops on themes of sustainability, personal development, individual and social responsibility, holistic healing and gift economy, participants in Dreamtime Festival “dream the future together, and create a magical and unforgettable experience that serves ourselves and the world.”

The festival runs July 19-22, 2007 and tickets can be purchased through the Dreamtime website. To learn more visit the Dreamthefuture tribe.

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The cooperative is a resident-owned housing model that has been successful since the first housing cooperative in the late 1800s (NAHC, 2007). In a cooperative, residents own shares (their apartments) and a corporation (a nonprofit or for-profit organization formed by the resident-owners) owns the apartment building. Together the the resident-owners and corporation make operating decisions about their community.

Below is a quick comparison chart that compares cooperative ownership against renting, single family home ownership, and condo ownership

Types Cooperative Rental Single Family Condominium
Ownership The residents are shareholders in a corporation that owns the property. Owning a share entitles you to occupy a unit. Tenants own nothing. On expiration of lease, tenants may be forced to vacate. Owners acquire individual title to their dwellings and yard. Unit “airspace” owned by individual, plus an undivided share of common elements.
Monthly Cost Members pay the Co-op for their share of the actual operating cost, building mortgage, and real estate taxes, based on the non-profit operation of entire community. Tenants pay rent specified in lease. Owner must make his or her purchases of whatever is needed, often at higher retail costs. Owner makes mortgage and tax payments to lender. Same as cooperative, except mortgage payments and taxes are paid directly to the lender.
Move-in Cost New members buy their share in the cooperative and also pay the first monthly charge in advance. Usually one month’s rent is paid as a security deposit, plus the first month’s rent. Purchaser must buy the property, usually with a mortgage with a down payment of at least 5% and closing costs of 3% or more. Same as single family, plus first month’s condo fee and often a “contribution to capital” of 1-2 months’ fee.
Community Control Co-op resident members elect their board of directors, which decides all policy matters. The Board usually sets up several committees to help run the community. Renters usually have no voice at all in establishing and maintaining community standards. Individual owners have no jurisdiction over their neighbors. Condo owners, like cooperatives, elect a board of directors.
Community Service Co-ops provide a natural base for service and activity desired by its members. Provided at discretion of landlords. On your own. Condos similar to co-ops, unless limited by state law.
Federal Tax Benefits to Individuals Your share of mortgage interest and real estate taxes are deductible on personal income tax return. No benefit. Mortgage interest and real estate taxes are deductible on personal income tax return. Mortgage interest and real estate taxes are deductible on personal income tax return.

chart: NAHC


National Association of Housing Cooperatives, http://www.coophousing.org/about_nahc.shtml

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Permaculture is a word coined by Dr. Bill Mollison (an Australian scientist) and David Holmgren (an Australian ecologist) in 1974; it’s a portmanteau word formed from the words PERMAnent agriCULTURE. Permaculture uses nature’s patterns to intentionally design sustainable human habitats where community development, housing, technology, energy, and food production are logically integrated in a way that is mutually beneficial for the earth and its inhabitants.

The permaculture movement is a lifestyle ethic utilized by people all around the world and it is most active in Australia, the United Kingdom, and in the United States.

For more information about permaculture, visit Seattle Permaculture Guild



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