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Intentional Community (IC) is a way of sharing housing and resources with people who share similar values. The IC model presents a significant opportunity to reduce living costs and pollution intake and output. For these two reasons alone, IC should be one of the most attractive living models for communities of color, which generally experience poverty and environmental injustice in greater numbers than European-Americans (Heiman, 1996) .

But because of some of the preconceived ideas about IC, and because of the traditional values held by many people of color, many intentional communities have a difficult time attracting and retaining people of color.

This Ain’t Your Momma’s Hippie Commune

One of the commonly held preconceived notions about IC in traditional communities of color is that intentional community is just a dressed-up, 21st century concept for old-style, 1960s-era hippie communes where white folks with long-hair do recreational drugs and refuse to bathe. Because of the global dispersion of intentional communities, there are a wide range of communites reflecting a variety of living styles including IC communities with all the amenities of urban living such as high-speed internet, e-mail, public transportation, and cable television. (more…)


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Once a week for the past two weeks SEV posted ads on Seattle Craig List to let people know about the project, and to either find likeminded people to get involved or to find an emerging community that SEV can merge with. Both weeks we got positive responses from people but on the first week the feedback seemed to indicate that people thought this project was already completed and all they need to do was move in.

The second week SEV clarified the ad to emphasize that SEV is a grassroots, emerging ecovillage. We got a promising result from another grassroots co-housing project, and SEV is in the process of communicating with them.

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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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