Introduction: Creating a Life Together; The Successful Ten Percent And why Ninety Percent Fail; Your Role as Founder; Getting Off to a Good Start; Community Vision: What It Is, Why You Need It; Creating Vision Documents; Power, Decision-Making, and Governance; Agreements & Policies: "Good Documents Make Good Friends"; Establishing Your Legal Entity; The Great Land-Buying Adventure; Finding the Right Property; Neighbours and Zoning; Financing Your Property (Loans You Can Live with); Developing Sustainable Human Settlements; Internal Community Finances (Can we Afford to Live There?); Legal Entities for Owning Property; If You Are Using a Tax-Exempt Non-Profit; Communication, Process, and Dealing with Conflict: The Heart of Healthy Community; Selecting People to Join You; Index.
Everything you need to know to create an intentional community from scratch
Besides editing Communities magazine since 1993, Diana Leafe Christian offers workshops nationwide in the USA on the process of forming new ecovillages and intentional communities. She is a member of Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.