Columbia Ecovillage, part 2 — Shaping a Life Together (232)

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What's it like, living in an urban ecovillage? Barbara Ford finds that this size community enables people to contribute while doing what they love. Dennis Karas and his wife had to adjust to noise levels with more children around, but enjoy having many friends with shared … [Read more...]

Columbia Ecovillage, part 1 – From Apartments to Community (231)

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What if you could turn an apartment complex into a houseful of friends? Joe and Pam Leitch did. They purchased the apartments adjoining their farmhouse in metropolitan Portland, with the vision of creating an intentional community. While retrofitting the apartments to … [Read more...]

Dignity Village – A Community By and For the Homeless, part 2 (224)

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"No violence. No theft. No drugs or alcohol. No constant disruptive behavior. Everyone must contribute to the village." While finishing our tour, Jon Hawkes lays out the five agreements residents must abide by, all forged by real-world experience. What would it be … [Read more...]

Dignity Village – A Community By and For the Homeless, part 1 (223)

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"Anybody can come through our gates 8 am-10 pm and use all of our facilities. We have hot showers, a telephone, free computers internet-ready, our commons, offices, [and a free store of donated items.] Anybody has access to this." Tour guide Jon Hawkes highlights this … [Read more...]

Best of 2011 – Pushing the Boundaries (vol 1)

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Our top choices from the 2011 Peak Moment TV conversations (volume 1 of 2). The Vegetarian Myth, Lierre Keith How the West Has Won, Derrick Jensen Awakening the Village Heart and Mind, Brandy McPherson Portable House, Simple Life, Dee Williams Four conversations, … [Read more...]

Awakening the Village Heart and Mind (206)

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From their "Zero Mile Meal Eatery" to zoning and financing innovations, O.U.R. Ecovillage in BC, Canada has paved the way for many communities worldwide. For Brandy Gallagher, the story on the planet right now could be a shared ethos of caring: "Everyone is fed. Everyone is … [Read more...]

Fences Down! Fostering Community in an Urban Neighborhood (179)

Gardens replace driveways, a chicken coop replaces a garage, and personal relationships are deepening. Meet the residents of three adjoining houses, who removed the fences and talk about shared projects (and their one auto!), meals together, ecological living, and treasured … [Read more...]

Columbia Ecovillage: Accomplishing the Impossible

Monday, August 16, 2010. When you turn into the driveway from the busy four-lane thoroughfare, you're greeted by trees and flowers within the central parking lot and in front of the surrounding warm-colored apartments. It's an oasis of lush green biodiversity, a … [Read more...]

Fences Down: Creating Community in the City

Friday, August 13, 2010. We taped an engaging show with about a half-dozen members of a residential community formed between three adjoining houses in southeast Portland. The fence in between two parcels had been torn down, and a concrete driveway broken into chunks and used … [Read more...]

Exploring Sustainable Living at Aprovecho Center

Friday August 6, 2010. We set out to tape an overview show of Aprovecho Center, and found such richness that we taped enough for three. Land stewards Tao Orion and Abel Kloster provided background to the center. Aprovecho has been on this 40 acres of land since the early … [Read more...]