Longing to Belong: Looking for Your Tribe? part 2 (309)


Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan, co-authors of We Need Each Other: Building Gift Community, modeled the tribe-forming process on fraternal lodges like Elk and Oddfellows. It begins with a champion, one or two people who establish the tribe's values. The champion invites others … [Read more...]

A “New Tribe Training” Transforms Our Lives

Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan generously hosted us and our mobile studio in their driveway

What would it be like to be part of a group of deep friends who live nearby — people committed to being there for one another come what may, building intimacy and trust over the years? Having a community of friends who live in their own homes but are committed to staying in … [Read more...]

Longing to Belong: Looking for Your Tribe? part 1 (308)


"If you look at our DNA, we're meant to be connected…. You can take people out of the tribe, but you can't take the tribe out of the people." Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan share a model for community where people live in their own homes located "roughly within biking distance." … [Read more...]

Visit McCaskill Street — Forging Community through Resource Sharing (297)


It all started with neighbors meeting to save money and share information around energy, water, food and more. It has grown into shared projects, shared tools and deepened friendships. Residents joined brushes to paint a wall mural with unique neighborhood themes, … [Read more...]

What Goes Around Comes Around at the Bicycle ReCyclery (295)


Behind us, people of all ages are fixing and assembling bikes. It's shop day at the Jefferson County (Washington) ReCyclery. Founder Chauncey Tudhope-Locklear and Board President Kees Kolff explain how opportunities exploded when the Recylery became a non-profit … [Read more...]

Local Currency — Money for Us, Not the Bankers (292)


"Back in the 1930s on the Olympic peninsula, people were paying their taxes in alternative money…The banks shut them down. This is an example of the monopoly the banks have, and the level of control they have over peoples' economic lives… People need to know [local currency] … [Read more...]

The Sharing Economy – By the People, For the People (281)


"If you want to change something, don't attack the existing reality. Instead, build a new model that makes the old one irrelevant." Quoting Buckminster Fuller, David Van Seters believes the sharing economy will help make the current dysfunctional economy obsolete. Sharing is … [Read more...]

Not Food, No Eat


We visited Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns at Monroe Sharing Gardens to see the 130-year-old farmhouse they've transformed into a warm and happy house over the past year. While we chopped fresh veggies, Llyn mentioned visiting a household living in noticeable poverty. There … [Read more...]

Fed by Friends


Support for Peak Moment TV takes many forms. Yesterday I shared in a veggie bounty harvested by Patricia Parcells. I walked a few hundred feet down the road to the huge garden she shares with Christine Robin (their land also hosts the Sunrise Community garden). We cut … [Read more...]

A Neighborly Neighborhood


There's a lot of talk about getting to know your neighbors—to work on projects and share goods, tools and expertise. It's a social investment for harder times or emergencies, to feel more secure, and/or to enjoy the convivality. Here's a neighborhood in south Corvallis, near … [Read more...]