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In my world, Permaculture education and comedic Lesbian folk music are a luscious combination, like chocolate and peanut butter. Heathcote Community was founded in 1965 when Bill and Margaret Anacker, members of the School of Living, sold  a 37 acre parcel of their land to SoL as a headquarters for the magazine Green Revolution and as a  homesteading demonstration site. Now with Margaret passed on and Bill needing eldercare, the Anacker family is selling the 24 acre parcel on which Bill and Margaret homesteaded for so long. Besides songs that range from laugh out loud to tugging on your heartstrings, Jamie is adept at improving witty, thoughtful intros and stories.
One thing that is the same at Heathcote, my Intentional Community, as in the wider world is our tendency to over-schedule and over-commit. It’s a predictable comedy when we whip out our calendars at meetings and try to find a date for any outing, celebration or committee work.
Even as I shift my own projects, saying good bye to Open Classroom and selling off our fair trade retail venture Heathcote Earthings, my freed-up weekends have somehow gotten scheduled.
So…I had low expectations when I opened my Netflix in the Heathcote kitchen and announced to the random Heathcoters within earshot, “Hey, I have season one of The L-Word! In our tried and true process, we invite an applicant to visit for 21 days, either consecutively or over time. Note from Wren:  Karen Stupski and I attended some of the first organizational gatherings of Gaia University at The Farm in Tennessee several years ago. It’s been exciting to watch this university without walls attract more and more students and more sites each year.
If you were asked to pick one thing that might bring about major social, political, and economic change in this country, what would you pick? All groups, no matter what their mission or political philosophy, use some form of process to accomplish their work. The next step is the development of an organization which is non-hierarchical or egalitarian.
The last and most visible step towards revolutionary change in group process is the manner in which members of the group interact with each other. Order copies of his books, On Conflict & Consensus and Consensus for Cities on the above site.
IMC is a network of collectives, established in 1999 around the anti-WTO protests in Seattle.  Going to Dakar, IMC will be covering the World Social Forum, a series of events in answer to the capitalist World Economic Forum. During the 2011 Convergence, over 100 Africans, as well as members from South America, the US and Europe will experience consensus, as well as Open Space Technology, and possibly ZEGG Forum, an often emotional group process in which communities and their members view and get past some blocks that may interfere with their common work.
Now that our organizing structure has been adopted by the group, we need funding to make the trip. I became acquainted with GEO’s Michael Johnson through several ZEGG Forum facilitator trainings at Ganas Community. IMC organizers like Sphinx want to use the consensus community at the Convergence to inspire participants to go home and create a handful of sustained, working models of consensus in Africa. When I was in film school, instructors would admonish us to learn the rules first, then feel free to break them. Also, horizontal structures such as consensus are true paradigm shifts, not just changing Robert’s Rules of Order for Butler’s. So, as you might imagine, it is hugely important to the Dakar Indy Media Convergence that the architects of  the “body” be there to help community members discover the “soul” of their community’s process. If you should wish your contribution to be tax deductible, we can work through Indymedia’s finance committee, a non-profit. Thank you so much for partnering with us in this work that can help all groups deepen the difference they’re trying to make in the world.
After weeks of working long hours at the fairs, I got to reconnect with my tribe in a sweet way at last night’s hot tub party!
Our wood fired cob hot tub, with two beaver profiles sculpted at the firing end, was made as part of a workshop. Our regular hot tub parties are a shiny way to pamper ourselves and deepen our shared quality of life. In the deep darkness, while the moon was still tangled in the trees, I could only see my tribe members in silhouette. And now, the next morning, it is time for me to return to the retreat meetings, the head space and this specific moment.
I woke up in the Heathcote Mill Conference Center, lying on a couch in a ring of couches, a beach sized towel over me. I was staring at the blackboard, with the previous night’s business meeting agenda on it, and a easel with a large pad on it, opened to a list of visitor weekend work day projects and the names of volunteer supervisors. I moved my sleepy attention to the ceiling, pondering the plaster sun face sculpture there, with the hematite third eye. I had taken my cocktail with breakfast and prescription prilosec, given to head off stomach upset, and I continued with my day.
Considering that Western medicine had gotten me where I was, I was ready to cut that cord and let my body work it out at home.
As I breathed in healing and groaned out pain and stress, my body got clear that we wanted to expel something, one way or another.
All along the way, my community mates let me ask for what I needed and be in charge of my healing.
And the sunshiny room, and the chalkboard agenda, the circle of couches, and a cup of cold mint tea, sitting safely in the middle of a wooden folding chair, waiting for me. No Intentional Community can be a substitute for trained healthcare practitioners, nor can an Intentional Community take on all illnesses.
But being in Community, and falling ill, as we all do sometimes, I feel so blessed and held, not pampered or nursed in a passive way, but honored as the driver of my own body.
As I sit today, weak but researching alternative solutions to my lingering health issue, I reflect that the support and empowerment I got are more reasons that Intentional Community is more sustainable than the isolated, Western lifestyle that surrounds me. Lea Jones’ band, Swing States Road Show, had appeared at Heathcote Community as part of our house concert series.
It was great to get out and discover this intimate venue, One World Coffee House, which is put on by the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Columbia, Maryland, and held at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center. But with my commitment to simplicity, also known as subsistence, I have never seen my goddess in concert. Since then, I’ve indulged in a little musical guilty pleasure, because the price was right and it came in closer-to-eco-friendly cardboard packaging.
So at my sing along, my buddy John pulled a thing out of his pocket, the Troubador Reunion CD, in a cardboard cover, no less! Jamie Anderson, the singer-songwriter who is doing a benefit house concert at Heathcote Community on May 22, has a fun video biography on youtube. In the biography, she talks about how having a musician for a dad influenced her life’s path. My dad, Bill Dolen, was also a professional musician who played saxophone in the big band days. The weight of that sax in comparison to its new player was the ultimate killer of my musical career.
This poem is a character sketch for the dramatic climax of the comedy screenplay, My Second Simone. She has a chapter in Songwriting and the Guitar, a book that also includes Paul Simon, The Indigo Girls, Joni Mitchell and others. And stay tuned to Hippie Chick Diaries for more articles with links to Jamie’s songs and details about our silent auction and plant sales!
Finally I would get to go, represent Heathcote, market ZEGG Forum to Communities, network, play, eat, etc. Along came Mother Earth Harvest Fair, holding an organizing meeting on the same weekend, conflicting with a great gathering at which I could have marketed…Mother Earth Harvest Fair. And it only took until half way through dinner for Karen to warn me of her second thoughts.


Imagine if all your friends had to reach consensus on whether you and your sweetie(s) could move in together. I was electrified at the bold notion that our alternative culture could create higher education models that reflect our values and priorities. Whether or not you are planning to enroll, consider this Open House as a way to learn about alternatives you can promote to the next generation, or even people seeking a career change. Most people would pick their favorite issue; be it civil rights, demilitarization, environmental sustainability, or whatever.
A corresponding structure would include: participatory democracy, routine universal skill-building and information sharing, rotation of leadership roles, frequent evaluations, and, perhaps most importantly, equal access to power.
I’m writing for support of a project to train members of media cooperatives and collectives around the world in consensus decision-making and community building. Lawrence Butler and I have been working with organizers to structure an event leading up to 2011’s World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal. Lawrence Butler is co-founder of Food Not Bombs, the international network of local organizations feeding homeless and redistributing edible food that would otherwise go to waste. I’m Artist-in-Residence there, and am currently writing a book, Consensus for Kids, based on twenty-five years in alternative education and seven years designing and facilitating Heathcote’s Open Classroom.
IMC organizers are committed to members learning interpersonal communication and inclusive decision-making, as well as practical media skills, such as building radios and transmitters. We will also facilitate cultural sensitivity work to help the diverse community come together through understanding. And I’m excited that he and I are beginning to collaborate in helping worker-owned cooperatives continually develop their social technology skills, so that existing horizontal structures don’t have to revert to hierarchy, and so that all members can share power and be heard in decision-making. In the same way, consensus has a specific structure, or “body,” that should be learned, not because rules are rules, but because getting them deeply will inform your choices when you go to improvise. Over time practitioners shed old habits, assumptions and attachments  and form new curiosities, learning to trust the group.
We are asking for donations totaling $11,000 to fund our travel and facilitation efforts, as well as providing students with books. We are tackling the question of how to support our education programs while also maintaining Heathcote as a relaxing, safe home for our residential members. Last night, Paul tended the fire for several hours until the water temperature was just right. I noticed that I wanted to take some photographs but I knew my cameraphone wouldn’t have done those silhouettes justice.
I had been the facilitator last night and I briefly felt echoes of the dramas, connections and over-extendedness that strangers might or might not guess, looking at the chalk and marker words.
When Patty and the other volunteers had painted the Conference Center recently (oh, how it had needed it) they lovingly painted around the sculpture, great job. I was weak but I arrived at the Carriage House and plodded through filling ten freezer bags with the dry ingredients of the vegetarian dog food we make. I complained that I was starting to feel stomach upset and we commiserated about the limitations and Frankenstein mentality of mainstream Western healthcare.
Betsy brought the cool rag I asked for and I tried to relax enough to sit up again and get more tea.
I agreed with the suggestion that I lie on the couch and once I was there, my extremities were cool and tingly.
I woke up feeling weak but pain free, and loving my community that was willing to be a vehicle of my healing, and willing to let me drive.
I regularly meet people who hope living in Community will magically heal their mental illness or provide them with the caregiving they need for some chronic condition or disability. It took me back to my Kentucky roots, not fighting coal, but fighting for LGBT rights on Louisville’s Fairness Campaign. Then several community mates climbed the steep hill to my homestead, Hina Hanta, for more music, a sing along!
But when Carole and James announced their Troubadour Reunion Tour, with Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar and Russ Kunkel from their original band I said, this time! I loved the band bouncing between Carole and James’ very different arrangements of Up on the Roof. Even with the wheels, I so hated the burden of dragging Dad’s alto sax to and from my downtown alternative school that I took to leaving it in the band closet with all the other instruments. Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers.
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We’ve formed a fundraising committee and seek broad community support for bringing the Anacker land into the community. Jamie is a freelance writer whose articles and CD reviews have appeared in Acoustic Guitar, Curve, SingOut! Either the applicant or a Heathcoter can decide at any time that things don’t seem to be a match. If the Community rejects this applicant, they stand a good chance of losing an existing member, too.
Will Community members feel self conscious practicing consensus around him, or will they be resistant to his thoughts on our process, assuming that he expects us to do things his way? I have had good luck with GreenSingles… Whatever the case, along with the singles and couples interested in Heathcote, we also have partners coming to roost! Butler and I, along with a forming collective of facilitators, have been putting new language to the many paradigm shifts that help practitioners of consensus decision-making succeed in conducting meetings that reflect the egalitarian, non-violent, post-privilege world in which we want to live. Some people would choose a system of values to replace the capitalism system such as socialism or the Ten Key Values of the Greens. It is telling that in our society, there are opposing groups, with very different perspectives and values, which have identical structures and techniques for interaction and decisionmaking.
It is incorporating another’s perspective with your own so that a new perspective emerges.
The event is called the Indy Media Convergence, a two-week period when members of Independent Media Center, aka Indymedia or IMC, gather to create consensus-based community and learn new skills in communication, media and journalism.
Indymedia’s mission incorporates consensus principles but many of the over 200 chapters need training.
This breeds a profound sense of community, and streamlined energy to act on and realize our dreams. Often people tell us that they tried consensus or saw it in action somewhere and they decided that it was too slow or didn’t really work.
We see well-meaning activists who are quick to shed the saddle but then don’t know how to ride the horse.
But in the meantime, consensus decision-making with members who are still trying to debate or practice old styles of leadership can be hard. We arrived in waves and soaked five at a time, making jokes about the lobster not knowing it’s boiling alive.
Someone came into the room and sat at the table behind my couch, eating an apple, booting up a computer. The logic center of my brain (not a frequently visited location anyway, some would say) shuts down.
By the time I got there, I was too tired to sit on the toilet, so I lied down on the cool concrete floor. She had the cool rag on hand and I appreciated being able to wipe my face as soon as I was done. They found an over-sized towel that was just enough, and brought me my tea from downstairs. It was fun to catch up with Lea, who has added  drummer Steve Raskin and horn player Seth Kibel to his band.
Our nationally known local band Yer Girlfriend also did a haunting, rousing version of Mountain Song, now seared into my own story.


We were hoping to have Heathcoters Paul Phillips and Nick Corso to bless us with guitar and banjo respectively.
A few weeks later, while I still had my boo-boo lip taped down in a stoic position, John came to me and asked how I would feel if he went to the show on one of the DC dates. Her work runs a wide continuum from comedic to sensual, employing many musical styles along the journey.
My dad was an insurance executive and I to this day have the compulsion to get paid for telling people that things could go very badly, we should all prepare for calamity. The event will include a fundraising dinner beforehand and a silent auction, details to come! In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois). If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report spam or abuse. Over time, Heathcote acquired parcels we call the Farmhouse land and Cabin land, or, Back 70, both of which had previously been the Anackers’, and which helped us expand our membership and unify our little valley. But if all seems cozy, we approve the applicant to move in and begin a seven month provisional membership period. That was quite a minefield, as that partner truly wasn’t a fit for Heathcote, despite being likable on many levels. Previously, I experienced that moving to a small, rural Community as a single person was a decision to remain single. Gaia U founders Liora Adler and Andy Langford brought a clarity of vision that has propelled ideas into the realities of several learning pathways.
But few people would even think of changing group dynamics (the way people treat each other when interacting with one another in a group); or specifically, the process they use when making decisions.
As recently as the 70s, feminists clearly defined the lack of an alternative process for decisionmaking and group interaction as the single most important obstacle in the way of real change, both within progressive organizations and for society at large. If you played a theater game in which both groups wore the same costumes and masks and spoke in gibberish rather than words, a spectator would not be able to tell them apart. It is suspending disbelief, even if only temporarily, so you can see the gem of truth in ideas other than your own. But their use concentrates power at the top and, invariably, the top becomes less and less accessible to the people at the bottom, who are usually most affected by the decisions made by those at the top. Everyone would be doing their personal best to help the group reach decisions which are in the best interest of the group. Afterwards, the members remain in Dakar to cover the World Social Forum, from perspectives free of corporate interests. We agree that consensus done poorly looks just like that, and it isn’t satisfying or effective. We think of the paradigm shift individuals and groups go through as the “soul” of consensus. The kids were in and out, one teenage host served brownies, judging herself harshly on the results of her baking.
By this time, I was tensed with pain and my breathing was stressed, making my tensing worse. Singers Judith Geller and Stuart Rodes and bassist John Seay, of Jones’ now defunct Swings States Road Show were aboard as well.
As a matter of fact, the only major name concert I’ve  been to since adolescence was the Indigo Girls, and I found myself there because the woman I was dating won tickets on the radio. The tour’s NYC dates overlapped with my ZEGG Forum training at Ganas Community in Staten Island!
So that when someone broke into that band closet and stole the school’s wind instruments, my brass Bundy bravely went along, out of solidarity. In a second experiment, the researchers surveyed pairs who had just met in college, and then spoke to the same pairs later.
How can we be sure that what we are trying to achieve will not maintain unequal patterns and disparities in outcomes? I live at Heathcote Community and in order for my partner to share my home, he has to apply and be accepted as a member of the Community, a process that can take eight months or more to be finalized. Despite progress on many issues of concern to progressive-minded people, very little has changed in the way people treat each other, either locally or globally, and almost nothing has changed about who makes the decisions. The fundamental shift is the use of competition not to win, which is just a polite way of saying to dominate, to beat, to destroy, to kill the opposition; but rather, to use competition to do or be the best. It is a process of creativity, synthesis, and open-mindedness which leads to trust-building, better communication and understanding, and ultimately, a stronger, healthier, more successful group. He’s the author of the definitive On Conflict and Consensus, as well as Consensus for Cities and Food Not Bombs. We observe that people try to apply the basic concepts of consensus but have problems if they are neglectful or unaware of what we are coming to call the body and the soul of consensus. Nick arrived with his guitar and the chords of The White Album started wafting up with the campfire smoke.
Betsy suggested ginger, but I’d warded off the upset with mint the previous night, so I stuck with that. Between songs on Saturday night, Lea Jones remarked “You gotta get outta the house sometimes.
But my family had a saxophone in the house, so rather than renting a band instrument for me, we went with what we had.
In an egalitarian structure, everyone has access to power and every position of power is accountable to everyone. He has been arrested over fifty times protesting war, nuclear power and exercising his right to give away food. We enjoyed them at lunch the next day as we whittled away at our business plan for Hippie Chick Diaries. Heathcoter Charles Curtiss, formerly a professional rock drummer, played guitar for us as we called out song after song from the Rise Up Singing Songbook, including some C.T. And The Beatles never made the wormhole trip from my record collection to my CD collection.
But when Carole stood close to James and harmonized so intimately, it was the perfect close.
Of course, the frugality of that was slightly offset when my parents had to buy a luggage carrier with wheels because this petite eight year-old couldn’t lug her alto sax onto the city bus to go to school. You also need new ideas, people to correct you when you’re loony.”The research was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. In this workshop we will view the video, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible and engage in a facilitated, safe but frank discussion of contemporary race-related issues. In most situations, helping others do their best actually increases your ability to do better. The group would create an environment where everyone was encouraged to participate, conflict was freely expressed, and resolutions were in the best interest of everyone involved.
I drifted off to sleep for an hour or so, waking to the late afternoon sounds of Heathcote at work. And in group interactions, the cooperative spirit actually allows the group’s best to be better than the sum of its parts. They recognize that leadership is a role empowered by the entire group, not a personal characteristic. A group in which most or all of the members can fill any of the leadership roles cannot easily be dominated, internally or externally.



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