The best parts of America

Part of my job is networking.  With some regularity, someone sends me a request like, “I am riding across the US (visiting each state in the lower 48) on a solar powered trike that I have constructed; what are all the cool communities I should stop at?”

Reasonable people would simply flee from such a broad question.  There are too many answers requiring too much explanation and detail.  Of course, I am sharing my reply to show off how unreasonable I am.

Dearest Alexander:

Were I doing what you are doing, the places I would stop include:

Ganas: Staten Island, NY urban intentional community with very advanced (and very public) personal process, along with some green aspects in addition to sharing.

Twin Oaks/Acorn/LEF communities in Louisa, Virginia. LEF is a post-fossil fuel start up. (I call these dark green eco-villages.)

Possibility Alliance: NE Missouri community is also a dark green eco-village, with a super radical internal gifting economy and all volunteer labor system.

The NEMO communities (North East Missouri)  Dancing Rabbit, Sandhill Farm, Red Earth Farm are all within a few miles of each other. Three different flavors of very low ecological impact intentional communities.

East Wind in the Ozarks of Missouri. This anarcho-democratic community is income sharing and runs its own businesses. It is a bit like the wild wild west of the Egalitarian secular communities movement-  low work obligation, very high respect for personal freedom, high levels of personal drama.

Emma Goldman Finishing School in Seattle, WA. Urban, activist, income sharing community.

All of these can be contacted through some front door via the internet, except the Possibility Alliance, which is actually, in my opinion, the most important place on this list. They can be reached at 660-332-4094.

There are a couple of other pieces of advice I would give you after a brief scan of your website.  The first is that you should look at couchsurfing.com, which will likely help with free housing en route. The second is that you should investigate attitudes and approaches to begging.  You will need to finance/support this trip through the people you meet, mostly having them open their places to you.  “I am going to save the world, let me stay on your couch” turns out to be a turn off.  “I have funny stories to tell and will clean your dishes” will likely get you far better results.

Good luck, be brilliant.

Paxus at Twin Oaks
6 Tripoli Fall 2KXI

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

5 responses to “The best parts of America”

  1. Bliss says :

    Your description of EW is apt, and put as nicely while still accurately as can be! I personally love all the communities you listed and think any community tour would be incomplete without at stop at each one! And I love story telling dishwashers on my couch– world savers had better really be saving the world though, or it is a turn off, fo sho…

  2. paxus says :

    Dearest Bliss:

    Long time readers of my blog will know that my relationship with East Wind has been troubled to say the least. And more than any of the other community descriptions, i tried to keep my frustrations and disappointments out of this micro guide.

    Despite my frustrations, East Wind is important as an example of a community which chooses not to be work obsessed and places extremely high value personal freedom. Also the anarcho-democratic decision making method makes it nearly unique in my experience.

    Thanks for your thoughts

    Paxus at Twin Oaks
    8 Tripoli Fall 2KXI

  3. Carrie says :

    In Milwaukee we now have three intentional communities– an ecovillage, a yoga cooperative and an artist community. I just blogged about the latter– http://tinyurl.com/3z7cb8s

    • paxus says :

      Hey Carrie:

      THanks for the link and the comment. Next time i am in the region i will try to swing by, so i can add you first hand to the best parts of America list.

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