Community Matchmaking – Oct 18th Brooklyn

If we are honest with ourselves, we are just guessing.  Guessing what it will take to start new communities and especially what it will take to start new income sharing communities in NYC.  What we do know is that we are making lots of friends and allies and there are a bunch of people who are willing to help, or listen and consider these wild schemes.

We know that there are not many other groups who are doing the community promotional work we are doing, and the handful of events we have organized since the beginning of the year seem to have had a disproportionate effective – jump starting forming communities which were stalled in their launch, recruiting new people to existing NYC communities, deep advising and support for communities which are going through restructuring.

community-services

It is not the work we thought we were going to be doing, but it is quite satisfying and important work.  [The current Point A collective has decided not to chase the much hyped “sharing economy” as our Plan B if we can’t start new communities soon]

What we are guessing this month is Community Matchmaking is the trick.  We have not yet figured out if we are going to do a speed dating-like thing – or just stick to the more conventional “meet the communities” open market place of projects (after each gives a one minute self reflective presentation or some other format).

Speed-dating-night

We are returning to the BUZ on Saturday Oct 18th to network, educate, discuss and debate intentional communities in the New York City metro area.  We are hoping to hit at several different aspects of community life including: children/families. supporting activism, enabling sustainable living, sharing work and living space.

And we are looking for presenters (though we already have some in-city ringers lined up) for workshops.  And of course, we are especially seeking seekers.  People who do not yet have  community but are seeking it are encouraged to attend.

If you think you are going to come then please RSVP on Facebook (if you have not already dropped out of FB).

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The BUZ is a very big space, come share it with us.

Further Event Information:

This is a networking and educational event for people who are looking for intentional community or are forming new ones as well as residential communities seeking new members. People interested in supporting collectives in the city, but not necessarily living at one, are also welcome.

A collection of workshops and interactive events will assist participants in finding allies and guides to living more collectively. We understand how difficult it is to live cooperatively in and around the city. Yet there are important examples and opportunities for people interested in activism, sustainability, collective child care and education and shared living and working spaces.

Current Format

10 to noon Pot Luck Brunch – informal discussion and networking
12:30 to 6PM Workshops, community presentations, structured networking.

This event is hosted by the Point A project (see www.FromPointA.org)

Cost: Sliding Scale $5 to $10 – no one refused for lack of funds.

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4 responses to “Community Matchmaking – Oct 18th Brooklyn”

  1. moonraven222 says :

    I have never been on Facebook and don’t want to start now. I’m glad you’re announcing events here. (And I think you know I’m coming to this–but if not, this is my RSVP.)

    Please provide info outside of Facebook for those of us who don’t do FB.

    • paxus says :

      i certainly dont want to force you to Facebook.

      All the FB info is posted at the bottom of this blog post

      And i will add you to the list of people attending – so you are officially RSVPed, without FB

  2. anon says :

    I think that community building in NYC is a fool’s errand. Space is at a very big premium there, the cost of living is quite high, and most people have to work very hard and competitively to survive there. I feel that such a lifestyle is best suited to rural living where people have more freedom to experiment and do things their own way without such great financial pressure and physical constraints.

    • paxus says :

      We must respectfully disagree. While it is far harder in the city, it is also more necessary. Folks have been responsive to our efforts in DC, Baltimore and NYC.

      Some people told me fighting reactors was a fools errand and we have had some important successes and a fair few hard fought failures.

      If you only do easy things, the world dies.

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