Last updated: November 4, 2013 (11 months ago)
Listing created on: February 16, 2010

FOUNDATION

(London, United Kingdom)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://community.livejournal.com/foundation_ic/
  • Contact Name: David Pritchard
  • Phone: 0447747 857232
  • Address:

    Barnet
    London, EN5 3AD
    United Kingdom

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Simply write in advance what they are looking for and we will welcome their visit and accommodate them freely but simply (once established).

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

equality,personal responsility

Community Description:

A model village based on personal and social responsibility and evolution through a conviction that great wisdom and ability to unveil and recognize the truth lay within each person.
The project will not be defined by existing models. The appeal of any model, philosophy, book or tradition lies not in its inherent sanctity, but in our feeling of inner resonance as they agree with our intuition, reason or experience. Therefore we will encourage people to guide themselves by their truth within rather than defer to some religion, ideology, institution, prescriptive moral, canonical writings or spiritual leader.
Of course there are a myriad of teachings that hold much wisdom, but none of them deserve a holy status to which a person should surrender. No teacher is always right or has all the answers, and acknowledging this is linked to our egalitarian philosophy too. So the project aims to maximize everyone’s personal responsibility and inner wisdom and thereby transcend many limiting patterns of existence and social interaction.
It also aims to transcend delusions of ownership by shared property and aiming to be non-monetary. Also embracing concepts of equality, anarchy (avoiding power structures), respect, non-violence, permaculture, freedom (including of sexual orientation and options) and free-school style education.
It will seek to be self sufficient in food, energy and skills but importantly will not be closed from wider society, rather aspiring to influence it by example to a more humane existence. We will freely offer aid to the needy whenever possible, and a loving community home for abandoned children.
A diversity of personal spiritual approaches will be welcome and respected, including secular, agnostic or atheistic visions, but not these that regard as a mission to convert everyone else to their religion.
Some of us feel that a vegan diet and lifestyle is an important factor for non-violence and social responsibility, and further debate is needed for balancing this with freedom of dietary choices and for defining the use of land and the kind of food we will offer as a help-out or to refuged children.
It is proposed to establish the village in rural India, but other possibilities may be considered.

Population

  • Adult Members: 50
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: personal spirituality

    based on free-school optioonal model

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: and never will

    seek to avoid monopolising or power structures

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 1000 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Additional Comments: not yet selected but approx 1000 acres

    as many as needed

Labor and Money

  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: ideally there will be neither income nor expenses

    not prescribed but appreciation and commitment to the joy of giving service is fundamental

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: thats the aim

Keywords

equality, personal growth,personal responsibility,non-monetary, none ownereship, non-religious, resp

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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