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Alliance of Intentional Communities Australia (AICA)

Last updated: January 10, 2016 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: June 1, 2014

Alliance of Intentional Communities Australia (AICA)

(Unley BC, South Australia, Australia)

Mission Statement:

About
Grwoing Sustainable Communities of the Future, Today
Description
AICA aims to:
• Foster an organisation dedicated to healthy and sustainable relationships between people and the Earth based on love and reverence for all life.
• Provide individuals and businesses with the education, knowledge and skills to establish successful, workable, long term intentional communities.
• Encourage investment groups to help fund Intentional Communities’ projects, establish communities and research and development of appropriate technologies.
• Assist current Intentional Communities in their plans for ongoing improvement and long term sustainability.
• Promote the lessons of successful Intentional Communities to each other and the general population.
• Help build fairer and more resilient local economies.
• Assist in resolving the poverty and homelessness crisis experienced in our communities.
• Encourage and invest in enterprises that support and build environmentally sustainable and resilient communities.
• Assist in creating a shift in cultural thinking of communities towards a life style that leads to satisfying human needs through harmony and balance with all of creation.

Community Description:

About:
The Alliance of Intentional Communities Australia (AICA) is an independent, not-for-profit association established to bring together and assist individuals and groups in their pursuit of developing fulfilling, sustainable lives within and supported by the wider community.
We believe this vision can be achieved through intentional communities (IC) which accept that all living things are connected. These IC co-create healthy environments, practicing the values of caring, respecting, cooperation, taking responsibility and encouraging the highest human potential. They are examples of how we can contribute to improving the health of our world.
Description
Our aim is to share information on successful intentional communities and explore alternatives to find more harmonious ways in satisfying human needs through achieving a balance between the physical, spiritual and the environment. To foster existing and create built environments which provides for our basic needs such as food and shared resources in a way that enhances the health and well-being of the natural environment and the community through an optimised work-life balance. We aim to enhance existing and co-create much needed spaces within the metropolitan area that will contribute towards enhancing energy for ourselves, others and the planet.
– AICA will be supporting communities that aims to live in balance with our planet.
Our non for profit group consists of those who are passionate, motivated, ready and have the expertise and connections to participate in the visioning, planning, building and celebration of these communities.
As a group we will consciously support the creation and manifesting of preferred lifestyles based on satisfying our human needs in a manner that reflects our responsibilities as stewardship partners with all of creation on this planet.
We welcome those who share these beliefs and feel that they would like to get actively involved in the projects that are forming in Adelaide and surrounding area.
Join our page for project updates, upcoming meet-ups and future workshops and contact us on how to get involved.
Website: WORK IN PROGRESS

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Suburban

Housing

  • Status: We do not have land
  • Area: 10 hectares
  • Planned number of residences: 15
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust

Membership

  • Adult Members: 6
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact us please
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Please contact us for details.

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 15
  • Open to members with existing debt: No

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Hydro-Electric, Biomass, Biogas, Biofuel
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Wiccan, Native American, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Rainbow Family, Ananda Community, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling

Additional Comments

“Love, Laughter & Light”
Living the ‘Goose Story’ (and if it’s no fun, we don’t do it)

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas

Community Affiliations

FIC, New Earth, Sustainable Building Network, Urban Ecology, Nexsus, UEVN

Keywords

spiritual, ecological, sustainable, triple bottom line, ecocities, transition towns, permaculture

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