Alliance for Global Community

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

  • Last updated: October 16, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: October 12, 2017

Mission Statement

The Alliance for Global Community is dedicated to bringing “Global Community” to Humanity in a series of phases over the coming years and centuries. What we mean by “Global Community” is: all of Humanity experiencing a deep Sense of Community with both Humanity and Nature all the time in all domains of life. (By “Nature” we mean all species and the Earth herself.)

Community Description

The Alliance for Global Community is a global network of small “Cell Communities” that will unite to form a “Global Community Organism”. Several such Cell Communities are currently forming. The Alliance is dedicated to bringing “Global Community” to Humanity in a series of phases over the coming years and centuries. What we mean by “Global Community” is: all of Humanity experiencing a deep Sense of Community (“Community” with a capital “C” for short) with both Humanity and Nature all the time in all domains of life. (By “Nature” we mean all species and the Earth herself.) We believe that it is this deep globally-shared Sense of Community that is of the essence of who we really are, and that it is its absence in modern life (a state of “Community starvation”) that is the root cause of most human problems: wars, other forms of violence and abuse, racism, economic inequality, cancer and other modern diseases, addiction, etc.

Through living in many different intentional communities, we have discovered that a group living in an intentional community together does not necessarily share this deep sustained Sense of Community: it tends to come and go, and often it is not as deep as it could be. Our research indicates that the reason for this is that various skills must be learned and practiced by all community members in order to maximize the shared Sense of Community in a group. These skills fall into 2 main areas: relational skills and institutional design skills. The relational skills have to do primarily with what our shared intention is and how we speak and how we listen, but exactly what these speaking and listening skills are is not obvious, and modern culture does not teach us these skills. Similarly, we do not usually learn the various institutional design skills (for the institutions of family, residence, economy, government, education, religion, technology, etc.) necessary to design community-based institutions that will facilitate strong Community. Such Community-facilitating institutions are essential at all levels of society if we are to attain the goal of Global Community and relieve all of the unnecessary global suffering caused by the current global Community starvation.

In order to help people learn the relational skills and institutional design skills necessary to form the network of small Cell Communities that will move us toward the goal of Global Community, we offer weekend Global Community Workshops that teach those skills and help participants to get started on forming Cell Communities (including transforming existing communities into Cell Communities) post-workshop. In these workshops, we focus on how to facilitate deep Community with both people and Nature, and illustrate how Community with the one feeds Community with the other. These workshops are non-profit and are offered in “by donation” mode, in order to cover the basic costs.

Our workshops also help participants to learn how to connect with and be inspired by what we call the “Spirit of Community”, which permeates and embraces our Universe through and through. Different individuals and groups have given different names to this Spirit of Community. The important thing is not the name, but rather the shared experience of the reality of this inspiring Spirit. Our workshops facilitate experiencing that reality.

Our workshop facilitators have had more than 25 years of experience in facilitating such workshops. For detailed information on the time and place of public workshops, or to organize a workshop for your existing community or group, contact us at [email protected] We also publish a series of books called “Nourishing the Sense of Community, a Collection of Stories”. These are stories told by individuals or groups of experiences of a strong Sense of Community. We offer electronic or print copies of these books by donation, through the above email address. If you are interested in copies of the latest volume of these stories, and/or if you would like to submit an individual or group story for the next volume, please contact us.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 1989
  • Start Living Together: 2017
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://www.allianceforglobalcommunity.org
  • Contact Name: Sahmat
  • Phone: 434-305-4770
  • Mailing Address:
    829 Mallside Forest Ct
    Apt 210
    Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901
    United States
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About

  • Type(s): Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: To be Determined

Housing

  • Status: We do not have land
  • Current Residence Types: Any or all of the above
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 15
  • Planned Residence Types: Various
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    A deep Sense of Community is usually facilitated by shared housing, but each Cell Community in our Global Network establishes its own residential pattern through Spirit-led Consensus.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Established by consensus during the formation of a Cell Community post-workshop.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Each Cell Community in the Alliance for Global Community Network makes its own decisions by “Spirit-led Consensus”. This means that each member exercises a discipline we teach to open to the inspiration of the Universal Spirit of Community. The group then works towards consensus based on this common inspiration.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    A deep Sense of Community is facilitated by intimate sharing in all areas of life, including in economics, so we encourage cooperative economic enterprises.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: No
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Determined by Spirit-led Consensus of a particular Cell Community
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    To be determined through Spirit-led Consensus by each Cell Community.

  • Healthcare Options: Community Plan
  • Additional Comments:

    We do not encourage the use of mind-altering drugs because research shows they tend to make people more self-absorbed and thus not ideally Community-oriented. However, each Cell Community makes its own decisions on all matters, through the Spirit-led Consensus described above.

Additional Comments

We do not believe in land ownership because it can be shown to be destructive of True Community, both with Humanity and with the Earth and other species. It is well-known that many indigenous peoples knew this. They did not believe in land ownership because they were enough in touch with the Earth to know that the Earth herself does not want to be owned, but rather wants to be able to offer her free gifts to all life. So we are forming a Global Community Land Trust, into which land will be donated, for communities to use on a stewardship basis. A pattern for this kind of donation of land into a Community Land Trust was established many years ago by Vinoba Bhave (one of Gandhi’s coworkers) in India. If helping to form this Global Community Land Trust interests you, please contact us.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

“Global Community” “Sense of Community” “Spirit of Community” “Community Network” Nature Humanity