Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I am working on an independent study this semester. My partner and I are researching how eco-villages generate revenue. These are not the communes of the 60s and 70s, but intentional communities of people looking to minimize their impact on the earth. I have been interested in them for a long time, but could never really figure out how people earn a living. As much as it seems ideal to just live off the land, this is very rarely reality. Europe has several mature eco-villages and are the leaders in the movement. Unfortunately, I don't have the funds to visit those! Thankfully, Missouri has several within visiting distance. I am headed out to visit them later this week. I am so excited! I have been following a couple of them, through blogs and Facebook, for several years and can't wait to visit them in person. I am very appreciative that they have been open to our research and I look forward to learn from their experience. Last week we visited a co-housing (hoping to become eco-village) in St. Louis city. I am very interested in also comparing urban/rural communities and how they compare in income generation and carbon footprints. So much to learn!