My life is so full right now - rich and full of such goodness.
Two projects filling just about every moment are the creation of the Sierra Roots' sustainable, supportive community with permanent micro-homes for 30 of the currently homeless folks in Nevada City - and our A Place to Call Home Project, with the purpose of inspiring inclusion and common humanity with homeless people and promoting compassionate action by the community, at large - using the Arts as the way to communicate and connect.
These two projects fill me up and are intertwined and woven together, creating something that is just perfectly magical, and so profoundly connecting all of us IN COMMUNITY.
Today, it was sheer JOY to facilitate our 3rd Sierra Roots, Project Development Team Design Charrette. Charrette is the co-creative process of designing, in this case designing a community, where all stakeholders are invited to participate and are given voice. At today's Charrette there were 8 or 9 of our homeless friends participating, along with Sierra Roots volunteers and Board Members.
It is the "Sociocrative" model, where all voices are of equal value and everyone contributes brilliant and creative ideas, and all are engaged in the process of Co-Creation.
Heady stuff! (And those of you who've known me for awhile can see how this touches on what has lit me up for years: holistic sustainability, designing and building, and Co-Creation!)
At the first two Charrettes we all voiced our dreams and ideas for how this community (village) might look, function, be governed, and the kind of living/being/working/playing that will happen, there.
We recorded EVERYONE'S ideas, and I sorted them into the model for "Living-Communities" as promoted on www.Living-Future.org - a wonderful model of holistic Sustainable community development and holistic sustainable living.
Today, we started the preliminary Schematic Design Phase, and everyone had the opportunity to play with the Site Plan of the land Sierra Roots wishes to purchase for the village.
With red and green Monopoly houses and 'hotels', we were able to place and talk about the various buildings and functions we'd dreamed in the previous Charrettes.
The village has begun to take shape and the vision is becoming more than a dream - I know I can't wait until the next Charrette!
Oh, and a super SHOUT-OUT and thank you to Eric Tomb for videoing today's Charrette, and Dee Anne Dinelli for taking pictures. I'm so grateful to have this recorded so eventually we can share with you and so this process can be modeled. <3
Who else was there?
Betty Louise, Jim Carney, Robert Hiligas, Paul Zeiff, Miner Matt, Bill Kerr, Jo Garst, Dee Anne Dinelli, Denise Monahan, Sumner Stewart, Jonathan and Lucia, Janice O'Brien, Irene Masteller, Laurie Nichols Bethell, Beverley Steele, and Mike Silva.