Community Centred

Project Category: Informal community groupProject Tags: Art, Children & young people, Cultural Heritage, Education, Gardens, Mental Health, Older People and Sharing Economy

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    Community Centred

    Community Centred is a work in progress of the idea that the community is the level of existence at which, as a collection of interdependent families, a sustainable life and lifestyle makes most sense.

    That’s what we are, a collection of families that seek to come together cooperatively to see if we can make more sense of our lives by living more interdependently with each other. We share our knowledge, experience and talents, but also wish to progress to sharing our food, housing and all the other ‘tools’ that make life that so much more fulfilling and authentic to our varied legacies.

    There are challenges to this, of course, and we have by no means resolved them, but we have an open mind and we keep channels of communication open, in the hope that we can bring value added to working with and in community that makes sense to the wider world as well as to ourselves.

    We seek to work with other communities, and community groups, to help us be more inclusive of the many varied type of family and community group that empire, colonisation and trading processes have brought to these shores. We ultimately wish to work within other nations too, the better to deepen and broaden our experience of what community means across a range of cultures and lifestyles.

    The theory of permaculture, one of the many ideologies we bring to our working, teaches us to value the diversity which is found at the interfaces of different cultures and ways and at the edges of society. It is what can potentially bring resilience to a society undergoing all kinds of challenges in the economic, political and social domains.

    What we aim to do is to bring our different life experiences and understandings and knowledge to work in a multi-faceted way to understand our challenges and opportunities and to progress them in ways that bring the greatest good, as well as the greatest affirmative shared learning.

    All in all we are called Community Centred, because that’s where you’ll find us and that is what we desire to reflect: reality at the level of the Community. Why not join us?

    What we are doing at the moment:

    Having conversations:between ourselves and others to learn about what is working and how and how we can either support the effort or be supported.

    Researching Food: through the real-time experiences of people who prepare it and eat it at the level of family. We are learning food lore from different corners of the world and how it has come to be so different.

    Campaigning for more justice in the food system:we know things are not fir and the simultaneous obesity and starvation and over reliance on a curative health care system are evidence that we’ve lost our balance somewhere along the food system. We feel many of the answers lie at the level of real time citizens growing, processing and using food

    Redefining ‘food’:we know that it takes more than what we eat to nurture us, so we explore, alongside family members what a wholesome balance of what we take in and put out might be like and we hope to make some recommendations and share what we learn.

    Growing, Processing and Consuming:we all eat and drink, wear clothes and live somewhere. To what extent do we do so consciously and mindfully of how we participate in the system which enables these things to happen. Are we more powerful human beings, are we more in balance with the Earth if we can be more proactive with how we accomplish these things? We explore this by engaging, mindfully with these three activities, within family and through within group and across groups effort.

    Document and share:We don’t really subscribe to a division between art and science. We feel that one begets the other which in turn begets the other. So, we mix and blend drama, poetry, story writing and making, dance, spoken word and song in our learning processes. All the better to engage across different age groups and across cultures. We encourage feedback to our shared learning, all the better to reflect and improve the ever evolving cycle of life.

    Advocate and Teach:we encourage all of those we interface with to participate in lifelong learning and the Each One, Teach One philosophy. When we find that something is working, we encourage reflection about why it is working, not to scale up and impose a specific success on others, but to deepen learning at every level of being. If there are some principles which we find describe patterns which emerge we would like to encourage others to see if similar patterns may result in similar learning in their niche. Nature has a way…

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