Frequently Asked Questions - and Frequently Questioned Answers

Communify San Diego is a day to build relationships, exchange ideas, learn and share with other pioneers, activists, and seekers of the intentional community and sustainable community movements.  It’s a special time to enjoy each other's company AND strategize next steps with people in YOUR home town. 

 Here's some of our Frequently Asked Questions (and Frequently Questioned Answers)

What is an Unconference?

What makes this different than a traditional "conference"? What will happen when?

A:

Sessions can take the form of open discussions, speaker/expert, panels, videos, games, mini-trainings, and lunch!    Declare your intention or interest when you register, or see what inspires you on March 7!  

Films on sustainable communities and related topics will be showing throughout the day.  Bookstore with exemplary videos, books, magazines available for purchase. 

Bring your experience, plans, and visions! 

Community-Made Lunch available by pre-order; or bring your own 

Join us!  Whatever the problem, more community just might be part of the answer!

What is the Open Space Marketplace?

How do we decide who gets to talk about what, when, where?

A:

After our morning introductions, we gather with an Open Space Marketplace – Pitch the topic you want to convene or discuss.  We’ll provide a space and time.  We’re seeding the group with some highly experienced communitarians and trainers to cover some essential knowledge.  But, everyone will learn how to convene a session, by naming it and inviting others to join you.

Whoever shows up is the right group, whatever time you get here is the right time - use the "the law of 2 feet” and stay as long as you are getting something from a session; visit as many or as few sessions as you like, and if you want to spend the time looking at books, movies, or having private conversations, that's fine too! 

Each session also needs a time-keeper and note-taker. Convenors facilitate up their ability.  Note-takers and Convenors make sure that notes from the session are harvested at the closing plenary, and to a central web-site if they choose.

Who is organizing Communify San Diego?

Who are the producers and facilitators?

A:

Betsy Morris and Raines Cohen, Planning for Sustainable Communities, Cohousing California, and the Northern California Ecovillage Network. We live in cohousing in Berkeley. We’ve been living in communities, sharing equity and responsibility since our 20’s, and over a decade together at Berkeley Cohousing. We travel the country giving talks and learning from and helping local people meet each other and connect to the worldwide networks for sustainable communities, climate action, and transition. 

We’ve produced a wide variety of community-oriented gatherings for our 3000 member East Bay Cohousing umbrella group since 2004; including unconferences in Berkeley, Occidental,  Durham,NC and San Francisco.  The latest, Community Gone Viral, in partnership with Earthsharing.com brought together 102 participants, representing over 24 communities.

 

What groups are supporting Communify San Diego?

Who are your Organizational Partners, Supporters, and Endorsers?

A:
  • Fellowship for Intentional Community
  • Shareable.net
  • Transition US
  • Cohousing Association of the US
  • California Center for Cooperative Development
  • CASA - Global Eco-village Network of the Americas

We're waiting word on: 

  • Burning Man Regional Leadership Network
  • California Evolve, Prop 13 reform campaign
  • Sustainable Economies Law Center

  • Slow Money - Southern California
  • National Community Land Trust Network

(tell us how your group is sharing the good word about Communify San Diego, and we’ll add you here!)

Who is working to organize the event?

Who is the local on-the-ground organizing team?

A:
  • Patti  - San Diego Intentional Communities Meetup
  • Jonah - Emerald Village Organization
  • Andrea Carter – San Diego Intentional Communities Meetup
  • Mariah – San Diego Peace Resource Center 

And hopefully you! Volunteer and get connected.

What is Communify San Diego all about?

Is community the secret ingredient in sustainability?

A:

Communify San Diego is a day to build relationships, exchange ideas, learn and share with other pioneers, activists, and seekers of the intentional community and sustainable community movements.  It’s a special time to enjoy each other's company AND strategize next steps with people in YOUR home town. 

People around the world are working cooperatively to create eco-villages, cohousing, coop houses, worker-owned businesses, time banks, new banking systems, and social enterprises. We are putting our visions and values to work into reality, as we are sharing food, homes, cars, equity, and livelihood -- and the earth as a commons. Together we can rejuvenate local government and the economy – and have more fun together.  

People are reinventing San Diego and southern California by creating new consciously cooperative forms of housing, neighborhoods, workplaces, banks, time, governance, and economics.  Infused with a spirit of sharing, cooperation, democracy, and transparency, we are creating paths to a peaceful green and just world.

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