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What books (or other sources) would you recommend for folks wanting to learn about intentional community building?

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Wikipedia's article on intentional communities has a short list:

  • Creating a life together, Diana Leafe Christian - Amazon reviews seem good, and the blurb says it is a "how to"... Although it also makes the claim of being the only resource like this, which is contradicted by the rest of this list :)
  • Commitment and Community: Communes and Utopias in Sociological Perspective, Rosabeth Moss Kanter - half a century old now, and seems more like a scholarly analysis than practical advice, but probably has useful insights.
  • Builders of the Dawn: community lifestyles in a changing world., McLaughlin and Davidson - says it contains guidelines for people wanting to build a community.
  • Return Flight: Community Development Through Reneighboring our Cities, Robert Lupton - hard to find info on this, so I'm adding it here in case it is relevant. Seems like it is very focused on Christian communities and has a biblical perspective, so perhaps not relevant for non-Christians.
  • Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People, Charles Moore - also Christian focus.

I cannot really recommend any of these, since I have not read them myself, but they seem like a useful starting point.

I imagine that your intentional community is likely (though not necessarily, I know) to have some sort of written bylaws and formal process for making decisions. Robert's Rules of Order is a very common "template" for such things, from what I gather.

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