Call for Presenters

West Coast Communities Conference 2016:

Racial & Economic Justice

September 29th – October 2nd

Groundswell Retreat Center & Ecovillage

Yorkville, CA (2 hours north of SF bay area)

Deadline for workshop/presentation proposals is August 29th 2016

Groundswell, an emerging ecovillage and retreat center, is proud to announce the second annual West Coast Communities Conference. Organized with sponsorship from the Fellowship for Intentional Communities (FIC) and the Federation of Egalitarian Communes (FEC), the main goal of this conference is to provide opportunities for networking and skill building for people involved with the communities movement. Those who already have experience with community will be able to share and increase their skills. while those who may be new to the movement will learn a wide range of models and practices that others have used in starting and sustaining successful communities.

 

The focus for this year’s conference will be on racial and economic justice. These struggles remain present in our lives and more evident than ever – so, we feel it is essential for us to focus on these issues within the communities movement. We have tremendous potential to be leaders in confronting racial and economic disparities, and we also have a long way to go before our own movement reflects the diversity of our country. Continued discussion is key, so we are encouraging all presenters to find ways to bring these subjects into your workshops or activities. This isn’t required, just encouraged, and we have organizers who are excited to help you think about ways to bring these topics in. Let us know if you’d like support in this area.

 

We are hoping to have a wide range of community movers and shakers to present workshops, dialogues, and demonstrations. Anyone with interest or experience in worker cooperatives, rural communes, artist collectives, or any other kind of communal enterprise is invited to participate. We encourage people to be creative in the matter and manner of these presentations and ask only that they hold some relation to intentional community.

 

Some possible topics include (but surely aren’t limited to):

 

  • diverse communities and diversity within communities
  • affordability & accessibility in communities
  • different approaches to creating communities
  • engaging radical land redistribution & reparations
  • POC, Indigenous, & LGBTQI-led land projects
  • food & ag movement solidarity
  • political education in intentional communities
  • membership and financing
  • sustainable building and living practices
  • social and organizational skills
  • decision-making, consensus, and practices of inclusivity
  • diverse communities and diversity within communities
  • communications and group process
  • conflict resolution
  • resource management
  • models and sources for community building
  • visions and charters

 

In addition, the organizing team is still looking for help with logistics both before and during the conference. If you are interested in being involved in that way, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

 

To propose a presentation, get involved in other ways, or for more information, please contact:

Kevin “Faire” Faircloth

WCCC Program Coordinator

faire@groundswell.institute

707-901-7059 x101

 

Special Communities Salon: On Saturday of the conference, representatives of different communities will have the opportunity to introduce themselves through short presentations (1-3 minute) to the attendees. In addition, communities are invited to bring tabletop displays to help show off their home. This is a great opportunity for communities to meet potential new members and vice versa. Please contact assistant organizer Kyle at kyle@groundswell.institute if you are interested in having your community included.

 

About Groundswell Community & Institute

The Groundswell Community & Institute includes an ecovillage of permanent residents committed to loving the land and its inhabitants as well as a retreat center with focuses on environmental education and queer consciousness. Groundswell aims to model a more sustainable way of living through heart-centered connection, self-reliance, conscientious land stewardship, creativity, celebration of queer spirit, sex and intimacy, and interdependence with the larger world.