Robert Brown

Emergence Education

Robert Brown studied Architecture at McGill University. Upon retirement he took up painting on a full time basis, although he had always painted. Mostly he had done landscapes, portraits, architectural subjects, but during Covid he worked online with a group of artists. The works shown in this issue were completed in the last two years and come from a deeper place than his planning mind.

Choosing Earth, Choosing Us

Robin Beck

Duane Elgin’s Choosing Earth is not for the faint of heart. The subtitle summarizes the intent well: “Humanity’s Journey of Initiation Through Breakdown and Collapse to Mature Planetary Community”. While the text is not long in length, it is broad in reach, acknowledging and validating the concern I feel in my bones for the future of the biosphere and humanity’s place in it. Choosing Earth is a brave journey, exploring the collapse of the world we have constructed over the past ten-thousand years and our potential for transformation into a mature species. This exploration is done from a state of trust, and the assumption that while the collapse of our current destructive way of life is inevitable, a future in which we collectively move through that collapse can be a conscious choice.

The Evolutionary Potential of Urban Planning

Jeff Carreira

When we think about intentional or spiritual communities, the image that most typically comes to mind is a beautiful natural setting and a group of people living close to the land. We might think of a center that acts as an oasis in a large city, but we don’t generally think about a large city as an intentional community. That is exactly what Theodore Eisenman wants us to do, in fact he feels we have a moral imperative to be more conscious about how cities are designed and constructed. In our interview Dr. Eisenman shared his passion for the rebirth of urban areas and how he believes they can unlock higher potentials in the people that live in them.

Lessons Learned from Fifty Years of Intentional Community

Jeff Carreira

The Farm was an intentional community founded by Stephen Gaskin and 300 spiritual seekers from the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco in 1971. I heard about The Farm decades after it was founded and it always struck me as a brilliant, although imperfect, luminous reflection of the spiritual impulses of the time. For this issue of the magazine we found Douglas Stevenson, a long time member and spokesperson of the community and the author of the book Out to Change the World. We asked to speak with Douglas about how the community has evolved over the past fifty years and what lessons have been learned by its members.

An Ecology of People Needing People

Jeff Carreira

In this dialog Jeff Carreira speaks with award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator Nora Bateson about how we as human beings engage together in community and the underlying dynamics that make communities healthy. You will see how a community is a mutual learning environment and discover why our overly-individualistic cultural tendencies make it difficult for us to find the sense of community that we crave. By the end of the discussion it will be clear that thriving communities need to be spacious enough to allow members to take action freely.