[blockquote cite=”Paul Wheaton” type=”center”]”It’s not gonna get done if you don’t try. And It’s a foregone conclusion that it won’t happen if no one tries.”[/blockquote]
Paul Wheaton of permies.com joins me to talk about intentional community. Paul discusses his views and experiences with variety of different intentional communities that he has been a part of, both on the leader side, and the follower side. He talks about what works, and what doesn’t.
Paul also touches on some of the projects taking place within his community on his land and how we need to help increase the velocity of permaculture.
- Possibly consider the central leader model over consensus. Consensus can take a lot of time and stall projects to resolve conflicts.
- There are a lot of advantages to having fiefdoms overlaying each other on the same piece of land where each fiefdom is inadvertently helping the other fiefdoms.
- Focus on the audience that get it and stop worrying about focusing on everyone else. Focus on the 1 person out of 20,000 that gets it.
- Embrace a lot of failure as part of the process to move forward. It takes a lot of trial and error to ultimately achieve success.
- “Expect that 95% of your community is human. that means that when things become awkward their behavior will slip from noble into less than noble.”
- “I perpetually experiment with things, and so often the things that I am experimenting with sound crazy until I am done with the experiment.”
- “It takes a lot of failures to have success.”
- “Embrace a 90% failure rate.”
- “It’s not gonna get done if you don’t try. And It’s a foregone conclusion that it won’t happen if no one tries.”
Other podcasts related to this episode:
More on Intentional Community:
City of the Future – Village Homes, Davis, CA featuring Bill Mollison
An interview with Michael Corbet of Village Homes
How to Make a Food Forest Suburb with Geoff Lawton
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