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Initial Lists

These lists come from sources noted, and pre-date the visioning exercises listed afterward.

Shannon's & James' list:' (from 23 Sep 2005 minutes)

  1. Workable, loving relationships within community and extended out to society.
  2. Sustainable management of local resources.
  3. Economic stability, both within the limits of the community, and in mainstream global society.
  4. Spiritual connectedness: individual, group.
  5. Acceptance of personal differences in learning, communicating and being.
  6. Ecological Stewardship.
  7. Education:
    1. about communal living,
    2. about permaculture design and alternative building styles and materials,
    3. about sustainable organic horticulture/animal husbandry,
    4. about arts/culture/spiritual practice.
  8. Resource-sharing.
  9. Having awareness and application as key foci rather than simply knowledge or training
    1. choosing to stand for our values and to accept our humanity while working towards applying our education ongoingly
    2. choosing together to be a community of lifelong learners who are committed to learning
    3. not attached to being right or wrong.
  10. Balancing Energies – supporting the ebb and flow of a group of people involves awareness of personal energetic balance and commitment to creating neutral space and healing space for each of us as persons, and as members of the group

Jan's list: (from email sent to members 13 Oct 2005)

  1. Clear, written processes and agreements for managing our interactions among ourselves and those outside, supported by appropriate tools that everyone agrees to use. This may include establishing a canon of literature as a way of sharing vocabulary.
  2. Sustainability is the number one goal, in all its forms: food, energy, economy, society, politics, more. In a word, Permaculture, using endogenous principles
  3. Emphasis on empowering people, through personal responsibility and accountability, supported as needed by others. Avoid "pseudo-consensus" and "design by committee" by using consensus as a delegation and ratification strategy, keeping in mind that it will be individuals who get work done. Empowerment has a flip side, and members agree to be responsible to be where they say they'll be and do what they say they'll do.
  4. Adherence to non-violence, in all its forms. This may include non-violence to non-human animals, as well as discouraging non-physical violence, such as passive-aggressive behavior in groups.
  5. Honor and respect for diversity, in all its forms, subject to preceding principles. For example, respecting the diversity of someone who espoused violence would be be contrary to Adherence to non-violence, above.
  6. Everything should be kept as simple as possible. Complexity always has a cost, and should be deferred until necessary. Complexity and energy are intimately related, and today's complex world is a direct result of unsustainable levels of energy. If unnecessary complexity is built into a system, it may require unsustainable amounts of energy -- physical, emotional, mental -- to support.
  7. Radical transparency at the appropriate level keeps almost everything we do open to scrutiny. This not only means open books and meeting minutes, but also an open decision-making process, and openness about personal situations within the group, and willingness to proudly attach one's name with one's works.
  8. Dedication to equality but respect for equity. People should be treated equally, but in capital decisions, respect should be given to those who have demonstrated an aptitude with finance.
  9. Growth is necessarily balanced by death, and thus must be undertaken only with full understanding of the inevitable consequences
  10. Debt is a form of slavery, and should only be undertaken if absolutely necessary, short-term, obtained locally, and paid off as quickly as possible. For example, when moving to the village, one may have to take out a loan against their current home until it can be sold.

Carol's list (from her user page, entered 15 Nov 2005)

  1. Open communication
  2. Caring
  3. Giving
  4. Sharing
  5. Understanding
  6. Loving relationships
  7. Hard work
  8. Details

The following information is included from other pages, and cannot be edited here. Rather, go to the included page to edit this information.

Carol Wagner, posting values in preparation for gathering into groups of related values.

Visioning Exercise #2, Group Values, Individual Values

1 January 2006: Shannon Binns, James Cowan, Jan Steinman, Carol Wagner.
2 January 2006: Colin Hamilton, Wendi Lopatecki, Natasha Sara.

The following is the result of visioning exercise #2, from Template:Christian03, page 49. We wrote our values on sticky notes, put them on a wall, grouped them into related categories, then placed coloured dots next to the most important categories and the most important values.

The intention of the voting is to provide some reletave priority between values, not to exclude values with no votes.

Values with no or equal votes are listed alphabetically. Votes are broken down as (M) members and (A) advisors.


<graphvizr> digraph a {

 node [URL="/wiki/\N"]
 label="Our values grouped into these categories."
 sustainability -> process
 sustainability -> spirituality
 spirituality -> equality
 sustainability -> education
 spirituality -> process [style="dotted"]

} </graphvizr> (6 votes: 3M, 3A)

  1. Sustainability in all its forms: food, energy, economy, society, politics, more (5 votes, 4M, 1A)
  2. Simplicity: everything should be kept as simple as possible (1 vote: 1A)

Process & Communications

(5 votes: 3M, 2A)

  1. Adherence to non-violence in all its forms, including to non-human animals (5 votes: 3M, 2A)
  2. Emphasis on empowering people, through personal responsibility and accountability, supported as needed by others. '(3 votes: 2M, 1A)
  3. Clear, written process and agreements for managing our interactions among ourselves and those outside, supported by appropriate tools that everyone agrees to use. '(2 votes: 1M, 1A)
  4. Communication & feedback: self-expression, consistent effort to improve & listen to others & self, acceptance, cooperation, prevention of conflict through behavior (1 vote: 1M)
  • Building trust
  • Compassionate truth-telling
  • Encouraging and empowering others
  • Freedom from debt
  • Open communication
  • Openness to understanding
  • Positive thinking, positive expression
  • Radical transparency
  • Respect for others
  • Supportive conflict resolution
  • Village feel, walking to/from houses, creating more chances of meeting and interacting with others.


(3 votes: 2M, 1A)

  1. Compassion & love: honoring others as self/family, gifting, heathy vibrations & willingness to change (2 votes: 2M)
  2. Inspirational creative (2 votes: 2A)
  3. Loving relationships (1 vote: 1M)
  4. Spiritual awareness & connectedness: acceptance of diversity, agreement-based practices, celebration & ritual on community/personal level that is non-religious, yet accepts many ways & paths (1 vote: 1A)
  • Caring about/for others
  • Giving love, good thoughts, hugs & positive feedback
  • monogamy & fidelity
  • nurturing, embracing


  1. Education: learner-centered, ecologically-based, living and non-living systems-based, child, teen & adult, groupwork (4 votes: 2M, 2A)
  • Attention to details
  • Sharing thoughts, ideas, and concerns
  • Teaching and guiding children
  • Teaching: goodwill to share information (personal, skill-based, other), willingness to be taught -- to say, "I don't know," to put efforts to learn unknown

Equality & Fairness

  1. Global impact/benefit (1 vote: 1A)
  • Dedication to equality, but respect for equity.
  • Diversity -- mix of ages and race, etc.
  • (Diversity) Honor and respect for diversity in all its forms.
  • Honesty
  • Respect for personal space
  • Understanding and fair treatment to animals
This exercise is part of the process of creating our guidance documents (vision, mission, and purpose), and is not cast in stone as official policy.

Visioning Exercise #4, Non-negotiables

This is the result of Shannon Binns, James Cowan, Jan Steinman, and Carol Wagner working through Exercise #4, Non-negotiables, from Template:Christian03, pages 49-50.

The following are in alphabetical order. The order does not reflect any priority or preference.

Must Haves

  • commitment to group process and growth as community
  • consensus
  • earth-centered
  • efforts for complete (conflict) resolution
  • egalitarian
  • fair governance
  • fairness to animals
  • fearless, yet careful
  • goats and chickens
  • healing centre
  • mindfulness
  • Template:Rosenberg05
  • open door policy (elaborate?)
  • opportunities for all to support self and others in paths of NVC, compassion, and loving kindness
  • organic
  • Permaculture
  • physical and emotional health systems
  • radical transparency
  • recycling, composting, salvaging, and scavenging
  • religious neutrality (no official or encouraged religion)
  • respect for others
  • responsibility and accountability
  • sawdust toilets, humanure
  • shared meals
  • south coast of British Columbia
  • support for children and families
  • sustainable actions
  • welcoming guests and family

Must Not Haves

  • blame/shame
  • control/resistance
  • cows
  • defense oriented
  • detached, non-clustered housing
  • ego/arrogance
  • high horse
  • horses
  • illegal drugs (some debate, support for responsible, private use of recreational intoxicants)
  • long term debt
  • over capacity use of living and non-living resources
  • separation between clique or individuals
  • strongly hierarchical
  • survivalist
  • tobacco habitual use (medicinal, religious use okay)
  • urban setting
  • violence
  • weapons

EcoReality Vision Brainstorming

<graphvizr>#!/sw/bin/neato digraph vision { size="3,3" vision -> who vision -> what vision -> why who -> sustainability who -> "working together" who -> "compasionate/loving\nrelationships"

  1. what ->"living sustainably"

what -> "in SW BC"

  1. what -> awareness

what -> connectedness

  1. what -> celebration
  2. what -> ritual

what -> diversity

  1. what -> gifting
  2. what -> honoring

what -> sharing what -> empowering

  1. what -> harmony
  2. what -> "alternative\nliving\nsystems"

what -> "non-violence" what -> responsibility what -> accountability

  1. what -> communication
  2. what -> feedback
  3. what -> acceptance
  4. what -> cooperation

what -> process why -> "resource\ndestruction" why -> overpopulation why -> war why -> famine

  1. why -> "out of balance"
  2. why -> pandemic

why -> extinction } </graphvizr> The "who," "what," and "why" of EcoReality.

  • Who
    • A group of people who are committed to:
    • sustainability, in all its forms,
    • working together to demonstrate a spiritual connection to each other and the earth,
    • through compassionate and loving relationships.
  • What -- shared vision that we want to do:
    • living sustainably in SW BC
    • deep spiritual connection to the earth and each other
      • awareness and connectedness
      • celebration & ritual
      • diversity
      • gifting
      • honouring others
    • through demonstration and sharing alternative living systems that bring about harmony among all living things (process)
      • adherence to non-violence
      • empowering people through personal responsibility and accountability
      • clear communication and feedback
      • acceptance, cooperation, and prevention of conflict through awareness of your behavior
      • clear written process... (per JWS)
    • education
      • ecologically/systems based
      • learner centred
      • child/teen/adult -- all ages
  • Why -- the problem we hope to solve
    • JS because humans are not living within their planetary budget, causing destruction of our resource base, which is resulting in wars, famine, disease, and possible extinction of the human race.
    • JC research and present a way of living that is in harmony with each other and the earth, rather than the current trend of a world of overpopulation, conflict, depletion of resources
    • SB to restore balance and regenerative systems where human led depletion has tipped the planet out of energetic balance

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