I am sharing something with you all that I had written just for my community in Ganas, and never intended it to be public. However, I thought it was a good idea to share it because it contains the raw and fresh passionate feelings I experience working with NextGENNA for the first time!
Here is how I keep hooked on inspirational energy: I hang around the people in NextGENNA. Right now we are small group of 5 people, but it feels like I am behind a massive force to be reckoned with. At the forefront of this force are Audree and her partner Thumbs.
I first met Audree when she visited our community for the first time. Many people in the community are drawn to her high energy spirit, and heartfelt dedication to ecovillages. She brought an accordion to play for us, after some prompting to me because I heard her play before and I loved it. I told her that people would definitely want to hear her play, and then she said ok. After playing the accordion, she gave us a wonderful talk about ecovillages and the pillars of sustainability. People wanted to hear her speak, so I also organized an event in Manhattan to open her message to the greater public. Many Ganas people who had already heard her already are ready to hop on the ferry to see her speak again.
I first met Thumbs at the Twin Oaks Communities Conference in which he gave a workshop on living as a nomad and the gifting economy. My mind was blown away by how differently he was even conceiving the world we can live in. Again, like Audree, he was able to draw a crowd. It is not simply how Audree and Thumbs were able to connect with people, but it is the heartfelt sincerity in their mission, and their ability to express this in a positive, undogmatic, and uncoercive way that is attractive.
I am drawn to their leadership because their positive energy, dedication to make a difference, and vision on how the world can transform is so contagious. Just being around them makes me feel like a better person — they help me see how I can see things in a paradigm-shifting way.
They will be leading an event in June, which you can consider joining — be ready to be inspired! I’ll tell you about it: the 5 of us packed together in a mid-sized room for a whole weekend, where we both slept and worked, in a community in upstate New York called East Brook Farm. We are putting together the event in June called “Ecovillage Pathways 2020,” which is the 6th Annual gathering of people who want to learn about sustainable practices. Our theme is “Healing in Communities,” in which we bring together tools used in different communities for dialogue and resolving group conflict. It will be filled with intelligent discussion and presentations, heart-to-heart experiences, simulated lived-in community experience, and movement-related activities. Come ask us about it here, or message me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Is something inspiring happening in your community?