#007 Aly Khan & Alnoor Ladha: Designing Community for Post-Capitalistic Resiliance (Brave Earth)

Jan 26, 2021

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Building community is a central focus for many back-to-the-land projects. 

Most commonly, that community is comprised of internal share-holding members, long-term guests, or the extended community of the surrounding village. 

For some projects, that would also include short-term guests and off-site investors. 

No matter what community means to you, many agree that a shifted focus toward a healthy sense of community is vital for a sustainable future.

Today’s episode dives deep with Aly Khan & Alnoor Ladha of Brave Earth (Tierra Valiente), one of Costa Rica’s newest intentional communities. 

Topics covered include creating an onsite school & communally-owned economic engine as a tactic to keep members on-site year-round. 

We also hear about their 50/25/25 model for profit sharing and the value of weekly community councils

One of my favorite moments is the description of their community solidarity network called “Fuerza del Amor” and what they’re doing to integrate their local neighbors into the profit pool. 

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When natural building meets technological innovations an enchanting beauty is often born.

Aly Khan takes us on a tour of Brave Earth’s budding retreat center and the many stages of evolution that their structures have taken them on.

From cob huts to aircrete domes, and bamboo A-frames to earthen floors, we discuss some of the lessons that the community has learned along the way.

As fascinating as some of these building techniques are, our podcast interview with Aly Khan and his brother Alnoor, is a whole other pleasure.

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Special thanks to Chela Rie for helping me take extra footage of this beautiful place & to Lekan Ayodabo for editing this video!

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