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#007 Aly Khan & Alnoor Ladha of Brave Earth: Building Community

Jan 26, 2021

    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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To follow more of Brave Earth’s adventures in community building, check out:
Website – https://www.braveearth.com 

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If you’re into alternative building techniques, be sure to check out the video that we made of their beautiful retreat center and guest accommodations at:
Our Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/9J6FvVLMFjU 

 

Other recommendations from Aly Khan & Alnoor:

Brave Earth’s Welcome Guide & Mystical Anarchist Etiquette:
https://sharinginsights.net/be-welcome-guide 

Upcoming Permaculture Design Course:
https://www.braveearth.com/retreats/2021/permaculture-design-course 

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?fan_landing=true&u=36154325

Some of the established Intentional Communities / Ecovillages mentioned in the interview:

 

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Special thanks to Peter Mukuru for editing this episode!

Music: Rite of Passage by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4291-rite-of-passage

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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