Symposium provides insight into Intentional Communities

Last week, the Intentional Communities Research and Enterprise group at Cardiff Met University hosted its second symposium entitled ‘Intentional Communities – Living the Good Life’, on the theme of sustainability and low impact living.

The day consisted  of presentations from academics and researchers with expertise in the field, and a series of themed workshops from practitioners, which culminated in a panel discussion where we had the opportunity to put our questions to those who can help get things started, such as finance, planning and even Eco Homes (see and )

I attended the workshops and learning circles, introducing the different models for communal lending where Blase Lambert, Chief Officer from the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, outlined the different structures that groups can take in order to get themselves off the ground and in a position to receive loans and grants for communal projects. The key stages/issues, funding a scheme and development/long-term modeling were all explained.

There were detailed questions around a diverse range of issues, including:

Simon Dale's Hobbit House in West Wales
Simon Dale’s Hobbit House in West Wales

There were other workshops on developing co-sufficiency, surviving communal living, and making a One Planet application. The symposium was followed by a social meeting in the evening, hosted by One Planet Council intended for those who are interested in group OPD, eco-villages or other forms of community.

I look forward to attending the third symposium next year.

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