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Diane Kingston

Hi Jonny - interesting, and thanks for posting this as I couldn't be at GB this year. Have you come across the book "Creating Community Anywhere"? It was written in 1993 after the authors had visited a variety of communities and while I'm reading it I'm checking the www for how these communities are doing more than 20 years later (so far, each one I've read about has developed and adapted). The authors commented that it wouldn't be possible for everyone, and even those who would like to adopt this lifestyle tend to need to have a significant fund (many have inherited) to start up, and maybe this is what Toby was referring to when he talked about "imbalance of power and resource". But what a dream to have brought to reality! I wonder how the principles could be applied by people living on typical English housing estates.

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