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Want to support racially and economically just communities, AND get a bar of delicious handmade soap? Here is your golden opportunity. I am using a community funding strategy to support my work as a facilitator of cultural transformation. You have heard of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) – where families pay a monthly fee to a farmer, who then provides them with fresh food for the duration of the growing season - but have you heard of Community Supported Activism?

In 2012, I have the privilege of co-developing a pilot workshop called the “Communities Curriculum” under the auspices of the Common Fire Foundation. With my esteemed colleague and fellow board member Sean Ritchey, I will be creating a workshop that supports participants in building intentional communities grounded in the theory and practice of racial healing and economic justice.  

As you can imagine, this is a big job. Common Fire is working tirelessly to secure long-term funding for this project. In the meantime, Sean and I are looking to our community at large to help us raise money in a way that represents our values and our firm belief that the resources we need to heal our communities can be found within our communities. So I am asking you to become a part of a new kind of CSA, where you donate money to make it possible for me to do this critical work. Read on for details of how this works, and why it works!

How do you donate and how much can you give?

My goal is to raise enough money to pay myself a monthly stipend of $500 for the work of curriculum development, piloting, and evaluation from May-December. How much you donate is up to you, and any amount is appreciated. You can donate a small amount monthly ($5-10), or you can make a one-time donation of any size.

  • You can make a tax deductible donation through the Common Fire Foundation by clicking here! You can make a one-time donation or become a sustainer. Make sure that you write “Autumn CSA” in the Designation box. Check out the Support page of our Common Fire’s website to learn more about giving.
  • You can send money to me online using Paypal by clicking on the Donate link above.
  • You can send a check to me directly. Ask me for my mailing address!

What will I do with the money?

My work currently involves research on racial and economic justice best practices within intentional communities, developing and sequencing the curriculum of the pilot workshop, fundraising for long-term support of the program, and coordination of logistics related to participants attending the pilot, with a strong emphasis on making it possible for people of color, young people, elders, queer and genderqueer people, and low-income people to attend.

What do you get in return for making a donation?

Everyone who makes a donation will be added to my donor-list, and you will receive periodic updates on the progress our development and pilot. You will also be the recipient of a video blog made by yours truly, that gives you a taste of what people experience at the pilot of the workshop.

If you make a donation of $50 or more, you will receive a bar unique, hand-made soap! Or I can bake you some cookies.

You also get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your donation goes directly to supporting a transformative social justice practice with real outcomes: this workshop will make it possible for people all over the country to build thriving, joyful, and just communities grounded in racial and economic healing.

What is the Common Fire Foundation?

The Common Fire Foundation helps create intentional communities that manifest in the here and now the more just and sustainable world we all deserve. We support communities in manifesting our vision of transformational change through Four Essential Characteristics:

·                     Ongoing Personal Growth and Interpersonal Dialogue

·                     Created by and Accessible to a True Diversity of People

·                     Aligning Our Actions with Our Values, Our Lives with Our Beliefs

·                     Bridging Transformation in the Community to Transformation in the World

Our vision is to support the development of neighborhood-scale communities and learning centers, eventually one in each major region of the United States. These communities will serve as learning grounds for people to experience and experiment with the more just and sustainable world of which they dream.

What is the Communities Curriculum?

In 2011, millions of people connected with how much we can achieve as a collective. From the Arab Spring to the global Occupy movement, we came together with the common desire to create a more just world. Together we gave voice to the dissent and disgust with the status quo of our toxic and failing political and economic systems. Through these movements, we have rediscovered just how vital community is as a foundation to organizing, direct action protesting, and bringing about radical shifts in power.  In the aftermath of these power shifts we face the question: how do we create something that is fundamentally different than what we are working to dismantle? How can we create and sustain community as a foundation for individual and collective healing, as a garden to grow ideas and solutions, and as a space to support safety and freedom?

Common Fire's work is a visionary answer to those questions. We address both the concrete, physical need for viable alternative economic practices, as well as our deep, spiritual need for cultural transformation and healing. Common Fire believes in community as a theory of change.  We hold that community – the web of human interaction and exchange that sustains and nourishes us – is foundational to humans thriving and harmoniously participating in the ecosystems of which we are a part.

For the last 10 years, Common Fire has supported intentional communities through direct engagement - supporting a handful of groups creating cooperative and co-housing scale communities that are radically experimental spaces.  Now a much greater scale of people are seeking support with building and strengthening community. In response we are developing a multi-day workshop called "The Communities Curriculum.”  The Communities Curriculum will support groups in expanding their understanding of our vision of neighborhood-scale communities, and deepening their commitment to racial and economic healing through intentional community building. We will offer all workshop participants an exploratory and educational space in which to dream and build their own versions of this vision within their local community.

Who are you and Why should you donate?

You are community organizers and community developers, artists and media makers, faith leaders and community leaders, healers and health workers, educators and mediators, facilitators and union workers, anarchists, libertarians, democrats, and green-workers - you are people who have touched me and who have in some way been a part of my work. You are someone who shares my vision for a better, more just world, and shares my hope that we can and are creating it NOW. You should donate because participating in alternative models for resourcing the work of changing the world is EXACTLY what it takes to change the world!!

Thank you so much for always supporting my work. And thank you in advance for any financial contribution you can make to this project, which is so dear to my heart, and which is so critical to the movement.