Tiny House Revolution:

Exploring New Models for Community

July 2017

Tiny houses have a big attraction for several reasons. There are the obvious advantages of flexibility and economics, but it goes deeper than that. People are hungry for a new way of living in community – with a renewed focus on economic use of space and resources, as well as the transition from a life of separation to a life of interconnectedness.

From gift economy and new technologies for growing food to how we govern our communities, educate ourselves, and resolve conflicts, the time has never been more ripe for exploring new possibilities. With all of the tools and technology available to us today, opportunities for what we call “Community 4.0”, and what that might look like, are endless.

Join us for this free teleseminar where some of the most inspiring leaders in this conversation and conversion to living this new paradigm will discuss both the big picture and practical things we can do in our lives right now to bring a new way of living – one that supports our deepest desires for connection – into being.

Speakers for this Summit:

This teleseminar will be hosted by author, mystical philosopher, spiritual mentor, and artist Jeff Carreira, who brings people together in an empowering embrace of their own deepest spiritual realizations. He has spent decades studying, practicing, and teaching mystical traditions – especially of the East as well as studying the deep philosophical tradition of the West. This unique combination of Eastern Mysticism and Western Philosophy translates into profoundly transformational mini-workshops and guided meditation events.

Architect, builder, photographer, and artist Aaron Maret designed and built his Pocket Shelter in 2010. In designing this prototype intended for his young family, he discovered that the process of learning to live small – with intention – was just as important as the project of building his tiny home. Aaron’s unique perspective along with his fluid and organic approach to design, research, and discovery offer subtle and meaningful insights into the shift to living more deliberately.

Thomas Choate has spent his adult life examining and working within communities from every accessible angle, as community lays the infrastructure for transformative listening and actions.

He is passionate about designing for “the commons”, and specializes in designing spaces, systems, and contracts for cooperation. Thomas has assisted in the planning, design, facilitation, and development of housing, neighborhoods, and projects to best compliment the values of each community.

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, gift economy, and human cultural evolution. His viral short films and essays online have established him as a genre-defying social philosopher.

Author of “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible,” “Sacred Economics,” and “The Ascent of Humanity,” Charles speaks about the transitions our culture is facing as many of us decide to live more deliberately, and how we can each make meaningful contributions.

Diana Leafe Christian is an author, former editor of Communities magazine, and an international speaker and workshop presenter on starting new ecovillages, building communities, and on sustainability. She teaches Sociocracy all over the world and is the author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities.

Dr. Shawn Bingham, Assistant Dean at the Honors College at USF, is passionate about the tiny house movement and Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau began his experiment in purposeful living by first building a tiny home. Aiming to “front the essential facts of life” he turned to nature and simplicity and found that “in wildness is preservation of the world.” A century and a half later – in the era of Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Trump – his words and deeds offer lessons on designing a life well-lived. Author of “Thoreau and the Sociological Imagination,” Shawn’s workshops seamlessly tie together Thoreau’s quest with our modern day equivalent.

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