Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Why We Love New Society
www.newsociety.com/ . No matter where you work, I'd guess their terms of service are better than yours. (Sorry, no positions open now or in the future. Folks like working here too much).
On our way back to the mainland, a stop at The Commons (with thanks to EJ Hurst), made us fully aware that community-based, environmentally-focused education, arts programming, architecture, gardens and orchards, and a good tract of wild land are also part of living sanely in this lovely corner of North America. When I asked how they managed to do so much on this 26 acre commons, their response: a unique set of bylaws protecting the commons (in the old sense of the word) non-hierarchical organization, consensus decisions, and care to take on only what than they can handle. The Commons surely enriches community here. On the ferry to Nanaimo, we looked back at Gabriola Island thinking it would be a very cool place to live and work. The crystalline air, sparkling waters of the Straits of Georgia, snow-capped peaks off on eastern horizons, and the prevalence of locally owned enterprises made us envious. I realized again why I am right at home with New Society.