ANITRA NELSON has lived in an all-under-one roof living and working cooperative in rural Victoria, a peri-urban land-sharing residential conservation cooperative in Victoria, and has stayed in a communally sufficient intentional community of 90 residents in rural Virginia (US) as well as a commune of a similar number in New York City. All these communities were planned and created by people rather than the market or government and have become spaces where people can visit and stay to observe and experience collective living.
In this talk Anitra describes similarities and differences in their social and sustainability practices and economic structures in the context of the sustainability and affordability crises we face today. How ‘alternative’ does lively collectively need to be? Why is it easier to be environmentally sustainable in a group? Where are the savings?