In intentional communities, people seek not just a more human, connected and caring environment for themselves, but also a model that lights the way to a way the world might be organized that would work better for us all.
Our appetite for communitarian living might be hard-wired. Some sociologists have suggested that we are maladapted to modern society, that small, caring groups come closer to replicating the tribal groups in which we evolved. From an evolutionary perspective, technological capitalism might be the anomaly. For 3 million years the tribal life worked for us: ‘It worked for people the way nests worked for birds, the way webs work for spiders, the way burrows work for moles … That doesn’t make it lovable, it makes it viable.’ [quote from The Story of B by Daniel Quinn]
— Aeon Article by Alexa Clay and Marina Benjamin
‘You should change things when they work – not when they don’t work.’ Compared with communities of the 18th and 19th centuries, this ability to pivot and change direction, to not get locked in to one path or way of doing things, creates greater resilience over time. ‘It’s about not getting undermined by one meme.’ Communities, like start-ups, need to trial innovations and re-invent themselves organically, responding to the changing needs of members.