Upcoming event 4/4: Exit Through The Gift Shop screening and discussion

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How does beauty connect to where you live?

Please join us for a covered outdoor screening of Exit Through The Gift Shop.

“The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work.” – Written by Sundance Film Festival

WHEN: Friday April 4th, 8-11pm

WERE: The Walsh Homestead, 308 Oertli Lane ATX

Bring a snack or drinks to share.

Please RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Community-Living/events/169564412/

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Upcoming event 4/26: Happy film screening and discussion

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How do your circumstances effect your happiness?

Join us for an outdoor/indoor (if raining) screening and discussion of Roko Belic’s: Happy.

“Happy takes viewers on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real-life stories and scientific interviews, the film explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.” -Netflix

Bring a snack or drinks to share. Cold bean salad will be provided.

7:30pm Doors open
8:00pm Movie begins
9:30pm Movie ends, discussion begins
11:00pm Go home people!

To get more details, and RSVP go to our Meetup.com site: http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Community-Living/events/111164202/

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Upcoming Event: Film screening and discussion 10/12

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How do you belong to a community and not lose your identity?

Join us for an outdoor, covered screening and discussion of Bennett Miller’s: The Cruise.

“A double-deck bus tour guide with the heart of an urban poet, Timothy “Speed” Levitch doles out a fascinating overview of New York City history that’s nearly impossible to forget — due mostly to his passionate asides about life, love and the pursuit of “the cruise.”” -Netflix

Bring a snack or drinks to share. Cold bean salad will be provided.

7:00pm Doors open
7:30pm Movie begins
9:00pm Movie ends, discussion begins
10:00pm Go home people!

To get more details, and RSVP go to our Meetup.com site: http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Community-Living/events/81357212/

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Upcoming Event: Film screening and discussion 5/11/12

Join us for an outdoor screening and discussion of Sam Wainwright’s film: Citizen Architect. Q & A with Co-producer Jack Sanders.

“Citizen Architect spotlights Samuel Mockbee, whose Rural Studio program encourages a new generation of architects to practice their trade in a socially positive way, by having students design and build homes for poor residents of Hale County, Ala. The crew building a house for spirited R&B fan Jimmy Lee Matthews is soon beguiled by their charity case. Interviews with architectural experts present endorsements and criticisms of Mockbee’s approach.” -Netflix

Bring a snack or drinks to share. Cold bean salad will be provided.

7:00pm Doors open
7:30pm Movie begins
9:00pm Movie ends, discussion begins
10:00pm Go home people!

Visit our meetup page for more information about the event.

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Playborhood

“Show me a kid who talks about how much he or she likes the inside of his house and I’ll show you a kid who has a crappy neighborhood.”

Mike Lanza is the author of “Playborhood” –a book about turning your neighborhood into a place for play. I haven’t read the book yet. But his TEDx talk rocked my socks!

Please find 30 minutes to watch this.

You can visit Playborhood at www.playborhood.com

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The Disillusioned Realtor Rethinks Private Property

In the world of community gardens private property vs. community property is a debate that comes to life every spring. NPR did a radio piece framing both sides of the issue. (I recommend listening to the link found at the bottom.) The problem is: How can a bunch of people, with varying ideas and levels of commitment, farm a single piece of land without destroying each other? The two common approaches are:

1. Farm one big plot communally.

2. Stake out plots within the garden to be farmed separately.

The pros and cons of each:

Communal plot

PROS:

  • “People can come show up and join the garden –opposed to being on a wait-list.”
  • There is the potential for a tight knit community.

CONS:

  • “Some days it felt like because everybody owned the garden nobody owned the garden…somebody else will take care of it.”
  • “Our experience is that there is an unequal participation and an unequal sharing.”

Individual plots

PROS:

  • “Less drama and less discouragement…if members start shirking their responsibility it’s not your problem.”

CONS:

  • A tendency to not participate with each other.

How is this connected to Real Estate? The structure of a community garden is a microcosm of the structure we inhabit the earth with, (Private property laws, state borders, national borders, etc.).

In Texas we have land ownership laws to help ensure fairness. But what is lost in this structure?

I’m not advocating for changing government or getting rid of land laws. I’m advocating for the consideration that other ways to exist on the land might be possible –even within the current structure.

Communal gardening could be a great way to experiment without severely endangering your lifestyle.

As one NPR interviewee put it, “Sure, the most troublesome part of a community garden is the community. But that community, if you can pull it off, is way more valuable than the vegetables.”

NPR Interview: At The Community Garden, It’s Community That’s The Hard Part.

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The Disillusioned Realtor asks a stupid question.

One day a friend, who lives in the Alaskan tundra, was visiting Austin.  He’s Upik (eskimo).  He was sharing his story of village life, hunting seal, snapping the necks of geese, etc., when I excitedly interrupted with a burning question, “so–what are Real Estate values like there?”

He replied, “We just live on the land. If someone needs a home, we find a place that works with everyone in the village and then help them build a house there.”

Why don’t we do that here?

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