Practice Layer Methods
Any group needs to set its boundaries in a transparent manner for members, both new and old, to be able to navigate more smoothly within the community. What is needed from each member? What can be made possible? What is expected? The Traffic Light exercise zones out these aspects to set clear boundaries.
Before starting with their tasks team members meet in a circle and spenda few moments in silence, listening within, noticing how they are, connecting to the larger purpose of theirwork together, and focusing their intention and awareness on the present moment, the group they arewith and the tasks at hand.
Sharing an innovative toilet culture is a great opportunity for community building. The group needs to find answers to many questions: Who will create the system? Where to place it? How will the system be taken care of? How aesthetic and comfortable do people want it to be? How much can it cost? etc. This is a chance to practice negotiation and decision-making.
A common feature in many groups (e.g. the ecovillage and cohousing movement, community gardens, transition groups) is the practice of dining together. This ranges from sharing every meal to having shared dinners occasionally, usually on a weekly or monthly basis. Systems of shared diningare often subject to experiments and changes as the ultimate form that meets the needs of different individuals is generally hard to reach.