Practise shows the intentions and structures – or the lack of the same. What can support groups in getting their plans down to earth, to have their intentions materialize? How to find the right people for the tasks, how to organise the workflow or the distribution of work? The practice layer of CLIPS responds to the questions of practice – what can be seen and experienced. Methods have been gathered and adapted from the ecovillage network which can contribute to successful realisation of projects.


List of Methods

The Way of Circle

A group needs practices for sharing.This is one that is widely used within the ecovillage movement and therefore a recommendation for each community group to experiment with - and find the form that match the group the best.

The Traffic Light

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.

Car Sharing

Some groups establish car-sharing schemes, thus using common cars more effectively: having on average more passengers per ride, distributing ownership and maintenance costs, reducing the number of cars on the road.

Check Ins and Moments of Awareness

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.

Compost Toilets

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.

Shared Meals

shared meals

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.