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S2E6: Ecovillages: Sustainable, Cooperative Lifestyles that Really Work

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Last Thursday, the Green Grid Radio team approached the topic of ecovillages and cooperative living. In “Ecovillages: Sustainable, Cooperative Lifestyles that Really Work,” Tony Sirna spoke with us about the inception and operation of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, an intentional community in northeast Missouri. Sirna, an alum of Stanford who lived in Synergy (a cooperative house on campus), wanted to create social change after graduating and implement the cooperative living model in the real world. We spoke with Tony about why he decided to start Dancing Rabbit; how the community works socially, politically, economically, and environmentally; and how he hopes to use Dancing Rabbit as a model for the rest of the U.S. of how to live in harmony with your family, your neighbors, and the planet. Student guests Hannah Rich and Aliza Gazek, current residents in Columbae (another cooperative house on campus), joined us as well to talk about their experiences living cooperatively. Sirna, Rich and Gazek all expressed hope and excitement at the idea of using larger-scale intentional communities to educate the public and live sustainably beyond college.

S2E6: Ecovillages: Sustainable, Cooperative Lifestyles that Really Work S2E6: Ecovillages: Sustainable, Cooperative Lifestyles that Really Work

Alongside coops, other groups on campus initiate low-budget, high-impact projects to benefit the larger community. Tying in with that notion, this episode also featured the next “Energy on the Farm” segment with Sasha Brownsberger of the Green Living Council. We checked in with GLC on their activities this year. You can listen to this week’s fascinating episode below:

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2 thoughts on “S2E6: Ecovillages: Sustainable, Cooperative Lifestyles that Really Work

  1. Good day! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask.

    Would you be interested in exchanging links or
    maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa?

    My website discusses a lot of the same topics as yours
    and I feel we could greatly benefit from each
    other. If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot
    me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Superb blog by the way!

    • Hello,
      Thank you so much for the note. Sorry about the slow response. I didn’t see this until just now. We haven’t discussed lawn mowers on our program before, but we’re always interested in the opportunities to branch into new topics. Can you tell me what you had in mind in terms of a blog article?

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