Project Q is an emerging cohousing project; nothing is fixed at this stage other than: geographical area will be Southwest England (probably Cornwall); type of property will be farmstead/small country estate with land; an intention to align with the Quaker principles of truth, peace, equality and simplicity. Other aspects of the community are up for discussion and debate. A key aim is to help and support people through the biodiversity crisis.
What will Project Q aspire to?
An example of simple, sustainable living, showing people how we can survive and thrive during and after the existential crisis that is threatening us
A deeply spiritual space in the country to nurture members; a place where people can come to find spiritual care in connection with the climate and ecological crisis
An educational centre teaching practical skills like food-growing and crafts
A centre of inspiration and positive thinking
A loving community aligned to Quaker principles (truth, peace, equality and simplicity) with strong links to other Climate Crisis groups
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Who would fit with Project Q?
A loving community based on Quaker principles (truth, peace, equality and simplicity)
A group of brave people who sell their houses, invest their money and move in, or move in to work diligently if they don’t have much money.
A group of people who have chosen to collectively purchase land/buildings with the intention of living as a community.
A well-balanced, structured community (all ages catered for, ideally 50/50 male female, all income levels will be welcome)
People devoted to developing deep adaptation as the climate crisis/ecological extinction crisis unfolds. Deep green warriors.
All to be strong people, educationalists, people who want to reach out and help others, not just look after themselves.
A variety of skills and interests: aiming for co-sufficiency with each of us contributing our knowledge, energy and work for the good of the whole.
A tribe of people with strong emotional bonds providing trust and security
Strong links to other groups: Quakers and other faith groups; Extinction Rebellion; Transition and environmental groups.
How will Project Q work?
The freehold will be held via a not for profit organisation, maybe a CLT. We could choose a CIC structure with each individual/family purchasing a licence; or a Mutual Home Ownership system. The licence to live within the community will be issued by the freehold organisation.
A secure organisation with strong governance
Democratic decision making constitution, with decisions by consensus
Community ownership model
Each licensee will be encouraged to become a director of the freehold organisation OR we shall have a sociocracy Charitable aims so we shall be eligible for funding.
A cohousing community, where there are shared communal spaces and private living spaces – like a little village, hamlet or farmstead
The community spaces will include normal dwellings – apartments, houses and will also include communal areas for cooking, eating, meeting and a laundry.
An existing farm or country estate with buildings already there. Site to include existing buildings on a farm with land,
Self build/self finish opportunities included
Storage unit(s) (for members) and for storing grain/ root crops/ cheese/winter food
Shared community space for gatherings/meals/music/meetings etc
Workshop facilities for practical work
Hot desk office facilities with high speed internet
Several acres of land where we grow food.
Possibly a few acres of field crops
A small amount of kindly-kept animals and poultry – house cow or two, several sheep, chickens, beehives
Several acres of woodland
The community will have a shared growing space for fruit and vegetables.
Permaculture/Forest garden growing principles
Avoidance of chemicals on the land
No dig and soil conservation techniques favoured where practical
Wild natural areas on the land
Wild water features
Counties we are considering include, Cornwall, Devon and possibly others in the south west region
Secluded and quite far from a city so we are not invaded
Near a rocky, sandy beach
Quite near a train station
Not too far down a potholed lane
Deep adaptation, deep green, deep questions
Fair but giving
Aligned with Quaker principles – although not a religion based community we would encourage people to familiarise themselves with these principles and practice them living in community.
Peace: we won’t have guns to shoot invaders, instead will offer them a lovely meal and help and support
Like an old monastery – a centre which is a keeper of knowledge
Features for us
Business centre including micro-business incubators (for those who wish to work from the community and for rent to outside users)
A shared office will be provided for “hot –desking”.
Music therapy/ community band
A focus on renewable energy generation on site and low resource use. Aim to be partly sufficient in food and energy.
Enterprising culture, especially around food/drink/environmental businesses
Community electric vehicle pool. A parking area will be provided along with an electric car club. Electric minibus. Shared tractor.
Swimming pool or leisure facility locally
Features for others visiting
A place where regular Quaker/ sustainability/ climate crisis camps and events are held
A refugee centre perhaps in a barn, where climate refugees have sanctuary for a few weeks on their way to where they are going (subject to funding)
Education space indoor & outdoor
Holiday and volunteer accommodation
Outreach support (active promotion programme, subject to funding, to others who wish to set up similar communities)
A place where we help teenagers and young adults find their path in this confusing and mixed-up world