here is a very quick note to say that I am in Birr in the heart of the Irish midlands (again) working on the establishment of a new project and in talks to set up two co-living houses in the town in partnership with this work.
The first aspect is our participation on the Growing Livlihoods Program from Carnegie UK and the Plunkett Foundation. Second to this there is a Community space, a building dedicated to hosting community activities for 10 years, that will host a Coder Dojo/hackerspace a MensShed, an arts studio space, and a boxing club, with potential for a community cooperative entity that funds the basic cost of the space while creating local employment.
In addition, a member of the EarthShip crew and trainee architect has moved in across the street and we are in talks about Opening Earthship. So far they had no idea about OS and copyleft dynamics, now about the necessary steps to build transnational netwroked community commons and economic structures and so I'm helping a little that way and interesting conversations are in place.
I'm not spending much time online these days as there is lots of analogue involved in doing anything substantial in Ireland and so thats where my focus is right now. contact me here directly to talk about this if you are interested in getting involved in the doing, or if there is something you feel I should know/participate in on your side.
P.S - one funny thing about the co-living spaces we are in talks about, is that they are houses, and one is on the same street as the local masonic lodge. Also , in the agreement they are being 'unlodged' from the rent system, a characteristic of the work in general. definitely worth a wee titter