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"Juggling Fire in the Jungle" My journey of thirty years living in a sustainable community experiment
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Poster Title: "Juggling Fire in the Jungle" My journey of thirty years living in a sustainable community experiment
Submitted on 15 Oct 2019
Author(s): Graham Ellis
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This poster was presented at Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance
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Abstract: Cutting-edge social experiments like this ‘artistic ecovillage’ cum ‘anarchistic egovillage’ offer valuable lessons in creating a healthier future for our planet and its people, suggesting how to survive and even thrive collectively. This narrative of the political, legal, social, and physical challenges facing a pioneer pursuing a truly sustainable lifestyle highlights the requirements for courage, resilience, thick skin and the ability to juggle fire.

Summary: This research details the first thirty years of ‘Bellyacres’ an unintentional community of bohemian jugglers in the Puna jungle on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Ambitiously living in the pursuit of radical sustainable community the author has been described as a visionary, founder, bulldozer, bully, ringleader, anarchist, land steward, director, dictator, community builder and other labels both highly flattering and furiously critical. References: "To live cohesively is almost a fantasy and we ought to know it starts with humbling our egos."
NAHKO BEAR, Medicine for the People
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