Managing the Spiritual Neighborhood: How to Restore the Conscience of America's Communities - A Grass Roots Approach

Managing the Spiritual Neighborhood: How to Restore the Conscience of America's Communities - A Grass Roots Approach

by Alexander Gabis


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ISBN-13: 9780974187532
Publisher: Tinkers Creek Press
Publication date: 11/08/2015
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alexander Gabis is an east-coast transplant living in the Heartland of America. His education and professional experience was in mathematics and computer science - working for federal contractors in the suburbs of Washington, DC., but his true passion was in applying analytical skills developed as a programmer to real-world, real-community issues. As a homeowner for 17 years in an attractive middle-class neighborhood in Camp Springs, Maryland, he became the de facto "mayor" of a 550-home subdivision, which was plagued by juvenile crime through the 90s and into the 2000s. The principles developed during this time were equally relevant to the quality of life in a much different environment: Fairfield, Iowa, a small town situated in the midst of Iowa's corn fields. Under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Gabis spent four years as a paid, professional peace-maker, meditating with a group of several hundred practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation technique on the campus of Maharishi University of Management, which hosted what became known as the "Invincible America Assembly" starting in 2006. He is currently putting together an intentional "neo-indigenous" community that will collaborate in constructing low-cost homes and committing to long-term cooperation, spiritual growth and stewardship of the land, while at the same time generating bottom-up back-pressure on a faltering top-down establishment.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Bound Edition: How to Read This Book
Reading Order
Concepts and Definitions
A Few Words About Clear Thinking
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Awareness, Courtesy and the Quality of Life 5
1.1 The Garden Zone
1.2 Prevention ... A New Mind-set
1.3 The Effects of Awareness
1.4 Staking a Claim On Courtesy
Chapter 2 The Problem with Westchester
Chapter 3 The Power of Attention
3.1 Suspicious Happenings
3.2 Neighborhood Alert
3.3 The Birth of the Quality of Life Committee
3.4 Homeless in Camp Springs
Chapter 4 Responsibility and Spiritual Growth
4.1 The Meaning of Responsibility
4.2 Experiencing the Inner Realm
4.3 Juvenile Madness
4.4 The Tatia Brennan Case
4.5 Growth of Character
Chapter 5 Holes in the Spiritual Neighborhood
5.1 Establish an Intelligent Presence in the Garden Zone
5.2 Fill the Leadership Gap Between Government and Neighborhood
5.3 Promote Willing Cooperation and Voluntary Contribution
5.4 Develop a Truly Preventive Approach to Crime
5.5 Point to Refinement of Awareness as the Key to Improving the Quality of Life
5.6 Develop the Natural Community in the Place Where People Live
5.7 Establish Simple Trust Among Neighbors; Eliminate Anonymity
5.8 Provide a Structure Through Which People Can Demonstrate Grass-Roots Responsibility
5.9 Use Courtesy as an On-Ramp to the Path of Spiritual Growth
5.10 Elevate the Status of Community Service; Create a New Profession
Chapter 6 Two Problems with Public Education
6.1 Passion for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo
6.2 The Problem With Bullies
6.3 Handling Youthful Emotions
Chapter 7 Garden Zone Management
7.1 Marketing the Community
7.2 The Art of Loitering
7.3 Gardening as a Community Ritual
7.4 Moving Toward Self-sufficiency
Fairfield Full Disclosure:
A New Paradigm in the Heartland
Criteria for a Livable Community
Community Law: Ten Principles
I. Spirituality
II. Intimacy
III. Uniqueness
IV. Community
V. Money
VI. Character
VII. Free Expression
VIII. Consensus
IX. Force
X. Sovereignty
Locating CCA Candidates: The Spirituality Czar
Action Plan
Action Steps, General
Action Steps, Specific
Quality of Life Committee
Naming Trees
Garden Zone Management
One Quiet Day
Residential Stability
Mapping Desirable Properties
Challenging the Culture of Eviction
Controlling the Cost of Living: Economic Equilibrium
Farmland for Farmers
Permanent Market Stalls
Land Development and Intentional Community
Urban Renewal and Intentional Community
Community Involvement in Property Transfer
Land Reform: Restricting Foreign Ownership
Land Reform:
Setting an Upper Limit on Property Ownership
Connected Green Space
Urban Ecotourism
Pavement-free Development
Changing the Car Culture: Professional Driver Corps
Local Passenger Rail
Barrier-free Development
Pet-free Development
Life Close to the Ground
Permit-free Development
[PR]2: Project to Restore Personal Responsibility
Simplify the Message: Action Plan for Pastors
Music Studios for the Public
Anyone but Wal-Mart
300-Year Plan
Debt-free Existence
Credit-free Zone
ID-free Zone
Community-based Social Security
A. Logic Outline
B. Intentional Community Guide
A neo-indigenous enclave
Low-cost construction, off the grid
$10,000 to $100,000 ... $75 to $150/month
Tolerance and comfort
Public versus private, code versus culture

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