Grassroots Structure – We affirm that mobilization cannot occur without the organization of a diversity of individuals, each contributing their unique skills, perspective and experience to the collective aims. To this end, our organization is structured for collective decision-making from the ground up. Any individual may propose a program or initiative related to environmental sustainability or social justice.[/vc_column_text]
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Regenesis[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Regenesis and its chapters commonly engage in research related to the communities we serve. Our research ranges from the local and regional, to research that is national or global in scope. Our research covers a broad scope of activities, including information gathering, surveying, data collection, and writing reports.[/vc_column_text]
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- Canadian On-Campus Environmental and Social Justice Initiatives (2014)
- North American Activist, DIY and Collective Space (2012)
- North American Intentional Communities (2014)
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- Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)
- University of Toronto (Toronto, ON)
- York University (Toronto, ON)
- Filling a Local Transportation Gap: Planning for a Cycling Future at York University (2014)
- This directory lists the following types of residential communities:
- Abbeyfield Homes (Seniors)
- Camphill Communities (Developmental/Learning Disabilities)
- Collective Houses
- Co-op Housing
- Farm Co-ops
- Rural Land Co-ops
- Student Housing Co-ops
There are three major sub-types of collective houses: (1) Activist Houses, (2) Punk Houses, and (3) Catholic Worker Houses.
1. Activist Houses An activist house is a residential house or apartment that a group of activists share together. These houses often serve as activist hubs, acting as creative spaces and hosting events such as meetings and film screenings. These residences provide both mutual support and networking opportunities for resident activists, while providing them with an affordable and cost-effective residence.
2. Punk Houses Punk houses are residences comprising of those who identify with the punk sub-culture, and are sometimes squatted. These houses have many features of communes, often serving as crash-pads for others, while residents often share expenses such as food and live in relatively close quarters with each other. Many punk houses have specific ideologies, often anarchism, straight-edge, or vegan. Punk houses often serve as hubs for the local punk scene, hosting bands and concerts.
3. Catholic Worker Houses and Faith Houses The Catholic Worker movement is an egalitarian and communitarian movement founded in 1932 centred and originating from the Catholic faith and drawing heavily from anarchist thought. The movement is centred on communal housing — residents live simple lives dedicated to helping the poor, resisting war and fighting social injustice. Each house is autonomous and there is no global or regional Catholic Worker headquarters. Income for the house can come from in-house business activities, or from residents working outside jobs. There are currently 200 houses in the United States, 6 in Canada and 2 in Mexico. Modeled off the Catholic Worker Houses, there are a few mulch-denominational Faith Houses that now exist in North America, such as Faith House Ottawa.
What is an Ecovillage? An ecovillage is a sustainable community, committed to living in an ecologically, economically, and spiritually sound way. Astrophysicist and environmentalist Robert Gilman created the term ecovillage in 1991. Self-sufficiency, designed for community and well-being, local economy, minimal environmental impacts and growing organic food are features of an ecovillage. It is this commitment to the environment that differentiates ecovillages from other intentional communities.
What is Cohousing? “Cohousing” is a concept for communities and housing from Denmark. The key principles of cohousing are that of a sense of community, participation, having some common shared facilities, affordability of the units and residents managing the building themselves. Everyone works together as a collective and shares ownership of common areas, but rents or owns their own unit. Most co-housing developments are designed to be environmentally friendly.
What is a Cooperative? A “cooperative” is a legal arrangement that serves as an alternative to for-profit incorporation that is owned and operated by a group of individuals for their mutual benefit. There are numerous different models of cooperative ownership and governance. The scope of the cooperative, along with the period of existence, can also be limited. Such is the case with building cooperatives, which only exist until a building is complete and ownership of the units is transferred to individual members. Co-operative housing is cooperatively owned and managed. Residents share the responsibilities and have control of their own units, which they either rent from the co-op or own themselves. There are over 2,200 housing co-operatives with 90,500 units in Canada with a market value of 5.7 billion in assets. Over 250,000 Canadians live in Housing co-ops. Housing co-ops offer more security at a lower cost than renting or condominium ownership. Co-operatives are a way for a group of committed or caring people to accomplish great things. Some of the better known co-operatives are Gay Lea Foods, Cooperators Insurance, Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Autoshare, Windshare and Mountain Equipment Coop. Many ethnic communities use cooperatives to facilitate the creation of non-profit housing for their community; in addition to community centres which they rent out for events and banquets that make them self sufficient for the services they provide to the community.[/vc_column_text]
Work with Us![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Volunteers are critical to the success of our projects. We would love to have you get involved with us! Besides the tasks offered on our Volunteer Task Board that you can just go ahead and do, we also offer numerous volunteer positions. Adjacent is a list of all our volunteer positions. Positions are often split between two people (e.g. co-coordinators), and additional volunteers may be available to assist with certain tasks or aspects of the position. Some of the positions below may be currently filled, but there are frequent openings, so please get in touch with us![/vc_column_text]
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Volunteer Task Board[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We have embarked on a new approach of engaging with volunteers who are self-motivated and work independently. Below you will find a list of volunteer tasks that anyone willing may work on. Just email us with your completed work. Email all completed work to: email@example.com Tasks are categorized by skill-set or area of interest:
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