Listening Tree Cooperative voted 2 to 1 on Monday night to disband. Those of us left at the end could not get along, lost track of or did not know how to resolve conflict, and no longer wanted to live together.
Maybe just another COVID casualty. Maybe another caterpillar melting in a chrysalis.
Addendum: when I wrote the above, I was being very generous. What is more true for me is: Listening Tree died due to a crisis over sexual ethics. The major unresolved conflict was about whether people in positions of relative power have a right to sex with those with less, such as students, WWOOFers, potential renters, renters, and younger people; whether those with less power can freely consent in those situations. Intentional communities have to grapple with this issue if they expect to create a healthier and less oppressive culture than the mainstream.
-Karina Lutz, co-founder