Recently I was in a conversation with an Elder in community.
She described the projects she and her partner were engaged with - an off-grid home, a collective housing situation with other elders, a movement for sustainable inner goals - …and it struck me that although I live in community the level of commitment she presented is unreachable to me at present.
Here in Sweden I am seeing a number of communities where the Elders seem to be taking a leading role.
I’m wondering - could it be that Elders are our best new hope as drivers for developing post-growth communities?
For those Elders who have paid their dues to the growth system and are lucky enough to draw a liveable pension, might this provide a level of freedom in contrast to those of us still stuck in it?
This thought brings me hope when I get yet another side-gig to cover my bills, and put yet another plan to engage more in community on the backburner.
What do you think?