Communities, Housing, and Social Enterprise
Open-Source Web Technology
Jews and Jewishness
My name is Joel, and this, to quote The Tick, is where I keep all my stuff.
As a human geographer, I research and practice new paradigms for building urban neighborhoods that emphasize human-scale design, shared enterprise, communal ownership, and sustainability. I am inspired by many cohousing, ecovillage, and intentional communities efforts -- above all, Seattle's Ravenna Kibbutz where I lived for many years and helped to found. Today I am compiling lessons learned and developing my next proposals for cooperative neighborhood experiments.
As a web developer, I specialize in deploying Drupal content management, constituent relationship management, and dynamic front-end technologies for large nonprofits, NGOs, and other organizations with progressive missions.
As a Jew, I try to avoid the little-"O" orthodoxies of all denominations, and embrace serious engagement with our traditions and culture wherever it can be found.
As someone who also likes to sleep, I figure I had better live a long life to stand a chance of fulfilling my many passions. I record them all here, in one big heap, and I call it "Village Lab" as my personal monument to their common thread, which is community.
Displacement or Integration - Co-oprification, Ecovillage, Gentrification, Slow Money, Social Justice
Mar. 28, 2013
Hacking around Embedded Video's preset limitations - Hacks
Dec. 17, 2012