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  • Lily Laurence and I recently installed a set of questions in the town of Mendocino, CA. We chose Mendocino because her parents moved there a few years ago, and it seemed as good a spot as any to think thoughts and work on this project for a week. We didn't quite realize in coming the complex history this area has with community and intentional experiments thereof.

    This list is growing and evolving, as is our understanding of this nebulous concept and perhaps too vague of a word:

    Who is your community?

    Who constitutes community?

    Does proximity constitute a community?

    Can there be people in your community you don't know?

    Do you have to interpersonally “like” the people in your community?

    Is your community intentional?

    Does intention have to be articulated to be powerful?

    To what extent is your community shaped by who you do or don’t live with?

    Why do people choose to live together?

    Does living together always create closeness or intimacy?

    How important is shared physical space in creating community?

    What is the difference between community and family?

    Are friends your family? Are friends your community?

    Does community create obligation? Does obligation create community?

    Is community always stronger when people need each other?

    How are our lives impacted by being part of many communities simultaneously?
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