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The main question that we will share is: how to make your nomadic lifestyle more sustainable?
To answer this question we will look more closely to our shared nomadic culture and how to improve our common eco-system: the network of people and structures that sustain our (neo-)nomadic lifestyles. One structure is a proposal called nomadbases, houses open to receive people who consider themselves nomadic. These people come to a nomadbase to find a (temporary) home, where they can come to share and connect.
The term nomad we use here for communities of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling 'permanently' in a fixed location. While most nomads are part of a rather traditional nomadic tribes (think here of nomadic tribes in Mongolia), there is also a small but increasing amount of young people (mostly in the Western world) who adopt a nomadic lifestyle, roaming around freely without a fixed house.
These nomads can also be called neo or postmodern nomads. Most of these nomads, especially the ones traveling without money, through hitchhiking or just in general who travel by trusting strangers, learn to receive, hence to give and share, according to their needs and possibilities. Related terms used to describe these neo-nomads are for example hobos: migratory workers who move mainly through trainhopping.
SHE in NY is also a follow up of a similar gathering that takes place in Berlin for 10 days (20-30 of November): the aim of this gathering is to create a network between already existing nomad bases and to promote the creation of new ones.
In the vision of SHE, a nomadbase would be a shared living space where all inhabitants (including the nomads - how temporary they may stay) feel at home, do their 'thing' and can learn and share with other people who live there. A shared culture of participation in common activities (household and events for example) as well as mutual care among inhabitants and visitors are highly necessary for these spaces to remain sustainable. Keywords: intiative, sharing, learning, hosting. Most nomads also bring special skills and crafts; some are musicians or writers, others are software-developers or website-builders, while others bring with them their carpentry or cooking skills.
Nomad bases can be different between each other: it could be a house, an eco-village or an intentional community rented, owned or squatted by one or more individuals who decide to also share this space with nomads. It could also be a temporary space on a temporary location like some piece of (squatted) land or a rainbow gathering. Each location has their own specific culture, aspiration, guidelines, focus, terms of living, minimum or maximum length of stay, intentions, and so on. A base works as an independent node within a variegated web of experiences.
The SHE gathering in New York focuses on connecting people interested in these ideas. It follows a philosophy of shared hosting. There is no main organiser, and however comes contributes to make things happen, while taking the whole of our community into account. An active attitude towards this goal is a requirement.
At the same time, the gathering will ask you to be a good host: care for the other participants and for the "house", facilitate discussions, take initiative. Run the space like your own (shared) house and behave consequently.