Intentional community formation is a long process, often taking around seven years. Clear communication and group participation are both very important for effective intentional community development. Not only do these things take time, but all of the work on the development process has been done on a volunteer basis. None of the members are working full time on the development.
Winding Rivers tries to walk a middle ground. We do not feel that social decision-making by the most financially advantaged members of society results in the best decisions. Neither do we feel that complete income-sharing is a viable strategy for a housing development of this scale embedded within a more conventional neighborhood.
Our financial model is optimized to incentivize investment by higher-income earners, fairly distribute equity to all members, and level the playing field in decision-making for the community.