The way community has been formed for much of the last 4,000 years has come unravelled in the last few decades. Where agrarian societies were primarily stable farming communities — your farm and your neighbors’ farms kept you rooted to a single place and to one another — we have entered into a new nomadic era.

Where farm cultures are settled and take value from the soil they till and then put value right back into it, nomadic cultures are mobile, moving to wherever they find value. With the dwindling of many farming communities since World War II, the rise of cities, and the birth of an information/communication economy, the jobs we do and the places we live have become more interchangeable.

Much of the growth of the city I live in (Bend, Oregon) has come from people whose work enables them to live anywhere they want, because they can do their…

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