Sunday, March 28, 2010
Emerald Isle Kibbutz
The idea of the kibbutz continues to inspire, often in surprising places. On this website, an author makes his case for a system of kibbutzim in Ireland, as part of a country-wide contest called Your Country Your Call to brainstorm new ideas for social enterprises. Beyond its back-to-the-land philosophy, I'm not sure how much his idea aligns with the actual kibbutz; his Irish farms would be designed to attract Irish-Americans for temporary stays and have vaguely religious overtones.
Still, I found it interesting that the author would look to the kibbutz as a successful model. Plus, I liked the notion that each "Irish kibbutz" might be built and marketed around a theme, including Irish literature and creative writing. I'd love to live and work in a kibbutz-style community and be nourished by the works of Yeats, Joyce and Guinness.