I'm really hoping to contribute to this, both my fella & I have been looking into it. It's just not practical to be living the way we are anymore, I honestly believe that we are going to be living under very different circumstances within the next decade at the most. I've been listening a lot to Max's stuff & unlike most folks that do push the doom scenario, it's really important to build those strong community ties where people will help one another when the going gets tough.
I just recently moved into a co-op & am finding that the community feel is much stronger, people are way more personable & willing to help, unlike your standard city appartment buildings, where most folks don't know their next door neighbor.
I am finding, however, that a lot of folks are starting to "awaken" more to those around them & I do believe that it is spreading. Even something as simple as hearing the other day on the radio an advert for being kind to those around you. They weren't selling anything or had an agenda, as far as I could tell, beyond just being kind to those around you. I think it was www.peopleforgood.ca
up here in Canada. I hope it does continue to spread, I do feel that times ahead will be difficult, but, that people do want a change. Ok, I'm on a bit of a roll, heh...