In this three-part series, airing as part of BBC Four's Utopias season, art historian Professor Richard Clay examines the enduring appeal of utopias and asks what it is in the human condition that yearns for it and what it is in human nature that often frustrates us getting there.
Ambitious and provocative, with high profile interviewees including architect Norman Foster and composer Steve Reich, the series ranges across high art and popular culture, from Swift to Star Trek, Wagner to Wikipedia.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Utopia: In Search of the Dream - Twin Oaks Community, Virginia - Netflix
Twin Oaks Community is an ecovillage and intentional community of about one hundred people living on 450-acre (1.8 km2) in Louisa County, Virginia. It is a member of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities. Founded in 1967, it is one of the longest-enduring and largest secular intentional communities in North America. The community's basic values are cooperation, egalitarianism, non-violence, sustainability, and income sharing. About 100 adults and 17 children live in the community.
Utopia: In Search of the Dream - Twin Oaks and ecology - Netflix
Twin Oaks seeks to be a model of sustainability. The average Twin Oaks member consumes fewer resources than the average American due to the community's practices of resource sharing and self-sufficiency. Members hold all resources in common except for the personal items they keep in their bedrooms. For instance, members share housing, a fleet of 17 vehicles, and a large “clothing library”. Twin Oaks members consume 70% less gasoline, 80% less electricity, and 76% less natural gas per capita than do their neighbors.
Utopia: In Search of the Dream - References - Netflix