rather than destroy our environments? How can we give back rather than take more? Small lifestyle changes like growing and eating healthy food, using renewable energy resources, recycling, gifting, sharing, or reaching
out to a neighbor, can all be starting points. *Self-Governed: *These TOJ Villages will be *self-governed*, meaning residents use the democratic process to make decisions about how the community is operated and managed. A contract with the City of Dallas will regulate how the site may be used, and a Community Agreement and Village Manual outlines internal policies and procedures. TOJ Villages provides ongoing oversight and support. Each week residents will be expected to complete *10 volunteer hours* and attend the weekly village meeting.
During these meetings, residents discuss issues of common interest and vote on policies and procedures for operating and managing their Village, providing a sense of belonging.