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Greetings!

Brown.jpgMy name is Lynnwood Brown and I am the owner of Skyloom Development Services. Allow me to share with you some of the vision and commitment that informs the services we provide.

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by this familiar and yet elusive phenomena we call "community." Growing up in your typical American suburbia, I sensed that there was something missing—that somehow life had more to offer. This feeling was strengthened by an odd sense of recognition when my family spent some time in Europe and I got to experience "village-life" first hand and then again later when we traveled through the southwest U.S. and visited the Anasazi Pueblo ruins.

My curiosity into what made these places different than the places I grew up in led me to design an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the theme of “Architecture and Culture Change”. This program gave me the opportunity to explore all the factors—architectural, economic, social, anthropological—that contributed to the quality of our day-to-day lives together. After a couple of years organizing consumer cooperatives and building homes, I went on to get a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. My studies during this period focused on understanding the cultural aspects of organization and, in particular, the dynamics of collaboration, both among individuals and organizations.

During my graduate studies, I was also exposed to the Pueblo Native American communities of New Mexico and Arizona. Inspired by what I might learn from their 1000+ experience with village life, I began working with them, eventually living and working in Ohkay Owingeh for 10 years. In the early 1990s, I finally got a chance to create my own "village" when I helped found The Commons on the Alameda a "co-housing" community in Santa Fe where I continue to live with my wife and son.

For over 20 years now I have been providing strategic planning and project management services to communities throughout New Mexico. I am continually inspired by the community traditions that remain so strong here! I have managed projects in a wide variety of fields including economic development, housing, health care, social services, and tribal governance. Yet whatever field I work in, there has always been a single guiding desire: to find new ways to weave the threads of individual talents and aspirations into the greater tapestry we call "community." It was this sentiment that I recognized in the Song of the Sky Loom, from which I took my company's name.

Thank you for visiting my website and I hope you find something here that is useful and inspiring for yourself and your community. Please feel free to send me a note and let me know if there is someway I can help you.

— Lynnwood Brown

P.S. If you'd like to find out more about my current interests and explorations, I invite you to browse my "web notebook."
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