All the ideas about restructuring the overall layout will take time and serious thinking - and with so many good ideas, people quickly lose interest and things go out of date. I regularly have to remove no-longer-relevant sticky threads that haven't been updated etc.
Granted its a major headache to restructure a forum thats run for a long time Ive done it myself but maybe as a short term measure instead of creating sticky threds within a main topic you create sticky sub topics under the main one such as in Nomadic living have subs like vehicles,technical,off-grid etc etc then lump all the relevant thread into those sticky's at least they would be kept together until you get around to reorganising the forum and the more relevant info would not keep getting pushed down the ranks by more the less inofrmative or less important threads.
As for the relevance of the hippy mantra I dont really know why its suddenly become a 'must change' issue. Everyone knows what a hippy is, even most teenagers I know know what a hippy is but have no clue what alternative living or new age travellers or punks or stoners or tribal refer to.Rebranding is what corporates do to lose some connotation theyd rather hide from their public image.
We dont need to lose who we are or the name that best sums up what were about ...as people keep on saying 'if it aint broke dont fix it'.