Community Where You Are


Towards a Joyful Economics

Posted on May 28, 2017 by
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From Gift Circles in Brooklyn to the sharing economy at an ecovillage-based collective house, the author explores practical applications of Sacred Economics.


Variations on a Theme: Low-Carbon Communities of All Sorts

Posted on May 1, 2017 by
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Three innovative non-residential groups use community as a tool to address climate change.


Soil, Communities, and Climate Change: An Interview with Nikki Silvestri

Posted on April 11, 2017 by
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As a climate solutions advocate explains, carbon is not a bad thing; it’s often just in the wrong places right now.


The Question I Get Asked the Most

Posted on April 1, 2017 by
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“What can I do?” It’s the right question—almost.


Nine Traditions that Draw Us Together: How a Small Town Nurtures Community

Posted on February 1, 2017 by
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The art of creating community spirit within mainstream towns and neighborhoods has much potential to change the world for the better.



Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

Posted on October 11, 2016 by
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At the RareBirds Housing Co-operative, community life and outside activism deepen and strengthen each other.


Not the Last of the Mohicans: Honoring Our Native Predecessors on the Land

Posted on September 30, 2016 by
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How can we do right by the native peoples whose ancestral homelands now host our intentional communities?


Rediscovering Community: A family’s journey back to appreciating Home

Posted on March 11, 2016 by
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An active search for a new community allows one family to explore core questions.


Offerings to the Land

Posted on January 21, 2016 by
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Befriend the land where you are, and you will never be lonely.


The Unexpected Journey

Posted on January 11, 2016 by
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A three-month living/learning seminar in alternative communities still resonates three decades later.


Getting to Community and Life after Community: Collectivism vs. Individuality

Posted on January 1, 2016 by
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Togetherness and solitude, action and reflection—our lives give us times for each.


An Evolving Movement

Posted on December 21, 2015 by
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The FIC’s new Executive Director reflects on his and the organization’s converging paths.


Finding Community Outside of “Community”

Posted on December 11, 2015 by
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Myriad groups and connections on “the outside” don’t call themselves intentional—but sometimes are.


Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

Posted on December 1, 2015 by
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Whether with refugees, in the inner city, or in intentional groups, community holds life-long lessons.


My Squat Law Journey

Posted on October 21, 2015 by
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After years of advocacy, social justice work, and on-the-ground experience, a squatter passes the bar exam.


Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

Posted on October 11, 2015 by
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A century since the United States’ first citywide zoning ordinance, community founders can find support in unexpected places when navigating land use laws.


It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

Posted on September 21, 2015 by
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After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.


It’s the Law

Posted on August 25, 2015 by
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Communal living is no escape from dealing with legal issues and challenges coming from both within and outside the group.


Urban Flex Farms: Farming on a Bicycle

Posted on August 4, 2015 by
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In the face of structural challenges, some urban farmers are finding innovative ways to serve their neighborhoods.


We Got An Egg!: A Study in Scarcity

Posted on July 4, 2015 by
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At the Global Village, schoolchildren get a taste of impoverished peoples’ struggles to feed themselves.


How the Kitchen Is the Heart of a Community

Posted on June 14, 2015 by
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A shared kitchen provides not just physical sustenance, but emotional benefits and greater connection to our food and one another.


Cookin’ Dinner for the Revolution

Posted on June 4, 2015 by
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A vibrant, reliable, and nourishing home-base can provide activists with a much-needed feeling of sustainability.


Why I’m a Locavore

Posted on June 1, 2015 by
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By eating food grown locally by farmers we know, we can create a strong and resilient local food system and a healthier community.


Short-Term Vacation Cohousing: A Great Way to Learn

Posted on April 29, 2015 by
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Two retirees discover a way to explore cohousing without long-term commitment—and after several extended visits, decide it’s for them.


A Baby Boomer Rediscovers Community

Posted on April 20, 2015 by
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After falling into a disillusioning “status quo” existence, a baby boomer rekindles his zeal (and ability) to live by his values at Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage.


The Power of Community

Posted on April 10, 2015 by
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Cohousing can offer a much-improved quality of life to seniors and others; it’s time to break free of the self-inflicted “Oh, that’s not me!”


My Father the Toddler

Posted on April 2, 2015 by
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An ex-communitarian tending full-time to an aging parent reflects on how intentional communities can help shift our approach to elder care.


Social Media or Social Isolation? Or is there a third way?

Posted on January 19, 2015 by
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Avoiding computers can mean losing out on connecting with others when one is desperate for connection, yet a rich, computer-free, community-based social life is also possible.


Kindista: Technology for Living More Freely

Posted on January 9, 2015 by
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Born of collaboration, an innovative technology helps build community by encouraging trust, appreciation, and giving from the heart.