Community Where You Are


Technology on the Path to Reality: Snapshots from the Pre-Post-Digital Age

Posted on December 29, 2014 by
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Misadventures with a cell phone help the author dial into more enduring, meaningful adventures and relationships not dependent on an electronic-communications hamster wheel.


Back to Life: Returning from the Virtual to the Real

Posted on December 19, 2014 by
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To shake our addiction to modern technology, we must understand its true costs. Stillwaters Sanctuary works to create a culture of greater connection, where it is easier to live without industrial society.


Technology: Our External Thumb

Posted on December 8, 2014 by
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Instead of asking whether technology is a “friend or foe,” perhaps we should be asking how to better help friends and reduce foes through the use of technology.


“Appropriate” Technology and Community on the Path to Resiliency

Posted on November 28, 2014 by
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At Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, efforts to foster a renaissance in land-based living go hand in hand with judicious use of modern design and communication technologies.


Technology, Nature, and Community

Posted on November 21, 2014 by
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How does modern technology affect our ecological and social literacy? Are computers and their kin suppressing or enhancing the awareness, skills, and qualities essential to our nature as humans?


Kawsmos: The Unintentional Community

Posted on September 23, 2014 by
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After 11 years of gathering, a group of Kaw Valley’s cosmic explorers realizes that community has happened to them.


Deepening Community: The joy of togetherness

Posted on September 3, 2014 by
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Community grows when we make time to share our stories, enjoy one another, take care of one another, and work on building a better world together.


Community Conversations Campaign: Final Thoughts and Next Steps

Posted on September 3, 2014 by
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In an age when prioritizing community is itself radical, self-awareness, self-care, and storytelling are essential to deepening our connections.


Dancing Rabbit’s Exchange Local Money System: The Promise of Local Currencies and Interest-Free Financing

Posted on June 14, 2014 by
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Place-specific currencies can provide critical financing to the small businesses that keep local communities connected and thriving.


Business. Busy-ness. Coincidence?

Posted on June 5, 2014 by
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Improving our relationships to work, money, and entrepreneurship can dramatically enhance our sense of community and quality of life.


Digging into Community: A reflection from Tamarack’s 1000 Conversations Initiative

Posted on June 2, 2014 by
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Tamarack Institute’s Conversations campaign reveals shifting expectations of community among youth and seniors, varying perspectives on group identity and boundaries, and diverse attitudes toward technology.


Opportunity Village Eugene: Pioneering New Solutions for the (Formerly) Homeless

Posted on May 15, 2014 by
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An innovative self-governing village lifts spirits while modeling new ways to address homelessness.


Margaret and Me: The Iron Lady Becomes an Unexpected Ally

Posted on May 11, 2014 by
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A squatters’ housing cooperative activist describes how Margaret Thatcher broke with her image to support an early “occupy” movement.


Strangely Warmed

Posted on January 14, 2014 by
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Home-scale geothermal in appropriate conditions promotes both community and energy savings.


The Peace Bridge

Posted on September 14, 2013 by
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Tamarack Institute and FIC invite all of us to share our conversations about community.


The Veterans Writing Group and the Military Community

Posted on June 7, 2013 by
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A group of veterans discovers empowerment, connection, and healing by forming a writing group.


The Values of Shared Ownership

Posted on June 7, 2013 by
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Shared ownership—including of real estate—has many practical benefits.


Sharing Community Wisdom

Posted on June 7, 2013 by
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Sharing, living close to the earth, honoring the cycles of life, and developing leadership and communication skills are essential parts of a healthy community experience.


Expressing Gratitude in Community

Posted on June 7, 2013 by
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Communities and their members can change and drift apart, but the lessons and tools gained in community endure.


Seeking Community

Posted on June 7, 2013 by
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The Tamarack Institute helps people talk and learn together about the possibilities of community.


Being Human

Posted on June 7, 2013 by
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A veteran of Washington, DC’s Sojourners Community reflects on wisdom her group gleaned from Central Americans and from one another.


Wisdom from Within, Wisdom from Without

Posted on June 7, 2013 by
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Life in and out of community offers valuable lessons about governance, membership, vision, struggles, and deepening connections.


Lessons from a Childhood in Maine

Posted on March 7, 2013 by
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In rural Maine in the ’70s, community was everyday reality, and everyone needed help sometimes.


Cycling toward Sustainable Community

Posted on December 7, 2012 by
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After 6,500 miles of pedaling and 100 community visits, a couple documents the promise of intentional community and cooperative living.


Greening Your ’Hood

Posted on December 7, 2012 by
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Kibbutzes, ecovillages, cohousing communities, and pocket neighborhoods offer us opportunities to make a new start.


Community for a Minute

Posted on December 7, 2012 by
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Children in outdoor programs face—and often overcome—three major obstacles to learning and growth.


The Sharing Gardens

Posted on December 7, 2011 by
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An innovative approach to collective community gardens nurtures a culture of giving while allowing participants to feed both themselves and those in need.


The Lenox Place News

Posted on September 7, 2011 by
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A fifth-grader takes initial steps toward right livelihood by creating a neighborhood newspaper that embodies and helps bring together her local community.


The Gift of Compost

Posted on September 7, 2011 by
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To the Compostmeister at a collective house, the cycles of compost embody a new economics that focuses upon human needs and relationships.


Which Comes First, My Community or My Career?

Posted on September 7, 2011 by
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Believing that the next phase in human evolution involves a return to the “local” and to community with neighbors, the author focuses his job search close to home, and includes any useful type of work.