Economics


Community as Economic Engine

Posted on June 21, 2017 by
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A long-time communard suggests ways non-income-sharing communities can better support their members’ economic well-being.


Participatory Budgeting in an Income-Sharing Community

Posted on June 11, 2017 by
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How does one share income and expenses among a hundred people? Twin Oaks discovers how to supplant apathy with widespread engagement.


The Gift Economy of Standing Rock

Posted on June 1, 2017 by
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The principles of indigenous culture informed the Water Protectors’ camps: generosity, compassion, and collective survival took precedence.


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.


Economics in Cooperative Culture, #175 Contents

Posted on May 26, 2017 by
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Economics in cooperative culture—the focus of our Summer issue—is expressed in myriad forms
From cohousing developments to gift-economy activist camps, from spiritual communities to mobile home parks, from income-sharing communities to intentional neighborhoods, people across a wide range of economic circumstances and approaches are discovering the benefits of cooperative economics. Their stories suggest new ways of “stewarding our home” and transitioning into a more inclusive and sustainable future.


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.


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.


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.


The Dirty Business of Growing a Cohousing Community Farm

Posted on August 8, 2014 by
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A farm is not a clod of dirt; it is more like mud that slips through your hands, gets on your boots, and is tracked all through the community.


Vision, Money, and Sustainability: Bringing in Renters while Building the Dream

Posted on July 29, 2014 by
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In the quest for sustainability, long-term goals can yield to short-term needs and opportunities, fertilizing new growth in unpredictable ways.


Sharing Spaces, Sharing Values: Entrepreneurship at Dragon’s Nest Cooperative Homestead

Posted on July 18, 2014 by
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“Founder’s joy” can wear off very quickly in the chaos of financial instability and unclear agreements.


Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Wrestles with Growth

Posted on July 8, 2014 by
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For an income-sharing group in Virginia, economic success presents challenges and opportunities.


The Entrepreneurial Dilemma

Posted on June 28, 2014 by
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Integrating entrepreneurial energy into cooperative communities often proves both difficult and necessary.


Cooperation and Competition in the Ecovillage

Posted on June 21, 2014 by
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Earning a living based on responsible competition involves both sharing what we have and asking for what we deserve.


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.


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.


Yes, Wealthy People Want to Live in Community in Sustainable Ways Too!

Posted on June 7, 2013 by
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The facilitator of a telephone support group offers 14 suggestions from current or aspiring communitarians with significant financial resources.


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.


Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Posted on March 7, 2013 by
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Cohousing is intrinsically an affordable model; here’s why and how.


Affording Communities

Posted on March 7, 2013 by
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Together—but only together—we can afford to keep publishing Communities.


Affordability: What It’s Good For

Posted on March 7, 2013 by
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At Acorn, as in the larger world, the most important thing to be able to afford may be giving something away.


Creating a Community of Homesteaders

Posted on March 7, 2013 by
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A land trust with leaseholds keeps members’ costs down while allowing a combination of autonomy and connection.


Affordability: Angst and Angels

Posted on March 7, 2013 by
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Kara Huntermoon of Heart-Culture Farm shares her community’s affordability strategies.


Self-Reliance, Right Livelihood, and Economic “Realities”

Posted on March 7, 2013 by
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Life in a small rural ecovillage can mean embracing complex choices while balancing idealism with necessity.


Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Posted on September 7, 2012 by
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Innovative ecovillagers turn challenges into opportunities.


Ecovillage Infrastructure

Posted on September 7, 2012 by
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Water supply, human waste treatment, zoning regulations, legal structure, homeownership models, and other core technical issues are essential in ecovillage planning.


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.


Unto the Second Generation

Posted on September 7, 2011 by
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When a cohousing group’s honeymoon ends, and economic stress dictates selling units to any willing buyers, can a community’s core values and connections endure?


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.