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An Evolving Movement

An Evolving Movement

The FIC’s new Executive Director reflects on his and the organization’s converging paths.More…

Why I’m a Locavore

Why I’m a Locavore

By eating food grown locally by farmers we know, we can create a strong and resilient local food system and a healthier community. More…

Kindista: Technology for Living More Freely

Kindista: Technology for Living More Freely

Born of collaboration, an innovative technology helps build community by encouraging trust, appreciation, and giving from the heart.More…

The Dirty Business of Growing a Cohousing Community Farm

The Dirty Business of Growing a Cohousing Community Farm

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.More…

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

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

In the quest for sustainability, long-term goals can yield to short-term needs and opportunities, fertilizing new growth in unpredictable ways.More…

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

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

“Founder’s joy” can wear off very quickly in the chaos of financial instability and unclear agreements.More…

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Wrestles with Growth

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Wrestles with Growth

For an income-sharing group in Virginia, economic success presents challenges and opportunities.More…

The Entrepreneurial Dilemma

The Entrepreneurial Dilemma

Integrating entrepreneurial energy into cooperative communities often proves both difficult and necessary.More…

Cooperation and Competition in the Ecovillage

Cooperation and Competition in the Ecovillage

Earning a living based on responsible competition involves both sharing what we have and asking for what we deserve.More…

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

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

Place-specific currencies can provide critical financing to the small businesses that keep local communities connected and thriving.More…

Business. Busy-ness. Coincidence?

Business. Busy-ness. Coincidence?

Improving our relationships to work, money, and entrepreneurship can dramatically enhance our sense of community and quality of life.More…

Margaret and Me: The Iron Lady Becomes an Unexpected Ally

Margaret and Me: The Iron Lady Becomes an Unexpected Ally

A squatters’ housing cooperative activist describes how Margaret Thatcher broke with her image to support an early “occupy” movement.More…

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

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

The facilitator of a telephone support group offers 14 suggestions from current or aspiring communitarians with significant financial resources.More…

The Values of Shared Ownership

The Values of Shared Ownership

Shared ownership—including of real estate—has many practical benefits.More…

Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Cohousing is intrinsically an affordable model; here’s why and how.More…

Affording Communities

Affording Communities

Together—but only together—we can afford to keep publishing Communities.More…

Affordability: What It’s Good For

Affordability: What It’s Good For

At Acorn, as in the larger world, the most important thing to be able to afford may be giving something away.More…

Creating a Community of Homesteaders

Creating a Community of Homesteaders

A land trust with leaseholds keeps members’ costs down while allowing a combination of autonomy and connection.More…

Affordability: Angst and Angels

Affordability: Angst and Angels

Kara Huntermoon of Heart-Culture Farm shares her community’s affordability strategies.More…

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

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

Life in a small rural ecovillage can mean embracing complex choices while balancing idealism with necessity.More…

Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Innovative ecovillagers turn challenges into opportunities.More…

Ecovillage Infrastructure

Ecovillage Infrastructure

Water supply, human waste treatment, zoning regulations, legal structure, homeownership models, and other core technical issues are essential in ecovillage planning.More…

The Sharing Gardens

An innovative approach to collective community gardens nurtures a culture of giving while allowing participants to feed both themselves and those in need.More…

Unto the Second Generation

Unto the Second Generation

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?More…

The Gift of Compost

The Gift of Compost

To the Compostmeister at a collective house, the cycles of compost embody a new economics that focuses upon human needs and relationships.More…

Which Comes First, My Community or My Career?

Which Comes First, My Community or My Career?

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.More…

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding

A collective financial approach that allows individuals to pool their resources in support of favorite projects, crowdfunding both encourages and thrives upon community.More…

Remade in Edinburgh

In Brixton, South London, and Edinburgh, Scotland, right livelihood finds a home in innovative, resource-conserving, grassroots projects.More…

Work Less, Simplify More

By reducing our economic impact, we can shrink our ecological footprint, while freeing up time and energy to contribute to community and a more sustainable world.More…

Right Lively ‘Hood

Finding meaningful, socially and ecologically responsible work cannot be done in a vacuum. Right livelihood depends on networks of relationship.More…

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network