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Category Archives: Life in Community

Social Permaculture—What Is It?

Social Permaculture—What Is It?

Ecological relationships are relatively easy to deal with. Human relationships are often much more difficult, but we can design social structures that favor beneficial patterns of behavior.More…

Not Rocket Science, but Just as Important

Not Rocket Science, but Just as Important

The arts of cooperative living—supported tirelessly by the cash-strapped FIC, and worthy now more than ever of financial support—will be as essential as technical skills if our species is to survive on this planet or any other.More…

Social Permaculture, and Public vs. Private, #173 Contents

Social Permaculture, and Public vs. Private, #173 Contents

Our Winter issue explores both Social Permaculture and the interface of Public and Private in intentional community. Starhawk and her colleagues share wisdom from the cutting edge of social permaculture practice, while diverse communitarians discuss how they find balance between the collective and the individual, openness and self-protection, outer-world activism and internal focus. We also learn about Sociocracy missteps, legal structures that help groups put their best feet forward (or not), and more.More…

Happiness in Communal Life:  A Scientific Project

Happiness in Communal Life: A Scientific Project

Statistics don’t lie: communal living seems to help people be happier.More…

The Case for Mass Civil Disruption and Resistance: The story of how 15 intentional communities and experiments came together to form a national coalition to defend life, come hell or high water

The Case for Mass Civil Disruption and Resistance: The story of how 15 intentional communities and experiments came together to form a national coalition to defend life, come hell or high water

Activists and communitarians gather to ask: “How do we respond to our current global crisis?”More…

Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

At the RareBirds Housing Co-operative, community life and outside activism deepen and strengthen each other.More…

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

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

How can we do right by the native peoples whose ancestral homelands now host our intentional communities?More…

Coming of Age in Service Community

Coming of Age in Service Community

Growing up in a community with a strong commitment to changing the world can be both enlivening and challenging.More…

Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard Work

Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard Work

At Black Bulga, the experience of community provides vital support for members to be effective change agents in the wider world. More…

Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community

Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community

Adults with disabilities and residential caregiver volunteers share the challenges and joys of community life at Innisfree.More…

True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

At Maitreya Mountain Village, mainstream pragmatism meets radical idealism.More…

The Bridge to a Greener World

The Bridge to a Greener World

This Australian community’s bridge is a lot more than just a bridge.More…

Want an Ecovillage? Stay Put!

Want an Ecovillage? Stay Put!

How can we care for a place if we’re not there, day after day, year after year, paying attention?More…

Queer, Person of Color, or Low-Income;  Is Cohousing Possible for Me?

Queer, Person of Color, or Low-Income; Is Cohousing Possible for Me?

Some creative solutions are starting to counteract cohousing’s demographic homogeneity, but significant obstacles remain.More…

Intentional Communities: Something Old, Something New

Intentional Communities: Something Old, Something New

Intentional communities—people gathering to share life together, to discover meaning, and to have an impact beyond themselves—have been part of the human landscape for centuries. Many predate Christianity. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism have all had communal aspects which many have chosen. Sufism (Islam), Protestantism, Anglicism, and Catholicism have had and continue to have thriving communitiesMore…

The Unexpected Journey

The Unexpected Journey

A three-month living/learning seminar in alternative communities still resonates three decades later.More…

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

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

Togetherness and solitude, action and reflection—our lives give us times for each.More…

Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

Whether with refugees, in the inner city, or in intentional groups, community holds life-long lessons.More…

Nobody Likes Bosses

Nobody Likes Bosses

Even an anti-authoritarian household needs agreements—but who and how to enforce them is another question.More…

My Struggle to Legalize Sustainable Living

My Struggle to Legalize Sustainable Living

After nearly three decades of activity, a pioneering eco-community collapses under the weight of legal attacks by a small group of neighbors.More…

My Intentional Community and the Law

My Intentional Community and the Law

Breitenbush has a long history of dealing with legalities and illegalities, from installing a volcano as their “boiler” and blocking old-growth logging to successfully petitioning for a zoning variance.More…

Zoning Nightmare: Hartford’s Scarborough Street House

Zoning Nightmare: Hartford’s Scarborough Street House

An unconventional family fights to stay in their collective house in the face of antiquated local ordinances which suppress community living.More…

It’s the Law

It’s the Law

Communal living is no escape from dealing with legal issues and challenges coming from both within and outside the group. More…

The Balancing Act of Farming in Community

The Balancing Act of Farming in Community

Is Cobb Hill a model of how to do community and farming cooperatively, or a case study in their challenges?More…

The Community’s Garden Orchestra

The Community’s Garden Orchestra

Engaging in collective food-production is like making our own music together: it’s both difficult and rewarding, especially with diverse players involved.More…

Hot Topic, Raw Emotion, and the Spice of Life: Chewing over Food Choice in Community

Hot Topic, Raw Emotion, and the Spice of Life: Chewing over Food Choice in Community

At La’akea, members’ various approaches to food reflect the quest for emotional as well as physical sustainability. More…

How the Kitchen Is the Heart of a Community

How the Kitchen Is the Heart of a Community

A shared kitchen provides not just physical sustenance, but emotional benefits and greater connection to our food and one another.More…

Cookin’ Dinner for the Revolution

Cookin’ Dinner for the Revolution

A vibrant, reliable, and nourishing home-base can provide activists with a much-needed feeling of sustainability.More…

A Baby Boomer Rediscovers Community

A Baby Boomer Rediscovers Community

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.More…

The Power of Community

The Power of Community

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!”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