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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…

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…

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…

Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Irish ecovillagers achieve the smallest ecological footprints recorded in their country.More…

True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

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

Creating Carbon-Negative Communities:  Ecovillages and the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

Creating Carbon-Negative Communities: Ecovillages and the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

Diverse ecovillages are modeling how to create more just, equitable, and sustainable human societies.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…

Ecovillages Worldwide—Local Solutions for Global Problems

Ecovillages Worldwide—Local Solutions for Global Problems

A wide array of ecovillages throughout the Global North and South address our shared challenges.More…

Overcoming Apartheid—the Global Ecovillage Network

Overcoming Apartheid—the Global Ecovillage Network

Communities worldwide are exploring how to heal our separation from each other and the natural world.More…

Ecovillages and the FIC

Ecovillages and the FIC

The Fellowship for Intentional Community and the Global Ecovillage Network partner in support of empowered citizens and communities designing for a sustainable future.More…

Off-Grid, and In Community: ’Tis Easier to Find than to Found

Off-Grid, and In Community: ’Tis Easier to Find than to Found

The co-director of Maitreya Mountain Village suggests others not follow his example.More…

Words of Experience: Starting a Community

Words of Experience: Starting a Community

A founder shares a well-learned lesson: “It is a LOT of work to start an intentional community. A LOT.”More…

Offerings to the Land

Offerings to the Land

Befriend the land where you are, and you will never be lonely.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…

Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

A century since the United States’ first citywide zoning ordinance, community founders can find support in unexpected places when navigating land use laws.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…

It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.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…

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…

Urban Flex Farms: Farming on a Bicycle

Urban Flex Farms: Farming on a Bicycle

In the face of structural challenges, some urban farmers are finding innovative ways to serve their neighborhoods.
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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…

Life with the Solar Kitchen

Life with the Solar Kitchen

The Tamera Solar Village combines solar thermal and biogas technologies to create a kitchen that not only promotes responsible relationships to the earth and sky, but also builds human community.More…

Reasons why Comfrey is perfect for permaculture

Comfrey is a fairly humble looking plant. It has large hairy green leaves and small bell-shaped flowers, typically colored either purple or white. However, what it may lack in striking appearances, it certainly makes up for in the myriad benefits it can give to a permaculture plot.   Read the full article here.

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…

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

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

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