Issue 172


Happiness in Communal Life: A Scientific Project

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



Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

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


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

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


Coming of Age in Service Community

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


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

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


The Gesundheit! Institute: A 45 Year-Old Communal Hospital Experiment

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In a decades-long project with worldwide reach, medicine, humor, and community become vehicles for social change.


Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community

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


Service and Activism, #172 Contents

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Our Fall issue explores Service and Activism in intentional communities. Authors share their stories of living and working in both service- and activist-oriented groups, including Camphill communities, Innisfree Village, Gesundheit!, Konohana Family, Magic, Black Bulga, and more. How do service and activism build community, both within a group and in the larger world? How can communitarians contribute to the well-being of the planet and its people? We also explore how long-standing, mission-focused communities—including Harbin Hot Springs, ZEGG, and EcoVillage at Ithaca—have evolved over time, and the latest research about happiness in community.