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Nine Traditions that Draw Us Together:  How a Small Town Nurtures Community

Nine Traditions that Draw Us Together: How a Small Town Nurtures Community

The art of creating community spirit within mainstream towns and neighborhoods has much potential to change the world for the better.More…

Finding Balance of Public and Private in Community

Finding Balance of Public and Private in Community

The erosion of the commons by private interests is a disaster for modern human settlements; a community without shared spaces is barely a community at all.More…

Public vs. Private: Group Dilemma Laid Bare!

Public vs. Private: Group Dilemma Laid Bare!

For some neighbors, the logical leap from “glimpse of skin” to “nudist colony” is a surprisingly short one to make.
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Ecosexuality:  Embracing a Force of Nature

Ecosexuality: Embracing a Force of Nature

Only when we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace the erotic, do we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace all of Life itself. More…

Five Tools to Help Groups Thrive

Five Tools to Help Groups Thrive

A clearly articulated evolutionary purpose, a welcoming of the whole self, and governance through self-management are keys to collective success.More…

Social Permaculture: Applying the Principles

Social Permaculture: Applying the Principles

Permaculture’s 12 principles apply to human groups just as much as to any other ecological system.More…

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…

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