Category Archives: Life in Community

Sexism at Dancing Rabbit

Sexism at Dancing Rabbit

At a community founded in feminism, a member suggests that strategies like corrective discrimination, single-gender gatherings, and prioritizing “gender balance” may themselves be sexist.More…

Gender-Bending on the Commune

Gender-Bending on the Commune

When a Twin Oaks member leads a tour, “co” must “address the dress” (when appropriate) and wear a shirt, whether or not participating in the collective menstrual calendar.More…

Who Builds the Houses?: Gender in Eco-Communities

Who Builds the Houses?: Gender in Eco-Communities

A researcher finds that men still dominate building in eco-communities, and offers strategies to empower women.More…

Gender: Is There a “There” There?

Gender: Is There a “There” There?

The intensity of community living can bring issues of gender, sexual identity, and gender relationships to the fore as nothing else does. More…

Putting Our Lives on the Line

Putting Our Lives on the Line

Jubilee Partners’ clothesline does more than dry clothes with solar power; it helps build community.More…

Confessions of a Fallen Eco-Warrior

Confessions of a Fallen Eco-Warrior

A communitarian stops counting nanowatts, and starts counting blessings.More…

The Peace Bridge

The Peace Bridge

Tamarack Institute and FIC invite all of us to share our conversations about community.More…

Parenting in a Community of Friends

Parenting in a Community of Friends

Living in an extended community family brings joy, challenge, and new worlds of possibility.More…

Community, Public School, and Culture Clash

Community, Public School, and Culture Clash

The “public vs. home” debate brings lessons of moral relativism, humility, and tolerance for differing tastes.More…

Fair Play

Fair Play

Spontaneous sharing and even-handedness erupt in Lost Valley’s young “tribe.”More…

Down at the Pond

Down at the Pond

A child learns that it’s fine to be comfortable in her skin.More…

Wilderness Journeys Meet Cooperative Culture

Wilderness Journeys Meet Cooperative Culture

Group-building activities and conflict management strategies help teen expeditions thrive.More…

Elders in Community

Elders in Community

Two community founders offer ongoing lessons and inspiration.More…

Raising Superheroes

Raising Superheroes

Community brings cross-generational teamwork, learning, and many other benefits to both children and adults.More…

Esther and the Princess of the Fairies

Esther and the Princess of the Fairies

Thanks to a magic borne of community, a five-year-old overcomes her fears.More…

Community Archiving

Community Archiving

An archiving project helps define a pioneering experiment’s cultural impact.More…

Sharing Community Wisdom

Sharing Community Wisdom

Sharing, living close to the earth, honoring the cycles of life, and developing leadership and communication skills are essential parts of a healthy community experience.More…

Expressing Gratitude in Community

Expressing Gratitude in Community

Communities and their members can change and drift apart, but the lessons and tools gained in community endure.More…

Being Human

Being Human

A veteran of Washington, DC’s Sojourners Community reflects on wisdom her group gleaned from Central Americans and from one another.More…

Wisdom from Within, Wisdom from Without

Wisdom from Within, Wisdom from Without

Life in and out of community offers valuable lessons about governance, membership, vision, struggles, and deepening connections.More…

An Interview with Ira Wallace

An Interview with Ira Wallace

A community pioneer and activist shares her stories.More…

Making Lymeade

Making Lymeade

Chronic illness presents challenges but also gifts of insight to a long-time communitarian.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…

Journeying on the Ark

Journeying on the Ark

Questioning her community’s philosophy and practices, a live-in caregiver ends her involvement there in order to focus on greater self-expression and self-care.More…

Community for a Minute

Community for a Minute

Children in outdoor programs face—and often overcome—three major obstacles to learning and growth.More…

The Bookends of Community

The Bookends of Community

Marking endings and beginnings with ritual can add intentionality, understanding, and connection to our lives.More…

Gratitude, Loss, Rebirth, and Community

Endings and beginnings grow from one another and make personal and group renewal possible.More…

Crossing over the Threshold

Crossing over the Threshold

An older generation learns to let go as a younger generation steps forward.More…

The Hermitage Now and To Come

The Hermitage Now and To Come

Two community founders recognize that it’s time to hand over the reins and move on.More…

Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Innovative ecovillagers turn challenges into opportunities.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
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