Category Archives: Starting a Community

The Peace Bridge

The Peace Bridge

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

Elders in Community

Elders in Community

Two community founders offer ongoing lessons and inspiration.More…

Yes, Wealthy People Want to Live in Community in Sustainable Ways Too!

Yes, Wealthy People Want to Live in Community in Sustainable Ways Too!

The facilitator of a telephone support group offers 14 suggestions from current or aspiring communitarians with significant financial resources.More…

An Interview with Ira Wallace

An Interview with Ira Wallace

A community pioneer and activist shares her stories.More…

Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Cohousing is intrinsically an affordable model; here’s why and how.More…

Creating a Community of Homesteaders

Creating a Community of Homesteaders

A land trust with leaseholds keeps members’ costs down while allowing a combination of autonomy and connection.More…

Affordability: Angst and Angels

Affordability: Angst and Angels

Kara Huntermoon of Heart-Culture Farm shares her community’s affordability strategies.More…

New Beginnings at Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing

New Beginnings at Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing

A forming cohousing group experiences its share of bumps, but comes together to move forward.More…

My Advice to Others Planning to Start an Ecovillage

An ecovillage founder offers 10 guidelines for success, including “Start with people.”More…

Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Innovative ecovillagers turn challenges into opportunities.More…

Living the Questions

Living the Questions

Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage grapples with obstacles to create a visionary housing project in rural Maine.More…

Coming of Age

Coming of Age

In Ithaca, New York, a pioneering project continues to break new ground in ecological design, education, and community.More…

Creating eCohousing

Creating eCohousing

The Yarrow Ecovillage uses the cohousing model to create ecological buildings that meet their occupants’ needs.More…

Ecovillage Infrastructure

Ecovillage Infrastructure

Water supply, human waste treatment, zoning regulations, legal structure, homeownership models, and other core technical issues are essential in ecovillage planning.More…

An Ecovillage Future

An Ecovillage Future

For the health of our species and the planet, we need ecovillages.More…

Spirit in the Woods

Spirit in the Woods

At New View Cohousing, practicing consensus, navigating illness, and simply
sharing lives are continuing spiritual exercises.More…

Creating Spiritual Community at the Hermitage

Creating Spiritual Community at the Hermitage

To these communitarians, all work was holy—but overwhelmed by “the
accumulating weight of such holiness” and other disappointments, they
eventually adjust their aspirations.More…

How Permaculture Stole My Community!

How Permaculture Stole My Community!

After a painful period stranded in “permaculture heaven,” an Earthaven founder finds her community finally moving back towards balance with its eco-spiritual roots.More…

Unto the Second Generation

Unto the Second Generation

When a cohousing group’s honeymoon ends, and economic stress dictates selling units to any willing buyers, can a community’s core values and connections endure?More…

A Communitarian Conundrum

Despite widespread desire for community, structural and cultural obstacles to intentional community in the modern world loom large.More…

And I Listen

Howling, shouting, cries of despair, and The Pierced One greet a parent on her first visit to her daughter’s adopted community. Luckily, through lots of talking and listening, things improve.More…

Balancing Powers

In a healthy community, leadership and followship are equally important roles, each with vital skill sets that can assure effective teamwork.More…

More Perspectives on Leadership and Followship

The author identifies additional leadership skills, cautions against blind followship, and reflects on the many types of power in cooperative groups.More…

Being “Overthrown”—A Celebration

The founder of Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage describes what it’s like to be criticized, marginalized, stripped of leadership responsibilities, and given the opportunity to explore a new role.More…

Together and Apart; Eden Within Eden

Together and Apart; Eden Within Eden

Reviews of two great books on community living, one on life in a convent with surprising insights even for the most secular, and one on the history of utopian experiments in Oregon.More…

From Visions of Utopia to “The Many Faces of Community”

Geoph Kozeny’s community documentary brings forth reflections on Hearthaven, discussions among neighbors and friends, and ultimately a new intergenerational family community.More…

Throwing in the Founder’s Towel

After many years of dealing with the unique struggles inherent in starting a community, a community founder discovers her vision manifested elsewhere, and becomes a community joiner.More…

Emergency  Community

Emergency Community

After serving thousands of meals, a community of post-Katrina relief kitchen volunteers moves to the West Coast and acquires a mortgage, a baby, full-time jobs, and the challenges of the mundane.More…

All We Have Is All We Need

A group of North Americans establishes a community in Costa Rica and
learns new lessons about simplicity, wealth, change, growth, balance,
and happiness.More…

Abundance and Scarcity in the Goodenough Community

A community confronts economic adversity by remaining constant in relationship, holding financial losses in common, and working together in fundraising, educational programs, and new projects.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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