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Communities magazine #163 - Business Ventures

Since 1972, Communities magazine has been the primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities in North America—including urban co-ops, cohousing groups, ecovillages, and rural communes.

Communities magazine now also focuses on creating and enhancing community in the workplace, in nonprofit or activist organizations, and in neighborhoods, with enhanced coverage of international communities as well. We explore the joys and challenges of cooperation in its many dimensions.

Upcoming Communities magazine themes

Fall 2014, Issue #164: Community Conversations

Winter 2014, Issue #165: Technology: Friend or Foe?

Articles from recent issues of Communities magazine

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Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Wrestles with Growth

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Wrestles with Growth

For an income-sharing group in Virginia, economic success presents challenges and opportunities.More…

The Entrepreneurial Dilemma

The Entrepreneurial Dilemma

Integrating entrepreneurial energy into cooperative communities often proves both difficult and necessary.More…

Cooperation and Competition in the Ecovillage

Cooperation and Competition in the Ecovillage

Earning a living based on responsible competition involves both sharing what we have and asking for what we deserve.More…

Dancing Rabbit’s Exchange Local Money System: The Promise of Local Currencies and Interest-Free Financing

Dancing Rabbit’s Exchange Local Money System: The Promise of Local Currencies and Interest-Free Financing

Place-specific currencies can provide critical financing to the small businesses that keep local communities connected and thriving.More…

Business Ventures – Communities Magazine Summer Issue

Communities Magazine — Summer 2014 Business Ventures Latest Issue in Print (and Digital), Free Articles Published Online Business Ventures—Issue #163 Our new Communities issue on Business Ventures was mailed to subscribers in late May. You can subscribe now or order a sample and we’ll ship you a copy today! Our Summer 2014 issue focuses on Business Ventures in community―the fertileMore…

Business. Busy-ness. Coincidence?

Business. Busy-ness. Coincidence?

Improving our relationships to work, money, and entrepreneurship can dramatically enhance our sense of community and quality of life.More…

Digging into Community: A reflection from Tamarack’s 1000 Conversations Initiative

Digging into Community: A reflection from Tamarack’s 1000 Conversations Initiative

Tamarack Institute’s Conversations campaign reveals shifting expectations of community among youth and seniors, varying perspectives on group identity and boundaries, and diverse attitudes toward technology.More…

Business Ventures, #163 Contents

Business Ventures, #163 Contents

Issue #163 explores the fertile ground where cooperation and commerce intersect. How can we earn a living while still upholding our values? How can we bring cooperative principles to business activities? How can we nurture our communities, neighborhoods, and towns by creating sustainable livelihoods that serve the greater good? What obstacles do we encounter, and how do we overcome them? More…

Opportunity Village Eugene: Pioneering New Solutions for the (Formerly) Homeless

Opportunity Village Eugene: Pioneering New Solutions for the (Formerly) Homeless

An innovative self-governing village lifts spirits while modeling new ways to address homelessness.More…

Margaret and Me: The Iron Lady Becomes an Unexpected Ally

Margaret and Me: The Iron Lady Becomes an Unexpected Ally

A squatters’ housing cooperative activist describes how Margaret Thatcher broke with her image to support an early “occupy” movement.More…

Healing Gender Issues through Community

Healing Gender Issues through Community

Long-dormant childhood gender issues resurface in an intimate relationship in community—and this time avoidance and escape aren’t options.
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Feminist Spirituality and Gender: Lessons from Beyond Women-Only Space

Feminist Spirituality and Gender: Lessons from Beyond Women-Only Space

Does the culture of women-only space still serve a worthwhile purpose, or does it perpetuate division? A long-time leader of women’s circles advocates inclusivity.More…

Feminism vs. Spaghetti Pits

Feminism vs. Spaghetti Pits

Trichomycosis axillaris can be the pits, causing even die-hard feminists to shave.More…

Best of Communities Collections – New [Downloadable] Products!

Communities Magazine — Announcing Best of Communities Fifteen New Downloadable PDF Collections The Best of Communities 15 Downloadable PDFs Available separately or as a specially-priced bundle. The Fellowship for Intentional Community is pleased to offer you the cream of our crop—the very best articles that have appeared over the last 20 years in our flagship publications: CommunitiesMore…

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…

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Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
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