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Communities magazine #168 - Community and The Law
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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 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.

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Winter 2015, Issue #169: The Many Faces of Community

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Articles from recent issues (and the current issue) of Communities magazine

It’s the Law

It’s the Law

Communal living is no escape from dealing with legal issues and challenges coming from both within and outside the group. More…

Community and the Law, #168 Contents

Community and the Law, #168 Contents

Community and the Law can be uneasy bedfellows. Some intentional communities are hobbled by legal restrictions—especially zoning, building codes, and permitting requirements—or by other effects, both within and outside the group, of a complaint-driven legal system. Yet some groups are able to forge new approaches and help change codes and laws to support more cooperative and resilient ways of living. In “Community and the Law,” authors share on-the-ground stories and guidance for others hoping to coexist peacefully and productively with the Law.More…

Urban Flex Farms: Farming on a Bicycle

Urban Flex Farms: Farming on a Bicycle

In the face of structural challenges, some urban farmers are finding innovative ways to serve their neighborhoods.
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The Balancing Act of Farming in Community

The Balancing Act of Farming in Community

Is Cobb Hill a model of how to do community and farming cooperatively, or a case study in their challenges?More…

The Community’s Garden Orchestra

The Community’s Garden Orchestra

Engaging in collective food-production is like making our own music together: it’s both difficult and rewarding, especially with diverse players involved.More…

We Got An Egg!: A Study in Scarcity

We Got An Egg!: A Study in Scarcity

At the Global Village, schoolchildren get a taste of impoverished peoples’ struggles to feed themselves.More…

Hot Topic, Raw Emotion, and the Spice of Life: Chewing over Food Choice in Community

Hot Topic, Raw Emotion, and the Spice of Life: Chewing over Food Choice in Community

At La’akea, members’ various approaches to food reflect the quest for emotional as well as physical sustainability. More…

How the Kitchen Is the Heart of a Community

How the Kitchen Is the Heart of a Community

A shared kitchen provides not just physical sustenance, but emotional benefits and greater connection to our food and one another.More…

Cookin’ Dinner for the Revolution

Cookin’ Dinner for the Revolution

A vibrant, reliable, and nourishing home-base can provide activists with a much-needed feeling of sustainability.More…

Why I’m a Locavore

Why I’m a Locavore

By eating food grown locally by farmers we know, we can create a strong and resilient local food system and a healthier community. More…

Food and Community, #167 Contents

Food and Community, #167 Contents

Food and community are both at the core of our experience as human beings. Food brings us together and helps us understand and define who we are in groups. It highlights our interdependence and brings up core issues such as how we make decisions, how we relate to one another and the earth, and how we balance individual and collective needs and preferences. In “Food and Community,” our authors share stories and explore issues from locavoracity to global consciousness.More…

Short-Term Vacation Cohousing: A Great Way to Learn

Short-Term Vacation Cohousing: A Great Way to Learn

Two retirees discover a way to explore cohousing without long-term commitment—and after several extended visits, decide it’s for them.More…

A Baby Boomer Rediscovers Community

A Baby Boomer Rediscovers Community

After falling into a disillusioning “status quo” existence, a baby boomer rekindles his zeal (and ability) to live by his values at Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage.More…

The Power of Community

The Power of Community

Cohousing can offer a much-improved quality of life to seniors and others; it’s time to break free of the self-inflicted “Oh, that’s not me!”More…

My Father the Toddler

My Father the Toddler

An ex-communitarian tending full-time to an aging parent reflects on how intentional communities can help shift our approach to elder care.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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