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Communities magazine #165 - Technology: Friend or Foe?Communities magazine – Life in Cooperative Culture

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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Summer 2015, Issue #167: Food and Community

Fall 2015, Issue #168: Community and the Law

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

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The New Communities

The New Communities

Our new format features 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, as well as color throughout the issue—better reflecting both our ecological values and the richness of life in cooperative culture.More…

Community for Baby Boomers, #166 Contents

Community for Baby Boomers, #166 Contents

What role can baby boomers (born 1946-1964) play in a new resurgence of intentional community living? Where can they find and offer support to meet their and others’ needs over their final decades of life? How can aging baby boomers regain the sense of community that defined much of their generation as youth and young adults? What gifts do baby boomers offer to younger generations? In “Community for Baby Boomers,” our contributors explore these questions and many more.More…

Life with the Solar Kitchen

Life with the Solar Kitchen

The Tamera Solar Village combines solar thermal and biogas technologies to create a kitchen that not only promotes responsible relationships to the earth and sky, but also builds human community.More…

Social Media or Social Isolation? Or is there a third way?

Social Media or Social Isolation? Or is there a third way?

Avoiding computers can mean losing out on connecting with others when one is desperate for connection, yet a rich, computer-free, community-based social life is also possible.More…

Kindista: Technology for Living More Freely

Kindista: Technology for Living More Freely

Born of collaboration, an innovative technology helps build community by encouraging trust, appreciation, and giving from the heart.More…

Technology on the Path to Reality: Snapshots from the Pre-Post-Digital Age

Technology on the Path to Reality: Snapshots from the Pre-Post-Digital Age

Misadventures with a cell phone help the author dial into more enduring, meaningful adventures and relationships not dependent on an electronic-communications hamster wheel.More…

Back to Life: Returning from the Virtual to the Real

Back to Life: Returning from the Virtual to the Real

To shake our addiction to modern technology, we must understand its true costs. Stillwaters Sanctuary works to create a culture of greater connection, where it is easier to live without industrial society.More…

Technology: Our External Thumb

Technology: Our External Thumb

Instead of asking whether technology is a “friend or foe,” perhaps we should be asking how to better help friends and reduce foes through the use of technology.More…

“Appropriate” Technology and Community on the Path to Resiliency

“Appropriate” Technology and Community on the Path to Resiliency

At Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, efforts to foster a renaissance in land-based living go hand in hand with judicious use of modern design and communication technologies.More…

Technology, Nature, and Community

Technology, Nature, and Community

How does modern technology affect our ecological and social literacy? Are computers and their kin suppressing or enhancing the awareness, skills, and qualities essential to our nature as humans?More…

Technology: Friend or Foe?, #165 Contents

Technology: Friend or Foe?, #165 Contents

In our issue on “Technology: Friend or Foe?,” authors examine the impacts of modern technology on their experience of community. Has the digital age brought us closer together, or moved us apart? How has it impacted our relationship with the rest of the living world? What does “appropriate use of technology” look like, and what is “appropriate technology”? We explore the full range of sentiment from technological optimism to technological skepticism.More…

Radical Governance Changes in Two North American Ecovillages

Radical Governance Changes in Two North American Ecovillages

Earthaven and Dancing Rabbit embrace their groups’ evolution and growth with innovative new governance and decision-making methods.More…

Seeing the Good in the World, Part II: Transformative Learning Experiences at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Seeing the Good in the World, Part II: Transformative Learning Experiences at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

While helping communitarians measure their progress toward sustainability goals, a college student finds herself unexpectedly changed.More…

From Conversation to Community: How a Bunch of Mates Bought Some Land Together

From Conversation to Community: How a Bunch of Mates Bought Some Land Together

“Wouldn’t it be great to buy a block of land together in the bush?” Dinner party conversations yield unexpected fruit.More…

Meta-Conversation: an Exercise in Whimsical and Critical Facilitation

Meta-Conversation: an Exercise in Whimsical and Critical Facilitation

When they crave an especially deep or challenging discussion, Gesundheit!’s meta-conversers excuse themselves (from the mundane)—then stir the collective pot, lie down, or go for a walk.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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