Communities Magazine

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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 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

Summer 2014, Issue #163: Business Ventures in Community

Fall 2014, Issue #164: Community Conversations

Articles from recent issues of Communities magazine

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 Issues – Communities Magazine #162 Spring Issue

Communities Magazine — Spring 2014 Gender Issues Latest Issue in Print, Free Articles Published Online Gender Issues—Issue #162 Our new Communities issue on Gender Issues was mailed to subscribers in early March. You can subscribe now or order a sample and we’ll ship you a copy today! Our Spring 2014 issue focuses on Gender Issues.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…

Gender Issues, #162 Contents

Gender Issues, #162 Contents

Communities #162 looks at gender, sexual identity, gender relationships, and much more.More…

Energy Efficiency in Cohousing

Energy Efficiency in Cohousing

Sustainability is embedded in community—even without a minus-$88-per-year electric bill.More…

Going For the Grid

Going For the Grid

After three decades off-grid in Washington state, Walker Creek members decide on-grid living is more sustainable.More…

Community Makes Renewable Energy Work

Community Makes Renewable Energy Work

Living Energy Farm embodies the promise of renewable energy used cooperatively.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…

Climate Changes

Climate Changes

Intentional communities are in a unique position to respond to climate change.More…

Sustainability Is a Life Style Not a Solar Panel

Sustainability Is a Life Style Not a Solar Panel

A 13-year-old indigenous environmental activist asks us to walk lightly and respect the Earth.More…

Burlington Cohousing’s Excellent Solar Adventures

Burlington Cohousing’s Excellent Solar Adventures

When community members want to place “private” panels on “public” roofs, don’t expect clear sailing.More…

Confessions of a Fallen Eco-Warrior

Confessions of a Fallen Eco-Warrior

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

Strangely Warmed

Strangely Warmed

Home-scale geothermal in appropriate conditions promotes both community and energy savings.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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