Communities magazine #175 - Economics in Cooperative CultureCommunities magazine – Life in Cooperative Culture

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Upcoming Communities magazine themes

Fall 2017, Issue #176: Learning from the Past

Winter 2017, Issue #177: Urban Communities

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

Community Is the Best Medicine: A guide to cooperative living on a disability income

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Those living with disabilities have many options for finding community; here are suggestions on where and how to look.


Servant Leadership in Cooperative Business: Stirring It Up at East Wind Nut Butters

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An egalitarian community’s General Manager reflects on embodying collective values and ecological sanity in a three-million-dollar-a-year business.


Mobile Home Parks: A Fast and Inexpensive Path to Cohousing

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Mobile home and RV parks present an unequaled opportunity to accelerate the transition to more widespread community living.


Community as Economic Engine

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A long-time communard suggests ways non-income-sharing communities can better support their members’ economic well-being.


Participatory Budgeting in an Income-Sharing Community

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How does one share income and expenses among a hundred people? Twin Oaks discovers how to supplant apathy with widespread engagement.


The Gift Economy of Standing Rock

Posted on June 1, 2017 by
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The principles of indigenous culture informed the Water Protectors’ camps: generosity, compassion, and collective survival took precedence.


Towards a Joyful Economics

Posted on May 28, 2017 by
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From Gift Circles in Brooklyn to the sharing economy at an ecovillage-based collective house, the author explores practical applications of Sacred Economics.


Economics in Cooperative Culture, #175 Contents

Posted on May 26, 2017 by
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Economics in cooperative culture—the focus of our Summer issue—is expressed in myriad forms
From cohousing developments to gift-economy activist camps, from spiritual communities to mobile home parks, from income-sharing communities to intentional neighborhoods, people across a wide range of economic circumstances and approaches are discovering the benefits of cooperative economics. Their stories suggest new ways of “stewarding our home” and transitioning into a more inclusive and sustainable future.


Variations on a Theme: Low-Carbon Communities of All Sorts

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Three innovative non-residential groups use community as a tool to address climate change.


Affordable, Developer-Driven Ecovillages: Meeting an Unmet Need

Posted on April 21, 2017 by
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A replicable ecovillage model is our best hope for achieving essential, global-scale changes.