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Upcoming Communities magazine themes

Summer 2017, Issue #175: Economics in Cooperative Culture

Fall 2017, Issue #176: Learning from the Past

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

Affordable, Developer-Driven Ecovillages: Meeting an Unmet Need

Affordable, Developer-Driven Ecovillages: Meeting an Unmet Need

A replicable ecovillage model is our best hope for achieving essential, global-scale changes.More…

Soil, Communities, and Climate Change: An Interview with Nikki Silvestri

Soil, Communities, and Climate Change: An Interview with Nikki Silvestri

As a climate solutions advocate explains, carbon is not a bad thing; it’s often just in the wrong places right now. More…

The Question I Get Asked the Most

The Question I Get Asked the Most

“What can I do?” It’s the right question—almost.More…

Addressing Climate Change: Two Generations at Heart-Culture Farm Community

Addressing Climate Change: Two Generations at Heart-Culture Farm Community

For the next generation, planting trees, growing food, and living in community are only the start.More…

Local Solutions to Global Warming: Paying for Our Carbon Meal

Local Solutions to Global Warming: Paying for Our Carbon Meal

Compared to carbon offsetting, carbon onsetting may be a more effective strategy to build sustainability.More…

Living Energy Farm:  An Answer for Climate Change

Living Energy Farm: An Answer for Climate Change

A fossil-fuel-free community empowers its members to dramatically reduce their dependence on the corporate economy. More…

Climate Crisis, Dystopia, and Community

Climate Crisis, Dystopia, and Community

From the personal to the global, with hard times undeniable, community may be our life-support.More…

Communities and Climate Change, #174 Contents

Communities and Climate Change, #174 Contents

Our Spring issue examines how intentional communities and other groups are responding to the challenges presented by climate change. Through stories from more than a dozen diverse communities, we learn about steps being taken both to mitigate the intensity of climate disruption and to adapt to its effects. Innovative approaches include carbon onsetting, biochar production and use, personal/spiritual work, strategies for fossil-fuel-freedom, and more.More…

Nine Traditions that Draw Us Together:  How a Small Town Nurtures Community

Nine Traditions that Draw Us Together: How a Small Town Nurtures Community

The art of creating community spirit within mainstream towns and neighborhoods has much potential to change the world for the better.More…

Finding Balance of Public and Private in Community

Finding Balance of Public and Private in Community

The erosion of the commons by private interests is a disaster for modern human settlements; a community without shared spaces is barely a community at all.More…

Public vs. Private: Group Dilemma Laid Bare!

Public vs. Private: Group Dilemma Laid Bare!

For some neighbors, the logical leap from “glimpse of skin” to “nudist colony” is a surprisingly short one to make.
More…

Ecosexuality:  Embracing a Force of Nature

Ecosexuality: Embracing a Force of Nature

Only when we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace the erotic, do we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace all of Life itself. More…

Five Tools to Help Groups Thrive

Five Tools to Help Groups Thrive

A clearly articulated evolutionary purpose, a welcoming of the whole self, and governance through self-management are keys to collective success.More…

Social Permaculture: Applying the Principles

Social Permaculture: Applying the Principles

Permaculture’s 12 principles apply to human groups just as much as to any other ecological system.More…

Social Permaculture—What Is It?

Social Permaculture—What Is It?

Ecological relationships are relatively easy to deal with. Human relationships are often much more difficult, but we can design social structures that favor beneficial patterns of behavior.More…

Not Rocket Science, but Just as Important

Not Rocket Science, but Just as Important

The arts of cooperative living—supported tirelessly by the cash-strapped FIC, and worthy now more than ever of financial support—will be as essential as technical skills if our species is to survive on this planet or any other.More…

Social Permaculture, and Public vs. Private, #173 Contents

Social Permaculture, and Public vs. Private, #173 Contents

Our Winter issue explores both Social Permaculture and the interface of Public and Private in intentional community. Starhawk and her colleagues share wisdom from the cutting edge of social permaculture practice, while diverse communitarians discuss how they find balance between the collective and the individual, openness and self-protection, outer-world activism and internal focus. We also learn about Sociocracy missteps, legal structures that help groups put their best feet forward (or not), and more.More…

Happiness in Communal Life:  A Scientific Project

Happiness in Communal Life: A Scientific Project

Statistics don’t lie: communal living seems to help people be happier.More…

The Case for Mass Civil Disruption and Resistance: The story of how 15 intentional communities and experiments came together to form a national coalition to defend life, come hell or high water

The Case for Mass Civil Disruption and Resistance: The story of how 15 intentional communities and experiments came together to form a national coalition to defend life, come hell or high water

Activists and communitarians gather to ask: “How do we respond to our current global crisis?”More…

Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

At the RareBirds Housing Co-operative, community life and outside activism deepen and strengthen each other.More…

Not the Last of the Mohicans:  Honoring Our Native Predecessors on the Land

Not the Last of the Mohicans: Honoring Our Native Predecessors on the Land

How can we do right by the native peoples whose ancestral homelands now host our intentional communities?More…

Coming of Age in Service Community

Coming of Age in Service Community

Growing up in a community with a strong commitment to changing the world can be both enlivening and challenging.More…

Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard Work

Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard Work

At Black Bulga, the experience of community provides vital support for members to be effective change agents in the wider world. More…

The Gesundheit! Institute: A 45 Year-Old Communal Hospital Experiment

The Gesundheit! Institute: A 45 Year-Old Communal Hospital Experiment

In a decades-long project with worldwide reach, medicine, humor, and community become vehicles for social change.More…

Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community

Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community

Adults with disabilities and residential caregiver volunteers share the challenges and joys of community life at Innisfree.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