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Communities magazine #173 - Social Permaculture
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Communities magazine is the primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities—including urban co-ops, cohousing groups, ecovillages, and rural communes.

Communities also focuses on creating and enhancing community in the workplace, in nonprofit or activist organizations, and in neighborhoods.

We explore the joys and challenges of cooperation in its many dimensions, and pass the wisdom on to you and your community.

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Upcoming Communities magazine themes

Spring 2017, Issue #174: Communities and Climate Change

Summer 2017, Issue #175: Economics in Cooperative Culture

Fall 2017, Issue #176: Learning from Historical Communities

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

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…

Service and Activism, #172 Contents

Service and Activism, #172 Contents

Our Fall issue explores Service and Activism in intentional communities. Authors share their stories of living and working in both service- and activist-oriented groups, including Camphill communities, Innisfree Village, Gesundheit!, Konohana Family, Magic, Black Bulga, and more. How do service and activism build community, both within a group and in the larger world? How can communitarians contribute to the well-being of the planet and its people? We also explore how long-standing, mission-focused communities—including Harbin Hot Springs, ZEGG, and EcoVillage at Ithaca—have evolved over time, and the latest research about happiness in community. More…

Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Irish ecovillagers achieve the smallest ecological footprints recorded in their country.More…

True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

At Maitreya Mountain Village, mainstream pragmatism meets radical idealism.More…

Creating Carbon-Negative Communities:  Ecovillages and the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

Creating Carbon-Negative Communities: Ecovillages and the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

Diverse ecovillages are modeling how to create more just, equitable, and sustainable human societies.More…

The Bridge to a Greener World

The Bridge to a Greener World

This Australian community’s bridge is a lot more than just a bridge.More…

Want an Ecovillage? Stay Put!

Want an Ecovillage? Stay Put!

How can we care for a place if we’re not there, day after day, year after year, paying attention?More…

Ecovillages Worldwide—Local Solutions for Global Problems

Ecovillages Worldwide—Local Solutions for Global Problems

A wide array of ecovillages throughout the Global North and South address our shared challenges.More…

Overcoming Apartheid—the Global Ecovillage Network

Overcoming Apartheid—the Global Ecovillage Network

Communities worldwide are exploring how to heal our separation from each other and the natural world.More…

Ecovillages and the FIC

Ecovillages and the FIC

The Fellowship for Intentional Community and the Global Ecovillage Network partner in support of empowered citizens and communities designing for a sustainable future.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