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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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Spring 2015, Issue #166: Community for Baby Boomers

Summer 2015, Issue #167: Food and Community

Fall 2015, Issue #168: Community and the Law

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

Articles from recent issues of Communities magazine

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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…

Love and Bucket Brigades, Interdependence and Evolution: A Community Conversation at Lampa Mountain Community

Love and Bucket Brigades, Interdependence and Evolution: A Community Conversation at Lampa Mountain Community

A small communal family discusses how they got good at cooperating, and other essentials of collective life.More…

Kawsmos: The Unintentional Community

Kawsmos: The Unintentional Community

After 11 years of gathering, a group of Kaw Valley’s cosmic explorers realizes that community has happened to them.More…

A Community Conversation at Whole Village

A Community Conversation at Whole Village

For intentional community members, community comes with added benefits, unique challenges, and a call to authenticity.More…

Community Conversations, #164 Contents

Community Conversations, #164 Contents

In our “Community Conversations” issue, people both within and outside of intentional community discuss questions like: What does community mean to us? Where do we find it? What are its benefits and challenges? How do we deepen our experience of it? What is the purpose of community, and how do we talk about it? Their stories form a rich, diverse tapestry in which community and conversation prove to be inextricably intertwined.More…

Deepening Community: The joy of togetherness

Deepening Community: The joy of togetherness

Community grows when we make time to share our stories, enjoy one another, take care of one another, and work on building a better world together.More…

Community Conversations Campaign: Final Thoughts and Next Steps

Community Conversations Campaign: Final Thoughts and Next Steps

In an age when prioritizing community is itself radical, self-awareness, self-care, and storytelling are essential to deepening our connections.More…

The Dirty Business of Growing a Cohousing Community Farm

The Dirty Business of Growing a Cohousing Community Farm

A farm is not a clod of dirt; it is more like mud that slips through your hands, gets on your boots, and is tracked all through the community.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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