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Communities magazine #169 - The Many Faces of Community
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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.

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Upcoming Communities magazine themes

Spring 2016, Issue #170: Finding or Starting a Community

Summer 2016, Issue #171: Ecovillages around the World

Fall 2016, Issue #172: Service and Activism

Winter 2016, Issue #173: Public vs. Private

 

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

Intentional Communities: Something Old, Something New

Intentional Communities: Something Old, Something New

Intentional communities—people gathering to share life together, to discover meaning, and to have an impact beyond themselves—have been part of the human landscape for centuries. Many predate Christianity. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism have all had communal aspects which many have chosen. Sufism (Islam), Protestantism, Anglicism, and Catholicism have had and continue to have thriving communitiesMore…

Offerings to the Land

Offerings to the Land

Befriend the land where you are, and you will never be lonely.More…

The Unexpected Journey

The Unexpected Journey

A three-month living/learning seminar in alternative communities still resonates three decades later.More…

Getting to Community and Life after Community: Collectivism vs. Individuality

Getting to Community and Life after Community: Collectivism vs. Individuality

Togetherness and solitude, action and reflection—our lives give us times for each.More…

An Evolving Movement

An Evolving Movement

The FIC’s new Executive Director reflects on his and the organization’s converging paths.More…

Finding Community Outside of “Community”

Finding Community Outside of “Community”

Myriad groups and connections on “the outside” don’t call themselves intentional—but sometimes are.More…

Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

Whether with refugees, in the inner city, or in intentional groups, community holds life-long lessons.More…

Many Faces

Many Faces

Our new issue, supported by High Wind Association, explores the many forms community can take.More…

The Many Faces of Community, #169 Contents

The Many Faces of Community, #169 Contents

Community can take many forms other than “intentional.” In our Winter issue, veterans of the High Wind Association network and others share their experiences exploring and cultivating community both within and outside of intentional community settings. More…

Nobody Likes Bosses

Nobody Likes Bosses

Even an anti-authoritarian household needs agreements—but who and how to enforce them is another question.More…

My Squat Law Journey

My Squat Law Journey

After years of advocacy, social justice work, and on-the-ground experience, a squatter passes the bar exam.More…

Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

A century since the United States’ first citywide zoning ordinance, community founders can find support in unexpected places when navigating land use laws.More…

My Struggle to Legalize Sustainable Living

My Struggle to Legalize Sustainable Living

After nearly three decades of activity, a pioneering eco-community collapses under the weight of legal attacks by a small group of neighbors.More…

It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.More…

My Intentional Community and the Law

My Intentional Community and the Law

Breitenbush has a long history of dealing with legalities and illegalities, from installing a volcano as their “boiler” and blocking old-growth logging to successfully petitioning for a zoning variance.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
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge