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Communities magazine #171 - Ecovillages Around The World
Communities magazine – Life in Cooperative Culture

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

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Upcoming Communities magazine themes

Fall 2016, Issue #172: Service and Activism

Winter 2016, Issue #173: Public vs. Private

Readers: We seek your testimonials about Communities. What does the magazine mean to you? Why is it important? What role does it play in the movement for a more cooperative world? If you are willing to be quoted in outreach materials, please send your response (one to three sentences is fine) via our contact form. Thank you!

 

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

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…

Ecovillages around the World, #171 Contents

Ecovillages around the World, #171 Contents

In our Summer issue, the Global Ecovillage Network, Gaia Trust, and the FIC partner to offer stories of pioneering efforts worldwide by communities working to incorporate the four dimensions of sustainability: social, ecological, economic, and worldview. We explore local solutions to global problems, creating carbon-negative communities, restoring our relationships to one another and the land, learning from indigenous groups, ecovillage strategies in areas of crisis, and more.More…

Queer, Person of Color, or Low-Income;  Is Cohousing Possible for Me?

Queer, Person of Color, or Low-Income; Is Cohousing Possible for Me?

Some creative solutions are starting to counteract cohousing’s demographic homogeneity, but significant obstacles remain.More…

Leaps of Faith

Leaps of Faith

Two families leave a thriving cohousing community to follow their shared dreams as a tight-knit intergenerational group.More…

Common Fire’s Top Ten Hard-Earned Tips for Community Success

Common Fire’s Top Ten Hard-Earned Tips for Community Success

The sometimes triumphant, sometimes traumatic experiences of the three Common Fire communities yield wisdom relevant to anyone working to create a community.More…

Off-Grid, and In Community: ’Tis Easier to Find than to Found

Off-Grid, and In Community: ’Tis Easier to Find than to Found

The co-director of Maitreya Mountain Village suggests others not follow his example.More…

Finding a Healthy, Happy Cohousing Community that Fits Your Values

Finding a Healthy, Happy Cohousing Community that Fits Your Values

A cohouser offers resources and tips on how to find your community.More…

Rediscovering Community:  A family’s journey back to appreciating Home

Rediscovering Community: A family’s journey back to appreciating Home

An active search for a new community allows one family to explore core questions.More…

Words of Experience: Starting a Community

Words of Experience: Starting a Community

A founder shares a well-learned lesson: “It is a LOT of work to start an intentional community. A LOT.”More…

The New Communities Directory:  A Star Chart for Seekers and Founders

The New Communities Directory: A Star Chart for Seekers and Founders

Whether you’re starting a community or looking to join one, the new Communities Directory is an essential resource.More…

Finding or Starting a Community, #170 Contents

Finding or Starting a Community, #170 Contents

Those seeking an intentional community are often faced with a choice: find it, or found it? Whether looking to join an existing community or working to start a new one, aspiring communitarians can glean invaluable lessons from the experiences of other seekers and pioneers. Our Spring issue is full of success stories, cautionary tales, adventures, reflections, advice, and resources for anyone interested in Finding or Starting a Community.More…

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…

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.