Best of Communities: XIII. Cooperative Economics and Creating Community Where You Are

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Cooperative Economics and Creating Community Where You Are

On the three-legged stool of sustainability, less attention has been given to economics than to the more robust ecological and social dimensions. But that doesn’t mean it’s less important. (It’s hard to keep a stool upright with only two legs.) Half the articles in this bundle are focused on what we’re learning about values-based ways to make a living (which is a quality of life issue if there ever was one).

The other stories are devoted to taking the inspiration of community beyond the boundary of shared property. If you figure that there are only 100,000 people in the US living in some form of self-identified intentional community, yet 100 million wanting a greater sense of community in their life, it’s obvious that we should be exporting what we’re learning to neighborhoods, churches, schools, and workplaces almost everywhere. Half of the 20 articles in this bundle focus on that expansive task.

This issue of Cooperative Economics and Creating Community Where You Are includes:

1. Recipe for a Thriving Community by Jonathan Dawson, #119
2. Regaining Our Sense of Oneness through Localization by Helena Norberg-Hodge, #154, 15–16 .
3. Our Own Money: A Recipe for Local Economic Revival (including Local Currencies, Stephen Burke) by by Albert Bates, #133
4. When a Dollar Is Worth More than 100 Cents by Gwynelle Dismukes, #136
5. Social Class & Money in Community by Allen Hancock, #98
6. Our Community Revolving Loan Fund: How Walnut Street Co-op Financed Its Property by Tree Bressen, #128
7. Inventing a Rural Economy, Business by Business: How The Farm Lost its Community Subsidy and Formed a Stable Economy in Its Place by Douglas Stephenson, #116
8. Self-Reliance, Right Livelihood, and Economic “Realities”: Finding Peace in Compromise by Abeja Hummel, #158
9. Communities That Serve Others…and Love Doing It by Darin Fenger, #131
10. Free to Serve: Notes from a Needs-Based Economy by Chris Foraker, #141
11. Householding: Communal Living on a Small Scale by Elizabeth Barrette, #144
12. Balancing Act: How Much Are You Willing to Share? by Janel Healy, #152
13. The Values of Shared Ownership by Tim Miller, #159

14. The Quest for Community: A Personal Journey into the Grey Zone by Tree Bressen, #139
15. Gardens of Gratitude:ATwo-Day Garden Party Blitz in L.A. by Ginny LeRossignol Blades, #144
16. Chicken à la West Birch Avenue by Hilary Giovale, #142
17. Lighten Up: A Community Energy-Reduction Experiment by Kelly Barth, #143
18. What Are the Boundaries of an Intentional Community? An Experiment in Geographically-Dispersed Community-Building by Don Schneider and Elin England, #143
19. Greening Your H’Hood David Leach, #157
20. Let’s Do Greywater First! by Laura Dvorak and J. Brush, #137