by Ma’ikwe Ludwig This post originally appeared on Cowboys on the Commons. To read Ma’ikwe’s forthcoming book on local environmental activism, Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, please click here. For a follow-up interview about this article, please go here. “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.… Read More
How does one share income and expenses among a hundred people? Twin Oaks discovers how to supplant apathy with widespread engagement.
Re-Membering the Web of Life: The Biological Imperative for Sovereignty, Interdependence, and a Consent EconomyPosted on May 27, 2017 by
“To last, love must enflesh itself in the materiality of the world—produce food, shelter, warmth or shade, surround itself with careful acts and well-made things.” —Wendell Berry With our first breath, we sign an unwritten contract. With this signing, we accept certain preconditions for being alive, in this body, here and now, on this Earth.… Read More
Economics in cooperative culture—the focus of our Summer issue—is expressed in myriad forms
From cohousing developments to gift-economy activist camps, from spiritual communities to mobile home parks, from income-sharing communities to intentional neighborhoods, people across a wide range of economic circumstances and approaches are discovering the benefits of cooperative economics. Their stories suggest new ways of “stewarding our home” and transitioning into a more inclusive and sustainable future.
Three innovative non-residential groups use community as a tool to address climate change.
A new pilot program in Portland, OR, is exploring an unconventional way to reduce homelessness in the city. Relying on $350,000 in funding, the county will pay for the cost of building a tiny house in a homeowner’s backyard – under the condition that a homeless family can live there for five years. The program, called A Place… Read More
A replicable ecovillage model is our best hope for achieving essential, global-scale changes.
For many of us, intentional communities serve as experiential laboratories, examples of ways that people can come together to challenge the dominant systems that we’ve grown up with or have learned to put up with. It’s been great to see a rise in mainstream awareness of intentional communities, with more news and media outlets taking cohousing and… Read More
I’m really excited for the National Cohousing Conference, May 19 – 21, in Nashville, TN. Cohousing as a model is growing and evolving at a rapid pace, and this is great news for intentional communities and cooperative ventures everywhere. Cohousing communities have long been on the forefront of dealing with financial institutions, zoning officials, and… Read More