Author: Diana Leafe Christian

Diana Leafe Christian, author of the books Creating a Life Together and Finding Community, is publisher of Ecovillages, a free online newsletter about ecovillages worldwide (, and a columnist for Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) ( She is a trainer in GEN’s Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) program, and speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops internationally. See

Articles by Diana Leafe Christian include:

  • Ecovillage Activists in Japan (Issue # 138)
  • Can We Make a Difference? (Issue # 137)
  • The "Ten Most Beautiful" Communities in the World (Issue # 136)
  • When Adobe Pueblo Meets Star Trek (Issue # 136)
  • Worth Their Weight in Gold (Issue # 134)
  • Remembering Eileen Caddy (Issue # 134)
  • Avoiding Abundance’s Traps (Issue # 144)
  • Reunion Under the Redwoods (Issue # 153)
  • We the People (Issue # 154)
  • Busting the Myth that Consensus-with-Unanimity Is Good for Communities (Issue # 155)
  • Busting the Myth that Consensus-with-Unanimity Is Good for Communities, Part II (Issue # 156)
  • How the “N Street Consensus Method” Helps N Street Cohousing Thrive (Issue # 157)
  • Consensus and the Burden of Added Process: Are There Easier Ways to Make Decisions? (Issue # 158)
  • So Why Do Cohousers and Ecovillagers Join Community? (Issue # 158)
  • Saying Goodbye to Consensus-with-Unanimity in European Communities (Issue # 159)
  • Transparency, Equivalence, and Effectiveness (Issue # 160)
  • Self-Governance with Circles and Double Links (Issue # 161)

Radical Governance Changes in Two North American Ecovillages

Posted on October 31, 2014 by

Earthaven and Dancing Rabbit embrace their groups’ evolution and growth with innovative new governance and decision-making methods.

Busting the Myth that Consensus-with-Unanimity Is Good for Communities

Posted on June 7, 2012 by

How can a diverse group best make decisions? After many years advocating it, the author concludes that consensus is not the answer.