Author: Moumita Chakraborty


New Report Explores How to Rethink Cities of the Future

Posted on October 27, 2017 by
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This post by Nithin Coca first appeared on Shareable. In 2009, the world hit a watershed moment. For the first time in human history, a majority of people were living not in rural areas, but in cities. Since then, the growth in cities has only accelerated, and the United Nations estimates that 66 percent of the world’s population… Read More

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Want to Change the System? ‘Become the System’

Posted on October 27, 2017 by
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This article first appeared on Shareable .  We live in turbulent times: many certainties are disappearing and changes are difficult to understand. Can transition management help us to explain where the world is heading? Derk Loorbach, director of the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, talks about the mechanisms, risks,… Read More

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Cohousing’s Diversity Problem

Posted on September 29, 2017 by
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This article by Amanda Abrams first appeared in CityLab here. The topic, however, is not new; take a walk back through FIC’s archives to read Adriane Dellorco’s take from 2001 here.  Small but passionate, the cohousing movement in the United States is growing. With 163 communities located around the country and many others in development, the Danish import… Read More

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Full Circle Memories from Dancing Rabbit

Posted on September 29, 2017 by
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This post was first published on Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage’s blog here. If this account stirs you, get your application in now to join their final visitor session of the year, happening Oct 8-29!  This fall I’m experiencing some pleasant full-circle memories that I’d like to share with you. Liz here, one of the newer residents of Dancing Rabbit.… Read More

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Standing in Love in the Face of Hatred

Posted on September 29, 2017 by
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This post by David Spangler first appeared on the Findhorn Foundation’s blog here.  There is a dramatic moment in the Fellowship of the Ring, the first book in J.R.R. Tolkien’s acclaimed trilogy, Lord of the Rings, when the Fellowship is racing through the dark caverns of the mines of Moira pursued by a Balrog, a demon from the… Read More

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Intentional Eco-Village Communities: Are Geodomes A Sustainable Answer to Homelessness?

Posted on September 29, 2017 by
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Note: We acknowledge that homelessness is a complex sociopolitical and community issue, and aim to be respectful of all the various causes and experiences of homelessness. We also believe that community-based solutions are some of the best options because they tend to be more inclusive of local circumstances, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. We welcome… Read More

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A New Look at Modern Aging

Posted on September 18, 2017 by
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This article first appeared on Cohousing USA’s blog here. By Charles Durrett. The last nails are being hammered in. Fresh paint still clings to the damp air. In Port Townsend, Washington, residents of the newly-built Quimper Village Senior Cohousing eagerly await moving into the neighborhood that they co-designed. The neighborhood that not only symbolizes their… Read More

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Providing Regenerative Ecovillage Solutions for the Bonn Climate Summit

Posted on September 15, 2017 by
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This November the UN Climate Summit (COP23) will be held in Bonn, Germany, where the imperative will be how to massively scale-up and effectively implement the Paris Climate Agreement. The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) strongly believes that sustainable communities are already making significant contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. It is GEN’s mandate to… Read More

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Public Banks and Credit Unions: What’s the Difference?

Posted on July 24, 2017 by
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As we’ve been thinking about intentional communities as alternative loci for power, the question of money and other ways for storing and using it naturally also came up. This article by Marc Armstrong first appeared on Cowboys on the Common’s blog here.  Anything that takes control from Wall Street banks is viewed by many as… Read More

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Fifty Years of Commune Life

Posted on July 6, 2017 by
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This article first appeared on Commune Life. For a more theoretical take on the Twin Oaks project, we recommend reading Allen Butcher’s excellent article here. When Twin Oaks was founded (in 1967), they thought a revolution was possible in their lifetime and one of the purposes of Twin Oaks was to show how people could… Read More

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Climate Change Needs Community-Based Action

Posted on June 15, 2017 by
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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

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