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When the antisocial behavior of adopted boys at Takoma Village Cohousing begins to impact the larger community, their parents find open communication essential in identifying a path forward.
Written by Thumbs. Originally published on November 11, 2019 at communelifeblog A RURAL PENINSULA IN QUEBEC IS A HIDDEN GEM OF THE COMMUNITIES MOVEMENT Gaspésie Quebec is the Olympic Peninsula of the East Coast; a mountainous peninsula, with a rugged coastline, spotted with small towns fueled by fishing and logging, with a vibrant indigenous culture,… Read More
Despite the lethal combination of power, ego, and spirituality that brought the Renaissance Community to an end, most of its ex-members cherish their time there as a growth experience that made them better people.
Referring to himself as “the biggest asshole” in the county, a group’s spiritual teacher “told us if we could work with him and learn from him, we could deal with anyone in any situation.”
Ted and Sally were truthful when they said they had no idea what they were doing, either running the business or establishing a community. They didn’t, much to the dismay of their departing managers and volunteers.
The original founder, visionary, and main public point person for Bellyacres for over a quarter of a century laments that some members came to consider him “the root of all present, past, and future problems in the organization.”
Entrepreneurship and Long-Term Planning in an Income-Sharing Community: A Report from the FrontlinesPosted on October 15, 2019 by
The pace of running a competitive multi-million-dollar business like East Wind Nut Butters can clash with the often slow and seemingly disinterested pace of the community at large.
Wow! This woman has it all! She’s the answer to so many of our current dilemmas! What could possibly go wrong? A lot.
LIFE TOGETHER is a video series created by members of the Bruderhof, a Christian movement of intentional communities. The first six videos in the series are focused on intentional community – what it is, resources for potential problems, and Q&A. The videos draw from experiences and challenges that the Bruderhof has learned from over the… Read More
Submitted by Pacific Domes — Cristina Chadwick Many people, going about their busy lives, take pride in calling themselves realists. Realists tend to view idealism as impractical – however, in contrast to the hectic consumer-based pace of modern life, it might be argued, that idealistic and spiritually-minded individuals and communities seem to lead happier lives. … Read More
This article was originally published by TIME and accompanied by a video: https://time.com/intentional-communities/ ‘Everyone Needs Someone Else’ BY JEFFREY KLUGER There’s not a lot to do in Syracuse, N.Y. when you’re living alone and a winter storm system dumps 3 feet of snow on the city. There’s no going outside, but there’s no staying inside… Read More
“Can you put the gas in the truck, please?” A seemingly simple request provides a case study in the importance of precise, clear communication.
The more friendliness we have towards difficult parts of ourselves and difficult aspects of living in community, the easier it will be to make the journey together.
A higher standard for interpersonal accountability and care makes the effect even more devastating when feelings of safety, security, and affection in community turn out to be based on illusion.
In order to create healthy, thriving communities that are replicable models for a cooperative, sustainable, and just human society, we need to talk about what hasn’t worked.
Taking the plunge to visit the community you’ve researched can be scary. Here are five tips to consider when contacting a community for the first time through ic.org. 1. Be respectful of people’s time and busy lives. Communicate with the essential aspects of your request. How long would you like to say? What are your… Read More
A natural follow-up to our Summer 2019 Sexual Politics issue, Communities #184 (Fall 2019) focuses on The Shadow Side of Cooperation. We explore problems and pitfalls, disappointments and betrayals, unintended outcomes of cooperative attempts ranging in impact from trivial to tragic. Authors’ stories describe the clash of idealism with reality, communication breakdowns, cultural patterning, internalized oppression, rights and boundary violations, founder’s syndrome, business and organizational struggles, power, ego, disempowerment, dysfunction, trauma, and strategies to address these and other challenges. Please join us!
Are you seeking a community to join? Well, here’s some good news, we know communities looking for you! 950 intentional communities are open to new members right now. See the full list here. People choose to join intentional community for many reasons – better quality of life, sense of purpose, connection with people, opportunities to make a… Read More
The most troubling thing isn’t when a charismatic leader uses gangster tactics, but when the people in his office, who sing the songs of love and community values, are complicit.
Empowered, sustainable communities are the antidote to isolation. And they are the pivotal technology that makes renewable energy, essential for reversing climate change, actually renewable.
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While trying to start a community with poly-friendly collaborators, two monogamous partners achieve greater clarity in their six-year relationship, and end it.
The Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) recognizes Diggers & Dreamers as the 2020 recipient of the Kozeny Communitarian Award, honoring the indomitable spirit of Geoph Kozeny, who devoted his adult life to creating community in the world. The award was presented by FIC Executive Director, Sky Blue, to Diggers & Dreamers organizer, Chris Coates, during… Read More
Take advantage of these major discounts on all books produced by Gaia Education, the international NGO providing students of all ages and cultural backgrounds with knowledge and skills to design a thriving society. Gaia Education is a leading-edge provider of sustainability education that promotes thriving communities within planetary boundaries. As part of this mission, they’ve… Read More
Polyamory comes with abundant advantages as well as numerous downsides; a polyamorist weighs the tradeoffs, grieves disappointment and loss, and celebrates love.
Love is too strong an instinct to be dismissed, repressed, or restricted, even if it is not returned. The author recovers from a soul-crushing breakup.