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Honoring the Conversation: Turning a Neighborhood into a Community in Intown Atlanta

Posted on December 11, 2017 by
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Face-to-face conversation strengthens the sense of community among the diverse constituencies of a nonprofit Land Trust.


DC Community Evolution and Change: Perspectives from Lutheran Volunteer Corps

Posted on December 1, 2017 by
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While time has brought increased gentrification, a faith-based community’s fight for social justice in DC is far from over.


Back to the City!

Posted on November 26, 2017 by
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As Compersia and Point A aim to demonstrate, a city can be the perfect place to start an egalitarian, income-sharing community.


Urban Communities, #177 Contents

Posted on November 22, 2017 by
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Our Winter 2017 issue, Urban Communities, takes readers on a journey from the US East Coast through middle America to the West Coast, then to Canada and overseas. The communities featured span an equally broad range—from communes to cohousing, from outward-focused to more inward-focused, from retrofit to custom-built, from ecovillages, intentional neighborhood projects, and service-oriented groups to broader efforts to expand and strengthen the urban commons. As our stories make clear, and despite popular preconceptions, in many ways no setting is better suited to intentional community than an urban one—and, even short of full intentional community, city-dwellers have many, ever-evolving options for creating more connection, mutual support, and sharing in their lives.


Life Lessons for Community Longevity

Posted on November 1, 2017 by
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The founder of Bellyacres Artistic Ecovillage profers advice inspired by the nearly three decades he was immersed in the experiment.


Why I Study Communal Societies

Posted on October 21, 2017 by
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The study of intentional communities, both past and present, is a rich and rewarding enterprise for the student of political theory. The members of intentional communities, whether historic or contemporary, religious or secular, short-lived or enduring, must grapple with fundamental questions about human nature and human organization. In doing so, they illuminate in microcosm the… Read More


Overcoming Our Americanness

Posted on October 11, 2017 by
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Unless we learn from past and present communities, and collate lessons from our own, we will bob as separate crafts on the ocean of our uncooperative and ahistorical Americanness.


Intentional Community in a Nicaraguan Jungle: Honoring my duality through community practices

Posted on October 1, 2017 by
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Through her experience temporarily “unplugging” to join a community emphasizing genuine connection and values-based living, an international law student gains lifelong lessons.


Tracing Windward’s Memeology

Posted on September 21, 2017 by
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The Haudenosaunee, the Oneida Community, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, with its vision of a “polyamorous line family,” all form part of Windward’s conceptual ancestry.


Learning from Our Past

Posted on September 11, 2017 by
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Forty-five years of researching, writing and teaching about, and living within intentional communities yield personal lessons with global implications.


The Value of Community: What Defines Success?

Posted on September 1, 2017 by
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Short-term experiences of intentional community, and short-lived communities, can still have powerful, life-changing, and society-changing effects.


The Communal Studies Association

Posted on August 29, 2017 by
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CSA and FIC partner to spread awareness of communal groups past and present and the vital lessons they offer, in areas ranging from conflict resolution, sustainability, and equality to the dangers of authoritarianism.


Learning from the Past, #176 Contents

Posted on August 28, 2017 by
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Our Fall issue, sponsored in part by the Communal Studies Association, focuses on Learning from the Past. Current communitarians reflect on lessons from their own and their communities’ histories, and on inspiration from historical communities that inform their own efforts. Students of communalism share the outcomes of their research, including recipes for success and failure and other insights from past and present communities. Community seekers and founders describe what they’ve learned so far. Throughout, we explore how learning from the past can help us navigate the present and move toward a more vibrant, functional, cooperative future.


Living Out a Gift Economy in Community with Others

Posted on August 1, 2017 by
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Putting love into practice can be done even when you have nothing materially.


Community Is the Best Medicine: A guide to cooperative living on a disability income

Posted on July 21, 2017 by
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Those living with disabilities have many options for finding community; here are suggestions on where and how to look.


Servant Leadership in Cooperative Business: Stirring It Up at East Wind Nut Butters

Posted on July 11, 2017 by
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An egalitarian community’s General Manager reflects on embodying collective values and ecological sanity in a three-million-dollar-a-year business.


Mobile Home Parks: A Fast and Inexpensive Path to Cohousing

Posted on June 30, 2017 by
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Mobile home and RV parks present an unequaled opportunity to accelerate the transition to more widespread community living.


Community as Economic Engine

Posted on June 21, 2017 by
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A long-time communard suggests ways non-income-sharing communities can better support their members’ economic well-being.


Participatory Budgeting in an Income-Sharing Community

Posted on June 11, 2017 by
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How does one share income and expenses among a hundred people? Twin Oaks discovers how to supplant apathy with widespread engagement.


The Gift Economy of Standing Rock

Posted on June 1, 2017 by
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The principles of indigenous culture informed the Water Protectors’ camps: generosity, compassion, and collective survival took precedence.


Towards a Joyful Economics

Posted on May 28, 2017 by
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From Gift Circles in Brooklyn to the sharing economy at an ecovillage-based collective house, the author explores practical applications of Sacred Economics.


Economics in Cooperative Culture, #175 Contents

Posted on May 26, 2017 by
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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.


Variations on a Theme: Low-Carbon Communities of All Sorts

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Three innovative non-residential groups use community as a tool to address climate change.


Affordable, Developer-Driven Ecovillages: Meeting an Unmet Need

Posted on April 21, 2017 by
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A replicable ecovillage model is our best hope for achieving essential, global-scale changes.


Soil, Communities, and Climate Change: An Interview with Nikki Silvestri

Posted on April 11, 2017 by
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As a climate solutions advocate explains, carbon is not a bad thing; it’s often just in the wrong places right now.


The Question I Get Asked the Most

Posted on April 1, 2017 by
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“What can I do?” It’s the right question—almost.


Addressing Climate Change: Two Generations at Heart-Culture Farm Community

Posted on March 21, 2017 by
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For the next generation, planting trees, growing food, and living in community are only the start.


Local Solutions to Global Warming: Paying for Our Carbon Meal

Posted on March 11, 2017 by
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Compared to carbon offsetting, carbon onsetting may be a more effective strategy to build sustainability.


Living Energy Farm: An Answer for Climate Change

Posted on March 1, 2017 by
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A fossil-fuel-free community empowers its members to dramatically reduce their dependence on the corporate economy.


Climate Crisis, Dystopia, and Community

Posted on February 25, 2017 by
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From the personal to the global, with hard times undeniable, community may be our life-support.