Communities Articles

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White Bias, Black Lives: When Unconscious Bias Affects Your Community

Posted on March 18, 2018 by

Members of Sunward Cohousing recognize and attempt to transform their community’s differential treatment of white-skinned and dark-skinned neighborhood children.

Growing Inclusivity in Cohousing: Stories and Strategies

Posted on March 16, 2018 by

Familiar with both privilege and marginalization, a queer Latina cohouser shares experiences and perspectives on confronting racial and ethnic homogeneity.

Barriers to Diversity in Community

Posted on March 14, 2018 by

An organizer of Charlotte Cohousing in North Carolina offers several ways intentional communities unintentionally exclude her fellow people of color.

Moving Beyond White Fragility: Lessons from Standing Rock

Posted on March 12, 2018 by

Bonded by a shared mission, indigenous water protectors and their white allies find a safe space for giving and receiving honest feedback about white privilege and unconscious acts of racism.

On “Waiting” for People of Color

Posted on March 10, 2018 by

On the land where his grandfather was born a slave, the founder of a nascent intentional community reflects on the challenges of attracting people of color, and the project’s next steps.

Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Collective Liberation: Weaving the Communities Movement into Intersectional Justice Struggles

Posted on March 8, 2018 by

The co-organizer of the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network shares strategies for deepening your community’s work on issues of race, class, and privilege.

Beauty and Brokenness: Digesting Grief into Gratitude for Justice

Posted on March 7, 2018 by

A child of the Indian middle class immerses herself in the grassroots sustainability movement in Portland, Oregon and shares lessons learned on her journey.

Class, Race, and Privilege, #178: Free Issue Download and Contents

Posted on March 6, 2018 by

The Spring 2018 edition of Communities, focused on “Class, Race, and Privilege,” is now available for free download from The issue looks unflinchingly at a major “elephant in the room”—the relative lack of racial and class diversity in most ICs, at least in North America—while suggesting ways of recognizing, understanding, and addressing it. Authors share stories of obstacles they’ve encountered (from both sides of the privilege equation) and positive steps they and their groups have taken to move toward greater inclusivity and equity. They also reflect honestly on the deep-rootedness of unconscious racism, of social and cultural barriers, of problems of power, privilege, classism, “white fragility,” and more.

Community-Building in the City

Posted on February 1, 2018 by

In its formative and early stages, Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing in Seattle encounters both challenges and successes.

Making a Case for Urban Cohousing

Posted on January 21, 2018 by

Urban cohousing offers a unique alternative that still allows access to the amenities, conveniences, and vibrancy of city life.

Green and Resilient Neighborhoods: Portland, Oregon and Beyond

Posted on January 11, 2018 by

Columbia Ecovillage, Cully Grove Garden Community, Kailash Ecovillage, River Road Neighborhood, and elsewhere embody diverse, promising approaches to re-greening our lives.

Compact Community at Maitreya EcoVillage in Eugene, Oregon

Posted on January 1, 2018 by

Urban development needs sufficient density to support functional public transit, bicycling, and walking—while also staying beautiful, fun, green, and rich with community.

Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage: A 13-Year-Old Retrofit Ecovillage in Cincinnati, Ohio

Posted on December 21, 2017 by

While it involves inevitable struggles, this replicable model both forms community and provides an ecological framework for living in the city.

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

Posted on December 11, 2017 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mobile home and RV parks present an unequaled opportunity to accelerate the transition to more widespread community living.