Community Where You Are

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Towards a Joyful Economics

Posted on May 28, 2017 by

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

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

Posted on May 1, 2017 by

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

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

Posted on April 11, 2017 by

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

“What can I do?” It’s the right question—almost.

Nine Traditions that Draw Us Together: How a Small Town Nurtures Community

Posted on February 1, 2017 by

The art of creating community spirit within mainstream towns and neighborhoods has much potential to change the world for the better.

Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

Posted on October 11, 2016 by

At the RareBirds Housing Co-operative, community life and outside activism deepen and strengthen each other.

Not the Last of the Mohicans: Honoring Our Native Predecessors on the Land

Posted on September 30, 2016 by
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How can we do right by the native peoples whose ancestral homelands now host our intentional communities?

Rediscovering Community: A family’s journey back to appreciating Home

Posted on March 11, 2016 by
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An active search for a new community allows one family to explore core questions.

Offerings to the Land

Posted on January 21, 2016 by

Befriend the land where you are, and you will never be lonely.

The Unexpected Journey

Posted on January 11, 2016 by
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A three-month living/learning seminar in alternative communities still resonates three decades later.

Getting to Community and Life after Community: Collectivism vs. Individuality

Posted on January 1, 2016 by
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Togetherness and solitude, action and reflection—our lives give us times for each.

An Evolving Movement

Posted on December 21, 2015 by
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The FIC’s new Executive Director reflects on his and the organization’s converging paths.

Finding Community Outside of “Community”

Posted on December 11, 2015 by

Myriad groups and connections on “the outside” don’t call themselves intentional—but sometimes are.

Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

Posted on December 1, 2015 by

Whether with refugees, in the inner city, or in intentional groups, community holds life-long lessons.

My Squat Law Journey

Posted on October 21, 2015 by

After years of advocacy, social justice work, and on-the-ground experience, a squatter passes the bar exam.

Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

Posted on October 11, 2015 by
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A century since the United States’ first citywide zoning ordinance, community founders can find support in unexpected places when navigating land use laws.

It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

Posted on September 21, 2015 by

After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.

It’s the Law

Posted on August 25, 2015 by

Communal living is no escape from dealing with legal issues and challenges coming from both within and outside the group.

Urban Flex Farms: Farming on a Bicycle

Posted on August 4, 2015 by

In the face of structural challenges, some urban farmers are finding innovative ways to serve their neighborhoods.

We Got An Egg!: A Study in Scarcity

Posted on July 4, 2015 by

At the Global Village, schoolchildren get a taste of impoverished peoples’ struggles to feed themselves.

How the Kitchen Is the Heart of a Community

Posted on June 14, 2015 by

A shared kitchen provides not just physical sustenance, but emotional benefits and greater connection to our food and one another.

Cookin’ Dinner for the Revolution

Posted on June 4, 2015 by
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A vibrant, reliable, and nourishing home-base can provide activists with a much-needed feeling of sustainability.