The art of creating community spirit within mainstream towns and neighborhoods has much potential to change the world for the better.
The erosion of the commons by private interests is a disaster for modern human settlements; a community without shared spaces is barely a community at all.
A clearly articulated evolutionary purpose, a welcoming of the whole self, and governance through self-management are keys to collective success.
Permaculture’s 12 principles apply to human groups just as much as to any other ecological system.
Ecological relationships are relatively easy to deal with. Human relationships are often much more difficult, but we can design social structures that favor beneficial patterns of behavior.
The arts of cooperative living—supported tirelessly by the cash-strapped FIC, and worthy now more than ever of financial support—will be as essential as technical skills if our species is to survive on this planet or any other.
Our Winter issue explores both Social Permaculture and the interface of Public and Private in intentional community. Starhawk and her colleagues share wisdom from the cutting edge of social permaculture practice, while diverse communitarians discuss how they find balance between the collective and the individual, openness and self-protection, outer-world activism and internal focus. We also learn about Sociocracy missteps, legal structures that help groups put their best feet forward (or not), and more.