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Public vs. Private: Group Dilemma Laid Bare!

Posted on January 11, 2017 by
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For some neighbors, the logical leap from “glimpse of skin” to “nudist colony” is a surprisingly short one to make.


Ecosexuality: Embracing a Force of Nature

Posted on January 1, 2017 by
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Only when we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace the erotic, do we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace all of Life itself.


Five Tools to Help Groups Thrive

Posted on December 21, 2016 by
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A clearly articulated evolutionary purpose, a welcoming of the whole self, and governance through self-management are keys to collective success.


Social Permaculture: Applying the Principles

Posted on December 11, 2016 by
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Permaculture’s 12 principles apply to human groups just as much as to any other ecological system.


Social Permaculture—What Is It?

Posted on December 1, 2016 by
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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.


Not Rocket Science, but Just as Important

Posted on November 25, 2016 by
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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.


Social Permaculture, and Public vs. Private, #173 Contents

Posted on November 21, 2016 by
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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.


Happiness in Communal Life: A Scientific Project

Posted on November 1, 2016 by
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Statistics don’t lie: communal living seems to help people be happier.



Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

Posted on October 11, 2016 by
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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?


Coming of Age in Service Community

Posted on September 21, 2016 by
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Growing up in a community with a strong commitment to changing the world can be both enlivening and challenging.


Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard Work

Posted on September 11, 2016 by
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At Black Bulga, the experience of community provides vital support for members to be effective change agents in the wider world.


The Gesundheit! Institute: A 45 Year-Old Communal Hospital Experiment

Posted on September 1, 2016 by
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In a decades-long project with worldwide reach, medicine, humor, and community become vehicles for social change.


Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community

Posted on August 24, 2016 by
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Adults with disabilities and residential caregiver volunteers share the challenges and joys of community life at Innisfree.


Service and Activism, #172 Contents

Posted on August 18, 2016 by
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Our Fall issue explores Service and Activism in intentional communities. Authors share their stories of living and working in both service- and activist-oriented groups, including Camphill communities, Innisfree Village, Gesundheit!, Konohana Family, Magic, Black Bulga, and more. How do service and activism build community, both within a group and in the larger world? How can communitarians contribute to the well-being of the planet and its people? We also explore how long-standing, mission-focused communities—including Harbin Hot Springs, ZEGG, and EcoVillage at Ithaca—have evolved over time, and the latest research about happiness in community.


Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Posted on August 1, 2016 by
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Irish ecovillagers achieve the smallest ecological footprints recorded in their country.


True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

Posted on July 21, 2016 by
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At Maitreya Mountain Village, mainstream pragmatism meets radical idealism.


Creating Carbon-Negative Communities: Ecovillages and the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

Posted on July 11, 2016 by
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Diverse ecovillages are modeling how to create more just, equitable, and sustainable human societies.


The Bridge to a Greener World

Posted on July 1, 2016 by
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This Australian community’s bridge is a lot more than just a bridge.


Want an Ecovillage? Stay Put!

Posted on June 21, 2016 by
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How can we care for a place if we’re not there, day after day, year after year, paying attention?


Ecovillages Worldwide—Local Solutions for Global Problems

Posted on June 11, 2016 by
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A wide array of ecovillages throughout the Global North and South address our shared challenges.


Overcoming Apartheid—the Global Ecovillage Network

Posted on June 1, 2016 by
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Communities worldwide are exploring how to heal our separation from each other and the natural world.


Ecovillages and the FIC

Posted on May 24, 2016 by
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The Fellowship for Intentional Community and the Global Ecovillage Network partner in support of empowered citizens and communities designing for a sustainable future.


Ecovillages around the World, #171 Contents

Posted on May 18, 2016 by
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In our Summer issue, the Global Ecovillage Network, Gaia Trust, and the FIC partner to offer stories of pioneering efforts worldwide by communities working to incorporate the four dimensions of sustainability: social, ecological, economic, and worldview. We explore local solutions to global problems, creating carbon-negative communities, restoring our relationships to one another and the land, learning from indigenous groups, ecovillage strategies in areas of crisis, and more.


Queer, Person of Color, or Low-Income; Is Cohousing Possible for Me?

Posted on May 1, 2016 by
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Some creative solutions are starting to counteract cohousing’s demographic homogeneity, but significant obstacles remain.


Leaps of Faith

Posted on April 21, 2016 by
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Two families leave a thriving cohousing community to follow their shared dreams as a tight-knit intergenerational group.


Common Fire’s Top Ten Hard-Earned Tips for Community Success

Posted on April 11, 2016 by
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The sometimes triumphant, sometimes traumatic experiences of the three Common Fire communities yield wisdom relevant to anyone working to create a community.


Off-Grid, and In Community: ’Tis Easier to Find than to Found

Posted on April 1, 2016 by
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The co-director of Maitreya Mountain Village suggests others not follow his example.


Finding a Healthy, Happy Cohousing Community that Fits Your Values

Posted on March 21, 2016 by
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A cohouser offers resources and tips on how to find your community.