Economics


Cooperation and Competition in the Ecovillage

Posted on June 21, 2014 by

Earning a living based on responsible competition involves both sharing what we have and asking for what we deserve.


Dancing Rabbit’s Exchange Local Money System: The Promise of Local Currencies and Interest-Free Financing

Posted on June 14, 2014 by
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Place-specific currencies can provide critical financing to the small businesses that keep local communities connected and thriving.


Business. Busy-ness. Coincidence?

Posted on June 5, 2014 by

Improving our relationships to work, money, and entrepreneurship can dramatically enhance our sense of community and quality of life.


Margaret and Me: The Iron Lady Becomes an Unexpected Ally

Posted on May 11, 2014 by

A squatters’ housing cooperative activist describes how Margaret Thatcher broke with her image to support an early “occupy” movement.


Yes, Wealthy People Want to Live in Community in Sustainable Ways Too!

Posted on June 7, 2013 by
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The facilitator of a telephone support group offers 14 suggestions from current or aspiring communitarians with significant financial resources.


The Values of Shared Ownership

Posted on June 7, 2013 by

Shared ownership—including of real estate—has many practical benefits.


Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Posted on March 7, 2013 by
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Cohousing is intrinsically an affordable model; here’s why and how.


Affording Communities

Posted on March 7, 2013 by

Together—but only together—we can afford to keep publishing Communities.


Affordability: What It’s Good For

Posted on March 7, 2013 by

At Acorn, as in the larger world, the most important thing to be able to afford may be giving something away.


Creating a Community of Homesteaders

Posted on March 7, 2013 by

A land trust with leaseholds keeps members’ costs down while allowing a combination of autonomy and connection.


Affordability: Angst and Angels

Posted on March 7, 2013 by
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Kara Huntermoon of Heart-Culture Farm shares her community’s affordability strategies.


Self-Reliance, Right Livelihood, and Economic “Realities”

Posted on March 7, 2013 by
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Life in a small rural ecovillage can mean embracing complex choices while balancing idealism with necessity.


Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Posted on September 7, 2012 by

Innovative ecovillagers turn challenges into opportunities.


Ecovillage Infrastructure

Posted on September 7, 2012 by
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Water supply, human waste treatment, zoning regulations, legal structure, homeownership models, and other core technical issues are essential in ecovillage planning.


The Sharing Gardens

Posted on December 7, 2011 by
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An innovative approach to collective community gardens nurtures a culture of giving while allowing participants to feed both themselves and those in need.


Unto the Second Generation

Posted on September 7, 2011 by
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When a cohousing group’s honeymoon ends, and economic stress dictates selling units to any willing buyers, can a community’s core values and connections endure?


The Gift of Compost

Posted on September 7, 2011 by

To the Compostmeister at a collective house, the cycles of compost embody a new economics that focuses upon human needs and relationships.


Which Comes First, My Community or My Career?

Posted on September 7, 2011 by

Believing that the next phase in human evolution involves a return to the “local” and to community with neighbors, the author focuses his job search close to home, and includes any useful type of work.


Crowdfunding

Posted on September 7, 2011 by

A collective financial approach that allows individuals to pool their resources in support of favorite projects, crowdfunding both encourages and thrives upon community.


Remade in Edinburgh

Posted on September 7, 2011 by

In Brixton, South London, and Edinburgh, Scotland, right livelihood finds a home in innovative, resource-conserving, grassroots projects.


Work Less, Simplify More

Posted on September 7, 2011 by
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By reducing our economic impact, we can shrink our ecological footprint, while freeing up time and energy to contribute to community and a more sustainable world.


Right Lively ‘Hood

Posted on September 7, 2011 by
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Finding meaningful, socially and ecologically responsible work cannot be done in a vacuum. Right livelihood depends on networks of relationship.


A Communitarian Conundrum

Posted on June 7, 2011 by
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Despite widespread desire for community, structural and cultural obstacles to intentional community in the modern world loom large.


Shared Living—When Home Is a Community

Posted on September 7, 2009 by
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An ex-resident of Casa Caballeros reflects on the wealth she found in the realms of personal growth, shared resources, spontaneous celebration, and financial freedom even in economic downturns.


Hard Times at Orinda

Posted on September 7, 2009 by
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Watching their collective fortunes decline, the members of Orinda adopt a new spirit of frugality, find that they are living more sustainably, and discover true wealth in relationships with friends and family.


The Richness of Giving

Posted on December 7, 2008 by

Many traditional cultures around the world have an economy based not on buying and selling, but on giving, which fosters an intricate network of social connections.


Abundance and Scarcity in the Goodenough Community

Posted on December 7, 2008 by

A community confronts economic adversity by remaining constant in relationship, holding financial losses in common, and working together in fundraising, educational programs, and new projects.


Free to Serve

Posted on December 7, 2008 by

While in similar circumstances to his neighbors from Clan Super Size, our author replaces a desperate sense of scarcity and need for low-cost goods with feelings of hope and abundance.


Building a Business in Community

Posted on March 7, 2008 by

There wasn’t much chance that her lifelong dream of owning a bookstore would come true in her rural Missouri community. So Alline Anderson set off down the exciting and terrifying path of launching the Milkweed Mercantile–creating jobs, providing a market for community products, and offering a warm place for visitors to put up their feet.