Start a Village “If you don’t like the way things are, Start a Village!” This was the essential message that Stephen Brooks delivered at his enthusiastic TEDx talk at Black Rock City. What does a guy at Burning Man know about community? Stephen shares inspiration through his travels, studies of permaculture, and teaching, how he… Read More
To build a healthy cultural infrastructure, it’s important to clarify your cooperative decision-making process, adopt conflict tools, and commit to the ongoing development of collaborative skills in your group.
Common Conceptions of Community How can we create community connection — including more support, belonging, smiles, and growth — in our lives? Bianca Heyming gave a TED talk based on her experiences, affectionately called ‘Intentional Communities – 50% Less Hippie Than You’d Expect.’ She first comedically explores people’s misconceptions about living in an… Read More
In the PDX-Plus Cohousing Group, individual member groups find it simultaneously reassuring, daunting, and energizing to learn that their challenges and joys in living intentionally in community are shared.
Time spent at Lost Valley and La’akea inspires a passion not just for community and its heart-opening, communication-deepening, earth-connecting effects, but also for communal networking and the difference it can make in the world.
Six key networking organizations come together to serve the regenerative communities movement by forming GENNA, the North American branch of the Global Ecovillage Network.
Organizing a networking gathering yields many benefits, but the collatoral trials and tributions take their toll on this organizer—now recharging by prioritizing farm and family.
A co-owner of Heart-Culture Farm Community explores ways to use her privilege to help create a society where people are truly equal.
Predominantly white communities are going to stay that way until they acknowledge and address racism. Here is some guidance for doing that.
A cohousing project’s budget can help address class and classism—but the community also needs to articulate and explore its culture’s underlying or hidden rules.
Members of Sunward Cohousing recognize and attempt to transform their community’s differential treatment of white-skinned and dark-skinned neighborhood children.
Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Collective Liberation: Weaving the Communities Movement into Intersectional Justice StrugglesPosted 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.
How does one share income and expenses among a hundred people? Twin Oaks discovers how to supplant apathy with widespread engagement.
A clearly articulated evolutionary purpose, a welcoming of the whole self, and governance through self-management are keys to collective success.
The sometimes triumphant, sometimes traumatic experiences of the three Common Fire communities yield wisdom relevant to anyone working to create a community.
Even an anti-authoritarian household needs agreements—but who and how to enforce them is another question.
At La’akea, members’ various approaches to food reflect the quest for emotional as well as physical sustainability.
Earthaven and Dancing Rabbit embrace their groups’ evolution and growth with innovative new governance and decision-making methods.
When community members want to place “private” panels on “public” roofs, don’t expect clear sailing.
Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage grapples with obstacles to create a visionary housing project in rural Maine.
How can a diverse group best make decisions? After many years advocating it, the author concludes that consensus is not the answer.
Want a “problem” person to behave differently? Give a different response.
When assessing why a community is struggling to make decisions, we need to ask first how they handle conflict resolution, group-process training, and entrenched patterns.
When a member of a minority population claims racism, how does a group committed to racial nondiscrimination respond?