Issue 163


Find Issue #163 (Summer 2014), “Business Ventures in Community,” of Communities Magazine here!

The Dirty Business of Growing a Cohousing Community Farm

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A farm is not a clod of dirt; it is more like mud that slips through your hands, gets on your boots, and is tracked all through the community.


Vision, Money, and Sustainability: Bringing in Renters while Building the Dream

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In the quest for sustainability, long-term goals can yield to short-term needs and opportunities, fertilizing new growth in unpredictable ways.


Sharing Spaces, Sharing Values: Entrepreneurship at Dragon’s Nest Cooperative Homestead

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“Founder’s joy” can wear off very quickly in the chaos of financial instability and unclear agreements.


Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Wrestles with Growth

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For an income-sharing group in Virginia, economic success presents challenges and opportunities.


The Entrepreneurial Dilemma

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Integrating entrepreneurial energy into cooperative communities often proves both difficult and necessary.


Cooperation and Competition in the Ecovillage

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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

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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?

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


Digging into Community: A reflection from Tamarack’s 1000 Conversations Initiative

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Tamarack Institute’s Conversations campaign reveals shifting expectations of community among youth and seniors, varying perspectives on group identity and boundaries, and diverse attitudes toward technology.


Business Ventures, #163 Contents

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Issue #163 explores the fertile ground where cooperation and commerce intersect. How can we earn a living while still upholding our values? How can we bring cooperative principles to business activities? How can we nurture our communities, neighborhoods, and towns by creating sustainable livelihoods that serve the greater good? What obstacles do we encounter, and how do we overcome them?