Life in Community
The Haudenosaunee, the Oneida Community, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, with its vision of a “polyamorous line family,” all form part of Windward’s conceptual ancestry.
Forty-five years of researching, writing and teaching about, and living within intentional communities yield personal lessons with global implications.
Our Fall issue, sponsored in part by the Communal Studies Association, focuses on Learning from the Past. Current communitarians reflect on lessons from their own and their communities’ histories, and on inspiration from historical communities that inform their own efforts. Students of communalism share the outcomes of their research, including recipes for success and failure and other insights from past and present communities. Community seekers and founders describe what they’ve learned so far. Throughout, we explore how learning from the past can help us navigate the present and move toward a more vibrant, functional, cooperative future.
Putting love into practice can be done even when you have nothing materially.
An egalitarian community’s General Manager reflects on embodying collective values and ecological sanity in a three-million-dollar-a-year business.
How does one share income and expenses among a hundred people? Twin Oaks discovers how to supplant apathy with widespread engagement.
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.
Statistics don’t lie: communal living seems to help people be happier.
The Case for Mass Civil Disruption and Resistance: The story of how 15 intentional communities and experiments came together to form a national coalition to defend life, come hell or high waterPosted on October 21, 2016 by
Activists and communitarians gather to ask: “How do we respond to our current global crisis?”
At the RareBirds Housing Co-operative, community life and outside activism deepen and strengthen each other.
How can we do right by the native peoples whose ancestral homelands now host our intentional communities?
Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard WorkPosted on September 11, 2016 by
At Black Bulga, the experience of community provides vital support for members to be effective change agents in the wider world.
Adults with disabilities and residential caregiver volunteers share the challenges and joys of community life at Innisfree.
At Maitreya Mountain Village, mainstream pragmatism meets radical idealism.
This Australian community’s bridge is a lot more than just a bridge.
How can we care for a place if we’re not there, day after day, year after year, paying attention?
Some creative solutions are starting to counteract cohousing’s demographic homogeneity, but significant obstacles remain.
Intentional communities—people gathering to share life together, to discover meaning, and to have an impact beyond themselves—have been part of the human landscape for centuries. Many predate Christianity. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism have all had communal aspects which many have chosen. Sufism (Islam), Protestantism, Anglicism, and Catholicism have had and continue to have thriving communities… Read More
Togetherness and solitude, action and reflection—our lives give us times for each.