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Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage’s Cob House in Yes!

Posted on August 14, 2010 by

Yes! magazine has an article and slideshow on one of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage‘s cob houses. The article is on the cover of the upcoming issue of Yes! on Resilency. The slideshow includes an excerpt from Brian (Ziggy) Liloia’s Cob House blog: I live at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, an intentional community in Northeast Missouri devoted to… Read More

Egalitarian Community in Ethiopia

Posted on July 30, 2010 by

A recent article from looks at the progressive Awra Amba community in Ethiopia. Sixty-three-year-old Zumra Nuru, a longtime promoter of gender equality and religious freedom, founded the society in the 1980s. As a child, Nuru was skeptical of the inequality he observed on a daily basis. … Though Awra Amba could claim only 19… Read More

The Independent looks at ‘Modern Communes’

Posted on July 14, 2010 by

A recent article in Britain’s Independent describes the successes of Lammas Eco-village, Brithdir Mawr and Steward Wood communities in the UK. If reassurance were needed that life in a commune really is a plausible alternative to more conventional ways of existence, remember that for years several of these places have been proving their viability across… Read More

Profile of Mackenzie Heights Collective in Vancouver

Posted on July 14, 2010 by

British Columbia’s independent online magazine, The Tyee, posted a lengthy article a couple months ago on the advantages of collective living, profiling the Mackenzie Heights Collective. Currently housing five adults (ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-40s) and a toddler, the Collective is a model of shared-resources commitment. “We’ve got 2,700 square feet in the… Read More

Cooking Co-ops in the NY Times

Posted on June 25, 2010 by

The New York Times did a nice feature on cooking co-ops. A cooking co-op, or dinner swap, is simply an agreement by two or more individuals or households to provide prepared meals for each other, according to a schedule. The goal is to reduce the time spent in the kitchen while increasing the quality and… Read More

Harvard Magazine Features Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm

Posted on June 21, 2010 by

Harvard Magazine has a nice feature on Nubanusit Farm and Neighborhood, a cohousing community in New Hampshire. They tore up the parking lot and put up a communal paradise. Or so Joni Mitchell could sing about what’s happened on 113 acres of idyllic farmland just outside Peterborough, New Hampshire. In 2004, two couples bought the… Read More

BBC News Looks at Co-housing

Posted on June 4, 2010 by

In this video, the BBC‘s David Sillito checks out the co-housing movement, talking to members of a community in Dorset, England. Watch the video here.

Twin Oaks on CNN!

Posted on April 22, 2010 by

In this video produced by CNN, members of the Twin Oaks community in Louisa VA describe their goals and daily experiences, and demonstrate their shared commitment to sustainability. Check out the video here: Twin Oaks on CNN

Feature Article on Cohousing in the Boston Globe

Posted on March 25, 2010 by

This week an article in the Boston Globe examines the growing momentum of the cohousing movement in Massachusetts, and discusses the importance of community and environmental consciousness to Boston residents. Carbon footprints and tight household budgets weigh on a lot of city dwellers’ minds, its champions point out. Security, safety, and building a sense of… Read More

London Times reports that “communes are back in fashion”

Posted on March 11, 2010 by

“We’re all in this together” is the headline of a recent article in the Real Estate section of the TimesOnline that looks favorably on the rise in sustainable communities in the UK. What do you share with your neighbours? A cup of sugar? A dividing wall? Despair over the way that your recycling boxes always… Read More

Transition towns in the USA!

Posted on February 22, 2010 by

Thanks for responses to the recent post about Transition Towns in Australia. This is also a thriving movement in the United States, and we wanted to share this link for those further interested:

Transition Towns in Australia

Posted on February 14, 2010 by

Kim Jones, of the Sydney Morning Herald, advocates Transition Towns as a solution to suburban expansion and dwindling resources in Australia in a recent article. The recent trend of Transition Towns, as a response to climate change and the energy crisis, highlights the importance of recognising the rural context when considering the issues of urban… Read More

British Government funds ecovillage in Wales

Posted on January 3, 2010 by

Green Building Press reports that the British Government is donating 350,000 pounds (more than $500,000 US dollars) to the Lammas ecovillage, based in Pembrokeshire, Wales, to build an educational community center that will introduce strategies for low-impact development to the public. The Lammas ecovillage was established due to a recent local planning initiative permitting small,… Read More

An article in South Africa’s Times Live looks at self-sustaining communities

Posted on December 11, 2009 by

A recent article in Times Live explores “the green life” at Khula Dhamma eco-village in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. In a place where being able to use an iPod depends on the weather; your supper grows in the vegetable patch outside your window, and you’re forced to know where your number one… Read More

Brooklyn Co-housing in the New York Post

Posted on December 7, 2009 by

New York Magazine profiled Brooklyn Co-housing, the first co-housing community in New York City, in an in-depth article recently. This is a level of group interaction that the co-housers haven’t been able to find anywhere else in the city, and that they are betting other New Yorkers would enjoy, too. “There’s this thing called community”… Read More

Article in the Guardian describes community “renaissance” in the UK

Posted on October 30, 2009 by
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Communal Living: Love thy Neighborhood, an article in the Guardian this week, describes the many advantages of co-housing/communal living and shares resources with individuals seeking community in the UK. Reporter Miles Brignall profiles the recently formed Lancaster Co-housing project. Share your car, share childcare costs, share energy bills, but still enjoy the privacy of your… Read More

Missouri’s Dancing Rabbit featured in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Posted on October 26, 2009 by

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is profiled in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch! Residents of Missouri’s Dancing Rabbit test the limits of green living Missouri is home to more than 50 “intentional communities,” a broad term that includes communes, co-housing, and student co-ops. Ecovillages also fall under that umbrella, but what sets them apart is residents’ dedication to… Read More

NY Times brings attention to emerging collectives in urban centers

Posted on October 9, 2009 by

A recent NY Times article profiles several urban households that are currently forming small collectives. FIC‘s Laird Schaub shares details about the recent surge in community. JOHANNA BRONK wants to make communal vegetarian meals and keep chickens. Mariel Berger hopes for social, artistic and political collaborations. Harmony Hazard is into hula hooping, book groups and… Read More

Couple embark on a bike tour/documentary film project exploring Intentional Communities

Posted on September 6, 2009 by

Scott Merzbach of The Amherst Bulletin has written a piece on a San Francisco couple who are touring communities nation-wide, compiling footage and interviews for a new documentary on sustainable living. A San Francisco couple’s 12,000-mile bicycle tour around the country has connected them to a simpler life. It is also teaching them how to… Read More

Owenstown, a large-scale eco-village, is proposed in rural Scotland

Posted on September 2, 2009 by

An article by Helen McArdle in Scotland’s Sunday Herald describes plans for Owenstown, the first new town founded in Scotland for several decades. The community, based on cooperative principles, is named for Robert Owen, a visionary 19th century socialist who established the New Lanark Community in Scotland and New Harmony in the United States. Dubbed… Read More

Profile of EcoVillage at Ithaca

Posted on August 24, 2009 by

The Star, a major Malaysian newspaper, profiled EcoVillage at Ithaca in an online article this week, introducing readers to the ecovillage model and interviewing several community residents. A ‘village’ in upstate New York shows that you can nurture community values and tread lightly on the planet without forgoing modern living. Read full article here.

Thriving Creative Community at Milepost 5 in Portland, Oregon

Posted on August 23, 2009 by

An article this week in The Oregonian describes the flourishing artistic community at Milepost 5. When the Milepost 5 dream – a development where artists could work, and rent or buy affordable condos – took flight in 2007, Portland’s condo market was still healthy. City leaders were getting serious about supporting the “creative class” considered… Read More

CNN – Simple Living and Eco Communities

Posted on August 25, 2008 by

CNN has had two articles on community in the past few weeks, one on simple living and one on eco-communities in the UK. The simple living article profiles a woman at the Keystone Ecological Urban Center in Chicago. Keri Rainsberger isn’t rich. She works in the nonprofit world for a relatively low-profit salary. Yet, as… Read More

Aquittal in Ganas Shooting

Posted on August 6, 2008 by

Becky James, the woman accused of shooting Ganas member Jeff Gross, was aquitted on all charges by a New York Jury. A woman was cleared of all charges Monday in the shooting of a commune founder nearly killed by a shadowy figure on the stairwell of his compound. The jury took less than five hours… Read More

Just Improved Communes?

Posted on July 31, 2008 by

The Times Online and the Sunday Times (of London) carried an article on both the utopian and the practical aspects of community living. The article features an existing co-housing developments in the UK, Community Project of South Downs. Benefits such as shared child rearing, help in times of health crisis, and shared resources are mentioned.… Read More

Green Living in Community

Posted on July 30, 2008 by

With oil prices on the rise, conserving energy is once again a hot topic in the news. Several articles have appeared recently on “green” living at intentional communities., WFAA-8 (the ABC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth), and the Baltimore Sun are among the news outlets running an Associated Press article highlighting market trends toward “green”… Read More

Obituaries for Kat Kinkade

Posted on July 29, 2008 by

Community founder and author Kat Kinkade passed away in July at the age of 77. Kinkade was involved in the founding of Twin Oaks, East Wind, and Acorn, and published two memoirs of life at Twin Oaks, A Walden Two Experiment, and Is it Utopia Yet?. Several US newspapers, including the New York Times and… Read More

Preserving Farmland in Pennsylvania

Posted on July 12, 2008 by

The CBS News television affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, WHP-TV, reports on the green features of Hundredfold Farm, a new co-housing development in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The television spot is more in-depth, mentioning the farmland preservation, energy efficiency, and on-site waste water treatment achieved by the community. Hundredfold Farm is a co-housing community in Adams County. It… Read More

Sustainability Education at Findhorn Ecovillage

Posted on July 8, 2008 by

The Times Educational Supplement, a publication for teachers in the UK, has an article about the educational opportunities at Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland. The article starts with a brief nod to Findhorn‘s legendary gardens and faerie/angel culture but mostly focuses on the ecovillage’s sustainability education programs. Here’s an excerpt: The Findhorn Foundation is a charitable… Read More

Russian Religious Commune on ABC News

Posted on June 26, 2008 by

ABC News’ Nightline did a 10 minute spot on a 5,000 person Russian commune of followers of Vissarion, a spiritual leader who claims to be the second coming of Jesus Christ. Deep in the heart of Siberia’s birch forests lies one of the largest and most remote religious communes of the planet. More than 5,000… Read More