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.
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?”
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.
Irish ecovillagers achieve the smallest ecological footprints recorded in their country.
At Maitreya Mountain Village, mainstream pragmatism meets radical idealism.
Diverse ecovillages are modeling how to create more just, equitable, and sustainable human societies.
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?
A wide array of ecovillages throughout the Global North and South address our shared challenges.
Communities worldwide are exploring how to heal our separation from each other and the natural world.
The co-director of Maitreya Mountain Village suggests others not follow his example.
Befriend the land where you are, and you will never be lonely.
Whether with refugees, in the inner city, or in intentional groups, community holds life-long lessons.
A century since the United States’ first citywide zoning ordinance, community founders can find support in unexpected places when navigating land use laws.
After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.
Breitenbush has a long history of dealing with legalities and illegalities, from installing a volcano as their “boiler” and blocking old-growth logging to successfully petitioning for a zoning variance.
In the face of structural challenges, some urban farmers are finding innovative ways to serve their neighborhoods.
Engaging in collective food-production is like making our own music together: it’s both difficult and rewarding, especially with diverse players involved.
At La’akea, members’ various approaches to food reflect the quest for emotional as well as physical sustainability.
The Tamera Solar Village combines solar thermal and biogas technologies to create a kitchen that not only promotes responsible relationships to the earth and sky, but also builds human community.
Comfrey is a fairly humble looking plant. It has large hairy green leaves and small bell-shaped flowers, typically colored either purple or white. However, what it may lack in striking appearances, it certainly makes up for in the myriad benefits it can give to a permaculture plot. Read the full article here.
Born of collaboration, an innovative technology helps build community by encouraging trust, appreciation, and giving from the heart.
Misadventures with a cell phone help the author dial into more enduring, meaningful adventures and relationships not dependent on an electronic-communications hamster wheel.
To shake our addiction to modern technology, we must understand its true costs. Stillwaters Sanctuary works to create a culture of greater connection, where it is easier to live without industrial society.