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Communities magazine Fall issue – Learning from the Past #176

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Communities Magazine — Fall 2017
Learning from the Past
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Communities magazine fall #176

Communities magazine fall 2017 #176

Our latest Communities issue on Learning from The Past is still available for shipping. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now!

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.



Articles Featured Online. The following articles from our current issue have been posted in our blog.

Overcoming Our Americanness

Overcoming Our Americanness

Unless we learn from past and present communities, and collate lessons from our own, we will bob as separate crafts on the ocean of our uncooperative and ahistorical Americanness.

– by Colin Doyle

Why I Study Communal Societies

Why I Study Communal Societies

Through her experience temporarily “unplugging” to join a community
emphasizing genuine connection and values-based living, an international
law student gains lifelong lessons.
–  –  – by Susan Matarese

Life Lessons for Community Longevity

Life Lessons for Community Longevity

The founder of Bellyacres Artistic Ecovillage profers advice inspired by
the nearly three decades he was immersed in the experiment.- by Graham Ellis.

Also in this issue

  • Publisher’s Note—Celebrating 30, Looking Forward by Sky Blue
  • Notes from the Editor—Memory Lane Is No Dead End by Chris Roth
  • The Communal Studies Association by Don Pitzer
  • Why The Farm Collective Failed by Melvyn Stiriss
  • Why The Farm Survived by Douglas Stevenson
  • Tracking the Communities Movement: Years of History and the Modern FIC by Sky Blue and Betsy Morris
  • Learning from Our Past by Bill Metcalf
  • Tracing Windward’s Memeology by Walt Patrick
  • Fifty Years of Utopian Intentioneering at Twin Oaks Community by A. Allen Butcher
  • The Value of Community: What Defines Success? by Deborah Altus
  • What Past and Present Communities Can Teach New Communities by Raven MoonRaven
  • My Advice to Others Planning to Start an Ecovillage, Revisited by Lois Arkin
  • Happy, Healthy, Functional, Fit: What Works Best in Present-Day Intentional Communities by Zach Rubin, Ma’ikwe Ludwig, and Don Willis
  • Intentional Community in a Nicaraguan Jungle: Honoring my duality through community practices by Elizabeth Arnott
  • A Community Journey by Brittny Love
  • Dreaming of a Different Way by Amanda Crowell
  • Forty Years in Community: Has It Made a Difference? by Linda Moore
  • The Start of Ravens’ Roost—Ravens Unite by Mary Miner
  • Five Things We’ve Learned Before We’ve Ever Built by Mairead Cleary
  • The Community of Camp Catawba by Charles A. Miller
  • Review—The Unsettlers by Nancy Roth
  • Creating Cooperative Culture—Honoring Diana Leafe Christian by FIC Staff

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Communities Magazine

Since 1972, Communities has been the primary resource for information, issues, and ideas about intentional communities in North America – from urban co-ops to cohousing groups to ecovillages to rural communes. Communities now also focuses on creating and enhancing community in the workplace, in nonprofit or activist organizations, and in neighborhoods, with enhanced coverage of international communities as well. We explore the joys and challenges of cooperation in its many dimensions.

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