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Communities magazine issue – Social Permaculture

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Communities Magazine — Winter 2016
Social Permaculture
Latest Issue in Print (and Digital)
Free Articles Published Online

Social Permaculture - Communities Magazine Cover - Winter #173Social Permaculture—Issue #173

 Our latest Communities issue on Social Permaculture reached subscribers last month. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now! 


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.

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

Public vs. Private: Group Dilemma Laid Bare!Public vs. Private: Group Dilemma Laid Bare! by M. Broiling and T. Shirtless

For some neighbors, the logical leap from “glimpse of skin” to “nudist colony” is a surprisingly short one to make.

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Finding Balance of Public and Private in CommunityFinding Balance of Public and Private in Community by Helen Iles

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.

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Nine Traditions that Draw Us Together: How a Small Town Nurtures CommunityNine Traditions that Draw Us Together: How a Small Town Nurtures Community
by Murphy Robinson

The art of creating community spirit within mainstream towns and neighborhoods has much potential to change the world for the better.

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Also in This Issue

  • Publisher’s Note—Interconnectivity, Privilege, and Social Sustainability by Sky Blue
  • Notes from the Editor—Not Rocket Science, but Just as Important by Chris Roth
  • Social Permaculture—What Is It? by Starhawk
  • Surfing the New Edge of Permaculture by Looby Macnamara, Robin Clayfield, Rosemary Morrow, and Robina McCurdy Delvin Solkinson, Annaliese Hordern, Dana Wilson, and Kym Chi
  • Social Permaculture: Applying the Principles by brush
  • Seeking Out the Edges: A Permaculture Perspective by Alyssa Martin
  • Self-Care as Part of People Care: Social Permaculture for the Self by Hannah Apricot Eckberg
  • Facilitating Diverse Groups by Starhawk
  • Five Tools to Help Groups Thrive by Melanie Rios
  • Ecosexuality: Embracing a Force of Nature by Lindsay Hagamen
  • The Private is Political or: There cannot be peace on earth as long as there is war in love by Leila Dregger
  • Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Cohousing Communities by Linda B. Glaser
  • Lessons in Participatory Democracy by Sylvan Bonin
  • Public Demolition and Private Distress by Nils McGinn
  • Saying “No” to Prospective Members by Laird Schaub
  • Legal Structures for Intentional Communities in the US by Diana Leafe Christian, Dave Henson, Allen Butcher, and Albert Bates
  • Avoiding “Sociocracy Wars”: How Communities Learn Sociocracy and Use It Effectively…Or Not by Diana Leafe Christian
  • Remembering Joani Blank by Laird Schaub
  • Review—The Empowerment Manual by Kim Kanney
  • Review—We Are As Gods by Tom Fels
  • Creating Cooperative Culture—GPS Directions for Community by Valerie Renwick


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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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