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Service & Activism – Communities magazine Fall Issue

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Communities Magazine — Fall 2016
Service and Activism
Latest Issue in Print (and Digital)
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Service & Activism - Communities Magazine Cover - Summer #171Service & Activism—Issue #172

Our latest Communities issue on Service & Activism 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 focuses on Service and Activism. Authors explore how communitarians can help others and the planet, both through embodying a culture of cooperation and service and through reaching out to make a difference in the wider world. Featured groups include Camphill communities, Innisfree Village, Gesundheit!, Konohana Family, Magic, Black Bulga, and more. The issue also shares “after the fire” reflections from Harbin Hot Springs, a 25th-anniversary retrospective from ZEGG, a
story of the new neighborhood at EcoVillage at Ithaca, and results of a wide-ranging study on happiness in intentional community. Please join us!

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

Grassroots Activism Starts at HomeGrassroots Activism Starts at Home by Dan Hines

At the RareBirds Housing Co-operative, community life and outside activism deepen and strengthen each other.

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The Case for Mass Civil Disruption and ResistanceThe 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 water by Ethan Hughes (edited by Laila Johnson and Gavain U’Prichard)

Growing up in a community with a strong commitment to changing the world can be both enlivening and challenging.

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Happiness in Communal Life: A Scientific ProjectHappiness in Communal Life: A Scientific Project by Bjørn Grinde

Statistics don’t lie: communal living seems to help people be happier.

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Also in This Issue

  • Publisher’s Note—Community, Social Justice, Responsibility, and Accountability by Sky Blue
  • Notes from the Editor—The Need for Greater Purpose by Chris Roth
  • Community Living as Social Activism in Camphill by Kam Bellamy
  • Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community by Nancy Chappell
  • The Gesundheit! Institute: A 45 Year-Old Communal Hospital Experiment by Patch Adams
  • Service in Community: A Fijian Success Story by Philip Mirkin
  • When Each One of Us Changes Our Mind, the World Changes: Life with Konohana Family by Yoko Oki
  • Taking Death by the Hand by Lindsay Hagamen
  • Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard Work by Geoff Evans
  • Coming of Age in Service Community by Jen and Hilary Bayer
  • Not the Last of the Mohicans: Honoring Our Native Predecessors on the Land by Jeff Golden
  • Activism Revisited: Personal reflections on trying to make a difference by Daniel Christian Wahl
  • The Co-Evolution of My Communities, Co-Intelligent Process, and Activism by Tom Atlee
  • The Choices We Make by Paul Freundlich
  • Homelessness and Tiny Houses: Two Worlds Intersect to Foster Community by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell
  • After the Harbin Fire: Reflections on a Community Disrupted, Not Defeated by Geoffrey Huckabay
  • Utopian Polish and the Dust of Everyday Life: Twenty-Five Years of Creative Failure—What Can We Learn from the ZEGG Experiment? by Dieter Halbach
  • Aging in Community: How an Older Couple Helped Launch a New Multi-Generational Ecovillage Neighborhood by Wallace Watson
  • The Seven Steps of Sociocracy—Putting it All Together by Diana Leafe Christian


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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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