Social Permaculture – Communities Winter Issue

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Communities Magazine — Winter 2016
Social Permaculture
Latest Issue in Print (and Digital)
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Social Permaculture - Communities Magazine Cover - Winter #173Social Permaculture—Issue #173

Our latest Communities issue on Social Permacultre 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.

Social Permaculture: Applying the PrinciplesSocial Permaculture: Applying the Principles by brush

Permaculture’s 12 principles apply to human groups just as much as to any other ecological system.

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Five Tools to Help Groups ThriveFive Tools to Help Groups Thrive by Melanie Rios

A clearly articulated evolutionary purpose, a welcoming of the whole self, and governance through self-management are keys to collective success.

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Ecosexuality: Embracing a Force of NatureEcosexuality: Embracing a Force of Nature by Lindsay Hagamen

Only when we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace the erotic, do we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace all of Life itself.

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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
  • 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
  • Public vs. Private: Group Dilemma Laid Bare! by M. Broiling and T. Shirtless
  • 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
  • Finding Balance of Public and Private in Community by Helen Iles
  • 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
  • Nine Traditions that Draw Us Together: How a Small Town Nurtures Community by Murphy Robinson
  • 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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