Since 1972, Communities has been the primary resource for information, issues, stories, 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.
Below is a selection of articles from our most recent issues.
A land trust with leaseholds keeps members’ costs down while allowing a combination of autonomy and connection. (From Issue # 158 - Affordability and Self-Reliance)
At Acorn, as in the larger world, the most important thing to be able to afford may be giving something away. (From Issue # 158 - Affordability and Self-Reliance)
Life in a small rural ecovillage can mean embracing complex choices while balancing idealism with necessity. (From Issue # 158 - Affordability and Self-Reliance)
Questioning her community’s philosophy and practices, a live-in caregiver ends her involvement there in order to focus on greater self-expression and self-care. (From Issue # 157 - Endings and Beginnings)
Kibbutzes, ecovillages, cohousing communities, and pocket neighborhoods offer us opportunities to make a new start. (From Issue # 157 - Endings and Beginnings)
After 6,500 miles of pedaling and 100 community visits, a couple documents the promise of intentional community and cooperative living. (From Issue # 157 - Endings and Beginnings)
Marking endings and beginnings with ritual can add intentionality, understanding, and connection to our lives. (From Issue # 157 - Endings and Beginnings)
Children in outdoor programs face—and often overcome—three major obstacles to learning and growth. (From Issue # 157 - Endings and Beginnings)
Aspiring communitarians rally support and navigate the legal hoops to establish an ecovillage in Bloomington, Indiana. (From Issue # 156 - Ecovillages)
In Ithaca, New York, a pioneering project continues to break new ground in ecological design, education, and community. (From Issue # 156 - Ecovillages)
An ecovillage founder offers 10 guidelines for success, including “Start with people.” (From Issue # 156 - Ecovillages)
How can a diverse group best make decisions? After many years advocating it, the author concludes that consensus is not
the answer. (From Issue # 155 - Diversity)
When assessing why a community is struggling to make decisions, we need to ask first how they handle conflict resolution, group-process training, and entrenched patterns. (From Issue # 155 - Diversity)
Want a “problem” person to behave differently? Give a different response. (From Issue # 155 - Diversity)
Upcoming Communities themes:
Summer 2013, Issue #159: Community Wisdom for Everyday Life
Fall 2013, Issue #160: Youth in Community
Winter 2013, Issue #161: Renewable Energy
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