Diana Leafe Christian, author of the books Creating a Life Together
and Finding Community,
is publisher of Ecovillages,
a free online newsletter about ecovillages worldwide (EcovillageNews.org
), and a columnist for Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) (gen.ecovillage.org
). She is a trainer in GEN’s Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) program, and speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops internationally. See www.DianaLeafeChristian.org
Articles by Diana Leafe Christian
Self-Governance with Circles and Double Links (Issue # 161)
How Sociocracy Can Help Communities, Part II
Transparency, Equivalence, and Effectiveness (Issue # 160)
How Sociocracy Can Help Communities, Part I
Saying Goodbye to Consensus-with-Unanimity in European Communities (Issue # 159)
Busting the Myth that Consensus-with-Unanimity Is Good for Communities, Part IV
Consensus and the Burden of Added Process: Are There Easier Ways to Make Decisions? (Issue # 158)
Busting the Myth That Consensus-with-Unanimity Is Good for Communities, Part III
So Why Do Cohousers and Ecovillagers Join Community? (Issue # 158)
How the “N Street Consensus Method” Helps N Street Cohousing Thrive (Issue # 157)
Busting the Myth that Consensus-with-Unanimity Is Good for Communities, Part II (Issue # 156)
How can a diverse group best make decisions? After many years advocating it, the author concludes that consensus is not the answer.
We the People (Issue # 154)
Reunion Under the Redwoods (Issue # 153)
Avoiding Abundance’s Traps (Issue # 144)
Ecovillage Activists in Japan (Issue # 138)
Can We Make a Difference? (Issue # 137)
Mark Lakeman and fellow Portland City Repair activists approached city officials with good will and an inclusive, "we're in it together" attitude--with amazing and beautiful results for Portland, culturally and ecologically.
The "Ten Most Beautiful" Communities in the World (Issue # 136)
For our informal poll, 15 widely-traveled community activists named the most beautiful communities they'd ever visited worldwide. The same few communities got nominated repeatedly--"proof" that some groups, anyway, will spend time, money, and energy to delight the eye and heart.
When Adobe Pueblo Meets Star Trek (Issue # 136)
Do architectural whimsy and "buildings that make you smile" have a place in the cohousing movement? Residents of Yulupa Cohousing say "Yes."
Remembering Eileen Caddy (Issue # 134)
Worth Their Weight in Gold (Issue # 134)