Life in a small rural ecovillage can mean embracing complex choices while balancing idealism with necessity.
Kara Huntermoon of Heart-Culture Farm shares her community’s affordability strategies.
A land trust with leaseholds keeps members’ costs down while allowing a combination of autonomy and connection.
At Acorn, as in the larger world, the most important thing to be able to afford may be giving something away.
Cohousing is intrinsically an affordable model; here’s why and how.
Together—but only together—we can afford to keep publishing Communities.
Water supply, human waste treatment, zoning regulations, legal structure, homeownership models, and other core technical issues are essential in ecovillage planning.
Innovative ecovillagers turn challenges into opportunities.
An innovative approach to collective community gardens nurtures a culture of giving while allowing participants to feed both themselves and those in need.
Finding meaningful, socially and ecologically responsible work cannot be done in a vacuum. Right livelihood depends on networks of relationship.
By reducing our economic impact, we can shrink our ecological footprint, while freeing up time and energy to contribute to community and a more sustainable world.
In Brixton, South London, and Edinburgh, Scotland, right livelihood finds a home in innovative, resource-conserving, grassroots projects.
A collective financial approach that allows individuals to pool their resources in support of favorite projects, crowdfunding both encourages and thrives upon community.
Believing that the next phase in human evolution involves a return to the “local” and to community with neighbors, the author focuses his job search close to home, and includes any useful type of work.
To the Compostmeister at a collective house, the cycles of compost embody a new economics that focuses upon human needs and relationships.
When a cohousing group's honeymoon ends, and economic stress dictates selling units to any willing buyers, can a community's core values and connections endure?
Despite widespread desire for community, structural and cultural obstacles to intentional community in the modern world loom large.
Watching their collective fortunes decline, the members of Orinda adopt a new spirit of frugality, find that they are living more sustainably, and discover true wealth in relationships with friends and family.
An ex-resident of Casa Caballeros reflects on the wealth she found in the realms of personal growth, shared resources, spontaneous celebration, and financial freedom even in economic downturns.
A community confronts economic adversity by remaining constant in relationship, holding financial losses in common, and working together in fundraising, educational programs, and new projects.
Many traditional cultures around the world have an economy based not on buying and selling, but on giving, which fosters an intricate network of social connections.
While in similar circumstances to his neighbors from Clan Super Size, our author replaces a desperate sense of scarcity and need for low-cost goods with feelings of hope and abundance.
There wasn't much chance that her lifelong dream of owning a bookstore would come true in her rural Missouri community. So Alline Anderson set off down the exciting and terrifying path of launching the Milkweed Mercantile--creating jobs, providing a market for community products, and offering a warm place for visitors to put up their feet.