Three group-process experts answer the question: "Please tell us a story of one of the best meetings you ever attended (as participant or facilitator). What was great about it? What do you think made it turn out so well?”
A group of North Americans establishes a community in Costa Rica and
learns new lessons about simplicity, wealth, change, growth, balance,
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.
Also in This Issue (Print Version Only)
· PUBLISHER'S NOTE: MY JOURNEY WITH MONEY
· NOTES FROM THE BUSINESS MANAGER: A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
· COMMUNITY 101: IN COMMUNITY, INTENTIONALLY, PART 1
· ECOVILLAGE LIVING: SHIFTING OUR VIEWS ON ECOVILLAGE ECONOMICS
· ECOBARRIOS: A Chilanga's Dream
An urban ecovillage movement in Mexico aims to organize communities to improve their quality of life and nurture human well-being in harmony with the environment.
· NASHIRA ECO-VILLAGE
On a three-acre property where lemon, orange, tangerine, plantain, and nonie trees are in full production, 88 low-income women and their families work the land.
· TAKING THE SCARE OUT OF SCARCITY
A teacher, her students, and fellow ecovillagers learn to appreciate simplicity, abundance, and community even on frigid midwinter school days.
· AS IS: Secrets to Having Enough
Ethan Hughes & Les Stitt & The Possibility Alliance
A group of cultural innovators discover two radical truths: we are not dependent upon any object or thing for our contentment, joy, or effectiveness, and almost all scarcity is a creation of the mind.
· POTLUCKS: From Scarcity to Abundance
At Daybreak Cohousing potlucks, individual offerings become a feast and individual lives become abundant in the richness of community.
· FROM CAR AND HOUSE TO BICYCLE AND TENT: Seeking a Simpler, More Abundant Life
Ryan Mlynarczyk & Mandy Creighton
The authors shed their comfortable middle-class lives and hit the road after asking themselves, "Is all this stuff what I really need and want, or is it something else?"
· ECOLOGICALLY SPEAKING COMMUNITIES
Awakening to their society's environmental impacts, residents of Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village build community while fostering a sustainable urban neighborhood.
· COMMUNITY ECONOMICS: WHEN COMMUNITY LAND IS PRIVATELY OWNED
· COMMUNITY ECONOMICS: COMMON PROBLEMS WITH PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF "COMMUNITY" LAND
· POLITICS REVISITED: WHY AMERICA NEEDS CONSENSUS