A long-time events organizer reflects on the rewards, challenges, logistics, and community dynamics involved in hosting gatherings large and small.
Participants in NFNC’s Summer Camps explore intimacy, transparency, freedom of choice, personal responsibility, sexuality, and new ways of being, teaching, and learning.
Also in This Issue (Print Version Only)
· PUBLISHER'S NOTE: TECHNOLOGY DOESN'T CHANGE JUST THE ANSWERS--SOMETIMES IT CHANGES THE QUESTIONS AS WELL
· FIC NOTES: GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE FIC
· COMMUNITY 101: IN COMMUNITY, INTENTIONALLY, PART 2
· COOPERATIVE GROUP SOLUTIONS: CIGARETTES, ALCOHOL, VISITORS, AND EVENTS
· NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: FESTIVALS AND GATHERINGS
· FELLOWSHIP FOR INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
At FIC events, people get opportunities to reach over fences, meet fellow travelers, discover new pathways, and figure out what to do when the neighbor’s dog is barking at 2 a.m.
· ADVENTURES IN TEMPORARY COMMUNITY: An Interview with Liat Silverman
Superhero rides, Burning Man, and Rainbow Gatherings all demonstrate how living, working, and sharing together offer many benefits, whether in temporary or long-term community.
· BURNING MAN: Experiencing the Playa Community
A first-time Black Rock City “Burner” learns multiple lessons about cooperation, connection, self-expression, and play, and brings them back into her daily life.
· COMIN' HOME TO THE RAINBOW
A dedicated Rainbow Family member explains the diverse culture, the lingo, the traditions, the politics, and both the “bright” and “shadow” sides of this gathering of the tribes.
· SANDHILL SORGHUM FESTIVAL
At its annual festival, a small farming group celebrates abundance, shares knowledge, builds community, jump-starts its harvest season, and serves hot sorghum syrup on fresh biscuits.
· CELEBRATION AS A WAY OF LIFE
Musicians, puppeteers, dancers, artists, Celebration Activists, and imaginations run wild in a once-sleepy village in southern France.
· FESTIVAL OF THE BABAS
For one day every year, in a small Bulgarian village, the social order is turned upside down and grandmothers rule.
· CULTURAL SUMMER IN SOLHEIMAR, ICELAND
Gudmundur Armann Petursson
An Icelandic ecovillage shelters and supports the disabled while hosting an annual summer arts festival that “reverse integrates” 25,000 outsiders into its own unique culture.
· FESTIVALS: Times of High Energy
At ZEGG’s festivals, guests and community members share openly and find that a different world is possible when we are the change we want to see in the world.
· HOW CURRENTS COMMUNITY GOT ITS GROOVE BACK
Born in celebration, a rural group in Ohio lost some of its community spirit once home-building and family-raising started—until members discovered the Hawaiian luau.
· THE DANCE OF EXPANSIVE COMMUNITY
A former Communities editor discovers that non-local networks forged through common commitments, interests, and periodic gatherings can be just as involving as local or “intentional” community.
· ALTERNATIVE MODELS: A VIRTUAL RETIREMENT VILLAGE: Combining Independent Living and Community
· COMMUNITY LIVING WORLDWIDE: DEATH OF TWO OF AUSTRALIA'S INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY ELDERS
· COMMUNITY ECONOMICS: (RE)LOCALIZATION: An Exploration in Local Currencies
· CREATING COMMUNITY CULTURE: POETRY IN COMMUNITY
· BACK PAGE: FESTIVALS AND GATHERINGS: MORE IMAGES