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.
A fifth-grader takes initial steps toward right livelihood by creating a neighborhood newspaper that embodies and helps bring together her local community.
Overcoming her resistance to waking up at 5 a.m., a veteran community seeker learns transformative lessons at Deer Park Monastery.
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?
Also in This Issue (Print Version Only)
· BALANCING ACT: How Much Are You Willing to Share?
Twin Oaks and Acorn members discover the complex issues, challenges, and rewards of attempting to live by the principles of Right Livelihood in an income-sharing community.
· ACTIVE COMMUNITIES: Why working towards improving our world should be a defining part of any intentional community
The founders of the Toronto Ecovillage Project offer guidelines for groups that want to commit to making the world outside the immediate community a better place.
· APPLE TREES IN WINTER
A member of British Columbia’s Kakwa Ecovillage promotes education and food diversity by helping install an apple orchard at a local primary school.
· REDEFINING WORK
O.U.R. Ecovillage initiates a project to allow community to invest in community—part of an effort to redefine value and use money in ways that heal.
· THE IRONY OF RIGHT LIVELIHOOD
Historic New Buffalo and today’s Sonoma County communities model shared and sharing economies, offering sustainable alternatives to the dominant concentration of wealth.
· RIGHT LIVELIHOOD AT THE FARM
The author recalls The Farm’s collective years, during which he and his community-mates practiced karma yoga by working together to aid people in need.
· RIGHT LIVELIHOOD, WRONG VOLUNTEERISM
Volunteerism can be a double-edged sword, giving a creative outlet for service but potentially distracting us from pursuit of right livelihood.
· RIGHT LIVELIHOOD IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST: Bringing community, cooperation, and ecological responsibility into the practice of real estate
Being a real estate agent for sustainable communities involves ironies and conflicts, but also the chance to catalyze community and new relationships with the earth.
· PUBLISHER'S NOTE: LEFT LIVELIHOOD: Doing the Rights Thing
· FELLOWSHIP EVENTS: ART OF COMMUNITY: An Experience Centered Around the Values of Right Livelihood in Community
Molly Reed & Susan Frank
· COMMUNITY WORK: MANAGING MANAGEMENT
· REVIEW: A SURPRISE AT DANCING FIELDS
· CREATING COOPERATIVE CULTURE: HOW RECREATIONAL THERAPY HELPS FUN HAPPEN