A longtime ecovillage activist moves beyond denial to recognize the institutional racism affecting not only her society and her community, but her own way of thinking.
When a member of a minority population claims racism, how does a group committed to racial nondiscrimination respond?
If we are truly committed to diversity, we need to stop labeling people who hold religious ideas unlike our own as “cultists,” and start practicing the tolerance we preach.
What happens if, despite all outer appearances, one finds one’s worldview radically different from the mainstream?
To create a thriving, diverse community, we need to learn how to host and integrate new people in ways that support them as multi-dimensional human beings.
How can a diverse group best make decisions? After many years advocating it, the author concludes that consensus is not the answer.
When assessing why a community is struggling to make decisions, we need to ask first how they handle conflict resolution, group-process training, and entrenched patterns.
Want a “problem” person to behave differently? Give a different response.
This Hollywood movie offers both surprising insight and fond parody while taking viewers far from the beaten path, into the world of intentional community.
Also in This Issue (Print Version Only)
· NOTES FROM THE EDITOR: DIVERSITY IN DIVERSITY
Learning how to address differences that are not just skin deep may also help us deal with those that are.
· DIVERSITY IN DC
In a cohousing community in the nation’s capitol, diversity extends into the realms of military status, activism, and relationship to the World Bank.
· A SPECIES DEEP DIVERSITY IN THE ECOVILLAGE
At Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage, honoring diversity extends beyond the human sphere to embrace the interconnectedness of all species.
· DIVERSITY BEGINS AT HOME
If a community is lacking in diversity, members need to begin reaching out.
· DIVERSITY AT CAMPHILL SOLTANE
Bethany Walton & James Damon & Tai Shinohara
By welcoming a diversity of abilities, socioeconomic status, and personality, a community for people with special needs also strengthens participants’ capacity to work well together.
· A THRIVALIST STRATEGY FOR THE SICK AND DISABLED
Aurora Levins Morales
An economic model for the chronically ill expands the opportunities for this diverse and disadvantaged population to experience community.
· DOING THE HEAVY LIFTING ON AFFORDABILITY
A consensus-based cohousing group works to maintain and enhance their multicultural mix as they decide how to invest in future affordable housing.
· “BUSTING THE MYTH”: How Consensus Can Work
A longtime consensus trainer describes how, when used properly, consensus can lead to both better decisions and better relationships.
· PUBLISHER'S NOTE: MUCH BETTER, THANKS
· NEWS: LIVING ROUTES CYCLONE RELIEF FUND
· THE VILLAGE HERBALIST: BECOMING STEWARD TO HERBAL DIVERSITY
Heather Nic an Fhleisdeir
· REVIEW: THE EMPOWERMENT MANUAL: A Guide for Collaborative Groups
· CREATING COOPERATIVE CULTURE: ART OF COMMUNITY 2012
Molly Reed & Susan Frank