Communities magazine: Life in Cooperative Culture

Communities magazine: Life in Cooperative Culture We are a magazine dedicated to the exploration of intentional communities and sharing our collective stories from across the globe to inspire, collaborate, and connect us all in the journey of community living.
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COMMUNITIES magazine has been in print since 1972. Each 80-page issue is packed full of stories about how to get more community in your life. We cover life in cooperative culture and serve people interested in cohousing, ecovillages, urban coops and other kinds of coops, neighborhoods and communities created where people live and work. Our readers are aware, well-read, concerned about ecology and natural lifestyles and on the leading edge of culture. Many of our readers are "seekers" – those curious about permaculture, sustainability, cohousing and actively seeking community.

Mission: COMMUNITIES magazine is a forum for exploring intentional communities, cooperative living, and ways our readers can bring a sense of community into their daily lives.

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Dear Communities contributors and friends,As 2020 draws to a close, we are currently seeking year-end donations, additio...
12/28/2020

Dear Communities contributors and friends,

As 2020 draws to a close, we are currently seeking year-end donations, additional subscriptions, and other forms of support to help us meet our budgetary goals going into 2021--we would greatly appreciate any help you can provide in this.

We are a reader-powered publication, dependent on our community of supporters, writers, and readers for our existence. Subscription income alone does not cover our costs. As so we welcome any additional amount you are able to donate. Thank you for being an integral part of our growing community!

For more information on how you can contribute, please visit the link provided: https://www.gen-us.net/donate/magazine/

Greetings Community! Our current issue is Communities #189: Community in the Age of Coronavirus. Available for individua...
12/23/2020

Greetings Community! Our current issue is Communities #189: Community in the Age of Coronavirus.

Available for individual order at the link provided: https://simplecirc.com/communities/item/4283/communities-189-winter-2020-community-in-the-age-of-coronavirus

This issue describes how communities and communitarians have dealt with the unexpected changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about on their group and personal lives. Authors share tales of hardship, adaptation, inconvenience, dedication, distress, appreciation, and often a firmer grounding than ever in the choice to live in community and/or to prioritize “community” in their lives. Groups share their strategies for coping and the unexpected gifts this altered reality has brought, along with the fault lines it has revealed. The pandemic has put us all simultaneously in the same and different boats; these stories explore how we can navigate the currents together.

We thank you for your readership and support!

Give the gift of Communities Magazine this Holiday season with Pay-It-Forward subscriptions! What are Pay-It-Forward sub...
12/23/2020

Give the gift of Communities Magazine this Holiday season with Pay-It-Forward subscriptions!

What are Pay-It-Forward subscriptions?
Gift subscriptions with no specified recipients, allowing us to respond to requests to send the magazine to individuals and groups without adequate funds to pay for it.

For more information, visit the link: simplecirc.com/communities/item/1921/pay-it-forward-subscriptions

Communities magazine is still seeking articles for issue #191, "Ecological Culture." The issue will be out in June 2021....
12/22/2020

Communities magazine is still seeking articles for issue #191, "Ecological Culture." The issue will be out in June 2021.

Please send your article ideas to [email protected] by Monday, December 28, 2020, or whenever you can. We ask that your final article reach us by Friday, February 26, 2021.

For more information please visit the link:
gen-us.net/submissions-to-communities-magazine

We invite you to please subscribe to Communities Magazine! We are a reader-powered publication, dependent on our communi...
12/11/2020
Magazine | Global Ecovillage Network United States

We invite you to please subscribe to Communities Magazine! We are a reader-powered publication, dependent on our community of supporters, writers, and readers for our existence. We invite and welcome your participation.

Dear Communities contributors and friends, We also depend upon additional ways in which readers like you provide support...
12/09/2020
Magazine | Global Ecovillage Network United States

Dear Communities contributors and friends,
We also depend upon additional ways in which readers like you provide support, including donations, gift subscriptions, pay-it-forward subscriptions, back issue orders, and advertising. We are currently at about 15 percent of our $20,000 year-end fundraising goal; we are seeking to reach 100 percent before the end of the month, and we very much appreciate any help you can provide with that. Please see page one of the new issue for more details about why this is important and how you can make a difference in keeping our staff on payroll as we continue to maintain and work to grow a magazine which will celebrate its half-century anniversary in 2022 and which seems more relevant now than ever. Thank you for your continued contributions!

Thank you for contributing to the Communities Relaunch Campaign;we are grateful for your support!We welcome your tax-deductible donation to Communities! We are a reader-powered publication, dependent on our community of supporters, writers, and readers for our existence. Subscription income alone do...

Communities #189 (Winter 2020) Community in the Age of CoronavirusThis issue describes how communities and communitarian...
12/09/2020
Communities #189 (Winter 2020) Community in the Age of Coronavirus

Communities #189 (Winter 2020) Community in the Age of Coronavirus

This issue describes how communities and communitarians have dealt with the unexpected changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about on their group and personal lives. Authors share tales of hardship, adaptation, inconvenience, dedication, distress, appreciation, and often a firmer grounding than ever in the choice to live in community and/or to prioritize “community” in their lives. Groups share their strategies for coping and the unexpected gifts this altered reality has brought, along with the fault lines it has revealed. The pandemic has put us all simultaneously in the same and different boats; these stories explore how we can navigate the currents together.

This issue describes how communities and communitarians have dealt with the unexpected changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about on their group and personal lives. Authors share tales of hardship, adaptation, inconvenience, dedication, distress, appreciation, and often a firmer grounding than....

Dear Communities contributors and friends,Communities magazine is now seeking articles for issue #191, "Ecological Cultu...
12/02/2020

Dear Communities contributors and friends,
Communities magazine is now seeking articles for issue #191, "Ecological Culture." The issue will be out in June 2021.

Please send your article ideas to [email protected] by Monday, December 28, 2020, or whenever you can.

We ask that your final article reach us by Friday, February 26, 2021.

For more information: https://www.gen-us.net/submissions-to-communities-magazine/

Be sure to check out our latest article "Los Angeles Eco-Village: The Ups and Downs of Reinventing How We Live in Cities...
10/27/2020
Los Angeles Eco-Village: The Ups and Downs of Reinventing How We Live in Cities | Global Ecovillage Network United States

Be sure to check out our latest article "Los Angeles Eco-Village: The Ups and Downs of Reinventing How We Live in Cities by Lois Arkin"

"As a community founder scales down, her organization scales up. Decades of work bear results, once-fringe ideas and practices become common, and, in a world in desperate need of repair, retrofit urban ecovillages offer hope."

https://www.gen-us.net/los-angeles-eco-village-the-ups-and-downs-of-reinventing-how-we-live-in-cities/

An article from #188 is newly posted on our website,Lessons from the Pandemic Lockdown at the Danthonia Bruderhof, New S...
10/06/2020
Lessons from the Pandemic Lockdown at the Danthonia Bruderhof, New South Wales | Global Ecovillage Network United States

An article from #188 is newly posted on our website,
Lessons from the Pandemic Lockdown at the Danthonia Bruderhof, New South Wales by Bill Wiser

"This pandemic is our generations’ World War equivalent, and also our chance to rebuild. Even now, in a time of lockdown, lessons are emerging—both within intentional communities and in a wider context—that may serve as signposts for the future.

Lessons from the Pandemic Lockdown at the Danthonia Bruderhof, New South WalesOct 5, 2020 | All Blog Posts, Communities Articles, Happiness, Issue 188, Life in Community, Personal Growth, Spirituality By Bill WiserWhile some of the insights below may date this piece within the early weeks of COVID-1...

Greetings Community! Issue #188 SCALING UP, SCALING DOWN is now available! Our Fall 2020 issue explores “scaling” from m...
09/23/2020
Communities #188 (Fall 2020) Scaling Up, Scaling Down

Greetings Community! Issue #188 SCALING UP, SCALING DOWN is now available! Our Fall 2020 issue explores “scaling” from many angles. We look at cultural changes necessary for groups to scale up a more inclusive form of community; reasons to scale out, rather than up; and many replicable, practical examples of scaling down our ecological footprints. We also explore the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on intentional communities and on the scales at which they are currently operating around the world, drawing lessons applicable both within quarantine and without.

At times, scaling up is enlivening and essential. At others, scaling down is what we all need.

Our Fall 2020 issue explores “scaling” from many angles. We look at cultural changes necessary for groups to scale up a more inclusive form of community; reasons to scale out, rather than up; and many replicable, practical examples of scaling down our ecological footprints. We also explore the c...

North American Day of Sustainable Communities SYNCHRONIZED EVENT SPOTLIGHT!//East Village NYC Green Map Making at Grace ...
09/11/2020

North American Day of Sustainable Communities SYNCHRONIZED EVENT SPOTLIGHT!

//East Village NYC Green Map Making at Grace Exhibition Space with MoS Collective//

"Celebrate Day of Sustainable Communities by putting your favorite green sites on the map. This outdoor event is designed to share knowledge about places, projects and practices that belong on the Green Map. See this map of natural, cultural, social justice and sustainable living sites as it takes shape at http://bit.ly/EV-NYC and yes, you can propose a site wherever you are. Find out about the OGM2 mapping platform and other ways you can use Green Mapmaking to support communities of action and purpose.
While at the

North American Day of Sustainable Communities EVENT SPOTLIGHT! //Evolution 2020// a gathering in Dulzura, CA!"Calling al...
09/10/2020

North American Day of Sustainable Communities EVENT SPOTLIGHT!

//Evolution 2020// a gathering in Dulzura, CA!

"Calling all visionaries and solutionaries ready to co-create evolutionary societal systems for planet Earth and our local communities! Evolution 2020 is a co-creative Community Building Celebration; harmoniously weaving together elements of holistic health, resilience, regeneration and conscious commUnity development. We invite you to join us in the rEvolution!"

Event Date: 9/18/2020
Event Website: http://local-earth.org/evolution/
Organizer Contact: Joshua Alvord, [email protected]

Join the international celebration of local communities taking action for a more regenerative, just, and inclusive world...
09/10/2020

Join the international celebration of local communities taking action for a more regenerative, just, and inclusive world!

The 2nd annual North American Day of Sustainable Communities will be held in partnership with ECOLISE on September 19, 2020 as a synchronized international event. All individuals and communities who are catalyzing transformation in the face of ecological, social, economic, health and climate breakdown are invited to become co-creators of the day. Add your community experience to the map and gather with your people in meaningful ways to celebrate communities of action and resilience.

Learn more and register your event: https://www.sustainablecommunitiesday.net/

If you’d like to become a partner in the day please write us at [email protected]

#sustainablecommunities #regenerativecultures #communitiesinaction #engage

Greetings Community! Communities magazine is now seeking articles for issue #190, “Faith in Community.” The issue will b...
09/09/2020
Submissions to Communities Magazine | Global Ecovillage Network United States

Greetings Community! Communities magazine is now seeking articles for issue #190, “Faith in Community.” The issue will be out in March 2021.

Please send your article ideas to [email protected] by Friday, September 25, 2020, or whenever you can.

We ask that your final article reach us by Friday, November 27, 2020.

Find article prompts via the link provided below.

Submissions to Communities MagazineTo subscribe to the Communities magazine “Call for Articles” email list and receive announcements and article prompts for each new quarterly theme, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Cmag authors list.”Dear Communities contribu...

Greetings Community!! Issue #188: Scaling Up, Scaling Down is now available in both print & digital. Order Your Copy Her...
09/09/2020
Communities #188 (Fall 2020) Scaling Up, Scaling Down

Greetings Community!! Issue #188: Scaling Up, Scaling Down is now available in both print & digital.

Order Your Copy Here: https://simplecirc.com/communities/item/3787/communities-188-fall-2020-scaling-up-scaling-down

"Our Fall 2020 issue explores “scaling” from many angles. We look at cultural changes necessary for groups to scale up a more inclusive form of community; reasons to scale out, rather than up; and many replicable, practical examples of scaling down our ecological footprints. We also explore the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on intentional communities and on the scales at which they are currently operating around the world, drawing lessons applicable both within quarantine and without."

Our Fall 2020 issue explores “scaling” from many angles. We look at cultural changes necessary for groups to scale up a more inclusive form of community; reasons to scale out, rather than up; and many replicable, practical examples of scaling down our ecological footprints. We also explore the c...

Greetings Community! "Common Community Quirks" by Amber Jones in now available via the link provided below."Toilets, tub...
08/10/2020
Common Community Quirks | Global Ecovillage Network United States

Greetings Community! "Common Community Quirks" by Amber Jones in now available via the link provided below.

"Toilets, tubs, sinks, counters, floors, pantries, porches, and that place in the yard where all things go to mold are all ticking time bombs. Quirks precipitate guidelines for successful community living."

Subscriptions to Communities Magazine, as usual, are here: https://www.gen-us.net/subscribe/ or https://simplecirc.com/subscribe/communities

Common Community QuirksAug 9, 2020 | All Blog Posts, Communities Articles, Governance + Group Dynamics, Group Process, Happiness, Issue 187, Life in Community By Amber JonesLife is different in intentional community. You’ll see big differences between caring for one small family or your individual...

Greetings Community! "Modeling Urban Homesteading for Climate Resilience in Portland, Oregon" by Rachel Freifelder"Blueb...
07/27/2020
Modeling Urban Homesteading for Climate Resilience in Portland, Oregon | Global Ecovillage Network United States

Greetings Community! "Modeling Urban Homesteading for Climate Resilience in Portland, Oregon" by Rachel Freifelder

"Blueberry’s mission is to model a way of living on this land, in this bioregion, and in this city, that keeps our footprint small and our own survival more likely."

The Table of Contents is here: https://www.gen-us.net/communities-187-climate-justice-through-community/

And the issue can be ordered here: https://simplecirc.com/communities/item/3123/communities-187-summer-2020-climate-justice-through-community

Subscriptions, as usual, are here: https://www.gen-us.net/subscribe/ or https://simplecirc.com/subscribe/communities

Greetings Community! "On the Road to a Solar Future" by Debbie Piesen is now posted online and is accessible through the...
07/26/2020
On the Road to a Solar Future | Global Ecovillage Network United States

Greetings Community! "On the Road to a Solar Future" by Debbie Piesen is now posted online and is accessible through the Communities website.

"The challenge of a sustainable future lies not in the technology itself, but in finding the willingness to use it. Living Energy Farm’s innovative solar installations are welcomed on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations."

The Table of Contents itself is here: https://www.gen-us.net/communities-187-climate-justice-through-community/

And the issue can be ordered here: https://simplecirc.com/communities/item/3123/communities-187-summer-2020-climate-justice-through-community

Subscriptions are here: https://www.gen-us.net/subscribe/ or https://simplecirc.com/subscribe/communities

On the Road to a Solar FutureJul 8, 2020 | All Blog Posts, Alternative Building + Energy, Communities Articles, Community Where You Are, Issue 187, Social + Racial Justice, Sustainability By Debbie PiesenOn I-40 West in New Mexico, 200 miles from our destination, Cheryl blew a tire. Cheryl is our tr...

We're still accepting last submissions for issue #188, "Scaling Up/Scaling Down" including any articles about efforts to...
07/07/2020
Submissions to Communities Magazine | Global Ecovillage Network United States

We're still accepting last submissions for issue #188, "Scaling Up/Scaling Down" including any articles about efforts to counteract systemic racism, to broaden the appeal and inclusivity of intentional communities, and to help groups become less monochromatic.

We are still seeking articles for issue #189, "Isolation and Connection; Community in the Age of Coronavirus." The issue will be out in December 2020.

Please send your article ideas to [email protected] whenever you can.

We ask that your final article reach us by Friday, August 28, 2020.

Submissions to Communities MagazineTo subscribe to the Communities magazine “Call for Articles” email list and receive announcements and article prompts for each new quarterly theme, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Cmag authors list.”Dear Communities contribu...

Communities magazine is now seeking articles for issue #189, "Isolation and Connection; Community in the Age of Coronavi...
06/04/2020

Communities magazine is now seeking articles for issue #189, "Isolation and Connection; Community in the Age of Coronavirus." The issue will be out in December 2020. Please send your article ideas to [email protected] by Friday, June 26, 2020, or whenever you can.

We ask that your final article reach us by Friday, August 28, 2020.

1. Theme articles: Isolation and Connection; Community in the Age of Coronavirus

2. We are also seeking articles about:
-Creating community in your neighborhood;
-Starting a new community;
-Process and communication issues in community;
-Ecological sustainability in community;
-Social justice issues in community;
-Networking to build the communities/ecovillages movement; and Seeking community to join.

Please share your experiences, stories, and perspectives in response to any (or any combination) of the following questions:

We have just submitted issue #187, "Climate Justice through Community," to the printer. Those who subscribe within the n...
05/31/2020

We have just submitted issue #187, "Climate Justice through Community," to the printer. Those who subscribe within the next several days will be able to receive the new issue directly from the printer when it is shipped in the first part of June. We hope you'll sign up to receive it if you aren't already on our subscriber list! (https://www.gen-us.net/subscribe/)

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Hummingbird Enterprises LLC plans to develop a 55+ active adult community for Veterans with low to moderate incomes and will be constructing small homes/ “tiny homes” to be purchased by the Veterans on 200 acres in Graysville, Tennessee, through the New Start Program. A part of this community will also be used to house around 40 homeless Veterans. Our company will donate the land for the project and will solicit funding for the construction and furnishing of 20 small homes, with 2 Vets living in each home, from Tennessee businesses, Veteran organizations, citizens, government agencies and various fund-raising campaigns. The estimated cost for this project is $2,800,000- about $70,000 of immediate cost per Veteran. Since the homes will be part of the community property and will be deeded in such a way that they can only be used to house homeless Veterans, they will remain available for homeless Veterans in the future. The Veterans will then have full access to all community amenities and be able to have an active part in community life. We will have a total of between 118 and 120 homesites with a well-developed community life area which will include a large community house, a fitness center, meeting rooms, picnic and outdoor gathering areas, nature trails and a community owned Co-op store. We need a business startup loan for at least $650,000, but $750,000 would be ideal. We could also use a business line of credit of $100,000 to $150,000. We have $130,000 currently for our business checking account (as a loan from us to the business) to start up this project and will set up this account as soon as we get our EIN number. Since we're a startup, I'm not sure when we'll be starting to generate an income yet. These loans would be secured by the 391 acres of the land we are purchasing in Graysville, TN. This land has a brow ridge of over 3000 feet which will provide us initially with at least 9 lots of 5 acres each which are estimated to sell for $125,000 each. For Phase 1 we will have 29 2-5 acre lots for sale at approximately $20,000-$35,000 each, 9 5- acre brow ridge lots for sale at approximately $125,000 each and 10-20 business lot sites for sale at approximately $60,000 each. The community will be comprised of 200 acres for Phase 1, including around 60 acres of community held open land, with 191 acres available for phase 2 should we wish to expand this community. We will also be select timbering the 391 acres which will provide at least another $260,000, as a conservative estimate. However, the timbering project will take about a year to be completed. The sale of the 38 lots and timber income will be used to pay off our initial business funding. I’m not sure yet if this is in an “Opportunity Zone” or not, as I couldn’t really tell from the map I found online. I sure am hoping it is!! We will seek further funding in approximately one year to build a community life area which will include a large community house, a fitness center, meeting rooms, picnic and outdoor gathering areas, nature trails and a community owned Co-op store. The costs for repayment of these funds will be prorated per lot and included in the HOA fees collected monthly. We will also have approximately 20 Tiny Home lots for rent at $300 per month each (not including utilities) and 40 RV lots for rent at $450 per month each (including utilities). Each of these lots will also be paying the monthly HOA fees. We will seek additional funding for these projects in 2 years. The tentative HOA fee will be between $350 & $450 per month per lot, to pay for community management, maintenance, taxes, insurance, utilities, trash pickup, the long-term maintenance/improvement fund and operating expenses and to pay back the loans for construction of the community house, fitness center and outdoor areas, tiny home rental lots and the RV park. If you'd be interested in joining our community or in donating to the fund to house homeless Veterans, please email us at: [email protected].
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