Intentional Communities and Solidarity Economics
Communities Pursuing the Other Worlds that are Possible
The Fall GEO Theme seeks to deepen awareness and understanding of the strong connections between solidarity economic activists and members of intentional communities through the common work they are doing.
- Ecovillages, generally communities with a strong ecological focus,
- Cohousing communities, which generally incorporate both private homes and shared common facilities and support neighborly connections,
- residential land trusts,
- Communes, which are 100% income sharing
- Housing cooperatives, generally expense sharing, often urban, shared housing communities, many of them focused on college students, and
- other projects where people strive together with a common vision.
That last category of intentional communities embraces what virtually every solidarity economic project is working toward.
The collection of articles and audio-visuals below tell some of their stories. We will be adding to them over the next six to nine months.
Theme image by Nina Madina Lillian Shalla.
- Building Sites of Deep Mutuality by Michael Johnson
- Pathfinding a Soft-landing to Energy Dissent by Laird Schaub
- Communities: Exploring Cooperative Culture by Chris Roth
I. The Solidarity Economics of Intentional Communities
Section Overview: Community, Economics, and Solidarity by Michael Johnson
- Church as Intentional Solidarity Community by Tim Kumfer, Mike Little and Kayla McClurg with Michael Johnson
- Dandelion Village: Building an Ecovillage in Town by Maggie Sullivan.
Communities Magazine, Issue #156, Fall 2012.
- The Active Community by Michael Kenny.
Communities Magazine, Issue # 152, Fall 2011.
- Making Cohousing Affordable: strategies for success by Betsy Morris.
(This is Part 1 of a series. Here are links to Parts 2 and 3.) Cohousing Magazine, July 2007.
- Communities Self-insure for Cooperative Healthcare by Mira Luna.
- A Species-Deep Diversity in the Ecovillage by Jim Schenk.
Communities Magazine, Issue 155, Summer 2012.
- The Richness of Giving by Elizabeth Barrette.
Communities Magazine, Issue #141, Winter 2008.
- Twin Oaks: An Egalitarian Community, a 16 minute mini-documentary by Transition Bus
- Dancing Rabbit, Two videos by JaiJai Noire
- Ganas Community, Video interview with Michael Johnson by the SolidarityNYC Collective
- Income Sharing Across the Pond, audio presentation by GPaul
- Community Currencies Tutorial, by Matthew Slater
II. Community and Transformational Learning
Section Overview: Growing Cultures of Deep Cooperation by Michael Johnson
- Community as Crucible: an interview with Laird Schaub, Sandhill Community, by Helen Forsey. FIC Communities Directory
- Community as Crucible: video interview with George Caneda, Ganas Community, by David Sheen
- ZEGG Forum: a ritualized form of communication for larger groups and More information about the ZEGG Forum's use of the Johari Window, by Ina Meyer-Stoll and Achim Ecker, ZEGG Community, Germany.
- Conditions for a Useful Forum: by Achim Ecker and Ina Meyer-Stoll
- Reflections on the ZEGG Forum in the US: by Teryani and Sarah Taub
- Social Permaculture, by Starhawk.
Communities Magazine, Issue 153, Winter 2011.
- Finding My Tribe at the 2014 Twin Oaks Communities Conference, by Aurora DeMarco
III. Book Reviews
- The (nineteen-)SIXTIES: Lessons learned, a world transformed,
a review of Peter Coyote’s Sleeping Where I Fall by Bonnie Shulman.
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- 18: The Southern Cooperative Movement
- 17: Scaling-Up the Cooperative Movement
- 16: Intentional Communities and Solidarity Economics
- 15: Advancing the Development of Worker Co-ops-ADWC 2013
- 14: The Anniversary Issue
- 13: The Frank Lindenfeld Memorial
- 12: International Year of the Cooperative
- 11: Lessons for Today from "Black Like Me"
- 10: Occupy! Connect! Create!
- 9: Collective Action: Research, Practice and Theory
- 8: Worker Cooperative Development Models
- 7: The Cooperative Advantage
- 6: Inter-cooperation is Key
- 5: Education For Economic Liberation
- 4: Land, Food, Childcare, Laundry, and a Book
- 3: Worker Cooperative Replication
- 2: Strengthening the Movement
- 1: Grassroots Democracy In Action