Creating a Life Together

Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities

Author: Diana Leafe Christian

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550923161

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

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Creating a Life Together is the only resource available that provides step-by-step practical information distilled from numerous firsthand sources on how to establish an intentional community. It deals in depth with structural, interpersonal and leadership issues, decision-making methods, vision statements, and the development of a legal structure, as well as profiling well-established model communities. This exhaustive guide includes excellent sample documents among its wealth of resources. Diana Leafe Christian is the editor of Communities magazine and has contributed to Body & Soul, Yoga Journal, and Shaman’s Drum, among others. She is a popular public speaker and workshop leader on forming intentional communities, and has been interviewed about the subject on NPR. She is a member of an intentional community in North Carolina.
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Eco-Homes

People, Place and Politics

Author: Doctor Jenny Pickerill

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1780325339

Category: Architecture

Page: 360

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It is widely understood that good, affordable eco-housing needs to be at the heart of any attempt to mitigate or adapt to climate change. This is the first book to comprehensively explore eco-housing from a geographical, social and political perspective. It starts from the premise that we already know how to build good eco-houses and we already have the technology to retrofit existing housing. Despite this, relatively few eco-houses are being built. Featuring over thirty case studies of eco-housing in Britain, Spain, Thailand, Argentina and the United States, Eco-Homes examines the ways in which radical changes to our houses – such as making them more temporary, using natural materials, or relying on manual heating and ventilation systems – require changes in how we live. As such, it argues, it is not lack of technology or political will that is holding us back from responding to climate change, but deep-rooted cultural and social understandings of our way of life and what we expect our houses to do for us.
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Finding Community

How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community

Author: Diana Leafe Christian

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 9781550923834

Category: House & Home

Page: 264

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How to research, visit, evaluate, and join the ecovillage or sustainable community of your dreams. Finding community is as critical as obtaining food and shelter, since the need to belong is what makes us human. The isolation and loneliness of modern life have led many people to search for deeper connection, which has resulted in a renewed interest in intentional communities. These intentional communities or ecovillages are an appealing choice for like-minded people who seek to create a family-oriented and ecologically sustainable lifestyle—a lifestyle they are unlikely to find anywhere else. However, the notion of an intentional community can still be a tremendous leap for some—deterred perhaps by a misguided vision of eking out a hardscrabble existence with little reward. In fact, successful ecovillages thrive because of the combined skills and resources of their members. Finding Community presents a thorough overview of ecovillages and intentional communities and offers solid advice on how to research thoroughly, visit thoughtfully, evaluate intelligently, and join gracefully. Useful considerations include: Important questions to ask (of members and of yourself) Signs of a healthy (and not-so-healthy) community Cost of joining (and staying) Common blunders to avoid Finding Community provides intriguing possibilities to readers who are seeking a more cooperative, sustainable, and meaningful life. Diana Leafe Christian is the author of Creating a Life Together and editor of Communities magazine. She lives at Earthhaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.
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Space, Power and the Commons

The struggle for alternative futures

Author: Samuel Kirwan,Leila Dawney,Julian Brigstocke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317553659

Category: Science

Page: 232

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Across the globe, political movements opposing privatisation, enclosures, and other spatial controls are coalescing towards the idea of the ‘commons’. As a result, struggles over the commons and common life are now coming to the forefront of both political activism and scholarly enquiry. This book advances academic debates concerning the spatialities of the commons and draws out the diverse materialities, temporalities, and experiences of practices of commoning. Part one, "Materialising the Commons" focuses on the performance of new geographical imaginations in spatial and material practices of commoning. Part two, "Spaces of Commoning", explores the importance of the turn from ‘commons’ to ‘commoning’, bringing together chapters focusing on the "doing" of commons, and how spaces, materials, bodies and abstract flows are intertwined in these complex and excessive processes. Part three, "An Expanded Commons", explores the broader registers and spaces in which the concept of the commons is at stake and highlights how and where the commons can open new areas of action and research. Part four, "The Capture of the Commons", questions the particular interdependence of ‘the commons’ and ‘enclosure’ assumed within commons literature framed by the concept of neoliberalism. Providing a comprehensive introduction to the diverse ways in which ideas of the commons are being conceptualised and enacted both throughout the social sciences and in practical action, this book foregrounds the commons as an arena for political thought and sets an agenda for future research.
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Encyclopedia of Community

From the Village to the Virtual World

Author: DAVID LEVINSON,KAREN CHRISTENSEN

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761925988

Category: Social Science

Page: 1839

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"This encyclopedia is a welcome exploration of the great variety of social networks that human beings create and participate in. Interdisciplinary in scope, the set includes contributions from some of the foremost scholars studying community today. Appendixes include an extensive bibliography, a collection of resources guides, an annotated guide to "Community in Popular Culture," and "Libraries Build Community," a guide for librarians."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.
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Urban Homesteading

Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living

Author: Rachel Kaplan,K. Ruby Blume

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 161608054X

Category: Gardening

Page: 292

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Teaches self-reliance, sustainability, and green living in urban areas, from growing food with limited space and making solar cookers to raising chickens.
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Ecovillages

New Frontiers for Sustainability

Author: Jonathan Dawson

Publisher: Schumacher Briefings

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 94

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Ecovillages - local communities which aim to minimise their ecological impact while maximising human wellbeing and happiness -- are found all over the world. They incorporate a wealth of radical ideas and approaches which can be traced back to Schumacher, Gandhi, the 1960s, and the alternative education movement. This Briefing describes the history and potential of the ecovillage movement, including the evolution of the Global Ecovillage Network. The ecovillages movement promotes: learning from the best elements in traditional and indigenous cultures; community banks and currencies; low-impact living; organic, local food production; and reviving small-scale participatory governance. Faced with climate change and diminishing oil supplies, this Briefing examines the lessons that we can learn from ecovillages to live sustainably.
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Reinventing Community

Stories from the Walkways of Cohousing

Author: David Wann

Publisher: Fulcrum Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

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A collection of first hand experiences from inside these unique neighborhoods, offering a glimpse at the personalities and dynamic that make them work.
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Designing the Modern Interior

From The Victorians To Today

Author: Penny Sparke,Anne Massey,Trevor Keeble,Brenda Martin

Publisher: Berg 3pl

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 311

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Presents a history of interior design from the late 19th to the 21st centuries, and examines particular characteristics that are consistent across this period.
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