Service and Activism
The Fall 2016 issue of Communities focuses on Service and Activism. Authors explore how communitarians can help others and the planet, both through embodying a culture of cooperation and service and through reaching out to make a difference in the wider world.
Articles in “Service and Activism”
- Publisher’s Note—Community, Social Justice, Responsibility, and Accountability by Sky Blue
- Notes from the Editor—The Need for Greater Purpose by Chris Roth
- Community Living as Social Activism in Camphill by Kam Bellamy
In Camphill communities, people of all abilities have a voice.
- Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community by Nancy Chappell
Adults with disabilities and residential caregiver volunteers share the challenges and joys of community life at Innisfree.
- The Gesundheit! Institute: A 45 Year-Old Communal Hospital Experiment by Patch Adams
In a decades-long project with worldwide reach, medicine, humor, and community become vehicles for social change.
- Service in Community: A Fijian Success Story by Philip Mirkin
An ecovillage benefits its neighbors by hosting nurses for a transformative week in the islands.
- When Each One of Us Changes Our Mind, the World Changes: Life with Konohana Family by Yoko Oki
At the foot of Mt. Fuji, spirituality and community play key roles in healing physical and mental ills.
- Taking Death by the Hand by Lindsay Hagamen
Through its Natural Burial Cemetery, Windward allows individuals, even in death, to foster the growth and renewal of life.
- Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard Work by Geoff Evans
At Black Bulga, the experience of community provides vital support for members to be effective change agents in the wider world.
- Coming of Age in Service Community by Jen and Hilary Bayer
Growing up in a community with a strong commitment to changing the world can be both enlivening and challenging.
- Not the Last of the Mohicans: Honoring Our Native Predecessors on the Land by Jeff Golden
How can we do right by the native peoples whose ancestral homelands now host our intentional communities?
- The Case for Mass Civil Disruption and Resistance: The story of how 15 intentional communities and experiments came together to form a national coalition to defend life, come hell or high water by Ethan Hughes (edited by Laila Johnson and Gavain U’Prichard)
Activists and communitarians gather to ask: “How do we respond to our current global crisis?”
- Activism Revisited: Personal reflections on trying to make a difference by Daniel Christian Wahl
Through the power of our attention, and our actions and failures to act, we are all shaping the future.
- The Co-Evolution of My Communities, Co-Intelligent Process, and Activism by Tom Atlee
From the Great Peace March to Walnut Street Cooperative, community, process, and social change continue to converge.
- The Choices We Make by Paul Freundlich
More than four decades after their shared time in India, former Peace Corps Volunteers still feel the connections and transformations it created.
- Grassroots Activism Starts at Home by Dan Hines
At the RareBirds Housing Co-operative, community life and outside activism deepen and strengthen each other.
- Homelessness and Tiny Houses: Two Worlds Intersect to Foster Community by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell
Those inspired by the tiny house movement can help those with no homes to become part of it.
- After the Harbin Fire: Reflections on a Community Disrupted, Not Defeated by Geoffrey Huckabay
- Utopian Polish and the Dust of Everyday Life: Twenty-Five Years of Creative Failure—What Can We Learn from the ZEGG Experiment? by Dieter Halbach
- Aging in Community: How an Older Couple Helped Launch a New Multi-Generational Ecovillage Neighborhood by Wallace Watson
- The Seven Steps of Sociocracy—Putting it All Together by Diana Leafe Christian
- Creating Cooperative Culture—Happiness in Communal Life: A Scientific Project by Bjørn Grinde
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