House & Home

Creating a Life Together

Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities

Author: Diana Leafe Christian

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 0865714711

Category: House & Home

Page: 272

View: 7985

An intentional community is a group of people who have chosen to live or work together in pursuit of a common ideal or vision. An ecovillage is a village-scale intentional community that intends to create, ecological, social, economic, and spiritual sustainability over several generations. The 90s saw a revitalized surge of interest in intentional communities and ecovillages in North America: the number of intentional communities listed in the Communities Directory increased 60 percent between 1990 and 1995. But only 10 percent of the actual number of forming-community groups actually succeeded. Ninety percent failed, often in conflict and heartbreak. After visiting and interviewing founders of dozens of successful and failed communities, along with her own forming-community experiences, the author concluded that "the successful 10 percent" had all done the same five or six things right, and "the unsuccessful 90 percent" had made the same handful of mistakes. Recognizing that a wealth of wisdom were contained in these experiences, she set out to distill and capture them in one place. Creating a Life Together is the only resource available that provides step-by-step, practical "how-to" information on how to launch and sustain a successful ecovillage or intentional community. Through anecdotes, stories, and cautionary tales about real communities, and by profiling seven successful communities in depth, the book examines "the successful 10 percent" and why 90 percent fail; the role of community founders; getting a group off to a good start; vision and vision documents; decision-making and governance; agreements; legal options; finding, financing, and developing land; structuring a community economy; selecting new members; and communication, process, and dealing well with conflict. Sample vision documents, community agreements, and visioning exercises are included, along with abundant resources for learning more.


People, Place and Politics

Author: Doctor Jenny Pickerill

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1780325339

Category: Architecture

Page: 360

View: 7142

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.

Small is beautiful

Die Rückkehr zum menschlichen Maß

Author: Ernst Friedrich Schumacher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783865814081


Page: 301

View: 962

Biologische Landwirtschaft

Die Suche nach dem verlorenen Paradies

natürliche Landwirtschaft als Ausweg aus der Krise

Author: Masanobu Fukuoka

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783923176632

Category: Biologische Landwirtschaft

Page: 186

View: 7363


The Party's Over

Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies

Author: Richard Heinberg

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 155092334X

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 7271

An updated edition of this bestselling book on the end of oil -- and its consequences.
Business & Economics

The Empowerment Manual

A Guide for Collaborative Groups

Author: Starhawk

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550924842

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 7047

How groups of equals can harness their ideals, passion, skills and knowledge

Soziale Gemeinschaften

Experimentierfelder für kollektive Lebensformen

Author: Matthias Grundmann

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825882105


Page: 202

View: 6074

Business & Economics

The End of Growth

Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

Author: Richard Heinberg

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550924834

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 5246

Economics has failed us . . . but there is life after growth!
Business & Economics


New Frontiers for Sustainability

Author: Jonathan Dawson

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781903998779

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 94

View: 7758

Originally published: Totnes, UK: Green Books Ltd., 2006.

Die heilige Matrix

Von der Matrix der Gewalt zur Matrix des Lebens. Grundlagen einer neuen Zivilisation

Author: Dieter Duhm

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783927266148


Page: 461

View: 9955

Social Science

Reinventing Community

Stories from the Walkways of Cohousing

Author: David Wann

Publisher: Fulcrum Pub

ISBN: 9781555915018

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

View: 9836

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

Eden Within Eden

Oregon's Utopian Heritage

Author: James J. Kopp

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780870714245

Category: History

Page: 370

View: 3207

Oregon has been the home of nearly three hundred communal experiments since the Aurora Colony was established in 1856. Eden Within Eden is the first book to survey the stateas utopian history, from religious and Socialist groups of the nineteenth century to ecologically conscious communities of the twenty-first century. James J. Kopp examines Oregonas communal history in the context of the state as a destination for those seeking new beginnings and in the framework of utopian and communal experiences across America. Eden Within Eden provides rich detail about utopian communitiesa some realized, some only plannedamany of which reflect broader social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of Oregonas history. From the dawn of communal groups in Oregonathe German Christian colony at Auroraato Oregonas most infamous communal experimentaRajneeshpuramathis study examines the range of attempts to establish ideal communities in the state. These include the Jewish agrarian colony of New Odessa in the 1880s as well as the anew pioneersa of the 1960s and later who captured the spirit of the counterculture as well as growing concerns about the environment. The book explores other areas of Oregonas utopian heritage as well, including literary works and idealistic city planning. There has been no comparable book published on Oregonas communal history and few such comprehensive examinations of other states. The appendix is a rich compilation that will guide individuals to additional information on the profiledaand many otheracommunities. Eden Within Eden will appeal to students and scholars of communal studies and Pacific Northwest history, as well as to general readers interested in thesesubjects.

Earth light

Author: Manousos, Anthony

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780970041029

Category: Nature

Page: 344

View: 2354

Social Science

Cases in Macro Social Work Practice

Author: David P. Fauri,Stephen P. Wernet,F. Ellen Netting

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205498475

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

View: 4226

The Third Edition of Cases in Macro Social Work Practice provides relevant, contemporary, macro practice case scenarios that reflect practice dilemmas and challenges typically experienced by social workers in organizational, community, and policy practice areas. It emphasizes the change process in both domestic and international settings by using a theoretical and practice perspective, and follows the outline of the Fourth Edition of Social Work Macro Practice--written by F. Ellen Netting, Peter Kettner, and Steven McMurtry. Please Note: Cases in Macro Social Work Practice may be value-packaged with S ocial Work Macro Practice at a special discount. Contact your local representative for
Business & Economics

Eating Fossil Fuels

Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture

Author: Dale Allen Pfeiffer

Publisher: Gabriola, B.C. : New Society Publishers


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 127

View: 6126

Every calorie of food produced in the U.S. required ten calories of hydrocarbons. Without oil, the U.S. can only sustain two thirds of its present population and world population should be around two billion. The solution: transition to a sustainable, localised agriculture.
Social Science

Ökologisches Handeln als sozialer Konflikt

Umwelt im Alltag

Author: Hellmuth Lange

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322951405

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

View: 7531

Ökologisches Handeln gilt heute als rundum positive Zielvorstellung. Die Praxis des alltäglichen Handelns entspricht dem jedoch bei weitem nicht. Die Gründe werden noch immer in unzureichendem Umweltbewußtsein gesehen. Eine solche Sichtweise abstrahiert jedoch von zweierlei: Der Begriff "ökologisches Handeln" bezeichnet keine Handlungspraxis neben anderen (wie Wohnen, Arbeiten, Reisen etc.), sondern einen Zielaspekt neben anderen. Daher kommt es hier unvermeidlich zu Zielkonflikten, denen mit Moral nur bedingt beizukommen ist. Die Moralisierung ökologisch unzuträglicher Verhaltensmuster abstrahiert zum anderen von der soziologischen Basistatsache, daß Handlungsmuster von Personen keineswegs nur von deren Einstellungen und Werten abhängen. Sie sind eingebunden in die Grenzen der materiellen und institutionellen Strukturen des Alltags, in gewachsene Arbeitsteilungen und in soziale und kulturelle Routinen, die individuell nur bedingt ignoriert werden können. Ein Mehr an ökologischem Verhalten führt daher zwingend zu einem Mehr an sozialen Konflikten. Dieser Band beschreibt solche Konflikte im Spannungsfeld von Wohnen-Mobilität-Arbeiten und sucht nach Möglichkeiten der Problembearbeitung zwischen privater Alltagsbewältigung und Politik.


Bringt auf einzigartige Weise frischen Wind in die Segel Ihrer Gesundheit, ins Gesundheitswesen und unser ganzes Gesellschaftssystem - durch die gelungene Verbindung schulmedizinischer Hilfe mit alternativen Therapiemethoden , Humor und Freude

Author: Patch Adams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783930657407


Page: 224

View: 5781


Toward a new socialism

Author: Anatole Anton,Richard Schmitt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780739118627

Category: Philosophy

Page: 520

View: 687

Toward a New Socialism offers a critical analysis of capitalism's failings and the imminent need for socialism as an alternative form of government. Dr. Richard Schmitt joins with Dr. Anatole Anton to compile a volume of essays exploring the benefits and consequences of a socialist system as an avenue of increased human solidarity and ethical principle.