Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities
Author: Diana Leafe Christian
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Category: House & Home
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.
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.
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.
Author: David P. Fauri,Stephen P. Wernet,F. Ellen Netting
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Category: Social Science
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 details:www.ablongman.com/replocator
Publisher: Gabriola, B.C. : New Society Publishers
Category: Business & Economics
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.
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
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.