Communities

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Alternate Societies: A brief survey on intentional community in European history
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1993
A brief outline of the history of attempts in western society to create living arrangements which would complement, and in some cases further, efforts to become economically independent.
Alternative Americas: An informal history by the grandmother of the counter-culture
Loomis, Mildred J.
Book
1982
A history of decentralist and co-operative alternatives in the United States, centering especially on the work of Ralph Borsodi.
Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community
Duberman, Martin
Book
1973
A history of Black Mountain College (1933-57), an experimental school which pioneered many educational, cultural, and artistic innovations.
Building Social Change Communities
Training/Action Affinity Group
Book
1979
Skills for creating and maintaining a collective or cooperative group, especially living communities. Excellent, concise chapters on consensus decision making, facilitation and conflict resolution.
Canadian Information Sharing Service: Pilot Copy, February 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The first issue of the Canadian Information Sharing Service publication. The name of the publication was later changed to Connexions and then to Connexions Digest.
Central American Women Speak for Themselves
Central America Today
Book
1983
A dossier focusing on the participation of women in the popular movements and revolutionary organizations in Central America. Contains transations from newspapers, pamphlets, documents, interviews and...
Challenging McWorld
Clarke, Tony; Dopp, Sarah
Book
2001
Circles of Strength: Community Alternatives to Alienation
Forsey, Helen (ed.)
Book
1993
Forsey, an activist and writer who works with the Federation of Egalitarian Communites has put together a collection of essays, and interviews with First Nations, religious orders and rural intentiona...
The Communistic Societies of the United States
Nordhoff, Charles
Book
1875
Describes a dozen Utopian societies.
Communities Directory: A Guide to Cooperative Living
Book
1995
This work lists 540 North American communities and 70 abroad, including contact information and a full self-description.
Community Dreams: Ideas for Enriching Neighbourhood and Community Life
Berkowitz, Bill
Book
1984
A compilation of vignettes, fragments and thought starters that provides stimulating ideas for practical community transformation.
Connexions Library: Community & Urban Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on community and urban issues.
Connexions Library: Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on race, racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity.
Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered
Devall, Bill & Sessions, George
Book
Description of Recently Founded Communist Colonies Still in Existence
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1844
If the workers are united among themselves, hold together and pursue one purpose, they are infinitely stronger than the rich. And if, moreover, they have set their sights upon such a rational purpose,...
Egalitarian community: Connexipedia Article
Article
Group of people who have chosen to live together, with egalitarianism as one of their core values.
The Field of Magic
Survila, Mindaugas
Film/Video
2011
Field of Magic is a docu-poem about people living for over two decades in Buda forest near the closed down Kariotiške.s dump, 40 km from Vilnius, Lithuania. A result of four year’s work, the film capt...
Fighting for Hope: Organizing to Realize Our Dreams
Kuyek, Joan Newman
Book
1990
Detailed information and advice on how to organize a group for social change.
Follow the Dirt Road: An Introduction to Intential Communities in the 1990s
Gautheir, Monique
Film/Video
Portrays the successes and struggles of communal life in the United States in the 1990s.
A Guide To Cooperative Alternatives
Freundlich, Paul; Collins, Chris; Wenig, Mikki
Book
1979
Edited by "Communities, Journal of Cooperative Living," this book is a resource guide of ideas, resources, references and contacts for people interested in living and working cooperatively. Includes w...
Historical Survey of Communities in Toronto: New Communities and the Institutional Church
Article
1975
A review of the phenomenon of community in the city in the sixties and seventies.
How People Get Power: Organizing Oppressed Communities for Action
Kahn, Si
Book
1970
A book about community organizing, written for organizers.
In Defence of Diversity
Malik, Kenan
Article
2013
An essay on immigration.
Inclusion or exclusion
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2008
People who advocate a vision of distinct communities that speak different languages, keep apart from each other, and communicate with the structures of the larger society only through interpreters, ar...
Intentional Communities Upcoming Events
Website
Events for those involved in creating intentional communities.
Interactions
Delespesse, Max; Renshaw, Dick (ed.)
Article
1975
These are nots of remarks made at an all-day consultation between New Communities and representatives of the Churches of Toronto.
Investing in a Sustainable Future
Canfield, Christopher
Article
1991
The Cerro Gordo community.
The joyful community: An account of the Bruderhof, a communcal movement now in its third generation
Zablocki, Benjamin
Book
1971
An in-depth study of the Bruderhof community.
Kommune Niederkaufungen: Connexipedia Article
Article
One of the largest intentional communities in Germany.
Living with the Land: Communities Restoring the Earth
Meyer, Christine; Moosang, Faith
Book
1992
A collection of stories from grassroots communities about the benefits of ecological living.
Minetown, Milltown, Railtown: Life in Canadian Communities of Single Industry
Lucas, Rex
Book
A sociological description of life in company towns.
Moffatt, Gary: Connexipedia Article
Article
2010
Canadian anarchist and activist.
Pragmatics Of Community Organization - First Edition
Lee, Bill
Book
1986
Information on how to plan action, how to organize meetings, how to train participants for action, how to negotiate, and how to end a particular exercise in community organization.
Putting Power in its Place: Create Community Control!
Plant, Judith; Plant, Christopher
Book
1992
Essays arguing for the devolution of government and putting forward workdable models, many of them tested in practice, of how we might restructure society to better represent the full diversity of its...
A Question of Place
Boggs, Grace Lee
Article
2000
Global capitalism relentlessly displaces people and abandons places because it views local communities, cities, and even nations as inconveniences in the path of progress. Place-consciousness, on the ...
Radical Digressions 4
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2006
Radical Digressions 5
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2008
Saving the Countryside: Conserving Rural Character in the Countryside of Southern Ontario
Byrnes, Brian
Book
1995
An overview of the issues and politics of preserving the rural nature of the countryside. Byrne outlines the problems facing rural communities: rapid pace of changge, not having access to the informat...
Sex and Marriage in Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America: Nineteenth-Century America
Muncy, Raymond Lee
Book
1973
A look at original approaches to sex and marraige in the utopian communities of nineteenth-century America. Many of these communities abolished monogamy and individualism and sought ways of dealing wi...
Strange Cults and Utopias of 19th Century America: Original title: History of American Socialisms
Noyes, John Humphrey
Book
1870
Histories of communal experiments and communities in the United States.
The Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Duany, Andres; Plater-Zyberk; Elizabeth, Speck, Jeff
Book
2000
The choice is ours: either a society of homogeneous pieces, isolated from one another in often fortified enclaves, or a society of diverse and memorable neighbourhoods, organized into mutually support...
Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation
Sennett, Richard
Book
2012
Richard Sennett contends that "living with people who differ -- racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically -- is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today. We tend socially to avoid...
Toward Sustainable Communities: Resources for Citizens and their Governments
Roseland, Mark
Book
1992
The way our urban communities develop will largely determine our success or failure in overcoming environmental challenges and achieving sustainable development. Toward Sustainable Communities offer p...
Voyages To Utopia: From Monastery to Commune - The Search for the Perfect Society in Modern Times
McCord, William
Book
1989
The story of William McCord's exploration of utopian communities, both in person and through literature.
Why Do Communities Fail?
Moffatt, Gary
Article
The strains that take their toll on community groups.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Communitarian Network
A coalition of individuals and organizations who have come together to shore up the moral, social, and political environment.
Communities
Since 1972, Communities has been the primary resource for information, issues, and ideas about intentional communities in North America - from urban co-ops to cohousing groups to ecovillages to rural ...
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Loving More
A place to explore polyamory, to connect with others of like mind, to explore the possibilities of honest multi-partnered relationships and to learn how to make polyamorous relating work. We are a national organization and resour...
The Preservation Institute
Today, most people recognize that modernization and growth can harm the natural environment. The Preservation Institute believes that modernization also damages the social environment - that many of our social problems are side-ef...

Sources Library

Community Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to community issues in the Sources directory for the media.
Nudist community
Wikipedia article
A nudist community (or in Europe, naturist community) is an intentional community comprising nudists/naturists who choose to live together on a permanent basis where it is understood that no clothes w...

From the Connexions Archives

The Communitarian Network
Website
A coalition of individuals and organizations who have come together to shore up the moral, social, and political environment.
Deutschsprachiges Kommunitariernetz
Website
German-language communitarian site.
Intentional Communities
Website
Resource for intentional Communities including ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives and other related projects.