Columbia Ecovillage: Accomplishing the Impossible

Monday, August 16, 2010. When you turn into the driveway from the busy four-lane thoroughfare, you're greeted by trees and flowers within the central parking lot and in front of the surrounding warm-colored apartments. It's an oasis of lush green biodiversity, a … [Read more...]

Fences Down: Creating Community in the City

Friday, August 13, 2010. We taped an engaging show with about a half-dozen members of a residential community formed between three adjoining houses in southeast Portland. The fence in between two parcels had been torn down, and a concrete driveway broken into chunks and used … [Read more...]

Exploring Sustainable Living at Aprovecho Center

Friday August 6, 2010. We set out to tape an overview show of Aprovecho Center, and found such richness that we taped enough for three. Land stewards Tao Orion and Abel Kloster provided background to the center. Aprovecho has been on this 40 acres of land since the early … [Read more...]

The World of Ecovillages (164)

The ecovillage movement is gaining a lot of traction and in some surprising forms, says Diana Leafe Christian, the author of Finding Community: How to join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community. Drawing from ecovillages worldwide, she describes many examples of these … [Read more...]

Finding an Ecovillage / Sacred Activism — Love, Grief, and Empowerment (148)

Diana Leafe Christian, author of Finding Community: How to join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community, zeros in on how to find an ecovillage. Once you determine what you want, what are the criteria to explore whether an ecovillage is a good fit/match for you? … [Read more...]

Practical Tools to Grow an Intentional Community

Communities Magazine editor Diana Leafe Christian concisely spells out what the successful 10% of intentional communities do: common vision and purpose, fair participatory decision-making, clear agreements in writing, good balance of right and left-brain knowledge, methods … [Read more...]

Cooperative Living, Cooperative Driving (30)

Long involved with intentional communities, Tree Bressen discusses a shared-ownership cooperative household with ten residents, as well as a small, one-car car sharing cooperative. Carshare info and scheduling software at biocarshare.org. Watch video | iTunes | … [Read more...]