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Common Threads
Weaving Community through Collaborative Eco-Art
Sharon Kallis
Disposing of unwanted natural materials can be expensive and time-consuming, or it can present a tremendous opportunity for creating collaborative eco-art. Inva...
The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living
Nicole Caldwell
Intellectual arguments alone will not sway the dominant paradigm; to be motivated to create change, people must be moved. Art has the power to inform, influence, and inspire...
The Farm Then and Now
A Model for Sustainable Living
Douglas Stevenson
In the Summer of Love in San Francisco's Haight-Asbury, a charismatic young hippie by the name of Stephen Gaskin launched "Monday Night Class" - a weekly event which ...
Think Like a Commoner
A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons
David Bollier
The biggest "tragedy of the commons" is the misconception that commons are failures - relics from another era rendered unnecessary by the Market and St...
Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents
Dissimulating the Sustainable City
Andres Duany & Emily Talen
In contemporary Western society, urban development is regarded as an unfortunate blight from which nature provides a much-needed respi...
Choosing a Sustainable Future
Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca, NY
Liz Walker
We all want a sustainable future, but what does it look like, and how do we get there? In Ithaca, NY a new culture is blossoming - one that values cooperati...
Creating Cohousing
Building Sustainable Communities
Charles Durrett & Kathryn McCamant
A man's home is his castle. But demographic and economic changes haveturned our castles into islands. How can we regain the elements of the traditiona...
Senior Cohousing Handbook
A Community Approach to Independent Living
Charles Durrett
No matter how rich life is in youth and middle age, the elder years can bring on increasing isolation and loneliness as social connections lessen, espec...
Integral City
Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive
Marilyn Hamilton
Cities function unintelligently when their parts are disconnected. The integral city meshes or multiplies city intelligences by integrating capacities, functi...
The Great Neighborhood Book
A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking
Jay Walljasper & Project for Public Spaces
Abandoned lots and litter-strewn pathways, or rows of green beans and pockets of wildflowers? Graffiti-marked walls and desolate...
Finding Community
How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community
Diana Leafe Christian
Finding community is as critical as obtaining food and shelter, since the need to belong is what makes us human. The isolation and loneliness of m...
Slow is Beautiful
New Visions of Community, Leisure, and Joie de Vivre
Cecile Andrews
We're hammered, we're slammed, we're out of control. Happiness is on the decline in the most affluent country in the world and Americans are troubled...
Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature (Revised Edition)
Richard Register
Most of the world's population now lives in cities. So if we are to address the problems of environmental deterioration and peak oil adequately, the ci...
A Practical Guide to Sustainable Communities
Jan Martin Bang
Ecovillages have arisen around the world in response to the social fragmentation of modern life and its alienation from nature. They provide a variety of ways of li...
EcoVillage at Ithaca
Pioneering a Sustainable Culture
Liz Walker
In a world filled with stories of environmental devastation and social dysfunction, EcoVillage at Ithaca is a refreshing and hopeful look at a modern-day village that is ...
The Key to Sustainable Cities
Meeting Human Needs, Transforming Community Systems
Gwendolyn Hallsmith
Most of the world's population now lives in cities, but despite wide agreement on the core values of sustainable societies, municipalit...
Creating a Life Together
Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities
Diana Leafe Christian
An intentional community is a group of people who have chosen to live or work together in pursuit of a common ideal or visio...