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Who is A. Allen Butcher?


A. Allen Butcher is a prolific writer on intentional community. His first book on the theory, design, and history of intentional allen_butcher.jpgcommunity is free-for-download in two dozen PDF files at: CultureMagic.org. His second book is an alternative history of civilization from the perspective of the counterculture or "parallel culture" titled: "The Intentioneer's Bible: Interwoven Stories of the Parallel Cultures of Plenty and Scarcity."

Allen was one of five incorporators of the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), and was a member of the board-of-directors, or served as secretary and/or treasurer of, in chronological order: the Federation of Egalitarian Communities, the New Destiny Cooperative Federation food wholesale, Project TAProot providing technical assistance for cooperatives, the New Life Farm appropriate technology center, the FIC educational and networking association, Inter-Communities of Virginia regional community network, The School of Living Community Land Trust, the Community Educational Service Council, Inc. revolving loan fund, Denver Green Party, the Community Network of the Rocky Mountains, and the Cohousing Association of the Rocky Mountains as it became Cohousing U.S.A.

Allen lived 12 years at East Wind (1975-83) and at Twin Oaks (1985-89) communities, and now lives collectively in Denver, Colorado, writing books on the communitarian past, present, and fiction.


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Who is Abraham Maslow?


Abraham Harold Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) was an American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow's Abraham_Maslow.jpg   hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization. Maslow was a psychology professor at Brandeis UniversityBrooklyn CollegeNew School for Social Research and Columbia University. He stressed the importance of focusing on the positive qualities in people, as opposed to treating them as a "bag of symptoms." For more detail about him and his career please visit the Wikipedia page listed in the Source section below.

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Who is Annamarie Pluhar?


For more than twenty years of Annamarie's adult life, she has lived in shared housing with people who started out as strangers. She
has always appreciated the cost savings and companionship that shared housing provides. In her years of sharing housing, she has annamarie.jpglearned a few things. Annamarie has lived with singles, people in transition, a single mother and her pre-school son, an elderly friend of the family, couples, people in school or internships, and foreigners in the country for work or study. Some have remained friends, others have not. Along the way she has made mistakes and made wonderful friends. There is no doubt that her life has been richer by living under a roof with people who started out as strangers.


She has come to spreading the word about shared housing after years in the corporate world, first as a management consultant and later as an instructional designer. As a consultant, she trained employees to work in self-managing work teams, honing her expertise in group dynamics and interpersonal relationships. As an instructional designer, she is skilled in breaking down complex subjects so that individuals can learn them easily. Currently she offers coaching in computer skills. Annamarie calls the business “Patient, Sympathetic Coaching.” You can read about it here.

Years ago she earned a masters in divinity, (Episcopal Divinity School) where she received excellent supervised training in helping people—how to listen, how to encourage personal growth, and how to help people manage life.

She considers Sharing Housing to be a ministry.

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Who is Charles Eisenstein?


Charles frequently writes about civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His writings on the web Charles_Eisenstein.jpgmagazine Reality Sandwich have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events and gives numerous interviews on radio podcasts. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next 10 years as a Chinese-English translator. He currently lives in Harrisberg, Pennsylvania, and serves on the faculty of Goodard College.


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Who is Christopher Moore?


Christopher Moore, PhD is a sociologist, trainer and organizer living in Boulder, Colorado. He is also the author of The Mediation Christopher_Moore.jpgProcess: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict. Christopher was trained in mediation by the U.S. Federal Mediation and
 Conciliation Service and the American Arbitration Association. 
He is a roster member of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution and Native Dispute Resolution Network as well as a partner at CDR Associates based in Boulder, Colorado.

You can find out more about CDR Associates and Christopher by visiting their website: http://cdrassociates.org

Who is C.T. Butler?


C.T. Lawrence Butler is best known for being a founding member of Food Not Bombs, a worldwide, nonviolent, grassroots activist
movement. His nonviolent direct actions against war, poverty and injustice have led to his being beaten, tortured and arrested over 50 times in the United States without ever having committed or been convicted of a crime.C.T._Butlre.jpg

He has lived an alternative lifestyle since he left college at the end of the Vietnam War. With a group of actors in Boston, MA, he founded a theater production company and produced several off-off Broadway plays in Boston and New York City. He is a self-taught cook and has held a position as head chef in a French restaurant. He has been a vegetarian for over 30 years and written a
vegetarian cookbook. C.T. has written 3 books total-On Conflict and Consensus, Food Not Bombs: How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community, and Consensus for Cities.He is also a proud father and parent to several children, including his unique participation in a surrogate birth.

For 3 decades, he has traveled extensively teaching nonviolent conflict resolution, consensus decision-making and grassroots political organizing. Before C.T. wrote on Conflict and Consensus, and before mediation was big business, C.T. was already developing his approach to nonviolence (aka alternative conflict resolution). He had a private practice helping couples, individuals and groups mediate their conflicts. Throughout the 1980's, he was in demand for mediation and nonviolence training by various organizations and grassroots activist groups in New England. In recognition of his peace activism, C.T. was appointed to the City of Cambridge (MA) Peace Commission.

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Who is Diana Leafe Christian


Diana Leafe Christian is an author, former editor of Communities Magazine, and a nationwide speaker and workshop presenter on starting new eco villages, on building communities, and on sustainability. She lives in an off-grid homestead at Earthaven Ecovillage  in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, USA. A 2007 quip of hers about what living in community is, is that "it is the longest, most expensive, personal growth workshop you will ever take". Diana_Leafe_Christian.jpg


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Who is Geoph Kozeny?


 Because of his extensive travels visiting over 350 Intentional Communities, Geoph may be considered the most widely-known kozeny_geoph.jpgcommunitarian. Some notable communitarians are best known for their media exposure or their works (publications, founding communities, workshops, etc.). Geoph would be better known for his works if he hadn’t been so busy forming so many direct, face-to-face, up-close and personal connections with communitarians in so many intentional communities. For decades, Geoph broke bread with thousands of communitarians – one community at a time. His relaxed, comfortable style, and gentle sense of humor made him a most welcome guest at many a table.

Geoph continued to embrace new opportunities to grow community through networking, until his death by pancreatic cancer, at home, in his sleep, the afternoon of October 22, 2007. Geoph is remembered in a memorial article by Laird Schaub. 

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Recommended Reading: Best of Communities: XV. The Peripatetic Communitarian – The Best of Geoph KozenyCommunities Magazine #80/81– Vision and LeadershipCommunities Magazine #82– Women in CommunityCommunities Magazine #83– Celebration of CommunityCommunities Magazine #84– Growing Up in CommunityCommunities Magazine #86– Nurturing Our PotentialCommunities Magazine #88– Intentional Communities and CultsCommunities Magazine #89– Growing Older in CommunityCommunities Magazine #90– Diversity and Homogeneity in CommunityCommunities Magazine #91– EcovillagesCommunities Magazine #92– Christian CommunitiesCommunities Magazine #93– Celebrating Arts and CreativityCommunities Magazine #94– Making a LivingCommunities Magazine #95– Sustainable Building and DesignCommunities Magazine #96– Breaking Bread in CommunityCommunities Magazine #97– 25th Anniversary IssueCommunities Magazine #98– Values, Vision, and MoneyCommunities Magazine #100– Political Activism in CommunityCommunities Magazine #102– Health and HealingCommunities Magazine #103– Walden Two CommunitiesCommunities Magazine #104– Conflict and ConnectionCommunities Magazine #105– Transition and ChangeCommunities Magazine #106– CohousingCommunities Magazine #108– Learning in CommunitiesCommunities Magazine #109– Decision Making in CommunityCommunities Magazine #110– Student Housing Co-opsCommunities Magazine #111– Creating Magic CultureCommunities Magazine #112– Multigenerational CommunityCommunities Magazine #113– Communication and ProcessCommunities Magazine #115– The Heart of SustainabilityCommunities Magazine #116– Can We Afford to Live in CommunityCommunities Magazine #117– Ecovillages, Communities Magazine #118– Lovers in CommunityCommunities Magazine #121– Thriving in CommunityCommunities Magazine #122– Community Seeker GuideCommunities Magazine #123– A Day in the LifeCommunities Magazine #124– Spiritual CommunityCommunities Magazine #126– The Arts in CommunityCommunities Magazine #127– The Face of CohousingCommunities Magazine #128– Resolving Conflict in CommunityCommunities Magazine #129– Urban Communities and EcovillagesCommunities Magazine #130– Peak Oil and SustainabilityCommunities Magazine #130– Peak Oil and SustainabilityCommunities Magazine #131– Good Works in CommunityCommunities Magazine #134– Temporary CommunityCommunities Magazine #135– What Do You EatCommunities Magazine #136– Is Beauty ImportantCommunities Magazine #137– Communities Making a DifferenceIC.org Wiki Entry




Who is GPaul Blundell?


GPaul lived at Acorn Community for 10 years participating in the rebirth of the commune and years of struggle and formation.  One of the gpaul.jpginstigating organizers of the Point A project, GPaul utilizes his extensive facilitation and group process experience, public speaking skills, political organizing and activism experience, and his study of anarchist theory and economics to birth the beautiful new world that lives in our hearts.  His name is a clerical error and he shares a birthday with Emma Goldman.

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Who is Ira Wallace?


Ira Wallace is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (SESE)Ira started saving herb author_portrait_Ira_Wallace.jpgand flower seeds in the 1970's and became professionally involved in the seed business in 1998. At SESE she coordinates education and outreach as well as co-managing variety selection and new seed grower contracts with SESE’s network of 70+ seed producing farms. Ira also conducts variety trials for SESE and researches and documents the history of varieties offered in the annual catalog. Southern Exposure offers over 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic (500+ USDA certified organic) seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability. It is the oldest company in the southeast focusing on heirloom, organic, open-pollinated seeds. Since 1983 Southern Exposure has been helping people in the southeast get control of their food supply by supporting sustainable home and market gardening, seed saving, and preserving heirloom varieties.

In 1993 Ira co-founded Acorn Community, the home of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. It is located on 72 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia, growing seeds, alliums, hay, and conducting variety trials for Southern Exposure. She is also an organizer of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, a fun, family-friendly event featuring an old-time seed swap, local food, hands-on workshops and demos, and more.Ira was one of nine cooperators with the Southern SARE-sponsored Saving Our Seeds project. She presents at events sponsored by the Virginia Association of Biological Farmers (VABF), Virginia Master Gardeners, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), Organic Growers School in NC, the Mother Earth News Fairs, and Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG). Ira was the Mid-Atlantic regional correspondent for the Mother Earth News gardening almanac in the nineties. She currently writes about heirloom vegetable varieties for magazines and blogs including Mother Earth News, Fine Gardening and Southern Exposure.  Her book The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast was published in December 2013 and is available at book sellers everywhere.


Who is Jae Sabol?


Jae Sabol is the Executive Director of One Community, a 100% volunteer non-profit creating transformational global change through designing, modeling, and open sourcing sustainable solutions for infrastructure, food, education, economics, and fulfilled living.

Jae’s goal and purpose is creating a world that works for everyone.

An entrepreneur with over 15 years experience building successful businesses, Jae’s vision of sustainability and a “new way to Jae Sabol, Jae M Sabol, One Community Executive Director, for The Highest Good of All, difference maker, world change peoplelive” began in the 90’s and grew into his life’s work through a series of life-changing events and 1000’s of hours of education. Leaving college and starting his own business in 1998, Jae accumulated over 70 certificates of qualification in holistic living, nutrition, and psychology. Next he turned his focus to studying the social and psychological aspects of social change, leadership, and personal achievement. Then his learning path began to focus on community building, including training and experience in organizational management, strategic business development, systems creation and implementation, negotiation, team building, consensus, the science of success, the psychology of happiness, and ultimately how and why to create for The Highest Good of All.

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Who is Jenise Fryatt?


Jenise Fryatt is Co-Host (with Marianne West) of The Sustainable Living Podcast, an hour-long weekly podcast that provides tips, jenise.pngtools and tactics for living a heart-centered life that honors Mother Earth and her inhabitants.

The Sustainable Living Podcast has been publishing weekly shows since February 2015.  Topics have included, permaculture, backyard farming, meditation, homesteading, natural remedies, new economic systems, alternative farming methods, backyard farming, zero-waste, homeschooling, edible landscaping, alternative health options, backyard chickens, re-wilding and more.  

As a digital content marketing strategist for Smarter Shift, Jenise identifies and engages with niche audiences on social media platforms and creates content specifically designed to add value to these communities. She uses Twitter chats, blogging, in-person outreach, speaking and education in furthering client marketing goals.

Jenise is also a homesteader with her own chickens and vegetable garden and a Permaculture Design Certificate from The Permaculture Academy in Los Angeles.

As a yoga instructor and long-time meditator she seeks to integrate a mindful approach to every aspect of life and tries not to take things too seriously.

Who is Jessica Pettitt ?


For more than a decade, Jessica Pettitt has been educating people to support and embrace a more diverse environment. Her social justice and diversity curricula are used nationwide.

Jessica Pettitt is the "diversity educator" your family warned you about.

She is easy to work with, accessible, and presents concepts that can be hard to put into action and makes them simple. Jess gets Jessica_Pettitt.jpgparticipants uncomfortable enough to incorporate — not just talk about — social justice into their lives immediately. Nominated for three years by Campus Activities Magazine for Best Diversity Artist, and Hot Pick for 2011, Jessica’s programs are direct, customized, and highly interactive. Her workshopstrainings, and keynotes take participants on a journey weaving together politics, theory, current events, and storytelling with large doses of humor reminiscent of Bob Newhart, George Carlin, Wanda Sykes and Paula Poundstone. Jessica takes 10+ years in Student Affairs, 5+ years of national consulting work, and 2+ years of stand up comedy stage to stage, as part of her mission to inspire change, dismantle oppression, and reclaim our responsibility to make change. Through teaching, writing, and facilitating tough conversations, Jessica has figured out how to BE the change she wants to BE. Now it is your turn!

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Who is Maikwe Ludwig?


 Maikwe Ludwig is the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. She has maikwe_ludwig.jpglived in sustainability-oriented intentional communities for almost 2 decades, and serves of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship
for Intentional Community. She spent much of 2015 on a national speaking tour, talking about Dancing Rabbit, cooperative culture and climate change. She is also a consensus and facilitation trainer, and works with groups to improve their group dynamics and understanding of the cooperative culture transition. Her latest project is a progressive policy development initiative focused on economic and ecological justice, called Materialized Empathy. Ma'ikwe is the author of Passion as Big as a Planet: Evolving Eco-activism in America and is a regular contributor to Communities magazine. 


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Recommended Reading: Communities Magazine #144– Community in Hard Times, Communities Magazine #146– Family, Communities Magazine #148– Power and Empowerment, Communities Magazine #155– Diversity, Communities Magazine #158– Affordability and Self-ReliancePassion as Big as a Planet: Evolving Eco-Activism in America



Who is Michael Nagler?


Michael Nagler is Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace and michael_nagler.pngConflict Studies Program in which he taught the immensely popular nonviolence course that was webcast in its entirety as well as PACS 90, “Meditation” and a sophomore seminar called “Why Are We Here? Great Writing on the Meaning of Life” for fifteen years.

Among other awards, he received the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for “Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India” in 2007, joining other distinguished contributors to nonviolence as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and peace scholar and activist Johan Galtung in receiving this honor.

He is the author of The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide to Practical Action  (2014) as well as The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into Korean, Arabic, Italian and other languages; Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence (2005); The Upanishads (with Sri Eknath Easwaran, 1987), and other books as well as many articles on peace and spirituality.

He has spoken for campus, religious, and other groups on peace and nonviolence for many years, especially since September 11, 2001. He has consulted for the U.S. Institute of Peace and many other organizations and is the founder and President of the board of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education. Michael has worked on nonviolent intervention since the 1970’s and served on the Interim Steering Committee of the Nonviolent Peaceforce.

Michael is a student of Sri Eknath Easwaran, Founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, and has lived at the Center’s ashram in Marin County since 1970.


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Who is Paxus Calta-Star?


Paxus Calta-Star is a memeticist, funologist, political activist, communitarian, blogger and festival organizer living in the United Paxus.jpgStates.  He is a dual member of both the Twin Oaks  (since 1998) and Acorn communities in Virginia, and is currently focusing on organizing PANYC -the New York City Point A project. He has been involved with the anti-nuclear movement

Paxus has authored a pamphlet about polyamory which has been translated into 5 languages. He considers himself an anarchist and is the principal organizer of the Fingerbook Propaganda Project, which produces and distributes "Fingerbooks" (small handbooks) on consensus decision-making, designing revolutions, polyamory, and intentional communities. He has appeared on both CNN and Voice of America videos discussing intentional community living. He has also written for Elephant Journal and The Huffington Post.


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Who is Peter Woodrow?


Peter is a nonviolent social change activist, health care worker, organizer, part-time carpenter, writer, trainer and was a member of Movement for a New Society. He works on conflict resolution and nonviolent direct action campaigns as an organizer and trainer. He also works with private voluntary organizations on international relief and development programs, with particular experience in Southeast Asia.

Who is Tom Dawkins?


 Tom Dawkins is a serial social entrepreneur and the Australian co-founder of StartSomeGood. He previously Tom_Dawkins.jpgfounded award-winning Australia non-profit Vibewire and was the first Social Media Director at Ashoka. He has worked with numerous non-profits, associations and government entities to help them tell their stories and build community. He’s founded a film festival, opened Australia’s first co-working space and set-up a Burning Man Theme Camp with his wife Kate. They returned to Australia in 2012 after four years in the US in time for the birth of their first child, Bodhi.

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Who is Jim Gilliam?


Jim Gilliam is the founder and CEO of NationBuilder, the software platform for leaders that this website is built on. 


Previously, he co-founded Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films, building a non-profit grassroots media powerhouse of a million members. In the late 90's, he launched Business.com as its Chief Technology Officer, and worked at Lycos, one of the first internet search engines. Gilliam has produced four documentaries, and was honored in 2008 with Take Back America’s second annual Maria Leavey Tribute Award. He is the author of The Internet is My Religion, which chronicles the years leading up to his founding of NationBuilder, from his Christian fundamentalist upbringing, through his experience on the frontlines of the internet revolution, to his being saved—literally—by people connected through the internet. His speech of the same name, given at the Personal Democracy Forum in June 2011, has been viewed over 500,000 times and called "the best video on the internet."


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Who is Matt Stannard?


A longtime organizer, writer, speaker, and advocate for economic justice, Matt has published articles at Occupy, Common Dreams,Matt.jpg Nation of Change and other publications. He is Policy Director at Commonomics USA and served on the Board of Directors of the Public Banking Institute from 2015 to 2016. He has taught debating skills to students in occupied Iraq, assisted in litigation in Kenya on behalf of the indigenous Samburu, and was a legal and resource advocate for victims of domestic violence in Wisconsin. His education includes a J.D. from the University of Wyoming.

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For Economic Justice, Is It Time for Time Exchange?


In the Era of the Hunger Artist, We're Crowdfunding Just to Survive


In Praise of Class Traitors: Former Goldman Exec Runs for N.J. Governor on Public Banking Platform

Justice Must Flow: Economic Democracy and the Water Commons