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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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