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  • Community Clusters

    Also posted on Grassroots Economic Organizing. In 2013 Acorn Community suffered fires to two of their buildings. The first was an accident in their steel building, home to their auto shop and clothing storage, among other things. Several barrels of different kinds of fuel ignited, destroying everything inside. The second was…

  • 4 weeks to go – need a ride?

    Site Prep In Full Swing We’ve been doing a tremendous amount of work on the conference site this year. You can look forward to an expanded, fully-functional kitchen, new dome shelters for our workshop locations, and an all-around better-looking site than we’ve had for a long time. Workshop Lineup Here’s…

  • Why should you care about intentional communities?

    I’m excited to say this is also my first post to the website for Grassroots Economic Organizing! – Sky Twin Oaks Community has been my home off and on for the last 15 years. It’s one of the flagships of the Intentional Communities movement, and yet is fairly unique as…

  • Call for Workshop Proposals

    We’re looking for workshops presenters for this year’s conference. The focus of the event is of course on intentional communities, although workshops sometimes cover a broader array of topics in cooperative and alternative lifestyles. The theme for this year’s conference is Radical Resource Sharing. We are looking for dynamic presenters…

  • Worker Cooperatives and Intentional Communities

    Worker Cooperatives are an important sister movement to intentional communities. Depending on how you define things they are intentional communities, and whereas traditional IC’s have focused on the residential aspects of community living, worker co-ops have focused on the commercial. But if you use a broader definition of economy, one…

  • Chop Wood, Carry Water, Check Email

    This is what life on the modern homestead looks like. Collecting fire wood for the wood-fired cook stove of an outdoor collective kitchen. Carrying a couple buckets of water over from the neighbor’s cistern. Then heading back to my host’s straw bale house to check my email and write a…

  • Monday Program: Communities Clinic

    Are you part of a community or organization that is new, recently formed, redeveloping, or considering redeveloping?  This one-day follow-up to the Twin Oaks Communities Conference on Labor Day, Mon. Sept. 1st, will provide a platform for these groups to consult with experienced community builders, connect with resources, and troubleshoot…

  • Radical Resource Sharing

    Announcing this years theme for the Twin Oaks Communities Conference! Radical (Resource) Sharing: Sharing is daring! …or, From control to access Sharing is no secret.  It’s well known that sharing can make your life better, whether it’s from an economic, social, or environmental perspective.  But sharing is daring. It requires…

  • More conferences on community, cooperation, and sustainability

    While you’re making plans to come to the Twin Oaks Communities Conference you should also plan on attending two other important events.  The Farm in Tennessee is having its conference on Community and Sustainability May 23 – 25.  The US Federation of Worker Co-operatives is hosting it’s bi-annual National Conference…

  • Living the Dream

    This is a story sent to me by ex-Twin Oaks member Koala, in response to a fundraising email.  Thanks Koala for a your support, kind words, and your story! — In 1976  I had  graduated high school, barely, and was looking to  join Twin Oaks. My teen years had been VERY…