Re: revised Call for Articles: Communities #158: Affordability and Self-Reliance
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 05:48:22 -0700 (PDT)
I would like to do a piece on how reserve studies help communities be 
affordable and sustainable.


On Sep 8, 2012, at 2:17 PM, Communities Editor <communities.editor [at]> wrote:

> Hello again,
> Response to our Call for Articles for /Communities'/ Affordability issue 
> has been slow, so we've decided to expand the theme to encompass 
> Self-Reliance as well. If you've been thinking of writing for 
> /Communities/ but haven't taken the plunge yet (or even if you have), we 
> invite your article proposals and submissions, whether directly related 
> to these themes or not. Thanks again for joining with us in co-creating 
> /Communities/!
> ---
> /Communities/ magazine is now seeking articles for issue #158, 
> "*Affordability and Self-Reliance*." The issue will be out in March 2013.
> Please send your article idea to _editor@ic.org_ 
> <mailto:editor [at]>by *Friday, September 21, 2012*.
> Your final article must reach us by *Friday, November 23, 2012*.
> 1. Theme articles: */Affordability and Self-Reliance
> /*/possible questions to address (feel free to pick and choose or 
> innovate):/
>  * How can community living and/or cooperation make life more affordable?
>  * What major expenses can be reduced through sharing and community
>    living, and how?
>  * How can we address issues of affordability and inequity in our
>    neighborhoods? In our cities? In our regions? In our society? In the
>    world?
>  * What challenges do individuals and groups encounter when attempting
>    to live or build affordably?
>  * Why does affordability present an obstacle to starting or joining
>    some intentional community projects? How can we address these issues?
>  * Is affordability a high priority for your group?
>  * What are your plans or strategies to make joining your community
>    more affordable?
>  * What are your personal stories related to affordability and community?
>  * Is affordability different in urban, suburban, and rural areas?
>    What's the relationship between available employment opportunities
>    and affordability?
>  * What larger political, social, or economic forces influence what is
>    affordable in our society? How does your group confront these forces?
>  * How does affordability affect who joins community?
>  * How does economic background influence ability to "afford"
>    community? How does it affect attitudes toward money and
>    risk-taking? How does it mold one for a life either in community or
>    out of it?
>  * As a species attempting to survive long-term, what can we afford to
>    do or not do? Can we afford /not/ to live cooperatively or in community?
>  * How does community living support our ability to be self-reliant?
>    How does interdependence help a group become more self-reliant?
>  * How can self-reliance make living more affordable?
>  * In areas like health care, transportation, food, shelter, energy,
>    and other basics, how have you become more self-reliant in community?
>  * What is the relationship between engagement in the money economy and
>    self-reliance?
>  * Has community helped you forge a new, more empowering relationship
>    with economics, survival, work, and meeting your basic needs?
> Please remember that we are looking for stories, personal experiences, 
> and concrete examples in your responses--­these are what will make your 
> ideas and observations most "real" and relevant to readers.
> [Please forward this email to anyone you think has a good story on this 
> theme for /Communities/.]
> 2. We are also seeking articles about:
>  * Creating community in your neighborhood;
>  * Starting a new community;
>  * Process and communication issues in community; and
>  * Seeking community to join.
> Suggested submission length is from 300 to 2500 words. We invite 
> submissions ranging from short vignettes to extensively-developed 
> articles, and also invite suggestions of recommended resources and 
> article leads. We're seeking articles written in a reader-friendly, 
> popular-magazine style, rather than in an academic style. We ask 
> contributors to share stories and experiences, not just ideas; write 
> about challenges, not just successes; and describe specific situations 
> that will help your story come alive for the reader. Before you start 
> writing, please check _ or contact 
> us for our full Writers' Guidelines--­and let us know your article idea 
> so that we can give feedback on how it may fit into /Communities/. 
> Contact Chris Roth at _editor@ic.org_ <mailto:editor [at]>.
> If you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please 
> check _ or contact Yulia Zarubina 
> at _layout@ic.org_ <mailto:layout [at]>for our Photo Guidelines.
> *I. What "Submitting an Article"* *Means.* We will promise to read your 
> article, but we may respectfully decline it and not publish it, or save 
> it and publish it in a future issue. We also reserve the right to edit, 
> shorten, or revise your article. Most of the time we contact authors 
> about this ahead of time and get their comments, corrections, etc.
> *II. Getting Permission Ahead of Time.* Please send the article only 
> when you have permission from anyone you need it from, such as fellow 
> community members. We endeavor to present a diversity of views on 
> community, including controversial or critical views, in a respectful 
> and cooperative manner. If your article may generate controversy or 
> strong reactions, or if the group(s) would want the chance to review it, 
> please share your draft with group members to get their input before 
> sending it to us. (Please see our Writers' Guidelines for additional 
> details.)
> *III. Publication Rights.* Once your article appears in /Communities/, 
> we own first North American Publishing Rights. This means your article 
> appears in /Communities/ the first time it appears in North America. In 
> addition to appearing in /Communities/, your article may also appear on 
> our website or in future compilations. You retain all other rights to 
> it. If you'd like to use it elsewhere, you can, and we would appreciate 
> your using an attribution line saying, "This article first appeared in 
> /Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture/, (date); for further 
> information on /Communities/: _communities.ic.org_ <>."
> *IV. Photos.* If we publish your article, we want to accompany it with 
> compelling images that illustrate your subject. You know your subject 
> best, so we are appealing to you for images. If others in your community 
> or group like taking pictures, they might already have great images to 
> go with your article. If you would like to submit an article but cannot 
> supply photos, that's fine; however, please give us plenty of advance 
> notice so that if we use your article we can get an illustrator. Please 
> check _ or email us for our full 
> Photo Guidelines. We also appreciate an author photo to accompany your 
> short (several-line) author bio.
> Thanks for your contributions!
> Chris Roth
> Editor, /Communities/
> _editor [at] <mailto:editor [at]>_
> <mailto:editor [at]>
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