reminder: Call for Articles: Communities #158: Affordability and Self-Reliance
From: Communities Editor (
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 23:25:54 -0700 (PDT)

A reminder:/

Communities/ magazine is still 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 28, 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
 * 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
 * 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]>
Chris Roth
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