reminder: Call for Articles: Communities #165: Technology: Friend or Foe?
From: Communities Editor (
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:12:28 -0700 (PDT)

/Communities/magazine is still seeking articles for issue #165, *"Technology: Friend or Foe?"*The issue will be out in December 2014.

Please send your article idea to editor [at] <mailto:editor [at]> by *Fri**day, June 27, 2014*.

Your final article must reach us by *Friday, August 22, 2014*.

1. Theme articles:***Technology: Friend or Foe?


   How has technology enhanced or degraded your sense or experience of


   What effects have various technological advances had on your own
   life and those of your family, friends, neighbors? Do you welcome or
   regret these effects?


   Do modern communication technologies improve our communication and
   connection with one another? How do they change how we relate?


   What impacts do more advanced (as opposed to more basic)
   technologies have upon our communities in the following areas:
   gardening/farming/food, building/shelter, energy,
   water/health/survival basics, entertainment, education, commerce,
   governance, recreation, celebration?

 * Is "the screen" the savior or downfall of the modern world? What are
   its benefits and drawbacks? How have you chosen to relate to it?
 * What tradeoffs do you encounter when choosing whether or not to use,
   for example, computers, smart phones, tractors, rototillers, power
   tools, credit card or online payment systems, digital entertainment
   devices, etc.?

   What choices have you made in your own life to include or exclude
   certain forms of technology?

 * If you live in an intentional community, has your group made
   intentional choices about technology, based on its impact on your
   community life?
 * What issues have come up in your group related to technology? How
   have you dealt with those issues?
 * Has your community adopted any rules/guidelines surrounding use of
   technology? How have these rules/guidelines impacted your community?
 * What are the larger impacts of various technologies on our world
   community? Are you part of a group that considers the
   cradle-to-grave impacts of your technological choices?
 * What can community, and communities, teach us about our appropriate
   relationship to technology?

Please remember that we are looking for stories, personal experiences, and concrete examples in your responses—these are what will make ideas and observations most "real" and relevant to readers.

[Please forward this email to anyone you think could host such a conversation and/or 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 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 [at] <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 [at] <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/:"

*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 to-communities-magazine 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]
Chris Roth
Editor, /Communities/
81868 Lost Valley Lane
Dexter, OR 97431
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