reminder and addition: Call for Articles: Communities #173: Public vs. Private, and Social Permaculture
From: Communities Editor (
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:15:54 -0700 (PDT)

/Communities/magazine is still seeking articles for issue #173, *"Public vs. Private, and Social Permaculture"*(note: we've expanded the theme). The issue will be out in December 2016.

Please send your article idea to editor [at] by *Friday,  June 24, 2016*.

Your final article must reach us by *Friday, August 19, 2016*.

1. Theme articles:*Public vs. Private*

 * If you live in an intentional community, how accessible and exposed
   to the public does your group wish to be? And how protected do you
   want to be?
 * Does your group welcome visitors, interns, and/or other short-term
   residents? If so, what are the boundaries around their visits and
 * Does your group operate a business (for example, conference,
   retreat, event, or educational center) that brings in the public on
   a regular basis? If so, what issues arise from this within your
 * How much publicity does your group seek?
 * How public is your group's mission?
 * What remains private to your group? What do you /not/ want anyone to
   know? [Feel free to blur details and/or make your group anonymous if
   this aspect is important to your story.]
 * On another level, how "public" vs. "private" are individuals' lives
   /within/ your community? How much do members know about one another?
 * How are concepts like privacy and confidentiality weighed against
   desires for openness, transparency, and a shared emotional intimacy
   within your group?
 * How much do members of your community desire or expect to become
   involved in one another's daily lives? Are you more like a
   close-knit family, a neighborhood, a village, or a collection of
 * On a broader social level, how do these same questions of "public"
   vs. "private" play out in your neighborhood, within your networks of
   friends, and in larger circles and communities in which you are

Special Theme Addition: *Social Permaculture*

 * What methods does your group use to create /social/
   permaculture--where your relationships with one another are just as
   sustainable, regenerative, and resilient as the ecological elements
   in a land-based permaculture system?
 * How can personal growth modalities, well-being practices,
   communication techniques, collaborative strategies, and other
   elements of shared community life help create a more permanent
   culture both on the small scale and on the large scale?
 * How do you enact the ethics and principles of
   permaculture--including "care for people," "observe and interact,"
   "apply self-regulation and accept feedback," "integrate rather than
   segregate," " value diversity," and others--in the design of your
   social systems and in your dealings with one another?
 * How does your community cultivate "social permaculture" in your
   relationships with others in your region?

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 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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