Call for Articles: Communities #185: Passing the Torch: Generational Shifts in Community
From: Chris Roth - Communities Editor (
Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2019 14:11:51 -0700 (PDT)

/Communities/magazine is now seeking articles for issue #185, *"**Passing the Torch: Generational Shifts in Community."*The issue will be out in December 2019.

Please send your article ideas to editor [at] by *Friday, June21, 2019*.

Your final article must reach us by *Friday, August 16, 2019*.

1. Theme articles:***Passing the Torch: Generational Shifts in Community*

Please share your experiences, stories, and perspectives in response to any (or any combination) of the following questions:

 * What is it like to experience a generational shift from Baby Boomers
   to Millennials within your intentional community?
 * What demographic changes accompany generational shifts within your
   group? Is your community becoming more diverse in racial identity,
   gender/sexual identity and orientation, and/or in other ways as
   younger members join? Is it your goal to evolve in these ways, and
   if so, how do you try to accomplish that?
 * What cultural shifts accompany generational shifts within your
 * Have attitudes toward social justice, gender, the climate crisis,
   diet, technology, or other areas shifted with the arrival of newer
   and younger communitarians?
 * What are the emotional and logistical challenges of "aging in
   community," and how do you address them?
 * What is it like to retire from a more active "working" role in your
   community into a possibly less active "elder" role? And how does the
   community accommodate this process?
 * Do you have plans in place to keep your community multigenerational
   as its current members age, rather than becoming a "retirement
 * Do people in your group deliberately step back from leadership roles
   in order to make room for younger generations? Is it a natural,
   organic process, or do conflicts over leadership reveal generational
 * Do you as a community, and/or do individual members, have financial
   plans in place to deal with the often greater needs of aging members?
 * How does your group take care of its older members? Are their needs
   met through the end of life, even when they can no longer contribute
   in the same ways they could previously?
 * How does (or will) your group deal with maintaining continuity and
   viability when its older generations retire and/or pass on?
 * What changes, and what stays the same, as a community goes through
   generational transitions?
 * How can you assure that your community survives and thrives through
   the "passing of the torch"?

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;


   Social justice issues in community; and


   Seeking community to join.

Suggested submission length is from 300 to 2500 words (although we occasionally stretch these limits). 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]

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