|Call for Articles, Communities #186: Picking up the Pieces: New Beginnings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Chris Roth - Communities Editor (editoric.org)|
|Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:28:43 -0700 (PDT)|
Hello /Communities/ authors and potential authors,** **We've nearly completed issue #185, Passing the Torch: Generational Shifts in Community. We don't know if it will be published in December 2019 as originally scheduled--or what entity will be publishing it--but we *do* know that we like putting together magazines and that we have been chomping at the bit to announce a theme for issue #186 and to start receiving article proposals and new articles. This email is an announcement of that intended theme: *Picking Up the Pieces: New Beginnings* (issue #186).
In the same way that The Shadow Side of Cooperation (#184) proved to be a natural follow-up to**Sexual Politics (#183) and took some of that first issue's discussions further, *Picking Up the Pieces: New Beginnings* will follow up on the Passing the Torch theme, highlighting cases where groups experience not so much a generational shift as a total or near-total collapse/disintegration and then rebirth--as well as cases in which individuals go through a similar process in relation to a community experience. The /Communities/ staff have lived through two whole-community collapses/rebirths personally, witnessed several others, and experienced similar personal transitions. We believe stories of this, both in intentional community and in other cooperative groups, are legion. Some questions to explore:
* What emerges from the ashes, when attempts to make more subtle shifts to avoid total meltdown/conflagration in a group fail, or when a deliberate decision to reconfigure is made? * How much is lost when a group melts down? Can it be recovered? * Do patterns persist between a previous incarnation of a group and its new incarnation, or does the collapse/rebirth serve as a "total reset"? * What factors lead to total disintegration rather than more graceful transition/change? * What strategies, attitudes, and actions can help make transitions less traumatic or dramatic, with less collateral damage? * What approaches, insights, and wisdom can help us "pick up the pieces" in our groups, or individually, most effectively? * What is your personal experience "picking up the pieces" when a disintegrated group doesn't, in fact, re-form, or when a group's collapse (or the collapse of your image of that group) sends you in a different direction? * What happens when a natural disaster or other external force leads to the meltdown of a community? Is the process similar to an internally-precipitated disintegration? * What insights have you gained from experiencing or observing your own or others' "failed" (or faded) dreams, utopian experiments turned dystopian, inspiration turned into disillusionment? * Where have you found the strength or motivation, either collectively or individually, to "pick up the pieces" and start anew?As always, 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. Suggested submission length is 600-2500 words, although we sometimes stretch these limits. Please submit an article proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org submitting a finished article. We would appreciate article proposals by November 10, although we will accept them any time. We are hoping to receive completed articles by December 31, 2019, although the uncertainty of our publishing schedule means that these dates may also be delayed.
Here are some reminders from our standard submissions guidelines: We are also seeking articles about: * Creating community in your neighborhood; * Starting a new community; * Process and communication issues in community; * Ecological sustainability in community; * Social justice issues in community; and * Seeking community to join. 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, pleaselet us know your article idea so that we can give feedback on how it may fit into /Communities/.Contact Chris Roth at editor [at] ic.org <mailto:editor [at] ic.org>. If you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please contact Yulia Zarubina at layout [at] ic.org <mailto:layout [at] ic.org> 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, available upon request, 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 (please contact us for details). *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 email us for our full Photo Guidelines. We also appreciate an author photo to accompany your short (several-line) author bio. Hope to hear from you! Thank you, Chris -- Chris Roth Editor, /Communities/ 81868 Lost Valley Lane Dexter, OR 97431 editor [at] ic.org 541-937-5221 ic.org/communities-magazine-home <http://ic.org/communities-magazine-home> for /Communities/ advertising, please contact Gigi Wahba: ads [at] ic.org 415-991-0541 for photos and layout, please contact Yulia Zarubina: layout [at] ic.org 910-617-6136
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