Call for Articles: Communities #188: Scaling Up
From: Chris Roth - Communities Editor (
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:15:52 -0700 (PDT)
Inviting your stories and reflections on growing the communities movement, 
navigating public health emergencies, and more...

Dear Communities contributors and friends,

Technological glitches have delayed the successful sending and receipt of this 
email for the past two weeks, and in the meantime its theme and the article 
prompts have taken on new dimensions in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 
We invite you, if you wish, to address the questions below while considering 
how the idea of "scaling up" and the realities of public health emergencies 

Specifically, if you are a member of an intentional community that hosts or 
promotes gatherings, welcomes visitors and travelers, interacts with the wider 
society, wishes to "scale up" in one way or another, how has this crisis 
affected you? What measures have you taken? What discussions have you had, what 
perspectives have you gained, and what lessons have you learned?

Here's our theme announcement, composed before the coronavirus crisis. Feel 
free to share whatever stories/perspectives seem most relevant to you, whether 
these involve this current public health emergency or not. Your wisdom may be 
especially valued in these times.

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Communities magazine is now seeking articles for issue #188, "Scaling Up." The 
issue will be out in September 2020.

Please send your article ideas to [editor [at]](
 by Friday, March 27, 2020, or whenever you can.

We ask that your final article reach us by Friday, May 29, 2020.

1. Theme articles: Scaling Up
Please share your experiences, stories, and perspectives in response to any (or 
any combination) of the following questions:

- How can the communities movement grow? How can it reach and influence more 
- Does your intentional community or cooperative group aspire to become larger? 
What is your vision and what steps are you taking to manifest it?
- How can we "scale up" the practices developed in intentional communities and 
cooperative groups to reach and become incorporated in the wider culture? How 
do we connect across national lines, scale up to a global level?
- What are the benefits of broadening our communities' outreach and educational 
- Has your community successfully exported your model to another group?
- What are drawbacks of "scaling up"? Do efforts to reach a wider audience or 
grow participation end up diluting community cohesiveness or integrity? While 
scaling up, how do we navigate the pull to "go mainstream"?
- Do you have success stories about "scaling up"? Stories of failure? Were 
there unexpected consequences from your efforts? Did any strategies backfire? 
What is your perspective now? What did you learn from your experiences?
- What do we want to scale up? What do we want to scale down? Are there certain 
thresholds while scaling up at which new challenges/opportunities emerge?
- Is there an urgency to scale up our efforts to spread a more regenerative, 
cooperative culture? Or is it better to let things unfold organically, perhaps 
more slowly? Do we defeat the spirit of cooperative culture when we try to 
promote it with any attachment to outcome? Can we afford to let the world 
recognize the relevance of cooperative culture at its own pace? Do we "become 
the problem" when we try to address it on its own terms? Or does the state of 
the world demand action even if it is not fully aligned with the way we'd like 
the world to be?
- Are we most effective when we "cultivate our own gardens," or when we focus 
on trying to change things on a larger scale? Can we do both? If so, how?

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;
- Ecological sustainability in community;
- Social justice issues in community;
- Networking to build the communities/ecovillages movement; and
- Seeking community to join.

Suggested submission length is from 300 to 2500 words (although we sometimes 
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 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 [at]](

If you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please check 
 or contact Yulia Zarubina at [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. We always attempt to 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 
 or email us for our full Photo Guidelines. You may also choose to send us 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
[editor [at]](

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