Call for Articles: Communities #188: Scaling Up
From: Chris Roth - Communities Editor (
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 22:27:53 -0700 (PDT)
Dear /Communities/ contributors and friends,

Computer-related 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 intersect.

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*Fri**day, 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 people?
 * 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 efforts?
 * 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 <> 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 <>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/
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