|Call for Articles: Communities #189: Isolation and Connection; Community in the Age of Coronavirus||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Chris Roth - Communities Editor (editorgen-us.net)|
|Date: Fri, 29 May 2020 04:50:53 -0700 (PDT)|
[Communities #187 cover] Dear Communities contributors and friends, First, a couple updates: we're still accepting submissions for issue #188, "Scaling Up/Scaling Down" (see our [submissions](https://www.gen-us.net?mailpoet_router&endpoint=track&action=click&data=WyI5Mjc5IiwiNmh0aG4weGEwZ2Nvc3dvb3drY29nc3NjYzB3ODhvMGMiLCIyNiIsIjFlN2EzYTc4NDg5MiIsZmFsc2Vd) page for more info). And today we are submitting issue #187, "Climate Justice through Community," to the printer. Those who [subscribe](https://www.gen-us.net?mailpoet_router&endpoint=track&action=click&data=WyI5Mjc5IiwiNmh0aG4weGEwZ2Nvc3dvb3drY29nc3NjYzB3ODhvMGMiLCIyNiIsImI0MjYyYTQ1MzVjOCIsZmFsc2Vd) within the next several days will be able to receive the new issue directly from the printer when it is shipped in the first part of June. For a preview of the contents of this issue, please scroll to the bottom of this email. We hope you'll sign up to receive it if you aren't already on our subscriber list. And: Communities #189 Call for Articles Communities magazine is now seeking articles for issue #189, "Isolation and Connection; Community in the Age of Coronavirus." The issue will be out in December 2020. Please send your article ideas to [editor [at] gen-us.net](https://www.gen-us.net?mailpoet_router&endpoint=track&action=click&data=WyI5Mjc5IiwiNmh0aG4weGEwZ2Nvc3dvb3drY29nc3NjYzB3ODhvMGMiLCIyNiIsImM3NWNjMjE5ZjhmZSIsZmFsc2Vd) by Friday, June 26, 2020, or whenever you can. We ask that your final article reach us by Friday, August 28, 2020. 1. Theme articles: Isolation and Connection; Community in the Age of Coronavirus Please share your experiences, stories, and perspectives in response to any (or any combination) of the following questions: - How have feelings of isolation and/or connection guided you toward community? - How have you experienced isolation and/or connection within a life in community? - What experiences have impacted your feelings of isolation and/or connection? - How has the COVID-19 pandemic altered your life and that of your community or social circle? In what ways has it led to isolation, and in what ways to connection? - How have you and your group adapted to the restrictions and opportunities offered by this pandemic, or by other life-changing events that may have affected you? How have you felt "at effect" of these, and what steps have you taken? - What guidelines have you developed in response to COVID-19? What was the process around developing those guidelines? How has the pandemic affected your socializing, food-sharing, economic activities, jobs, meetings, overall culture? What has your group learned about itself? In what ways has the pandemic brought you together, and in what ways split you apart? - What does "community" mean in the Age of Coronavirus? How are intentional communities now relevant? How can they best function? What do they have to offer? What allied forms of community may flourish in these new times? - What lessons about isolation, connection, and/or adaptation to this pandemic have you learned? What would you and/or your group like to share with others? 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 [gen-us.net/submissions-to-communities-magazine](https://www.gen-us.net?mailpoet_router&endpoint=track&action=click&data=WyI5Mjc5IiwiNmh0aG4weGEwZ2Nvc3dvb3drY29nc3NjYzB3ODhvMGMiLCIyNiIsImI3NTIzOWRhNDFhNyIsZmFsc2Vd) 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] gen-us.net](https://www.gen-us.net?mailpoet_router&endpoint=track&action=click&data=WyI5Mjc5IiwiNmh0aG4weGEwZ2Nvc3dvb3drY29nc3NjYzB3ODhvMGMiLCIyNiIsImM3NWNjMjE5ZjhmZSIsZmFsc2Vd). If you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please check [gen-us.net/submissions-to-communities-magazine](https://www.gen-us.net?mailpoet_router&endpoint=track&action=click&data=WyI5Mjc5IiwiNmh0aG4weGEwZ2Nvc3dvb3drY29nc3NjYzB3ODhvMGMiLCIyNiIsImI3NTIzOWRhNDFhNyIsZmFsc2Vd) or contact Yulia Zarubina at [layout [at] gen-us.net](https://www.gen-us.net?mailpoet_router&endpoint=track&action=click&data=WyI5Mjc5IiwiNmh0aG4weGEwZ2Nvc3dvb3drY29nc3NjYzB3ODhvMGMiLCIyNiIsImIxYmI2ODQ0MzA3YiIsZmFsc2Vd) 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: [gen-us.net/communities](https://www.gen-us.net?mailpoet_router&endpoint=track&action=click&data=WyI5Mjc5IiwiNmh0aG4weGEwZ2Nvc3dvb3drY29nc3NjYzB3ODhvMGMiLCIyNiIsIjVlNDYwYTk4OWQ2NCIsZmFsc2Vd)." 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 [gen-us.net/submissions-to-communities-magazine](https://www.gen-us.net?mailpoet_router&endpoint=track&action=click&data=WyI5Mjc5IiwiNmh0aG4weGEwZ2Nvc3dvb3drY29nc3NjYzB3ODhvMGMiLCIyNiIsImI3NTIzOWRhNDFhNyIsZmFsc2Vd) 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] gen-us.net](https://www.gen-us.net?mailpoet_router&endpoint=track&action=click&data=WyI5Mjc5IiwiNmh0aG4weGEwZ2Nvc3dvb3drY29nc3NjYzB3ODhvMGMiLCIyNiIsImM3NWNjMjE5ZjhmZSIsZmFsc2Vd) Coming Soon... Issue #187 ● Summer 2020 ● Climate Justice through Community Letters; News from Our Partners Readers reflect on issue #186; Paul Freundlich shares the latest Notes in Passing, “CERES, For a Living Planet.” Transition Times on Planet Earth Chris Roth This magazine, our personal and collective lives, and the climate are all changing. Fortunately, we’re in this together. Modeling Urban Homesteading for Climate Resilience in Portland, Oregon Rachel Freifelder Blueberry’s mission is to model a way of living on this land, in this bioregion, and in this city, that keeps our footprint small and our own survival more likely. On the Road to a Solar Future Debbie Piesen The challenge of a sustainable future lies not in the technology itself, but in finding the willingness to use it. Living Energy Farm’s innovative solar installations are welcomed on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. Kinship and Climate Justice Hilary Giovale The Paradigm of Colonial Control is at the root of climate change. It also marginalizes Indigenous communities and communities of Color, who can offer us much-needed solutions. How to Live Collectively in a World without Balance Else Marie Pederson The COVID-19 pandemic lends even more urgency and relevance to the Richmond Vale Academy’s climate compliance program in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Community on Turtle Island Paul Chiyokten Wagner We will forever have a difficult time creating harmonious and peaceful community in the human realm if we continue to believe that we are separate from the community of nature. The Resilience of Traditional Unintentional Communities Colin Doyle Traditional societies are inherently more ready for the disruptions of climate change than intentional communities and others in tenuous industrialized societies. ● Counterpoint From Five Earths to One Jan Spencer Many people assume that we can make the current economy and our lifestyles green and life will go on pretty much as we know it without too much disruption. That is wishful thinking. Ecological Sustainability in Community: Lessons from COVID-19 Graham Ellis Ecovillages such as Bellyacres, through their own radical sustainable experimentation, can and will be a huge source of guidance to rural and urban communities as the future unfolds. Crafting a Verdant Future Shaelee Evans Climate justice is bought with our time and dollars as we invest in practices and products that are designed with earth stewardship in mind. Local food systems show the way. Rural Report: Community Inventory in Transition Times Tomi Hazel and Megan Fehrman The Dakubetede were right to call themselves “the people of the beautiful valley.” Local organizing helps create resilience among southern Oregon’s Little Applegate residents. When Love Ignites a Creative-Waste Revolution Rob Mies with Cara Judea Alhadeff, Ph.D. A family creates a tiny home from a school bus, with minimum expenditure and maximum repurposing, reuse, and eco-creativity, building community and connection in the process. One Step at a Time Chuck Durrett In cohousing neighborhoods, people want to do the right thing when presented with questions about more sustainable alternatives one at a time, instead of being guilt-tripped or talked down to. A Community Approach to the Climate Crisis Annik Trauzettel The ZEGG community in Germany asks itself: amidst climate collapse, is it still okay to sit around in circles and put time and energy into someone’s relationship troubles? In the Balance See In a world that’s beyond my control in so many ways, in an environment that is starting to dry out, shift, destroy, and burn, what am I left with? What can I do? So little...yet so much. Rethinking Community: Bioregional Reinhabitation Nat Taggart “Deep adaptation” means an intentional collapse of the modern globalized industrial economy, and its replacement by a breakaway economy that is globally connected, yet rooted locally. Centering Blackness in Our Soils and Our Souls to Promote Climate Justice Melanie Rios Biochar, terra preta, social justice and climate justice issues, the unsheltered, Communities of Color, and a journey to dismantle racism all intertwine. ● The Chronically Under-Touched Project Ring of Fire Daniel Greenberg Like inevitable climate catastrophes, coronavirus has catalyzed a truly global experience of our essential vulnerability and interdependence. The time has come for us to join the global family. Common Community Quirks Amber Jones Toilets, tubs, sinks, counters, floors, pantries, porches, and that place in the yard where all things go to mold are all ticking time bombs. Quirks precipitate guidelines for successful community living. 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