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The importance of Cohousing

Cohousing is a fascinating model of intentional community. It originated in Europe, particularly Denmark. It’s success in the US (at least 135 identified communities in the US) is at least in part due to the fact that it looks and operates similar to existing ownership models, particularly condominiums. Cohousing communities are distinguished from conventional models by […]

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Community Living—The Answer As To How To Defeat The 1%. The Establishment of Subcultures.

This article is a response to a member of the arts and labor group of Occupy Wall Street, Nicole Demby’s excellent article titled, “The Fight Against Capitalism” printed in AdBusters, February 15, 2012. Throughout recorded history, and even before that, people lived in communities/tribes and had as many things in common as they could, because […]

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Solar Power, Solar companies

Solar Energy: Grid vs. Battery Storage » EcoWatch

As solar power—both giant farms and small rooftop installations—enjoys tremendous growth across the U.S., there’s been pushback from big utility companies. They’ve campaigned to end net metering, in which solar panel owners can return unneeded power they’ve generated to the grid for credit, and to add fees to their bills, calling homeowners and small businesses […]

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Communal Living minimizes carbon footprint

Communal living minimizes carbon footprint – The Western Front: News

Communal Living Minimizes Carbon Footprint Nestled in the fields of rural Missouri, the entire Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage uses only 10 percent of the resources used by an average American. The 280-acre planned residential community produces its own solar and wind power needed to run and rent is $200 a month, according to the Dancing Rabbit […]

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intentional community, tribal living

Is communal living making a comeback? – Business Of Life – Crain’s Chicago Business

Communal Living Making A Comeback? A year and a half ago, 30-year-old Gunes Henderson and her family moved from their house in suburban Aurora to a mansion in Hyde Park. Henderson and her husband, both translators, share a loud, busy house with their two children and 13 people, including five children and a newborn. She […]

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Finally, a fully transparent solar energy harvester

Michigan University researchers have devised what looks like the world’s first fully transparent solar cell. Think of all of those tall glass buildings; wouldn’t it be nice if all that incoming solar energy was harvested somehow? Likewise, why not let your smartphone charge up a bit while it’s taking a tan. Of course this isn’t […]

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using microhydro power

Ever thought about using microhydro power?

Running Water & Sufficient Drop Microhydro 24/7 From Wikipedia: Microhydro is a type of hydroelectric power that typically produces up to 100 kW of electricity using the natural flow of water. These installations can provide power to an isolated home or small community, or are sometimes connected to electric power networks. There are many of these […]

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