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  1. Alternate Societies
    A brief survey on intentional community in European history

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1993
    A brief outline of the history of attempts in western society to create living arrangements which would complement, and in some cases further, efforts to become economically independent.
  2. American Commune
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Sisters Rena and Nadine return to The Farm, the legendary hippie commune in Tennessee where they were raised, to tell the story of their alternative family and the rise and fall of America's largest utopian socialist experiment.
  3. Building Economic Alternatives
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1992
    Moffatt outlines many currently practiced methods of creating an alternative economy.
  4. Building Economic Alternatives
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1992
    Moffatt outlines many currently practiced methods of creating an alternative economy.
  5. The Case for Grassroots Archives
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions.
  6. Commune (intentional community)
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    An intentional community of people living together, sharing common interests, property, possessions, resources, work and income.
  7. Commune (socialism)
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Almost universally, communists, left-wing socialists, anarchists and others have seen the Commune as a model for the liberated society that will come after the masses are liberated from capitalism, a society based on participatory democracy from the grass roots up.
  8. Communes in America
    The Place Just Right

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    Traces the history of collective settlements in the United States and compares their organization and purpose with the communes of today.
  9. Communes USA
    A Personal Tour

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    An account of a variety of communes in the United States.
  10. Connexions Archive seeks a new home
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    The Connexions Archive, a Toronto-based library dedicated to preserving the history of grassroots movements for social change, needs a new home.
  11. Connexions Digest
    Issue 51 - May 1990 - A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1990
  12. Diggers and Dreamers: The Guide to Communal Living
    Resource Type: Book
  13. Freedomites
    Wikipedia article

    Resource Type: Article
    Freedomites, also called Svobodniki or the Sons of Freedom, first appeared in 1902 in Saskatchewan, Canada, and later in the Kootenay and Boundary districts of British Columbia, as a Doukhobor group.
  14. Green Business: Hope or Hoax?
    Toward an Authentic Strategy for Restoring the Earth

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1991
    Is green business a viable strategy or a contradiction in terms?
  15. Icarians
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A French utopian movement, founded by Étienne Cabet, who led his followers to America where they established a group of egalitarian communes during the period from 1848 through 1898.
  16. Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
  17. Limits on Liberty
    The Experience of Mennonite, Hutterite and Doukhobor Communities in Canada

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1990
    In this book, Janzen examines the beliefs and way of life of the Mennonite, Hutterite and Doukhobor Communities in Canada.
  18. Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory
    Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called “the battle of memory”. Mainstream media and institutions of power consign inconvenient histories, struggles, and alternative visions to what George Orwell called “the memory hole.” People’s history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions. Their role is particularly important as official archives are forced to restrict acquisitions, limit access and discard materials as funding is slashed.
  19. Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27).
  20. Moffatt, Gary
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Canadian anarchist and activist.
  21. Sex and Marriage in Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America
    Nineteenth-Century America

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    A look at original approaches to sex and marraige in the utopian communities of nineteenth-century America. Many of these communities abolished monogamy and individualism and sought ways of dealing with the sexual life of the group as a whole.
  22. Steal This Book
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1971
    A guide to fighting government and corporations. The book is divided into three sections, "Survive!", "Fight!" and "Liberate!"
  23. Strange Cults and Utopias of 19th Century America
    Original title: History of American Socialisms

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1966
    Histories of communal experiments and communities in the United States.
  24. Transforming Ourselves Transforming the World
    An Open Conspiracy for Social Change

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1999
    Addresses society's pessimism about social change and provides a theoretical means and practice to overcome this fatalism.
  25. Utopia in the Catskills
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Proyect talks about "Utopia in the Catskills," an article published on July 20, 1947, which is about refugees who wanted to be farmers and made Woodridge, N.Y., into a prosperous farm-resort town with five co-ops.
  26. Walden Two
    Resource Type: Book
  27. The Waterloo Mennonites
    A Community in paradox

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    Fretz discussed about the history and life of the Mennonites as a community. He concludes that Mennonites have contributed much in community leadership, education, health professions, business and political office once they overcome prior distrust of the world.

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