By Joel Rothschild of the Ecovillagers Alliance

February 2019

This is the second of a three-part series focusing on innovative ways to foster places of equity, integrity, and sustainability.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Something radical is happening here, but you wouldn’t necessarily notice. From the street, this looks like just another block of century-old brick rowhouses, semi-attached like pairs of conjoined twins, with front porches over tiny curbside yards — which, now that you squint, appear to include more native-plant rain gardens and fruit trees than on neighboring blocks. The real surprise is hidden, though. …


Funding Ecovillage Neighborhoods with Community Shareholders

By Olivia R. Williams, Ph.D., writing for the Ecovillagers Alliance

Still from Intro to Ecovillagers II, art by Esie Cheng

“Community control of land” sounds straightforward, but in practice it can be limited, fleeting, or difficult to achieve due to high property costs and the social, legal, and financial challenges of collectivizing property ownership. As a Ph.D. student studying the inequities of urban development, I was drawn to the community land trust (CLT) model for its roots in the Civil Rights Movement and the founders’ intentions to decommodify land and provide for community ownership of property in a permanent way. When I dove into my Ph.D. research on CLTs in…


How it’s revolutionary to have the right lawyers

By Joel Rothschild of the Ecovillagers Alliance

I grew up on the West Coast, among over-educated flower children who taught me that I can do anything, as long as I believe in it. I carried this spirit into adulthood, but moving to Washington, DC sobered me up a bit. DC is, after all, a monument to the belief that I can do anything, as long as it’s permitted, or as long as I have the money for lobbyists and lawyers.

As a budding community land co-op organizer, I traveled from DC to meet an elder, someone whose organization had done…


Drafted by Brandy H. M. Brooks and Joel Rothschild of the Ecovillagers Alliance
August 2016

Gentrification and intentional communities

Gentrification, the demographic replacement of a population with lower income levels by a higher-income population in a particular neighborhood or city, is neither accidental, inevitable, or benign. It is driven by the actions of both public and private entities intending to make a neighborhood and its amenities more attractive to wealthier residents, generally based on the premise that wealthier residents are necessary to increase both the economic and social value of a place. …


By Joel Rothschild of the Ecovillagers Alliance

August 2018

This is the first of a three-part series focusing on innovative ways to foster places of equity, integrity, and sustainability.

A Tale of Two Ecovillages

Gaia’s Dance Ecovillage started with beautiful intentions. The founders were visionaries who saw the power of place could be equal to, perhaps greater than, the power of institutions or electoral politics. While others built companies, organizations, and political campaigns, Gaia’s Dance went back to the basis of human life, the Land, and used this most powerful of foundations to build a physical manifestation of our values.

What did we achieve? Today…


By Eve Bratman, Brandy Brooks, Taylor Mercedes, Josh Jancourtz, and Joel Rothschild of the Ecovillagers Alliance

Still from Intro to Ecovillagers, art by Esie Cheng

February 2018

Mayors across America are falling over themselves vying for Amazon’s new headquarters, even in tiny towns like Rockland, Texas and Scarborough, Maine. They’re inviting a disruption we know too well: techies move in, then skyrocketing costs push locals out. This drop a giant money bomb approach to community “revitalization” deals shock to local ecologies, economies, and communities, yet it is the dominant approach in our new Gilded Age. We urgently look to intentional communities, cohousing, and ecovillages to provide an alternative path…

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