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Visions of an alternative lifestyle

COMMUNITY / The need to stem the fear of an uncertain future is great today. Racism, xenophobia, violence and authoritarianism are growing all over the world. We present here some alternatives to this.


Different types of new communities are established in these years – at a time when civilization has a sixth mass extinction as a backdrop. Communityare, which are often developed with some form of involvement by the municipality. Experiences from initiatives with different types of organizational communities are gathered in Fearless Cities – in networks in a kind of mosaic with different types of partners.

The first Fearless Cities event was organized by Barcelona En Comú in 2017 and brought together more than 100 municipal organizations from all continents (see MODERN TIMES, Spring 2021).

Fearless Cities

Fearless Cities is a global movement made up of activists, organizations and mayors. Here, work is done (1) to radicalise democracyone, (2) to feminize politics and (3) drive the transition towards one economy, which takes care of people and the environment.

The need to stem the fear of an uncertain future is great today. For fearone has penetrated many parts of society. What awaits, e.g. our children in their lives? The response offered by the system turns out to be increasingly individualistic solutions, based on mistrust and fear of 'the other', whereby the fear is reinforced. Racism, xenophobia, violence and authoritarianism are growing all over the world.

An invitation in the fall of 2022 to another Fearless Cities event (in Rosario, Argentina) states: «Fearless Cities is at once a strategy for futureone and for the present. A way to search for a horizon worth going to, while we materialize here and now the society we want. […] It is about reinventing democracy from where democracy was born, namely from byone. It is from the close that the real and the concrete are found and must be developed – from which we must build a new political culture, a new way of doing things, a new way of organizing ourselves». (see

I Rosary During three days of activities, 25 themes were introduced, which connect everyday life with the space for citizens' participation in shaping society, locally and globally: What do communal platforms look like in municipalities, cities and rural areas – based on which principles and experiences? How do you develop tools and space for collaboration in a geographical area? How to build a network platform? The intentions behind the work of Fearless Cities are fundamentally that you do not give up, but invent new ways. After all.

Intentional Communities

If Fearless Cities and the network's pioneers seek influence on community development by putting pressure on municipal and regional authorities, the situation is different with Intentional Communities. Here, the member organizations live in more independent relations with the authorities.

In the summer of 2022, a research network – the International Communal Studies Association ( ICSA ) – at a conference status of research activities in Intentional Communities.

(ICSA supports the local organizations in mini-communities by only studying the different types of local communities and their possible commonalities. What can Communities, who work and function on different value bases, learn from each other? In a variety of different communities, you can get together with like-minded people and thus take shelter to avoid influence from the "noise" of mainstream culture. As an umbrella organisation, Intentional Communities has no intention of politically developing, for example, "the good city" or "the good village". See

On the other hand, for example, one of the member organizations in Intentional Communities, the pioneers in the Global Ecovillage Network, has it. See: On all continents, the network supports and inspires an alternative, sustainable and resilient lifestyle.

There is a great interest in establishing our own energy supply (wind turbines, solar energy, etc.).

Naturally, the member organizations under Intentional Communities are also subject to the uncertainty of the international community. Security of supply has thus recently shown itself to be particularly pronounced Energy solutionsthe area. Therefore, it has led to a great interest in establishing one's own energy supply ( windmills, solar energy, etc.) and agreements are entered into with local farmers and nurseries, if self-sufficiency is not established and thus greater resilience is developed in the face of unforeseen events. Alliances with municipalities and institutions also come into question when local energy communities are to be established.

The interest in becoming part of coherent community solutions has become so great in Denmark that "developers" and contractors are now offering direct occupancy in new types of completed House shareis – often with the active participation of the municipality.

Intentional communities, specified

Housing communities: The fastest growing type of intentional community. The model originally comes from Denmark, where residents have their own homes with many shared services and facilities.

Eco village: With a focus on sustainability across social, cultural, economic and ecological dimensions of life.

Housing association (cooperative): Members live in housing they own and manage themselves, often student groups.

Shared housing: Unrelated people share accommodation for their mutual benefit, also called «co-living».

Spiritual/religious: Communities organized around shared spiritual or religious beliefs.

Tiny house village: Intentional communities consisting of a majority of small houses or small homes.

Senior community: Intentional communities with 55+ or other age restrictions for membership.

'commune': Income-sharing communities with work required of members. Make up about 10% of all conscious communities.

Traditional/Indigenous: Societies with long histories of intentional and shared ways of living.

Transition Town: Grassroots community projects in existing municipalities that aim to increase self-sufficiency and sustainability.

And more…: activist collectives, kibbutzim, artist communities, Camphill communities, agrihoods, retreat centers, ashrams, commynity land trusts, permaculture farms!

(Self Foundation for Intentional Communities)

Related networks with visions of an alternative way of life exist in the worldwide organizations RIPESS, a href=””> and in COOP International, Within the anti-globalization movement – ​​«Another World Is

Possible» – with the World Social Forum as a unifying network (
World_Social_Forum) is often referred to the initiatives in Chikukwa, Via Campesina, Zapatista, Rojava. The initiatives here constitute more coherent political platforms – completely outside
The OECD Thought Universe.

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A concrete example of this is Permatopia Karise (MODERN TIMES summer 2022).

Niels Johan Juhl-Nielsen
Niels Johan Juhl-Nielsen
Juhl-Nielsen resides in Copenhagen.

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