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Global Utopias Project Resource Guide

Books on Utopian Movements, Communities, and Practices

Online Resources Concerning Contemporary Utopian Movements and Societies

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future. -- From occupywallst.org

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Black Panther Party 

In October of 1966, in Oakland California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs. The party was one of the first organizations in U.S. history to militantly struggle for ethnic minority and working class emancipation--a party whose agenda was the revolutionary establishment of real economic, social, and political equality across gender and color lines. --From Marxists Internet Archive

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Internet Resources on Contemporary Intentional Communities and Utopian Societies

"8 Modern Utopias" (from Forbes)

Lists 8 contemporary communities from around the world which are guided by Utopian principles.

Federation of Egalitarian Communities:

"The FEC is a union of Egalitarian Communities which have joined together in our common struggle to create a lifestyle based on Equality, Cooperation, and Harmony with the Earth."

Fellowship for Intentional Community

"We believe that intentional communities are pioneers in sustainable living, personal and cultural transformation, and peaceful social evolution. “Intentional communities” include ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, income-sharing communes, student co-ops, spiritual communities, and other projects where people live together on the basis of explicit common values."

Examples of Intentional Communities

Burning Man

A city in the desert. A culture of possibility. A network of dreamers and doers

Auroville

"We believe that intentional communities are pioneers in sustainable living, personal and cultural transformation, and peaceful social evolution. 'Intentional communities' include ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, income-sharing communes, student co-ops, spiritual communities, and other projects where people live together on the basis of explicit common values."