Diggers and Dreamers
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Diggers and Dreamers: The Guide to Communal Living is a primary resource for information, issues, and ideas about intentional communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – from urban co-ops to cohousing groups to rural communes and low impact developments.
Since 1989 Diggers and Dreamers has been the primary resource for information, issues, and ideas about intentional communities and communal living in the UK. The project was an offshoot of the Communes Network, a loose organisation that was established at a meeting on 15–16 February 1975 organised by the Communes Movement, which itself was started in 1968 by Selene Community, and which had achieved a distribution of 3000 copies of its journal, Communes: Journal of the Communes Movement, in March 1971.
The bi-annual journal (and from 1999 accompanying website) focusses on all aspects of communal living. with articles covering practical "how-to-do-it" issues of community living as well as personal stories about forming new communities, decision-making, conflict resolution, raising children in community, and sustainability. Through the years there have been contributions from academics and writers studying communal living. Alongside the journal there has been a directory of communal groups.
The book, now in its 10th edition, has been variously described as "the communards bible", "...a fascinating insight into the world of communal living in Britain", and an "exciting combination of journal and service publication".
Diggers and Dreamers, available both in print and online, is published by Diggers & Dreamers Publications, which also publishes Utopia Britannica and Thinking About Cohousing. Editorial decisions are made by a small collective made up of around 4 or 5 members drawn from different communities around the UK who describe themselves as a "self-appointed-headless-elite-anarchist-editorial-collective with no office, elastic editorial policies, concertina finances and a can-do/why-not attitude problem."
Over the years the publication has covered a wide variety of topics connected with communal living and has featured articles by both those living communally and those studying it. The themes covered by articles include:
- Dawling, Pam (1992–1993). "What is the Communes Network?" (pdf). Diggers & Dreamers. Diggers & Dreamers Publications. Retrieved 2010-05-28.
- Christensen, Karen; Levinson, David (2003). Encyclopedia of community: from the village to the virtual world, Volume 1. Berkshire Publishing Group. Retrieved 2010-05-28.
- I-to-I Magazine 1995
- Peace News 1999
- Solidarity Journal 1993
- Diggers and Dreamers. The Guide to Communal Living 2008/2009. ISBN 978-0-9545757-2-4