Ecotopias in Forbes Magazine

Forbes Magazine, "the capitalist's tool" as it is known, runs a surprising series of articles on modern utopianism, with coverage of eight modern utopias. Example: Near Ithaca, New York is Ecovillage, with 160 people living in energy-efficient housing and deciding everything by consensus. It is "an alternative model for suburban living which provides a satisfying, healthy, socially rich lifestyle, while minimizing ecological impacts." complete with CSA vegetable farm, office space for cottage industry and soon to have village-scale wind power. It is a mix of the old and new; One resident works the land while awaiting internet-based assignments on her Blackberry.::Ecovillage at Ithaca

::Photo Essay on eight modern utopias

There is another photo essay on failed American utopias, including the Amana community, who gave up the commune and became a regular business, inventing the "radar range" microwave oven.

Also read The Seeds Of Their Own Destruction- "All utopian ventures are hobbled by the ideals that inspire them."

::Forbes

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