IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS: Making Community in the Modern World
(Tarcher/Perigee-Putnam Publishing Group–10,000 copies in print.)

by Claude Whitmyer with Gail Terry Grimes and others.

"When the stranger says: 'What is the meaning of this city? Do you huddle together because you love one another?' What will you answer? 'We all dwell together to make money from each other,' or, 'This is a community'?"

T.S. Elliot

Foreword: I am because we are by Eric Utne.

Prologue: Waking Up to the Company of Others by Claude Whitmyer

What's In The Book?

From the Cover

There is something about being human that makes us yearn for the company of others, to be members of a family of spirit, a team, or a clan in which we are fully seen and understood. Stuck inside our own skins, we often feel alone and cut off; we want to be with others who share our problems, challenges, and hopes. Today people everywhere are finding ways of ending their sense of isolation by joining together in loosely and tightly structured communities of peers.

In the Company of Others explores how people are solving the dilemma of separation and building deep community through:

  • business support teams
  • neighborhood service clubs
  • addiction recovery programs
  • food co-ops
  • men’s and women’s ritual groups
  • intellectual salons
  • intentional spiritual communities
  • artists’ groups
  • electronic networks
  • AIDS and cancer survivor groups

This book brings together a range of voices singing the praises of the human dream of community in its many forms. It offers guidance for starting community, and practical solutions for the economic and emotional difficulties that may arise when we live or work with others, involving communication, authority, membership, decision making and purpose.

In the Company of Others is full of profiles of successful groups and communities. It offers a fresh vision of human life in creative togetherness.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

Psalms 133:1

Comment from a Reviewer

Fred and Mary Ann Brassat


"Creating community and making it work is one of the most powerful imperatives of American life. While many social critics have been lamenting the loss of this precious resource in today's world, few have really treated the subject with the breadth and depth it deserves.

"'In the Company of Others: Making Community in the Modern World' gathers together 32 essays on this important aspect of contemporary life. As editor of this anthology, Claude Whitmyer draws on his experiences as the coordinator of the [ Briarpatch Community ] to introduce the sections of this paperback on seeking, making, finding, and living in communities.

"New forms of shared life, connectedness, and common purpose have come to the fore in our heterogeneous and pluralistic world. Essayists such as M. Scott Peck, Ram Dass, and Gary Snyder comment on the challenges of communication, authority, decision-making, and purpose in the maintenance of community.

"One thing is for sure: there is no shortage of variety in the forms of association covered in this book. Some of the types include neighborhood service clubs, business support teams, food co-ops, men's and women's ritual groups, intentional spiritual communities, electronic networks, intellectual salons, and artists' groups. 'In the Company of Others' is one of the best books on community published in many a moon."

Fred and Mary Ann Brussat


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