Open House

We are grateful for the excellent turnout at our open house yesterday! Moving to a new office home after 75 years in one place has been momentous. We were excited to celebrate our new space with friends, neighbors, members, trustees and former staff.

We had so many good conversations.

    The correct pronunciation of “Mitraniketan.”

    Who was “Griscom"

    Forest genetics in the Tennessee Valley.

Many stopped in, nibbled, sipped, chatted and moved on. Others stayed for long discussions, sitting in a side office, or browsing in the library.

    New economic structures...

    Partnerships with local organizations...

    Why Kerala, Cuba and Slovenia?

Hey, we had fun. 

Community Solutions needs your engagement and support. The new offices symbolize the changes in our program emphasis.  The anniversary magazine that we distributed, 75 Years of Pragmatic Idealism, reviews our history and describes the reweaving of our current work on climate and energy issues with our fundamental commitment to community and cultural redesign. Get your own copy, or download a free PDF, in our bookstore. We have always been a tiny organization with a big influence. 

The 100 Year Plan is more than the name of our next film. The CS board is developing a program structure to combine staff, interested members and Fellows, to work on our areas of concern in a manner that assures continuity through the ups and downs of funding and staffing. The enthusiasm of our open house indicates that there are local members who would participate in this model.

Please take time to read in the magazine about our current projects. Perhaps you would like to take part in a work group or contribute expertise in one of our areas of focus. Your local involvement can have global impact. Each area of Program focus has a working group led by a Community Solutions Board member. The working groups will guide and inform grant funded projects, collaboration with partner organizations and independent Fellows in Resilient Community, Regenerative Agriculture, Energy Democracy, Restorative Economics and Being the Change.

For the new office we would welcome donations of plants, books on our areas of concern, and materials for our Children’s Corner: natural art supplies, books that address community or environmental stewardship themes, and ecological toys. For inquiries about the Children’s Corner, contact Rose Hardesty at

There are other ways to help. We need editors, writers, and other volunteers for special projects and events.

To see pictures click here. If you attended and have photos of your own to share, please submit them for inclusion in our gallery.

In cooperation,

Your Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions Staff Members