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We’re in this Together: Climate Disruption

We’re in this Together: Climate Disruption

We’re in this Together: Climate Disruption Initiative Maikwe, for FIC’s Climate Initiative Team Maikwe, Christopher, Chris, Marty and Sky “Is it possible to jettison our current system of exploitation and environmental destruction, and create a new system that is not only sustainable but affords us a comfortable and fulfilling life? The answer is a resoundingMore…

Colonists Wanted: The Story of the Llano del Rio Commune of LA County

Colonists Wanted: The Story of the Llano del Rio Commune of LA County

“Colonists–Wanted,” the ad proclaims. “Llano del Rio, in the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County, California, needs 900 single men and women and married men and their families. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to solve the problem of unemployment and provide for the future of yourself and children.” It almost sounds like something youMore…

Communities and Climate Change, #174 Contents

Communities and Climate Change, #174 Contents

Our Spring issue examines how intentional communities and other groups are responding to the challenges presented by climate change. Through stories from more than a dozen diverse communities, we learn about steps being taken both to mitigate the intensity of climate disruption and to adapt to its effects. Innovative approaches include carbon onsetting, biochar production and use, personal/spiritual work, strategies for fossil-fuel-freedom, and more.More…

Event season begins with Cohousing and The Farm!

Event season begins with Cohousing and The Farm!

Events Season Begins Two events in partnership with FIC by Sky Blue, FIC Exec. Director Conferences, convergences, and festivals are like temporary intentional communities. People come together, for a shared purpose, with shared values, sharing space for mutual benefit. Events focused on intentional community provide opportunities to both learn about and experience community in aMore…

The Cool Block Program Helps Neighbors Work Together to Fight Climate Change

The Cool Block Program Helps Neighbors Work Together to Fight Climate Change

When we hear the words “intentional community,” we may think of residential communities like back-to-the-land communes and urban housing co-ops. But you don’t have to live in the same house to have a shared vision and make an impact. A non-profit called Cool Block brings entire neighborhoods together to support each other and build community overMore…

Are Seasteading Communities the Next Wave of Sustainable Living?

Are Seasteading Communities the Next Wave of Sustainable Living?

Wayne Adams and Catherine King, two artists living in Tofino, Canada, couldn’t afford to buy a house of their own. Instead, they took their assets offshore — literally — and created a floating paradise off the coast of Vancouver Island called Freedom Cove. For over 20 years, they’ve been living off-grid on this brightly-colored collection of buildings and rafts.More…

Our Next Step: ReInhabiting the Village

Our Next Step: ReInhabiting the Village

Community Bookstore Special ReInhabiting The Village by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager ReInhabiting the Village CoCreating our Future 352 pages; paperback book 110 pages; spiral-bound workbook by Jamaica Stevens ReInhabiting the Village is more than just a book. It is a multimedia social movement that features projects, organizations, and community leaders inspiring us to engageMore…

French Documentary “Tomorrow” Explores Transition Projects All Over the World

French Documentary “Tomorrow” Explores Transition Projects All Over the World

A new documentary made by a French filmmaking duo takes a look at transition projects in Europe and all over the world. Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurent set out to find practical solutions to the problems facing our planet. The result, called Tomorrow, tells the story of “pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education” in 10More…

3 reasons to have a Movie Night

3 reasons to have a Movie Night

Community Bookstore Special Have a Movie Night by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager As if we need a reason to call on our companions and snuggle on the couch for a couple of hours, you might need a reminder why a movie night is a great idea.  I’m guessing wherever you live, there are timesMore…

Don’t Miss The National Cohousing Conference May 19-21 in Nashville!

Don’t Miss The National Cohousing Conference May 19-21 in Nashville!

Each year, the Cohousing Association of the United States hosts a national conference for those participating in or interested in the cohousing movement. This year’s conference will take place May 19-21 in Nashville, TN: “The 2017 National Cohousing Conference promises an amazing lineup of offerings, from innovative approaches to developing new and affordable communities, toMore…

Communities magazine issue – Social Permaculture

Communities magazine issue – Social Permaculture

Communities Magazine — Winter 2016 Social Permaculture Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Social Permaculture—Issue #173  Our latest Communities issue on Social Permaculture reached subscribers last month. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now!  Our Winter issue explores both Social Permaculture and the interfaceMore…

Vegvisits Is An Airbnb Alternative for Vegans and Vegetarians

Vegvisits Is An Airbnb Alternative for Vegans and Vegetarians

Over the past few years, peer-to-peer homesharing platforms have been making it easier to connect with like-minded people when you travel. While Airbnb is still the most well-known platform, it’s no longer your only option. You can choose from homesharing sites specifically intended for elderly travelers, LGBT guests, eco-friendly lodgings, and more. There are even sitesMore…

Nine Traditions that Draw Us Together:  How a Small Town Nurtures Community

Nine Traditions that Draw Us Together: How a Small Town Nurtures Community

The art of creating community spirit within mainstream towns and neighborhoods has much potential to change the world for the better.More…

Communities Directory book now cheaper!

Communities Directory book now cheaper!

Community Bookstore Special Communities Directory Price Drop by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Communities Directory print book Over 600 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 August 2016, published by FIC $30―was $35 Wow! The response to our new Communities Directory has been enormous. Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for this essential resource weMore…

An App Called Teem Helps You Delegate Tasks Within Your Community

An App Called Teem Helps You Delegate Tasks Within Your Community

One of the challenges of living in a community with lots of new residents or guests is getting everyone oriented to the tasks and projects at hand. When I lived at Foster Village, a 10-person community in Portland, Oregon, we had a membership committee in charge of welcoming new residents, and a liaison assigned toMore…

Your Community Could Win Up to £25,000 For Regenerative Projects

Your Community Could Win Up to £25,000 For Regenerative Projects

Is your community working on a project that supports “environmental and social regeneration”? The Lush natural cosmetics company is accepting applicants for its 2017 Lush Spring Prize, which will award up to £200,000 to eco-communities and permaculture projects around the world. According to its website, “For many years, environmental campaigners have focused on the idea of sustainability – thatMore…

ThePOOSH Connects Volunteers With Natural Building Projects

ThePOOSH Connects Volunteers With Natural Building Projects

Lots of intentional communities are connected with the WWOOFing network (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). It’s a great way for volunteers to gain experience living and working on an organic farm in exchange for room and board. But have you heard of the POOSH network, which connects people interested in natural and sustainable building projects?More…

See What’s Free at FIC Bookstore

See What’s Free at FIC Bookstore

Community Bookstore Feature Free Downloadable Resources at the FIC Bookstore by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Free Downloadables Our primary aim at the FIC Bookstore is to get essential information about community and cooperation to you, our readers. Sales help us keep the bookstore going, but we want our resources to be accessible too. HaveMore…

Finding Balance of Public and Private in Community

Finding Balance of Public and Private in Community

The erosion of the commons by private interests is a disaster for modern human settlements; a community without shared spaces is barely a community at all.More…

MTV Features Intentional Community on “True Life: I’m Joining A Commune”

MTV Features Intentional Community on “True Life: I’m Joining A Commune”

A recent episode of MTV’s “True Life” features two stories about community living. In one, 23-year-old Took Edalow attempts to start a commune with several friends on Staten Island. Another follows Emet, 26, as he leaves home and moves into a community called the Garden of Eden in Arlington, Texas. Edalow is an artist with yearsMore…

Where do we find Collective Courage?

Where do we find Collective Courage?

Community Bookstore Special Collective Courage by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Collective Courage A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought & Practice 328 pages; paperback; 2014 By Jessica Gordon Nembhard $40 Cooperative culture has a deep, rich history that has often been omitted from the history books. Particularly the union of cooperative groups andMore…

Boulder’s New Co-op Ordinance is a Victory for Intentional Communities

Boulder’s New Co-op Ordinance is a Victory for Intentional Communities

“Do you want a Picklebric next to you?” asked an alarmed op-ed in the Daily Camera last summer. Residents of a Boulder, Colorado, neighborhood were clashing with members of the Picklebric co-op over the city’s occupancy laws. As of January, the answer is “Yes.” The Boulder City Council voted 7-2 to pass an ordinance that will allow upMore…

Kozeny Communitarian Award seeks nominations

Kozeny Communitarian Award seeks nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Kozeny Communitarian Award  by Sky Blue, FIC Executive Director The Fellowship for Intentional Community announces that nominations are now open―Jan 1 to April 1―for the 2018 Kozeny Communitarian Award. The award honors the indomitable spirit of Geoph Kozeny, who devoted his adult life to creating community in the world. Geoph was integrally involvedMore…

Bridge Meadows Brings Foster Children Into Intentional Community

Bridge Meadows Brings Foster Children Into Intentional Community

For many intentional communities and cohousing projects, being “intergenerational” is a core value and long-term goal. Parents envision themselves raising children with the support of other community members. Elderly residents want to share meals and social activities in their old age. But for some families – such as foster children and their adoptive parents –More…

Public vs. Private: Group Dilemma Laid Bare!

Public vs. Private: Group Dilemma Laid Bare!

For some neighbors, the logical leap from “glimpse of skin” to “nudist colony” is a surprisingly short one to make.
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Play The Food Forest Card Game and Help Plant 1,000s of Trees

Play The Food Forest Card Game and Help Plant 1,000s of Trees

Last year, permaculture educator Karl Treen released the Food Forest card deck, following a successful fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. Have you played it yet? We have, and it’s available for purchase at the FIC’s online bookstore for $25. The game is a great learning experience for kids and adults alike, allowing players to visualize how plants and animals relateMore…

Social Permaculture – Communities Winter Issue

Social Permaculture – Communities Winter Issue

Communities Magazine — Winter 2016 Social Permaculture Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Social Permaculture—Issue #173 Our latest Communities issue on Social Permacultre reached subscribers last month. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now! Our Winter issue explores both Social Permaculture and the interfaceMore…

Sky Blue Featured on Utopian Realities Podcast

Sky Blue Featured on Utopian Realities Podcast

Last month, FIC’s Executive Director, Sky Blue, was featured on the Utopian Realities podcast at BlockTalkRadio. In a wide-ranging interview, Sky shares his insights into cooperative culture, intentional living, sustainability, and more. Sky has decades of experience in the intentional community movement. He’s lived in several different types of communities, including Twin Oaks, a 50-year-old income-sharing commune in Virginia,More…

2017: A Year to Organize

2017: A Year to Organize

Community Bookstore 2017: A Year to Organize by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Happy New Year, friends! Have you noticed 2017 is a “1” year, numerologically speaking? 2+0+1+7=10, or 1. And because 2016 was a 9 year, we have completed a cycle and returned to the beginning. A new chapter. A new opportunity. The startMore…

Interactive Documentary “One Shared House” Packs a Punch

Interactive Documentary “One Shared House” Packs a Punch

It’s not often that we hear the story of an intentional community told by someone who grew up in one. And it’s even less common for that story to be told through a beautifully designed 10-minute interactive documentary. At OneSharedHouse.com, Irene Pereyra tells the story of Kollontai, a cohousing experiment in Amsterdam in the 1980s.More…

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network