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Orange Splot LLC Is Creating New Community Housing in Portland

Orange Splot LLC Is Creating New Community Housing in Portland

Portland, Oregon, is known for being ahead of the curve when it comes to alternative housing and co-operative living. From the Tiny House Hotel to the Columbia Ecovillage cohousing community, there are dozens of locations in the city where you can see these innovative projects in action. One housing developer, Orange Splot, LLC, is leading the charge, withMore…

How Homeowners Can Be More Intentional Landlords

How Homeowners Can Be More Intentional Landlords

Next month, I’ll be moving into a house owned by a “community landlord.” Rather than simply renting out rooms in the house, the homeowner (who no longer lives on the property), specifically sought out a group of people who wanted to build community there. Three of us will be the primary tenants who set the vision andMore…

What does it take to cooperate?

What does it take to cooperate?

What does it take to cooperate? Dear Friends, We all know that cooperation is the only way forward to actually address the monumental challenges facing humanity. But this isn’t easy. Cooperation is not the standard we were raised with. It takes both learning and unlearning. Which is why we are grateful for you: intentional communitiesMore…

Communities Winter Issue – Social Permaculture

Communities Winter Issue – Social Permaculture

Communities Magazine — Winter 2016 Social Permaculture Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Our new Communities issue on Social Permaculture was mailed to subscribers on Dec 2. You can subscribe now or order a sample and we’ll ship you a copy today! Our Winter issue explores both Social Permaculture and the interface of Public andMore…

The Class Cultures Toolkit Can Help You Host More Inclusive Meetings and Events

The Class Cultures Toolkit Can Help You Host More Inclusive Meetings and Events

Talking about class can be difficult – especially in intentional communities that include people from a variety of backgrounds. It can be a challenge to balance the needs of members from different classes: residents with stable jobs and incomes; property owners; activists who choose to live frugally; those with families to support. Some concerns –More…

Social Permaculture—What Is It?

Social Permaculture—What Is It?

Ecological relationships are relatively easy to deal with. Human relationships are often much more difficult, but we can design social structures that favor beneficial patterns of behavior.More…

Help Kickstart This Composting Toilet Research Project!

Help Kickstart This Composting Toilet Research Project!

Intentional communities can be the perfect testing ground for new sustainability practices – whether it’s an innovative greywater system or an aquaponics garden. At my community in Portland, we use our own composting toilet system, specifically intended to be safe and smell-free in a busy urban environment. Instead of flushing clean water down the train dozens of times each day, weMore…

Are you feeling connected?

Are you feeling connected?

Community Bookstore The new Communities Directory $5 off with coupon by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager The New 7th Edition 2016 Print Communities Directory $5 off with coupon! Coupon applies to below Combo Deals too! In a time of global conflict and domestic divisiveness we need connection and collaboration. We are called to name ourMore…

Not Rocket Science, but Just as Important

Not Rocket Science, but Just as Important

The arts of cooperative living—supported tirelessly by the cash-strapped FIC, and worthy now more than ever of financial support—will be as essential as technical skills if our species is to survive on this planet or any other.More…

The Untold Story of Utopian Communes In America

The Untold Story of Utopian Communes In America

It was a time of great change and social experimentation. Groups of like-minded people pooled their money to buy property in what one writer called a kind of “socialist land mania.” Another philosopher said that it was impossible to find a well-read man without “a draft of a new community in his waistcoat pocket.“ Residents from these communities traveledMore…

The Damanhur Community In Italy Has Its Own Currency and Constitution

The Damanhur Community In Italy Has Its Own Currency and Constitution

The community of Damanhur in northern Italy is known for the Temples of Humankind, a 5-story series of underground chambers built by residents of the community as a spiritual gathering place. Begun in 1978, they were discovered by authorities in the 1990s, and nearly shut down. Now, they’re open to the public and have becomeMore…

Social Permaculture, and Public vs. Private, #173 Contents

Social Permaculture, and Public vs. Private, #173 Contents

Our Winter issue explores both Social Permaculture and the interface of Public and Private in intentional community. Starhawk and her colleagues share wisdom from the cutting edge of social permaculture practice, while diverse communitarians discuss how they find balance between the collective and the individual, openness and self-protection, outer-world activism and internal focus. We also learn about Sociocracy missteps, legal structures that help groups put their best feet forward (or not), and more.More…

Holiday Half-Off Sale!

Holiday Half-Off Sale!

Community Bookstore Holiday Half-Off Sale! by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Get half or more off on Books, Magazines, and Movies! The Fellowship for Intentional Community is immensely grateful for our supporters, members, donors, and bookstore customers. Your support keeps us going, both emotionally and financially. We strive to return the support with content and resourcesMore…

Arcosanti Combines Architecture and Ecology in The Arizona Desert

Arcosanti Combines Architecture and Ecology in The Arizona Desert

About 70 miles north of Phoenix, high in the Arizona desert, a blocky, concrete series of buildings rises out of the hillside. It looks like a cross between a futuristic museum and a desert village on Tatooine. But this isn’t your typical example of post-modernism. It’s an experiment in “arcology,” a style of design thatMore…

The First Seasteading Community May Be Closer To Reality Than We Thought

The First Seasteading Community May Be Closer To Reality Than We Thought

In June, I wrote a blog post about the Ephemerisle Festival, a gathering on the Sacramento River Delta that imagines what a floating city might look like. The festival hopes to educate people about “seasteading,” which refers to long-term communities at sea, away from the interference of national governments, where residents can practice self-reliance and self-governance. At the time,More…

This Binational City Would Make Borders A Thing of the Past

This Binational City Would Make Borders A Thing of the Past

Architect Fernando Romero has a plan for a binational city stretching over the U.S. and Mexican border. The project was on display last month at the London Design Biennale 2016. The designers call it “the first integrated masterplan for a binational city conducive to both sides of the border, employing tools of enterprise such as special economic zonesMore…

You Are The FIC

You Are The FIC

You Are The FIC! After last Tuesday, could it be any more obvious that the world is in crisis? When the unimaginable happens, how do you respond? My request to you: Don’t despair. Use this as an opportunity. Trump has brought into stark focus the problems that already existed. It doesn’t mean we haven’t madeMore…

Do you have your 2017 calendar? We’Moon & Permaculture

Do you have your 2017 calendar? We’Moon & Permaculture

Community Bookstore 2017 Calendar & Datebook by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager As we near the end of this calendar year, 2017 lurks around the corner with promises of new opportunities, dreams actualized…and greater organization?! As always, we offer you the We’Moon Datebook for not only organization but also inspiration and lunar charting. We are alsoMore…

A New Book Combines Zen and Permaculture to Educate and Inspire

A New Book Combines Zen and Permaculture to Educate and Inspire

Stefan Geyer, a London resident active in the U.K. permaculture community, is releasing a new book called “Zen in the Art of Permaculture Design.” It’s not a guidebook to specific permaculture practices, but a reflective look at the ways permaculture principles can inspire change in our lives and communities. According to the book’s copy, “Permaculture isMore…

Buy, Eat, and Live Local With Help From BALLE’s New Toolkits

Buy, Eat, and Live Local With Help From BALLE’s New Toolkits

Whether it’s eating local, supporting worker-owned businesses, or taking money out of Wall Street banks, the “localist” movement is on the rise. While the dominance of mega-corporations like Wal-Mart and Amazon may seem complete, small businesses make up half of the U.S. GDP and create over three times as many jobs. The Business Alliance for Local LivingMore…

Service & Activism – Communities magazine Fall Issue

Service & Activism – Communities magazine Fall Issue

Communities Magazine — Fall 2016 Service and Activism Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Service & Activism—Issue #172 Our latest Communities issue on Service & Activism is still available for shipping. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now! Our Fall issue focuses on Service and Activism. AuthorsMore…

The Micro-Nation of Liberland Could Be The World’s Biggest Planned Community

The Micro-Nation of Liberland Could Be The World’s Biggest Planned Community

Picture a country built from scratch: a city-state with open borders, where paying taxes is optional and there are no laws other than “live and let live.” At just three square miles, cars will be unnecessary; the open-air cityscape will allow for algae-powered residences and vertical farms. Private property, drug use, and sexuality will be free from interference byMore…

Play the Game of Permaculture

Play the Game of Permaculture

Community Bookstore Featured Food Forest by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Food Forest: Card Games inspired by Permaculture NEW! $25 Folks, I’m pretty excited about my new permaculture card game called Food Forest. It’s a game and a teaching aid; it can be played alone or with a group! I’m beginning to think the optionsMore…

Happiness in Communal Life:  A Scientific Project

Happiness in Communal Life: A Scientific Project

Statistics don’t lie: communal living seems to help people be happier.More…

How Does Your Community Create Space for Romantic Partnerships?

How Does Your Community Create Space for Romantic Partnerships?

In the popular imagination, intentional communities have a reputation for being free-for-alls when it comes to love and relationships. But in reality, that’s rarely the case, and many communities have guiding principles around how members are expected to relate to each other romantically. Gender dynamics, power imbalances, and more, can all come into play when livingMore…

How to find your community

How to find your community

Community Bookstore How to Find Your Community by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Best of Communities II Seeking and Visiting a Community A special selection of articles from Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture $15 in print; $10 in digital The Fellowship for Intentional Community is pleased to offer you the cream of our crop―the veryMore…

The Jewish Intentional Community Conference Takes Place December 1-4

The Jewish Intentional Community Conference Takes Place December 1-4

  The FIC’s Intentional Communities Directory includes communities that range from the spiritual to the secular. If you want to find a religiously affiliated (or unaffiliated) community, there’s a good chance you’ll find one there that aligns with your values. For those looking for a community centered around the Jewish faith, you can check outMore…

These Apps Connect Excess Food With People Who Need It

These Apps Connect Excess Food With People Who Need It

Nearly $500 billion worth of food gets thrown away in the U.S. each year – while nearly 50 million Americans go hungry. A new app hopes to use peer-to-peer technology to connect people throwing away food with those who need it. We’ve seen the sharing economy dabble in foodsharing before. Platforms like Feastly and Josephine letMore…

Why does this matter to me?

Why does this matter to me?

Anyone with idealistic tendencies loves the idea that a crisis is an opportunity. I certainly qualify. But as a California boy who’s spent most of his adult life in Virginia, I’ve been infected with that East Coast, get-er-done pragmatism. So while I absolutely believe the FIC is presented with a tremendous opportunity right now, theMore…

Where is the complete guide to US Communities?

Where is the complete guide to US Communities?

Community Bookstore The Encyclopedic Guide To American Intentional Communities by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager The Encyclopedic Guide To American Intentional Communities by Timothy Miller NEW! $80 Ever wish you could have the complete, definitive guide to intentional communities throughout the U.S., past and present? Rather than a library of books, where is the bookMore…

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