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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…

Ecosexuality:  Embracing a Force of Nature

Ecosexuality: Embracing a Force of Nature

Only when we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace the erotic, do we create a container that is loving enough and strong enough to embrace all of Life itself. More…

The P6 Project Uses the Principles of Cooperatives to Promote Local Business

The P6 Project Uses the Principles of Cooperatives to Promote Local Business

This is a guest post by Erin Hancock of the Co-operative Management Education program at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. **** Graduates of “Cooperative MBA” work on P6 project to create equitable relationships between farms and retailers If you’re familiar with the principles of cooperative organizations, you may know that Principle Six isMore…

Take Part In The People’s State of the Union This January

Take Part In The People’s State of the Union This January

Beginning in 2015, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture has led a project called the People’s State of the Union, to coincide with the president’s annual address to the nation. Taking the perspective that democracy is “a conversation, not a monologue,” the PSOTU is a chance for communities to come together and share the hopes and challengesMore…

Taking the Systems View: climate change as a driver of SDG implementation

Taking the Systems View: climate change as a driver of SDG implementation

This is a guest post by Dr. Daniel Christian Wahl, Head of Innovation at Gaia Education, which is based out of Findhorn Ecovillage. Once the doors closed on yet another United Nations climate gathering – this time in Marrakech – Paula Caballero, director of the climate program at the World Resource Institute, summed up a growing insightMore…

Five Tools to Help Groups Thrive

Five Tools to Help Groups Thrive

A clearly articulated evolutionary purpose, a welcoming of the whole self, and governance through self-management are keys to collective success.More…

Digital Security For Your Intentional Community

Digital Security For Your Intentional Community

For some high-profile communities, visibility is a good thing. The Dancing Rabbit ecovillage in Rutledge, Missouri, depends on workshops and other business endeavors to support itself. Many communities maintain a social media presence as a way to attract new members and promote co-operative living on a global scale. But some communities have good reason for wanting toMore…

The world, and the FIC, need you

The world, and the FIC, need you

The world, and the FIC, need you! Dear Friends,  Is it just me, or is the world going a little more crazy than usual? Does it seem like more people than usual are extra busy, stressed out, or overwhelmed? Wherever you land on the spectrum, no one seems to think humanity’s current situation is tenable.More…

This Year, We’ll Need Community More Than Ever

This Year, We’ll Need Community More Than Ever

I woke up on Election Day ready to get the whole thing over with. My life was already in a state of transition: the eco-village I’d lived in for two years was on the of cusp of disbanding. The new collective house I was moving into into had a lot of things to get in order:More…

Best of Communities III. Leadership, Power and Membership

Best of Communities III. Leadership, Power and Membership

Community Bookstore Special Best of Communities ― The Cream of Our Crop Leadership, Power, and Membership by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Best of Communities Volume III Leadership, Power, and Membership A special selection of articles from Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture $15 in print; $10 in digital The Fellowship for Intentional Community is pleased toMore…

How This Toronto Nonprofit Encourages Collaborative Consumption

How This Toronto Nonprofit Encourages Collaborative Consumption

For years, the news media has been looking to Silicon Valley as the epicenter of the new “sharing economy.” Maybe it should be looking to Toronto instead. Over the past few years, the Institute for a Resource Based Economy has been expanding the concept of collaborative consumption throughout the city, helping Ontarians reduce waste and make theMore…

Social Permaculture: Applying the Principles

Social Permaculture: Applying the Principles

Permaculture’s 12 principles apply to human groups just as much as to any other ecological system.More…

Have you selected your half-off books yet?

Have you selected your half-off books yet?

Community Bookstore Holiday Half-Off Sale! by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Get half or more off on Books, Magazines, and Movies! You can give the gift of community this holiday season by choosing from over 35 books, DVDs and Communities magazines with prices over 50% off of the original price! You’ll find a variety of topicsMore…

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…

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