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Don’t know what to do with your hands? Try natural building.

Posted on July 10, 2017 by
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  Ecological and Natural Building Course: August 16 – 20, 2017 near Asheville NC Co-Sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community Do you want to build your own home? Are you looking for hand on experience with natural building techniques? Do you just like playing in the mud? The FIC is a sponsor of the Ecological and… Read More

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Fifty Years of Commune Life

Posted on July 6, 2017 by
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This article first appeared on Commune Life. For a more theoretical take on the Twin Oaks project, we recommend reading Allen Butcher’s excellent article here. When Twin Oaks was founded (in 1967), they thought a revolution was possible in their lifetime and one of the purposes of Twin Oaks was to show how people could… Read More

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Can We Make More of Less? An OpEdNews Discussion

Posted on July 4, 2017 by
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Community Bookstore Featured Together Resilient by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Together Resilient Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption by Ma’ikwe Ludwig $17 Together Resilient―our latest publication, written by Ma’ikwe Ludwig―has not only maintained momentum since it’s release, but Ma’ikwe has also been invited to several interviews regarding the book, her thoughts on… Read More

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Communities summer issue – Economics in Cooperative Culture

Posted on July 1, 2017 by
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Communities Magazine — Summer 2017 Economics in Cooperative Culture Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Subscribe Today Order a Sample Copy Economics in Cooperative Culture—Issue #175  Our latest Communities issue on Economics in Cooperative Culture reached subscribers last month. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample… Read More

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Mobile Home Parks: A Fast and Inexpensive Path to Cohousing

Posted on June 30, 2017 by
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Mobile home and RV parks present an unequaled opportunity to accelerate the transition to more widespread community living.


Resilience, Action & Transformation

Posted on June 27, 2017 by
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Community Bookstore Featured Resilience, Community Action & Societal Transformation by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Resilience, Community Action & Societal Transformation People, Place, Practice, Power, Politics and Possibility in Transition 216 pages; paperback; 2017 By Thomas Henfrey, Gesa Maschkowski & Gil Penha-Lopes $20 From two of the same editors as Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation,… Read More

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How do we resolve group conflict?

Posted on June 24, 2017 by
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Community Bookstore Special Best of Communities The Cream of Our Crop Agreements, Conflicts, and Communication by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Best of Communities Volume VI Agreements, Conflicts, and Communication A special selection of articles from Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture magazine $10 Digital, $15 Print The Fellowship for Intentional Community is pleased to offer you the… Read More

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Community as Economic Engine

Posted on June 21, 2017 by
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A long-time communard suggests ways non-income-sharing communities can better support their members’ economic well-being.


Inclusivity and Social Justice – Twin Oaks Communities Conference 2017

Posted on June 20, 2017 by
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Communities Conference 2017 Labor Day Weekend Conference Sept 1–4 at Twin Oaks Community, Louisa VA Co-Sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community The FIC is once again pleased to co-sponsor the Twin Oaks Communities Conference. This event has been running for 23 years at one of the oldest intentional communities in the country (Twin Oaks… Read More

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How We Inspire: Top 100 Documentaries

Posted on June 17, 2017 by
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Top 100 Documentaries To Change The World by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Recently we came across a link to the “Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use to Change the World” from Films for Action. Of course, we FIC-ers are suckers for such click-bait and in any case  are eager to explore such lists. As the… Read More

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Climate Change Needs Community-Based Action

Posted on June 15, 2017 by
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by Ma’ikwe Ludwig This post originally appeared on Cowboys on the Commons. To read Ma’ikwe’s forthcoming book on local environmental activism, Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, please click here. For a follow-up interview about this article, please go here.  “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.… Read More

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re: because I’m happy…

Posted on June 13, 2017 by
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Because I’m Happy! Ma’ikwe Ludwig, for the whole FIC team Do you love what we are up to? Like having a practical, grounded movement to support amidst the uncertainty of our time? Your support makes our work possible. Let’s keep the hope and happiness alive, together, with a donation to our Spring Fundraising Drive today! In… Read More

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Participatory Budgeting in an Income-Sharing Community

Posted on June 11, 2017 by
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How does one share income and expenses among a hundred people? Twin Oaks discovers how to supplant apathy with widespread engagement.


How do we save our SEED diversity?

Posted on June 10, 2017 by
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SEED: The Untold Story by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager SEED: The Untold Story Documentary on DVD Produced by Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub, and Phil Fairclough $24 In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, many are tirelessly fighting to defend the… Read More

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Your Free Gift is Within Reach!

Posted on June 6, 2017 by
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FREE Within Reach Documentary with Every Subscription! by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Your Free Gift is Within Reach! Let’s go on a cross-country bicycle journey to explore sustainable communities throughout the US! Let’s meet folks of all kinds who are showing us that there might just be a better way we can live together… Read More

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Economics in Cooperative Culture – Communities magazine summer issue

Posted on June 3, 2017 by
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Communities Magazine — Summer 2017 Economics in Cooperative Culture Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Subscribe Today Order a Sample Copy Economics in Cooperative Culture—Issue #175 Our new Communities issue on Economics in Cooperative Culture was mailed to subscribers on June 1. You can subscribe now or order a sample and we’ll ship you a copy… Read More


The Gift Economy of Standing Rock

Posted on June 1, 2017 by
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The principles of indigenous culture informed the Water Protectors’ camps: generosity, compassion, and collective survival took precedence.


Songs for the Community Choir

Posted on May 31, 2017 by
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Songs for the Community Choir by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Creating a more connected life sometimes simply starts with a song. Just in time for outdoor potlucks and nights by the campfire, we offer songbooks to aid in the collective choir. Some are silly, some are serious, and all are sure to create a… Read More

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Towards a Joyful Economics

Posted on May 28, 2017 by
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From Gift Circles in Brooklyn to the sharing economy at an ecovillage-based collective house, the author explores practical applications of Sacred Economics.


Digging Deeper

Posted on May 27, 2017 by
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A Deeper Look Communities Movement Research By Ma’ikwe Ludwig, FIC Development Director (and Junior Researcher) I’ve been looking at data again. I’ve done this on again off again for the past few years for the various nonprofits I work with, but this data is way more fun than, say, budget numbers. This data is the… Read More

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Economics in Cooperative Culture, #175 Contents

Posted on May 26, 2017 by
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Economics in cooperative culture—the focus of our Summer issue—is expressed in myriad forms
From cohousing developments to gift-economy activist camps, from spiritual communities to mobile home parks, from income-sharing communities to intentional neighborhoods, people across a wide range of economic circumstances and approaches are discovering the benefits of cooperative economics. Their stories suggest new ways of “stewarding our home” and transitioning into a more inclusive and sustainable future.


National Cohousing Wrap-up and Bookstore

Posted on May 23, 2017 by
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National Cohousing Wrap-Up Cohousing at our Bookstore by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager We just wrapped up our presence at the National Cohousing Conference as a sponsor, at the event’s bookstore, and with speakers from our staff. Not only is the National Cohousing Conference one of the main events we sponsor each year, but cohousing… Read More

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Because I’m happy…

Posted on May 16, 2017 by
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Because I’m Happy! Ma’ikwe Ludwig, Acting Development Director News Flash! Researchers confirm that community is a happier, more meaningful way to live! Well, that’s not actually news to those of us who live in community, but it is news―important news―for the rest of the world, which is very much in need of all of the… Read More

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By intentional communities, for intentional communities

Posted on May 12, 2017 by
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By Intentional Communities For Intentional Communities! June 22-25 ReRadical Village Camp ― An FIC Blog Post Sky Blue Are you ready to get re-radicalized? Windward Community in southern Washington State is hosting the first ReRadical Village Camp, June 22-25.  Earlybird discount! Passes are $185 for the Month of May only! In June, passes increase to… Read More

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Is Consensus the Best Practice?

Posted on May 9, 2017 by
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Community Bookstore Special Best of Communities The Cream of Our Crop Consensus by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Best of Communities Volume V Consensus A special selection of articles from Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture $15 in print; $10 digital The Fellowship for Intentional Community is pleased to offer you the cream of our crop―the very… Read More

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Climate Change & Community – current issue of Communities

Posted on May 6, 2017 by
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Communities Magazine — Spring 2017  Communities and Climate Change Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Communities and Climate Change—Issue #174 Our latest Communities issue on Climate Change and Community is still available for shipping. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now! Our Spring issue… Read More

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Learn, Visit, THRIVE with Dancing Rabbit this year

Posted on May 2, 2017 by
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It’s Been 20 Years! Join the Learning Celebration at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage An FIC Partner Organization Danielle Williams, Executive Director Center for Sustainable & Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage It’s a special time at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, as we’re celebrating twenty years of experimenting, learning, and growing as a thriving community near rural Rutledge,… Read More

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Variations on a Theme: Low-Carbon Communities of All Sorts

Posted on May 1, 2017 by
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Three innovative non-residential groups use community as a tool to address climate change.


Communities Conferences – May & September

Posted on April 28, 2017 by
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Intentional Communities Conferences May & September FIC Co-Sponsored Events Sky Blue, FIC Executive Director The Annual Conference on Community and Sustainability Memorial Day Weekend May 26-28, 2017 at The Farm, Summertown Tennessee This event is right around the corner! We’re going to be there. Are you? Learn more at http://thefarmcommunity.com/conference/ Register at  http://farmcatalog.com/communities_conference.html Discounts available. Camping,… Read More

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Two Northwest Cities Are Building Tiny Houses For The Homeless in Residential Backyards

Posted on April 27, 2017 by
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A new pilot program in Portland, OR, is exploring an unconventional way to reduce homelessness in the city. Relying on $350,000 in funding, the county will pay for the cost of building a tiny house in a homeowner’s backyard – under the condition that a homeless family can live there for five years. The program, called A Place… Read More