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Is The Country of Bhutan The World’s Largest Intentional Community?

Is The Country of Bhutan The World’s Largest Intentional Community?

This post is an excerpt from Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption by Ma’ikwe Ludwig, published by The Fellowship for Intentional Community. Visit our fundraising campaign to learn how you can support the publication of the book and get yourself a copy! **** A group of researchers studying variations in per capita carbon emissions notes that, “MuchMore…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“Ecotopia” Art Installation Brings Visions of Permaculture to the London Design Festival

“Ecotopia” Art Installation Brings Visions of Permaculture to the London Design Festival

From Sept. 17-25, 2016, the London Design Festival will feature an art installation inspired by Ernest Callenbach’s 1975 book Ecotopia. In the book, a journalist visits a newly-formed country in the Pacific Northwest that’s built on sustainable permaculture principles. The installation will explore ways that “Utopian thinking” can help us find solutions to our modern-dayMore…

A Planned City In Australia Will Feature Tesla-Powered Homes

A Planned City In Australia Will Feature Tesla-Powered Homes

Planned communities have had a long and somewhat mixed history. From the Familistere in Guise, France, designed to house factory workers, to the Disney-fied Main Street of Celebration, Florida, they differ from cohousing projects and intentional communities in a major way: they’re generally created from the top-down, by developers and business owners, rather than byMore…

KCET Visits the LA Eco-Village for A Look At Sustainable Urban Living

KCET Visits the LA Eco-Village for A Look At Sustainable Urban Living

When you hear about life in Los Angeles, you probably think about traffic, smog, and sprawling suburbs. But LA has a thriving network of intentional communities, many of which exist just under the radar of activity in neighborhoods like Silverlake, Mar Vista, and Koreatown. I spent several years living in the city and got toMore…

A New Movement Is Rethinking Our Relationship With The Earth

A New Movement Is Rethinking Our Relationship With The Earth

Last month, I had the chance to visit the Windward Education and Research Center, an intentional community in rural Washington, for an event called the EcoSex Convergence. Over 5 days, 150 participants explored topics related to environmentalism, spirituality, sexuality, and more. The event’s guests of honor were Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, who combine academicMore…

Power Shift Hosts 4 Regional Events for Young Climate Activists

Power Shift Hosts 4 Regional Events for Young Climate Activists

The Energy Action Coalition, the “Hub of the Youth Climate Movement,” has hosted four Power Shift convergences for young climate activists since 2007. This year, the event is expanding into four regional convergences taking place in Philadelphia, Detroit, Orlando, and the West Coast: “Power Shift brings young climate leaders together as a movement—building the organizingMore…

One of These 7 Finalists Will Be the First “Smart City” in the U.S.

One of These 7 Finalists Will Be the First “Smart City” in the U.S.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced its “Smart City Challenge,” a contest that will award one mid-sized city with $50 million in funding to improve its transportation networks. The USDOT hopes the selected city will become a role model for implementing safer, more energy-efficient technology. Out of 78 entries, the USDOT has narrowedMore…

The “Moved to Act” Climate Leadership Intensive Comes to Dancing Rabbit

The “Moved to Act” Climate Leadership Intensive Comes to Dancing Rabbit

This August, the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Rutledge, MO, will host “Moved to Act,” a climate leadership intensive offered by Aaron Murphy and other instructors. The event takes place from August 12-18, 2016, and is open to a limited number of participants. According to the organizers, “Moved to Act is an immersive training for supportingMore…

Portland’s Village Building Convergence Returns June 3-12

Portland’s Village Building Convergence Returns June 3-12

For 16 years, the City Repair Project has been gathering annually for the Village Building Convergence, a 10-day event focusing on permaculture and placemaking in Portland, OR. Even residents who haven’t heard of the event have experienced its impact: its projects include “intersection repairs” that have created some of Portland’s most colorful and liveliest crossroads;More…

Nautilus Shaped Wind Turbine

Nautilus Shaped Wind Turbine

The Archimedes is a unique new design in alternative energy. It is a nautilus shaped wind turbine, in that it’s blades are shaped like a Nautilus shell. This design allows it to point directly into the wind to capture the most amount of energy, while remarkably producing very little sound.          More…

Solar Power in The U.S.

  The energy that falls on the U.S. in one hour of noon summer sun is almost equal to total annual U.S. electricity demand: http://huff.to/148bu39

Go Solar with FIC

Sungevity is a social value “B-Corp” that makes it affordable for all homeowners to use solar power. It has stopped over 200,000 metric tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere, and has raised over $1.1 million for non profit organizations!  Sungevity donates $750 to the Fellowship for Intentional Community for each home, community, or businessMore…

Mora County Bans Oil and Gas Extraction

Monday the County Commission of Mora County, located in northeastern New Mexico, became the first county in the U.S. to pass an ordinance banning all oil and gas extraction. Drafted with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance establishes a local Bill of Rights—including aMore…

Within Reach Screenings

Follow Amanda’s incredible bicycle trip around the US to explore ways people are creating community and sustainability. Find a screening near you, or order a screening kit to inspire people where you live!   http://test.withinreachmovie.com/seethefilm.php

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