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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

These Tools Can Help Your Community Make Better Decisions

These Tools Can Help Your Community Make Better Decisions

One of the biggest hurdles an intentional community can face is figuring out how to make decisions. There are dozens of decision-making strategies to choose from, from consensus to sociocracy. But in today’s busy world, simply gathering around the table together as a community can be a challenge. At my community, meeting attendance takes a dive during theMore…

A New Movie Tells The Story of A Danish Couple As They Start An Intentional Community

A New Movie Tells The Story of A Danish Couple As They Start An Intentional Community

A new movie called “The Commune” follows Erik and Anna, a Danish couple living in Copenhagen in the 1970s, as they invite an assortment of friends and acquaintances to move into a home they inherited: “We should live with fantastic people, shouldn’t we?” Anna asks her husband. He agrees to try it out, and theyMore…

Moving Through Times of Transition

Moving Through Times of Transition

What is it that keeps a community’s identity consistent over time? Is it the people? The place? The culture? Here at Foster Village in Portland, OR, we’ve had around a 50% turnover rate over the past year. Some long-term residents have moved on to live in rural communities. Some recent arrivals decided that the levelMore…

Which stage is your tribe?

Which stage is your tribe?

Which stage is your tribe? It turns out that by listening to the way people speak to each other in working and social groups one can tell a great deal about their stage cultural of development. David Logan, a researcher and professor of management and leadership at USC, and co-founder and senior partner of consultingMore…

Building United Judgment, Now Available for Download!

Building United Judgment, Now Available for Download!

Community Bookstore Building United Judgment A Handbook for Consensus Decision Making Available in Print & for the first time in Digital Format Reviewed by June Wallenburg Building United Judgment by the Center for Conflict Resolution Re-published by the Fellowship for Intentional Community 124 pages, Paperbound, 8.5″ x 11″; or Digital Download; ISBN 9780318170381 Building United JudgmentMore…

Facebook as Village Gathering Space

What goes on in my mind as I stroll along the Facebook village? When I joined Facebook I got quite excited because I could invite people to events that my friends and I were involved in. I found out about events and promoted them: foodie gatherings, cultural change workshops, important TED talks, meditation retreats, danceMore…

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