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Category Archives: Starting a Community

Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Irish ecovillagers achieve the smallest ecological footprints recorded in their country.More…

Leaps of Faith

Leaps of Faith

Two families leave a thriving cohousing community to follow their shared dreams as a tight-knit intergenerational group.More…

Common Fire’s Top Ten Hard-Earned Tips for Community Success

Common Fire’s Top Ten Hard-Earned Tips for Community Success

The sometimes triumphant, sometimes traumatic experiences of the three Common Fire communities yield wisdom relevant to anyone working to create a community.More…

Off-Grid, and In Community: ’Tis Easier to Find than to Found

Off-Grid, and In Community: ’Tis Easier to Find than to Found

The co-director of Maitreya Mountain Village suggests others not follow his example.More…

Words of Experience: Starting a Community

Words of Experience: Starting a Community

A founder shares a well-learned lesson: “It is a LOT of work to start an intentional community. A LOT.”More…

The New Communities Directory:  A Star Chart for Seekers and Founders

The New Communities Directory: A Star Chart for Seekers and Founders

Whether you’re starting a community or looking to join one, the new Communities Directory is an essential resource.More…

Finding or Starting a Community, #170 Contents

Finding or Starting a Community, #170 Contents

Those seeking an intentional community are often faced with a choice: find it, or found it? Whether looking to join an existing community or working to start a new one, aspiring communitarians can glean invaluable lessons from the experiences of other seekers and pioneers. Our Spring issue is full of success stories, cautionary tales, adventures, reflections, advice, and resources for anyone interested in Finding or Starting a Community.More…

Getting to Community and Life after Community: Collectivism vs. Individuality

Getting to Community and Life after Community: Collectivism vs. Individuality

Togetherness and solitude, action and reflection—our lives give us times for each.More…

An Evolving Movement

An Evolving Movement

The FIC’s new Executive Director reflects on his and the organization’s converging paths.More…

Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

Whether with refugees, in the inner city, or in intentional groups, community holds life-long lessons.More…

Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

A century since the United States’ first citywide zoning ordinance, community founders can find support in unexpected places when navigating land use laws.More…

My Struggle to Legalize Sustainable Living

My Struggle to Legalize Sustainable Living

After nearly three decades of activity, a pioneering eco-community collapses under the weight of legal attacks by a small group of neighbors.More…

It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.More…

My Intentional Community and the Law

My Intentional Community and the Law

Breitenbush has a long history of dealing with legalities and illegalities, from installing a volcano as their “boiler” and blocking old-growth logging to successfully petitioning for a zoning variance.More…

Zoning Nightmare: Hartford’s Scarborough Street House

Zoning Nightmare: Hartford’s Scarborough Street House

An unconventional family fights to stay in their collective house in the face of antiquated local ordinances which suppress community living.More…

Free Land on a Tropical Island!?

Free Land on a Tropical Island!?

Free land on a tropical island!? Pitcairn, a small remote paradise-like island in the South Pacific is running out of people. They are giving land for free to people who want to settle there. Could it make a good Ecovillage location? “With an aging population of around 50 people, this British Overseas Territory is seekingMore…

From Conversation to Community: How a Bunch of Mates Bought Some Land Together

From Conversation to Community: How a Bunch of Mates Bought Some Land Together

“Wouldn’t it be great to buy a block of land together in the bush?” Dinner party conversations yield unexpected fruit.More…

Vision, Money, and Sustainability: Bringing in Renters while Building the Dream

Vision, Money, and Sustainability: Bringing in Renters while Building the Dream

In the quest for sustainability, long-term goals can yield to short-term needs and opportunities, fertilizing new growth in unpredictable ways.More…

Sharing Spaces, Sharing Values: Entrepreneurship at Dragon’s Nest Cooperative Homestead

Sharing Spaces, Sharing Values: Entrepreneurship at Dragon’s Nest Cooperative Homestead

“Founder’s joy” can wear off very quickly in the chaos of financial instability and unclear agreements.More…

The Peace Bridge

The Peace Bridge

Tamarack Institute and FIC invite all of us to share our conversations about community.More…

Elders in Community

Elders in Community

Two community founders offer ongoing lessons and inspiration.More…

Yes, Wealthy People Want to Live in Community in Sustainable Ways Too!

Yes, Wealthy People Want to Live in Community in Sustainable Ways Too!

The facilitator of a telephone support group offers 14 suggestions from current or aspiring communitarians with significant financial resources.More…

An Interview with Ira Wallace

An Interview with Ira Wallace

A community pioneer and activist shares her stories.More…

Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Cohousing is intrinsically an affordable model; here’s why and how.More…

Creating a Community of Homesteaders

Creating a Community of Homesteaders

A land trust with leaseholds keeps members’ costs down while allowing a combination of autonomy and connection.More…

Affordability: Angst and Angels

Affordability: Angst and Angels

Kara Huntermoon of Heart-Culture Farm shares her community’s affordability strategies.More…

New Beginnings at Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing

New Beginnings at Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing

A forming cohousing group experiences its share of bumps, but comes together to move forward.More…

My Advice to Others Planning to Start an Ecovillage

An ecovillage founder offers 10 guidelines for success, including “Start with people.”More…

Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Innovative ecovillagers turn challenges into opportunities.More…

Living the Questions

Living the Questions

Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage grapples with obstacles to create a visionary housing project in rural Maine.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