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The Cool Block Program Helps Neighbors Work Together to Fight Climate Change

The Cool Block Program Helps Neighbors Work Together to Fight Climate Change

When we hear the words “intentional community,” we may think of residential communities like back-to-the-land communes and urban housing co-ops. But you don’t have to live in the same house to have a shared vision and make an impact. A non-profit called Cool Block brings entire neighborhoods together to support each other and build community overMore…

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…

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 Game Called “Rise Up” Explores Cooperative Social Movements

A New Game Called “Rise Up” Explores Cooperative Social Movements

The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) is launching a Kickstarter for a new board game on September 27th. Called “Rise Up: The Game of People and Power,” the game is a great way to spend time with friends, while exploring social movements and learning to cooperate to achieve shared objectives. According to TESA, “The game weavesMore…

This Women-Only Village In Kenya Is Challenging Traditional Gender Roles

This Women-Only Village In Kenya Is Challenging Traditional Gender Roles

For over 20 years, a small community in Kenya has been embarking on a rare experiment: a community without men, where women are the homeowners and breadwinners. Around 50 women and 200 children live in Umoja, a small village several hundred miles north of Nairobi, in the dry grasslands of the Samburu region. According toMore…

This Alaska Community Took Its Own Approach To Treating Mental Illness

This Alaska Community Took Its Own Approach To Treating Mental Illness

The philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” It’s a quote often repeated by alternative healers and counter-cultural thinkers. In the 1980s, four families from Boston – who suffered from depression, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses – put that philosophy to theMore…

How This French Philosopher Inspired An Early Version of Cohousing

How This French Philosopher Inspired An Early Version of Cohousing

Although not as famous as some of his contemporaries, the French thinker Charles Fourier was one of the early visionaries of the intentional community movement. A utopian socialist, he proposed that society should be organized into Phalansteres, or “grand hotels,” each housing several hundred to several thousand people. At the peak of his popularity, heMore…

Case Study: How One Community Handles Maintenance Expenses

Case Study: How One Community Handles Maintenance Expenses

Here at Foster Village, my community in SE Portland, we share access to three houses on adjoining plots of land. Although we have plans for collective ownership, for now the houses are owned individually, but most of our expenses are shared. This means we have to think creatively about maintenance agreements. Each member contributes anMore…

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…

Rough Start to Rural Community

Rough Start to Rural Community

Rough Start to Rural Community Christian and Johannes Zinzendorf call themselves Harmonists, with central beliefs around the value of hard work in an agrarian life, and a communion with the spirits in nature. They make their own clothes from fabrics that they grow and spin from flax. They grow and harvest grains, care for aMore…

Income Sharing Urban Communities

Income Sharing Urban Communities

Income Sharing Urban Communities Point A is a group which has “an audacious proposal to form urban, income sharing, egalitarian, democratic, ambitious, engaged communes in the cities of the American East Coast.” So far these cities include Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City, and Richmond. That is a lot of adjectives! Here are some descriptionsMore…

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…

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…

Women and Intentional Communities

An interesting article about women and intentional communities!   http://www.more.com/home-not-alone

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