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MTV Features Intentional Community on “True Life: I’m Joining A Commune”

MTV Features Intentional Community on “True Life: I’m Joining A Commune”

A recent episode of MTV’s “True Life” features two stories about community living. In one, 23-year-old Took Edalow attempts to start a commune with several friends on Staten Island. Another follows Emet, 26, as he leaves home and moves into a community called the Garden of Eden in Arlington, Texas. Edalow is an artist with yearsMore…

Bridge Meadows Brings Foster Children Into Intentional Community

Bridge Meadows Brings Foster Children Into Intentional Community

For many intentional communities and cohousing projects, being “intergenerational” is a core value and long-term goal. Parents envision themselves raising children with the support of other community members. Elderly residents want to share meals and social activities in their old age. But for some families – such as foster children and their adoptive parents –More…

Interactive Documentary “One Shared House” Packs a Punch

Interactive Documentary “One Shared House” Packs a Punch

It’s not often that we hear the story of an intentional community told by someone who grew up in one. And it’s even less common for that story to be told through a beautifully designed 10-minute interactive documentary. At OneSharedHouse.com, Irene Pereyra tells the story of Kollontai, a cohousing experiment in Amsterdam in the 1980s.More…

Take Part In The People’s State of the Union This January

Take Part In The People’s State of the Union This January

Beginning in 2015, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture has led a project called the People’s State of the Union, to coincide with the president’s annual address to the nation. Taking the perspective that democracy is “a conversation, not a monologue,” the PSOTU is a chance for communities to come together and share the hopes and challengesMore…

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 Untold Story of Utopian Communes In America

The Untold Story of Utopian Communes In America

It was a time of great change and social experimentation. Groups of like-minded people pooled their money to buy property in what one writer called a kind of “socialist land mania.” Another philosopher said that it was impossible to find a well-read man without “a draft of a new community in his waistcoat pocket.“ Residents from these communities traveledMore…

This Binational City Would Make Borders A Thing of the Past

This Binational City Would Make Borders A Thing of the Past

Architect Fernando Romero has a plan for a binational city stretching over the U.S. and Mexican border. The project was on display last month at the London Design Biennale 2016. The designers call it “the first integrated masterplan for a binational city conducive to both sides of the border, employing tools of enterprise such as special economic zonesMore…

A New Book Combines Zen and Permaculture to Educate and Inspire

A New Book Combines Zen and Permaculture to Educate and Inspire

Stefan Geyer, a London resident active in the U.K. permaculture community, is releasing a new book called “Zen in the Art of Permaculture Design.” It’s not a guidebook to specific permaculture practices, but a reflective look at the ways permaculture principles can inspire change in our lives and communities. According to the book’s copy, “Permaculture isMore…

These Apps Connect Excess Food With People Who Need It

These Apps Connect Excess Food With People Who Need It

Nearly $500 billion worth of food gets thrown away in the U.S. each year – while nearly 50 million Americans go hungry. A new app hopes to use peer-to-peer technology to connect people throwing away food with those who need it. We’ve seen the sharing economy dabble in foodsharing before. Platforms like Feastly and Josephine letMore…

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…

How A Mystical Novel Spurred the Ecovillage Movement in Russia

How A Mystical Novel Spurred the Ecovillage Movement in Russia

Over the years, many intentional communities have drawn on works of fiction for inspiration. They can serve as cultural touchstones, helping connect the communities in a particular region with a shared philosophy or way of life. Here in the Pacific Northwest, books like Ecotopia and The Fifth Sacred Thing sit on many communal bookshelves. TheMore…

Bayan Azdirici Damla

Bayan Azdirici Damla

Bayan Azdirici Damla

The Diggers Started Their Own Back-to-the-Land Movement in 1649

The Diggers Started Their Own Back-to-the-Land Movement in 1649

“In 1649/to St. George’s Hill/a ragged band they called the Diggers/came to show the people’s will.” So starts Leon Rosselson’s song, “The World Turned Upside Down,” which tells the story of a radical Protestant sect in Surrey, England, that became one of the earliest examples of the agrarian socialist movement. The group formed during aMore…

How These Bike Festivals Bring Community To City Streets

How These Bike Festivals Bring Community To City Streets

Forty years ago, a group of Columbian bicycle activists started a tradition that would eventually spread to hundreds of cities around the world. Called Ciclovía, which means “cycleway” in Spanish, the event shuts down automobile traffic on over 70 miles of streets in Bogota every Sunday – creating space for up to 2 million bicyclists,More…

A New Book Takes A Close Look At Plants and Animals In The Human Habitat

A New Book Takes A Close Look At Plants and Animals In The Human Habitat

When Nathanael Johnson began taking his two-year-old daughter on nature walks in Berkeley, CA, he realized that he didn’t know the names of half the trees, bugs, and other creatures she pointed to. Even the most common urban animals – pigeons and squirrels – were a mystery to him. How did they manage to becomeMore…

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…

Do You Know Your Watershed?

Do You Know Your Watershed?

Last month, I took part in Oregon State University’s online permaculture class, taught by Andrew Millison. While permaculture design certificates can cost upwards of $750, this class was free, open to the public, and available to access from anywhere. It was pretty inspiring to see people from all over the world engaging in the discussions – some ofMore…

Is this Normal?

Is this Normal?

A Resilient Society

A Resilient Society

A Resilient Society Resilience is the ability to absorb shocks and continue to function. In this short video series the Post Carbon Institute explores the questions around how our world has gotten to where it is, and what a world can look like functioning within it’s limits. The Law of Diminishing Returns The Great BurningMore…

5 ​R​easons ​W​hy ​I​ntentional ​C​ommunities are ​M​ore ​R​elevant ​Than ​E​ver

5 ​R​easons ​W​hy ​I​ntentional ​C​ommunities are ​M​ore ​R​elevant ​Than ​E​ver

5 ​R​easons ​W​hy ​I​ntentional ​C​ommunities are ​More Relevant Than Ever In the 70’s and 80’s there was a flurry of intentional communities that then seemed to lose their relevance, and less followed. Interest and developments have once again mushroomed for obvious reasons. Here is a brief countdown of some of the reasons. ​1. Freedom ofMore…

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…

Who Defines a Family?

Who Defines a Family?

Who Defines a Family? “Love makes us a Family.” The Scarborough Street mansion is home to 8 adults who live together by choice in a small community. Their local zoning laws however forbid so many unrelated adults living together, causing the city of Hartford to tell them they must move out. “This issue of theMore…

Watch Visions of Utopia – Now Digital or DVD!

Watch Visions of Utopia – Now Digital or DVD!

Community Bookstore New! Visions Of Utopia Video, Parts One & Two Now in Digital, to Rent or Buy  by Erica, Community Bookstore Manager Visions Of Utopia Video, Parts One & Two Experiments In Sustainable Culture Now in both Digital and DVD Formats Take a community journey from your favorite couch! This Two-Part Video is an excellentMore…

Couple Builds Cabin of Windows for $500

Couple Builds Cabin of Windows for $500

A Cabin of Windows Wouldn’t it be cool if a house had a wall of windows, so it couldn’t confine the sunset to just one little space?   Lilah Horwitz and Nick Olson mused at this while watching a sunset on their first date. Just under 1 year later the two returned to those sameMore…

How to Thrive on 10%

How to Thrive on 10%

How to Thrive on 10% It is often taken for granted that the United States consumes and wastes 5 times more than the rest of the planet. At the same time it is well known and highly advised that dramatic reductions in carbon pollution is needed to address climate change. We also know that havingMore…

Why should you care about Intentional Communities?

Why should you care about Intentional Communities?

Why should you care about Intentional Communities? FIC Board Member Sky Blue reviews the successful systems and culture Twin Oaks has built to allow it to thrive. “Twin Oaks Community has been my home off and on for the last 15 years. It’s one of the flagships of the Intentional Communities movement, and yet isMore…

Where to Find Happiness?

Where to Find Happiness?

Where to Find Happiness? Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and editor in chief of Yes Magazine, has adapted an article from her book, Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference, to address what actually makes us happy? From A Brief History of Happiness: How America Lost Track of the Good Life—and Where to FindMore…

YES Youth Europe Self-Empowerment Cooperative

Participants: 28 young people (18 – 30 Years) – 1 from each EU country and 8 from other continents as guests Date: 26th April to 3rd May 2015 Place: Schloss Tempelhof – Germany Final Application Day: 15th February 2015 More details about the event here.

6 fascinating people who own almost nothing

Most of us can only handle stacking, storing and stepping over our stuff for so long before we start to feel claustrophobic. We go on a cleaning spree and give (or sell) it all away. But that’s only a temporary fix. Living small requires a more permanent shift. You might find it hard to believe, butMore…

Community Bookstore Sale! The Natural Kitchen, Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution

Community Bookstore Sale! The Natural Kitchen, Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution

Community Bookstore Special The Natural Kitchen Bring Balance and Reverence Back to the Table by June, Community Bookstore Manager The Natural Kitchen Bring Balance and Reverence Back to the Table by Deborah Eden Tull 281 pages, softcover, ISBN: 9781934170120, 2010 “How we eat determines to a considerable extent how the world gets used.” ―W. Berry.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