Inspiration


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

Posted on January 19, 2017 by
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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 years… Read More


Bridge Meadows Brings Foster Children Into Intentional Community

Posted on January 12, 2017 by
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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 –… Read More


Interactive Documentary “One Shared House” Packs a Punch

Posted on January 2, 2017 by
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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.… Read More


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

Posted on December 26, 2016 by
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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 challenges… Read More


This Year, We’ll Need Community More Than Ever

Posted on December 15, 2016 by
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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:… Read More


The Untold Story of Utopian Communes In America

Posted on November 24, 2016 by
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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 traveled… Read More


This Binational City Would Make Borders A Thing of the Past

Posted on November 14, 2016 by
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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 zones… Read More


A New Book Combines Zen and Permaculture to Educate and Inspire

Posted on November 10, 2016 by
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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 is… Read More


These Apps Connect Excess Food With People Who Need It

Posted on October 24, 2016 by
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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 let… Read More


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

Posted on September 22, 2016 by
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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 to… Read More


How A Mystical Novel Spurred the Ecovillage Movement in Russia

Posted on September 15, 2016 by
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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. The… Read More


Bayan Azdirici Damla

Posted on September 5, 2016 by
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Bayan Azdirici Damla


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

Posted on August 18, 2016 by
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“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 a… Read More


How These Bike Festivals Bring Community To City Streets

Posted on August 11, 2016 by
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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,… Read More


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

Posted on August 8, 2016 by
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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 become… Read More


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

Posted on July 28, 2016 by
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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 they… Read More


Do You Know Your Watershed?

Posted on June 10, 2016 by
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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 of… Read More



A Resilient Society

Posted on May 5, 2015 by
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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 Burning… Read More


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

Posted on May 4, 2015 by
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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 of… Read More


Income Sharing Urban Communities

Posted on May 2, 2015 by
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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 descriptions… Read More


Who Defines a Family?

Posted on April 13, 2015 by
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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 the… Read More


Watch Visions of Utopia – Now Digital or DVD!

Posted on April 6, 2015 by
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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 excellent… Read More


Couple Builds Cabin of Windows for $500

Posted on March 23, 2015 by
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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 same… Read More


How to Thrive on 10%

Posted on March 13, 2015 by
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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 having… Read More


Why should you care about Intentional Communities?

Posted on February 9, 2015 by
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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 is… Read More


Where to Find Happiness?

Posted on February 8, 2015 by
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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 Find… Read More

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YES Youth Europe Self-Empowerment Cooperative

Posted on January 21, 2015 by
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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

Posted on January 4, 2015 by
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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, but… Read More


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

Posted on June 28, 2014 by
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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.… Read More