Localization


How to Start A Meal Sharing Co-op: An Excerpt From Together Resilient by Ma’ikwe Ludwig

Posted on February 27, 2017 by
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This post is an excerpt from Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption by Ma’ikwe Ludwig, published by The Fellowship for Intentional Community. Visit our fundraising campaign to learn how you can support the publication of the book and get yourself a copy! **** Food is one of the true universals: everyone eats. Most of us have familial… Read More


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

Posted on February 16, 2017 by
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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 over… 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


How This Toronto Nonprofit Encourages Collaborative Consumption

Posted on December 12, 2016 by
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For years, the news media has been looking to Silicon Valley as the epicenter of the new “sharing economy.” Maybe it should be looking to Toronto instead. Over the past few years, the Institute for a Resource Based Economy has been expanding the concept of collaborative consumption throughout the city, helping Ontarians reduce waste and make the… 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


Buy, Eat, and Live Local With Help From BALLE’s New Toolkits

Posted on November 7, 2016 by
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Whether it’s eating local, supporting worker-owned businesses, or taking money out of Wall Street banks, the “localist” movement is on the rise. While the dominance of mega-corporations like Wal-Mart and Amazon may seem complete, small businesses make up half of the U.S. GDP and create over three times as many jobs. The Business Alliance for Local Living… Read More


How Seed Saver Networks Are Protecting The Planet’s Biodiversity

Posted on October 20, 2016 by
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As more farmers and gardeners take an interest in permaculture, seed savers’ networks are becoming a vital way to preserve heirloom varieties and protect our planet’s biodiversity. Although not as visible as the farmers’ markets that line our neighborhood sidewalks on Sundays, they’re an integral part of the farm-to-table movement. Seed savers and seed libraries… Read More


The Boat-to-Fork Movement Promotes Local and Sustainable Seafood

Posted on October 17, 2016 by
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Many of us are familiar with the farm-to-table movement: we might shop at our neighborhood farmers market, or even subscribe to a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) model as a way to support local farms. But what about other products, like seafood? Can we find ways to eat fish locally and sustainably? A network called Local Catch… Read More


Shared Earth Connects Gardeners With Unused Land In Their Neighborhood

Posted on October 3, 2016 by
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For years, projects like Fallen Fruit and the Urban Farm Collective have been making it easier for people to access the excess produce and gardening space in their neighborhoods. A new project called Shared Earth brings the concept to a wider market, using the latest peer-to-peer technology to connect gardeners with unused lawns and gardens… Read More


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


The First YIMBY Conference Says Yes In My Backyard

Posted on July 21, 2016 by
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Many U.S. cities are in the middle of a housing crisis. Some, like San Francisco, have been struggling with it for years, while others, like Portland and Seattle, hope to avoid following the same trajectory. There are many factors at play, including high rates of migration to urban areas, and the impact of peer-to-peer homesharing… Read More


The Placemaking Movement is Turning Cities into Communities

Posted on July 8, 2016 by
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Over 15 years ago, a group of natural builders organized the first Village Building Convergence in Portland, OR. It’s partly the reason why the city is now dotted with colorful intersections, cob benches, and unconventional living spaces. According to the organizers, “We recognized that modern life and the structure of our cities often don’t create… Read More


One of These 7 Finalists Will Be the First “Smart City” in the U.S.

Posted on June 23, 2016 by
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Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced its “Smart City Challenge,” a contest that will award one mid-sized city with $50 million in funding to improve its transportation networks. The USDOT hopes the selected city will become a role model for implementing safer, more energy-efficient technology. Out of 78 entries, the USDOT has narrowed… Read More


How These Collaborative Networks Foster Inter-Community Connection

Posted on May 16, 2016 by
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As interest in community living grows, it’s important that we make it easy and accessible for people to get involved with their local co-ops and coliving spaces. For many people, community dinners, art and music nights, and overnight stays are the ideal way to explore whether coliving is right for them. Sometimes, it can be… Read More


Former Residents Call on Black Bear Ranch to Unsettle The Klamath River

Posted on March 30, 2016 by
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Eight years ago, when I moved out to the West Coast for the first time, I wasn’t yet aware of the intentional community movement. I’d always imagined living collectively, but it wasn’t until I learned about Black Bear Ranch – through a documentary called “Commune” – that I realized communities like it actually existed. In… Read More


Life in an urban eco-village

Posted on March 23, 2016 by
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Hi, I’m Saul, the new Social Media Manager here at FIC. I’m excited to join the team from my home at Foster Village, an urban eco-community in Southeast Portland, OR! If you have any feedback or suggestions for a future blog post, you can reach me via e-mail or on Twitter. Living in an urban… 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


All About Healing

Posted on April 22, 2015 by
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Learn All About Healing Many are opting to localize their approach to well being, by taking as much responsibility for their health and healing as they can. AllThingsHealing.com explores health from many dimensions including the body and mind, your community, and the environment. It examines increasing and sustaining healing through a multitude of disciplines, which… Read More