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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…

How This Toronto Nonprofit Encourages Collaborative Consumption

How This Toronto Nonprofit Encourages Collaborative Consumption

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 theMore…

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…

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

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

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 LivingMore…

How Seed Saver Networks Are Protecting The Planet’s Biodiversity

How Seed Saver Networks Are Protecting The Planet’s Biodiversity

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 librariesMore…

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

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

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 CatchMore…

Shared Earth Connects Gardeners With Unused Land In Their Neighborhood

Shared Earth Connects Gardeners With Unused Land In Their Neighborhood

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 gardensMore…

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…

The First YIMBY Conference Says Yes In My Backyard

The First YIMBY Conference Says Yes In My Backyard

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 homesharingMore…

The Placemaking Movement is Turning Cities into Communities

The Placemaking Movement is Turning Cities into Communities

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 createMore…

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

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

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 narrowedMore…

How These Collaborative Networks Foster Inter-Community Connection

How These Collaborative Networks Foster Inter-Community Connection

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 beMore…

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

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

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. InMore…

Life in an urban eco-village

Life in an urban eco-village

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 urbanMore…

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…

All About Healing

All About Healing

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, whichMore…

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