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The Journal of Political Ecology Looks At Intentional Communities From An Academic Perspective

Posted on April 20, 2017 by
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For many of us, intentional communities serve as experiential laboratories, examples of ways that people can come together to challenge the dominant systems that we’ve grown up with or have learned to put up with. It’s been great to see a rise in mainstream awareness of intentional communities, with more news and media outlets taking cohousing and… Read More


Boulder’s New Co-op Ordinance is a Victory for Intentional Communities

Posted on January 16, 2017 by
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“Do you want a Picklebric next to you?” asked an alarmed op-ed in the Daily Camera last summer. Residents of a Boulder, Colorado, neighborhood were clashing with members of the Picklebric co-op over the city’s occupancy laws. As of January, the answer is “Yes.” The Boulder City Council voted 7-2 to pass an ordinance that will allow up… Read More


The First Seasteading Community May Be Closer To Reality Than We Thought

Posted on November 17, 2016 by
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In June, I wrote a blog post about the Ephemerisle Festival, a gathering on the Sacramento River Delta that imagines what a floating city might look like. The festival hopes to educate people about “seasteading,” which refers to long-term communities at sea, away from the interference of national governments, where residents can practice self-reliance and self-governance. At the time,… 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


The Micro-Nation of Liberland Could Be The World’s Biggest Planned Community

Posted on November 3, 2016 by
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Picture a country built from scratch: a city-state with open borders, where paying taxes is optional and there are no laws other than “live and let live.” At just three square miles, cars will be unnecessary; the open-air cityscape will allow for algae-powered residences and vertical farms. Private property, drug use, and sexuality will be free from interference by… Read More


The Community Land Trust That Arose Out of the Civil Rights Movement

Posted on August 1, 2016 by
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So many of the community structures that we write about here at FIC – such as community land trusts – have a long, but often overlooked, history. That’s why it’s important for writers, filmmakers, and historians to document stories of intentional communities over time. A new documentary, Arc of Justice, does just that. Made by… Read More


This 1800s Commune Tried Free Love and Income-Sharing Long Before It Was A Thing

Posted on July 11, 2016 by
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Many of the intentional communities that we hear about are recent ones: the back-to-the-land communes of the 1970s, the student co-ops and cohousing spaces being formed today. That’s why it’s especially fascinating to get a glimpse into a commune from a different era – as I did recently in a book called “Oneida: From Free… Read More


Switzerland to Vote on Basic Income Referendum June 5

Posted on June 2, 2016 by
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This Sunday, June 5, Switzerland will be the first country to vote on whether or not its citizens should receive a universal basic income (UBI) of $2,600 per month. The proposal would guarantee a payment to every citizen (and $650 per child), without any pre-conditions or work requirements. Liberal advocates argue that a UBI will… Read More


Millennials Are Embracing Cohousing – Of A Different Kind

Posted on April 14, 2016 by
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It may have been only a matter of time before the millennial generation turned its attention to cohousing. As car and home ownership among young people has declined, and as the nuclear family is no longer the go-to living arrangement, it makes sense that college grads would look for ways share resources and living spaces… Read More


The Write A House Program Builds Artistic Community in Detroit

Posted on April 7, 2016 by
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Launched in 2012, the Write a House program in Detroit has been creating a writers’ residency like no other. After buying up vacant homes, the organization renovates them – with the help of youths in vocational training – and invites a writer to move in. After two years of residency, the writer is given the… 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


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


Commons Transition Project

Posted on January 27, 2015 by
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Last week, commons advocates the P2P Foundation, Guerilla Translation, and their partners launched Commons Transition, a public forum to further commons-oriented policy-making. Commons Transition is based on the groundbreaking work of the Free/Libre Open Knowledge (FLOK) Society in Ecuador. Read the full article here.  


Gender Issues – Communities Magazine #162 Spring Issue

Posted on April 14, 2014 by
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Communities Magazine — Spring 2014 Gender Issues Latest Issue in Print, Free Articles Published Online Gender Issues—Issue #162 Our new Communities issue on Gender Issues was mailed to subscribers in early March. You can subscribe now or order a sample and we’ll ship you a copy today! Our Spring 2014 issue focuses on Gender Issues.… Read More


The Farm Communities Conference 2014 — Register Now!

Posted on April 14, 2014 by
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  The 6th Annual Farm Conference On Community & Sustainability Register Now! Memorial Day Weekend, May 23–25, 2014  Summertown TN The Building Blocks of Community An FIC Co-Sponsored Event  The Building Blocks Of Community Government Earning a Living: Small Business, Developing Professions Healthy Lifestyle  and Health Care: Growing Food and Sustainable Diet, Children and Elder Care… Read More


Communities Conference – Help Us Rebuild Our Kitchen!

Posted on March 18, 2014 by
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Twin Oaks Communities Conference Help Us Rebuild Our Kitchen! Labor Day Weekend Conference, Louisa VA An FIC Co-Sponsored Event Just two weeks to support the Communities Conference kitchen! We’re less than two weeks away from our deadline to raise funds for the new kitchen at the Twin Oaks Communities Conference! Our indiegogo campaign needs to… Read More


D.C.’s ‘intentional communities’ put strangers in a house joined by core values

Posted on September 11, 2013 by
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“Laird Schaub, executive secretary of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, said there’s been a boomlet in intentional living since about 2005. […] People “say there has been more alienation and fragmentation, more divisiveness and tension, less sense of neighborliness than when they grew up,” he said. “The reason [the homes] are important is because in… Read More


Solar Power in The U.S.

Posted on August 20, 2013 by
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  The energy that falls on the U.S. in one hour of noon summer sun is almost equal to total annual U.S. electricity demand: http://huff.to/148bu39


Seattle to Create the First Free Food Forest

Posted on June 18, 2013 by
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Forget meadows. Seattle’s food forest will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking. Read more here: http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/02/21/its-not-fairytale-seattle-build-nations-first-food-forest   


Mora County Bans Oil and Gas Extraction

Posted on May 4, 2013 by
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Monday the County Commission of Mora County, located in northeastern New Mexico, became the first county in the U.S. to pass an ordinance banning all oil and gas extraction. Drafted with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance establishes a local Bill of Rights—including a… Read More


The Integral Center, LLC Give Up Control

Posted on April 15, 2013 by
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“In a legally binding move, founders of The Integral Center, LLC have voluntarily relinquished their rights to control their company as owners. Instead they have ceded authority to a purpose-centered governance process called Holacracy, a model that distributes authority across the organization and gives primary power to the organization itself.” Read more: http://integralcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/IC-Holacracy-Legal-Ratification.pdf  


Women and Intentional Communities

Posted on April 11, 2013 by
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An interesting article about women and intentional communities!   http://www.more.com/home-not-alone


Effects of Technology on Human Interaction

Posted on March 28, 2013 by
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Article proving that face to face connection is qualitatively different, and literally more healthy, than digital connection. “To appreciate why this matters, here’s a quick anatomy lesson. Your brain is tied to your heart by your vagus nerve. Subtle variations in your heart rate reveal the strength of this brain-heart connection, and as such, heart-rate… Read More


Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

Posted on March 25, 2013 by
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Putting the non-profit sector, and what it takes to raise money for worthwhile causes, in a new light! …What do you think? http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong.html


Intergenerational Cohousing

Posted on March 18, 2013 by
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THERE seems to be a rule that if retirees move to a communal environment, it must consist only of other retirees. But some older adults are challenging that notion by choosing intergenerational cohousing, living side by side with people of all other ages, including singles, childless couples and families with children. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/business/retirementspecial/retirees-choose-intergenerational-cohousing.html?_r=2&  


Piece in Atlantic about Transition Towns

Posted on April 4, 2011 by
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An article in the Atlantic by Kentaro Toyama describes Transition Towns as “the latest in a history of intentional communities that have experimented to find more enlightened alternatives to modern economically driven urban life.” The movement’s basic premises are that the consequences of peak oil and climate change are imminent; that governments and entrenched powers… Read More


Eco-commune movement in Russia

Posted on November 17, 2010 by
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Russia: Beyond the Headlines, an international newspaper focused on Russian news, politics and culture, recently posted an article on the growth of homesteading communities, referred to as “eco-communes” in rural Russia. Thousands of Russian professionals have lost hope for a better life in cities. They have taken to the forests to create their own utopias… Read More


Huffington Post profiles a Christian community with a social agenda

Posted on September 26, 2010 by
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This article discusses the impact that a group of young Christians are hoping to produce by building community in a violent neighborhood in Gresham, Oregon. This work is tied to the tradition of new monasticism, emphasizing communal living, hospitality, contemplation and engagement with the poor. In the two years since David Knepprath and Josh Guisinger… Read More


New York Times showcases emerging collectives in Brooklyn

Posted on September 21, 2010 by
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An article in the Fashion & Style section of the Times this week credits urban agriculture, social media and a flourishing arts community as bolstering the trend toward sharing, bartering and living communally in Brooklyn. “The groundswell of social technology today is creating unprecedented opportunities to share and collaborate,” said Rachel Bosman, an author of… Read More


Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage’s Cob House in Yes!

Posted on August 14, 2010 by
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Yes! magazine has an article and slideshow on one of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage‘s cob houses. The article is on the cover of the upcoming issue of Yes! on Resilency. The slideshow includes an excerpt from Brian (Ziggy) Liloia’s Cob House blog: I live at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, an intentional community in Northeast Missouri devoted to… Read More