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

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

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,More…

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…

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

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

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 byMore…

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

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

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 byMore…

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

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

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 FreeMore…

Switzerland to Vote on Basic Income Referendum June 5

Switzerland to Vote on Basic Income Referendum June 5

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 willMore…

Millennials Are Embracing Cohousing – Of A  Different Kind

Millennials Are Embracing Cohousing – Of A Different Kind

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 spacesMore…

The Write A House Program Builds Artistic Community in Detroit

The Write A House Program Builds Artistic Community in Detroit

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 theMore…

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…

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…

Commons Transition Project

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

Gender Issues – Communities Magazine #162 Spring Issue

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.More…

The Farm Communities Conference 2014 — Register Now!

  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 CareMore…

Communities Conference – Help Us Rebuild Our Kitchen!

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 toMore…

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

“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 inMore…

Solar Power in The U.S.

  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

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

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 aMore…

The Integral Center, LLC Give Up Control

“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

An interesting article about women and intentional communities!   http://www.more.com/home-not-alone

Effects of Technology on Human Interaction

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-rateMore…

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

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

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

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 powersMore…

Eco-commune movement in Russia

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 utopiasMore…

Huffington Post profiles a Christian community with a social agenda

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 GuisingerMore…

New York Times showcases emerging collectives in Brooklyn

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 ofMore…

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage’s Cob House in Yes!

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 toMore…

Egalitarian Community in Ethiopia

A recent article from newsdesk.org looks at the progressive Awra Amba community in Ethiopia. Sixty-three-year-old Zumra Nuru, a longtime promoter of gender equality and religious freedom, founded the society in the 1980s. As a child, Nuru was skeptical of the inequality he observed on a daily basis. … Though Awra Amba could claim only 19More…

The Independent looks at ‘Modern Communes’

A recent article in Britain’s Independent describes the successes of Lammas Eco-village, Brithdir Mawr and Steward Wood communities in the UK. If reassurance were needed that life in a commune really is a plausible alternative to more conventional ways of existence, remember that for years several of these places have been proving their viability acrossMore…

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