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

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

“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 upMore…

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…

The Damanhur Community In Italy Has Its Own Currency and Constitution

The Damanhur Community In Italy Has Its Own Currency and Constitution

The community of Damanhur in northern Italy is known for the Temples of Humankind, a 5-story series of underground chambers built by residents of the community as a spiritual gathering place. Begun in 1978, they were discovered by authorities in the 1990s, and nearly shut down. Now, they’re open to the public and have becomeMore…

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…

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…

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 Jewish Intentional Community Conference Takes Place December 1-4

The Jewish Intentional Community Conference Takes Place December 1-4

  The FIC’s Intentional Communities Directory includes communities that range from the spiritual to the secular. If you want to find a religiously affiliated (or unaffiliated) community, there’s a good chance you’ll find one there that aligns with your values. For those looking for a community centered around the Jewish faith, you can check outMore…

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…

A New Game Called “Rise Up” Explores Cooperative Social Movements

A New Game Called “Rise Up” Explores Cooperative Social Movements

The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) is launching a Kickstarter for a new board game on September 27th. Called “Rise Up: The Game of People and Power,” the game is a great way to spend time with friends, while exploring social movements and learning to cooperate to achieve shared objectives. According to TESA, “The game weavesMore…

How A Mystical Novel Spurred the Ecovillage Movement in Russia

How A Mystical Novel Spurred the Ecovillage Movement in Russia

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. TheMore…

A Free Documentary Series Shows You How To Live In A Tiny House Legally

A Free Documentary Series Shows You How To Live In A Tiny House Legally

For many tiny house enthusiasts, building the house itself isn’t the hard part. There are lots of resources out there for designing and constructing a tiny house, as well as companies that will build the whole thing for you. More and more people are coming to see tiny homes as a viable living option. TheseMore…

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…

This TED Talk Shows How Ecovillages Can Bring About Global Change

This TED Talk Shows How Ecovillages Can Bring About Global Change

Last year, Kosha Joubert, President of the Global Ecovillage Network, delivered a powerful talk at TEDxGeneva on the impact of ecovillages around the globe. Joubert lived in South Africa as a child, spent time in Amsterdam as adult, and now lives at the Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland. After studying cultural anthropology, she says she feltMore…

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…

Community As Sanctuary: How These Retreats Offer Refuge in Rural Places

Community As Sanctuary: How These Retreats Offer Refuge in Rural Places

Some communities, like the Tonic Housing project in the U.K., were founded as a way to provide cohousing to LGBT elders in rapidly gentrifying cities. Others offer a refuge away from the city, a place where like-minded people can gather for retreats and other seasonal festivities. For decades, the Radical Faerie movement has been creatingMore…

Going Biking This Summer? Try Out This Network For A Shower and A Place to Stay

Going Biking This Summer? Try Out This Network For A Shower and A Place to Stay

Since 1993, the Warm Showers network has been connecting touring bicyclists with hosts willing to offer them a couch, shower, camping space, or other form of hospitality. Originally started as a listserv, it was developed into a full website in 2005, and currently has 86,000 active members and 36,000 active hosts around the world. TheMore…

NuMundo Hosts Southeast Bioregional Convergence in Asheville, July 9-10

NuMundo Hosts Southeast Bioregional Convergence in Asheville, July 9-10

NuMundo wants to make it easier for travelers to connect with ecovillages and intentional communities around the world. Their site has dozens of listings in the U.S., Europe, South America, and more, many of which offer permaculture classes, natural building courses, and other hands-on, land-based experiences. NuMundo calls these locations “impact centers“: “An impact centerMore…

The Ephermisle Festival Imagines What A Floating City Might Look Like

The Ephermisle Festival Imagines What A Floating City Might Look Like

Since 2009, a small collection of sailboats, houseboats, rafts, and other watercraft have gathered each summer to create a floating city in California’s Sacramento River Delta. Called Ephemerisle, the week-long event was originally created by the Seasteading Institute as way to demonstrate how ocean-based communities might function. Now, it serves as a kind of Burning-Man-at-sea,More…

How These Co-op Bars Are Reinventing the Idea of a “Public House”

How These Co-op Bars Are Reinventing the Idea of a “Public House”

“Have a pint – change the world,” is the motto of the Oregon Public House, a co-operatively owned, non-profit bar in Portland, OR. According to co-founder Ryan Saari, the city has no shortage of non-profit charities, but these organizations expend a large part of their energy on fundraising. The Oregon Public House was created asMore…

SimpleREV Brings Minimalism and Intentional Living to the Twin Cities

SimpleREV Brings Minimalism and Intentional Living to the Twin Cities

In October 2014, I attended the first annual SimpleREV conference in Minneapolis, MN. For two days, around 50 or so attendees shared stories about downsizing, living life with less “stuff,” building tiny houses, and more. For some, it was the first time they’d been around other people pursuing a less consumer-driven lifestyle, and the experienceMore…

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…

OuiShare Pushes for A Fairer Sharing Economy

OuiShare Pushes for A Fairer Sharing Economy

For years, OuiShare has been one of the leading voices on the sharing economy in Europe, and has helped put the concept of collaborative consumption and peer-to-peer economies on the map. This year, it’s hosting a series of events, including the annual OuiShare Fest in Paris, and additional gatherings in Lille, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro,More…

European Projects Explore Cohousing for LGBT Elders

European Projects Explore Cohousing for LGBT Elders

Over the past year, a U.K. group called Tonic Housing has been exploring ways to offer safe, affordable housing to older members of the LGBT community. Supported by several charitable foundations, Tonic hopes to build a housing complex called Tonic Centre in or near London: “There is currently no LGBT-specific housing for older people in theMore…

NextGEN Hosts The Youth Ecovillage Summit in Quebec June 9-12

NextGEN Hosts The Youth Ecovillage Summit in Quebec June 9-12

NextGEN North America has opened registration for the third annual Youth Ecovillage Summit, which will take place in Quebec, Canada from June 9-12, 2016. The event will be hosted at La Cite Ecologique, an ecovillage two hours away from Montreal and Quebec City. According to NextGEN: “Over 30 years ago, La Cité Ecologique began as aMore…

Job Openings at the New Economy Coalition (Plus Event Registration for Common Bound)

Job Openings at the New Economy Coalition (Plus Event Registration for Common Bound)

One of the great things about the growing interest in intentional living is how easily groups like FIC can connect and collaborate with related organizations. From neurodiverse cohousing networks to online permaculture classes, there are hundreds of groups out there with values that overlap with our own. This week, we bring you updates from theMore…

Portland’s Village Building Convergence Returns June 3-12

Portland’s Village Building Convergence Returns June 3-12

For 16 years, the City Repair Project has been gathering annually for the Village Building Convergence, a 10-day event focusing on permaculture and placemaking in Portland, OR. Even residents who haven’t heard of the event have experienced its impact: its projects include “intersection repairs” that have created some of Portland’s most colorful and liveliest crossroads;More…

Three Tucson Communities Open Their Doors For National Cohousing Day

Three Tucson Communities Open Their Doors For National Cohousing Day

National Cohousing Open House Day is coming up in just over a week, and dozens of communities will be welcoming guests for tours and other free activities. You can check out the map at Cohousing.org to find a community near you. Please RSVP to the Facebook event and invite your friends so we can getMore…

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…

Cicek Sepeti

Cicek Sepeti

Cicek Sepeti

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…

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