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Is An Income-Sharing Community Right for You?

Is An Income-Sharing Community Right for You?

When I first heard about the concept of income-sharing communities, I was pretty skeptical. It had been hard enough for me stabilize my own finances after graduating from college during the recession. I wasn’t sure I’d be up for sharing finances with a spouse – never mind an entire community. But the more that I learned aboutMore…

This 21-Day Racial Equity Online Program Tackles Social Justice in the Food System

This 21-Day Racial Equity Online Program Tackles Social Justice in the Food System

Food Solutions New England is offering an online 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge, in partnership with the Interaction Institute for Social Change. Participants will receive an e-mail prompt each day, with a challenge to “learn, read, talk, or take action.” According to its website: “We believe that we cannot talk about and work for sustainability,More…

A New Web Series Profiles Intentional Communities All Over The U.S.

A New Web Series Profiles Intentional Communities All Over The U.S.

One of the most exciting things about building community in the age of the Internet and social media is that it’s easier than ever to get an inside look at the communities that interest us. While nothing can replace an in-person visit, a new web series called “intentional” comes as close you can get to seeing what life is likeMore…

Joining Community While On Disability

Joining Community While On Disability

This is a guest post by Lily Silver, who blogs at How to Get On, “a guide to Social Security Disability, Medicaid and Home Care for CFS/ME and those who are homebound.” She sent us this article about joining community while on disability, and we thought it would have some useful information for our readers. Please post in theMore…

These Communities Offer On-Site Permaculture Workshops & Immersion Programs

These Communities Offer On-Site Permaculture Workshops & Immersion Programs

Curious about how you can apply permaculture principles in your community or ecovillage? There’s no better way than to visit a community in person and learn from hands-on workshops and immersion programs. Here are two very different programs – one an affordable “spring break” at a community in Washington state, the other a permaculture designMore…

Community as Experiential Laboratory–An Excerpt From Together Resilient by Ma’ikwe Ludwig

Community as Experiential Laboratory–An Excerpt From Together Resilient by Ma’ikwe Ludwig

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! **** The appeal and potential of intentional communities lies largely in one of their fundamentalMore…

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

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

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 overMore…

An App Called Teem Helps You Delegate Tasks Within Your Community

An App Called Teem Helps You Delegate Tasks Within Your Community

One of the challenges of living in a community with lots of new residents or guests is getting everyone oriented to the tasks and projects at hand. When I lived at Foster Village, a 10-person community in Portland, Oregon, we had a membership committee in charge of welcoming new residents, and a liaison assigned toMore…

ThePOOSH Connects Volunteers With Natural Building Projects

ThePOOSH Connects Volunteers With Natural Building Projects

Lots of intentional communities are connected with the WWOOFing network (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). It’s a great way for volunteers to gain experience living and working on an organic farm in exchange for room and board. But have you heard of the POOSH network, which connects people interested in natural and sustainable building projects?More…

Digital Security For Your Intentional Community

Digital Security For Your Intentional Community

For some high-profile communities, visibility is a good thing. The Dancing Rabbit ecovillage in Rutledge, Missouri, depends on workshops and other business endeavors to support itself. Many communities maintain a social media presence as a way to attract new members and promote co-operative living on a global scale. But some communities have good reason for wanting toMore…

The Class Cultures Toolkit Can Help You Host More Inclusive Meetings and Events

The Class Cultures Toolkit Can Help You Host More Inclusive Meetings and Events

Talking about class can be difficult – especially in intentional communities that include people from a variety of backgrounds. It can be a challenge to balance the needs of members from different classes: residents with stable jobs and incomes; property owners; activists who choose to live frugally; those with families to support. Some concerns –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…

This Peer-to-Peer Credit Exchange Could Be Great For Intentional Communities

This Peer-to-Peer Credit Exchange Could Be Great For Intentional Communities

For a while, peer-to-peer lending platforms were going to be the next big thing. Instead of borrowing from big banks, we could borrow from each other, on platforms like Lending Club and Prosper. But pretty soon big banks starting getting involved, and the loans weren’t really so “peer-to-peer” after all. Investors started using them as a wayMore…

These Tools Can Help Your Community Make Better Decisions

These Tools Can Help Your Community Make Better Decisions

One of the biggest hurdles an intentional community can face is figuring out how to make decisions. There are dozens of decision-making strategies to choose from, from consensus to sociocracy. But in today’s busy world, simply gathering around the table together as a community can be a challenge. At my community, meeting attendance takes a dive during 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…

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…

Try One of These Unique Alternatives to Airbnb

Try One of These Unique Alternatives to Airbnb

Airbnb and other “sharing economy” sites have been getting some bad press lately, with many cities arguing that the platforms are driving up rent, contributing to housing scarcity, and turning residential neighborhoods into tourist districts. Some cities, like Berlin, have begun to regulate room- and home-sharing, while San Francisco and New York are struggling toMore…

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…

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

A Permaculture Card Game Is Raising Funds on Kickstarter

A Permaculture Card Game Is Raising Funds on Kickstarter

Food Forest, a card game designed to teach kids about permaculture, is raising funds on Kickstarter. As of this writing, it’s two-thirds of the way toward its $10,000 goal and has around 10 days left to go. The game is developed and designed by Karl Treen, who came up with the idea while teaching gardeningMore…

How a New Generation is Finding Education Abroad- Without A Tuition

A generation in search of answers There’s long been a bug in the minds of the new generation- something doesn’t add up about the modern life path. We’ve heard it all before; spend some time in school, get a career helping some corporation produce and market some product or service, buy a house, start aMore…

A Resilient Society

A Resilient Society

A Resilient Society Resilience is the ability to absorb shocks and continue to function. In this short video series the Post Carbon Institute explores the questions around how our world has gotten to where it is, and what a world can look like functioning within it’s limits. The Law of Diminishing Returns The Great BurningMore…

Kindista helps you share with people nearby

Kindista helps you share with people nearby

Kindista helps you share with people nearby Looking for a plot to garden in, or someone to landscape your yard? Wishing for a dog walker, or offering mural painting skills? Desiring a giant bookshelf, and have a file cabinet that you’d like someone to take? Kindista.org is an online network that helps you share offers,More…

40+ Years of Communities magazine Back Issue Yard Sale!

40+ Years of Communities magazine Back Issue Yard Sale!

40+ Years of Communities magazine  Back Issues Yard Sale Christopher Kindig, Business Manager Communities magazine has chronicled the challenges and celebrations of community living since 1972. This stacks up to 165 issues where “C-mag” has brought you lessons learned, methods for solving problems as groups, and inspiration that thriving through cooperation is possible! While staffMore…

Mass Mosaic helps people connect to share in abundance

Mass Mosaic helps people connect to share in abundance

Wouldn’t it be great if you could share your skills and what you have in abundance, and receive help from those who have what you are lacking? This is how a new network called Mass Mosaic helps people connect to share in abundance. “Your skills, things, interests, experiences, passions, and dreams make you unique. EachMore…

Building United Judgment, Now Available for Download!

Building United Judgment, Now Available for Download!

Community Bookstore Building United Judgment A Handbook for Consensus Decision Making Available in Print & for the first time in Digital Format Reviewed by June Wallenburg Building United Judgment by the Center for Conflict Resolution Re-published by the Fellowship for Intentional Community 124 pages, Paperbound, 8.5″ x 11″; or Digital Download; ISBN 9780318170381 Building United JudgmentMore…

Community Bookstore Sale! The Natural Kitchen, Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution

Community Bookstore Sale! The Natural Kitchen, Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution

Community Bookstore Special The Natural Kitchen Bring Balance and Reverence Back to the Table by June, Community Bookstore Manager The Natural Kitchen Bring Balance and Reverence Back to the Table by Deborah Eden Tull 281 pages, softcover, ISBN: 9781934170120, 2010 “How we eat determines to a considerable extent how the world gets used.” ―W. Berry.More…

Bookshelf Special! Depletion and Abundance

Bookshelf Special! Depletion and Abundance

Community Bookstore Special Depletion and Abundance Life on the New Home Front by June, Community Bookstore Manager Depletion and Abundance   A book about Life on the New Home Front by Sharon Astyk Paperback (2008), 228 pages; ISBN 978-0865716148 A much needed and well-written book, Depletion and Abundance offers practical ways to address climate change,More…

Free Permaculture eBooks

Permaculture is all about one part of a system trying to help another, so this is our attempt to help replicate that, by sharing permaculture knowledge as freely and as widely as we can. In this section you’ll find a selection of completely free eBook downloads on permaculture and wider environmental topics, including the fantasticMore…

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