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Membership

If you are not currently a member, this is a great way to get involved with FIC, to support us and to keep in touch with what we are doing. We welcome individual, community, and organizational members at a range of sustaining levels. Members receive discounts on conferences and publications, invitations to our semi-annual organizational meetings, and a newsletter. Become a Member of FIC today!

Subscribe to Communities magazine

Communities magazine is your source for news and ideas from the worlds of community living and cooperative culture, whether in or outside of intentional community. Each quarterly issue includes ads for communities seeking people and people seeking communities, along with a lively selection of articles on topics relevant to intentional community living and cooperation in all its forms. Are you currently picking up your copy of Communities from a bookstore? Please get involved with FIC by buying a subscription instead so that your support can go more directly to FIC.

Sell the Communities Directory
Make money for yourself while getting Directories out in the world! Buy a box from us at wholesale rate, then re-sell at cover price, making a profit in the process. Contact our office for bulk discounts.

Community Dialogs
These discussions are designed to tap into people’s interest in community, from neighborhoods to rural communes. We are looking for local hosts who are willing to help put together a salon or workshop. It can be as simple as inviting half a dozen friends for potluck, and we have a free organizing kit that explains all the steps. Contact our main office for more information or to request a kit.

Art of Community
These regional conferences focused on the nuts and bolts of building community are held two times each year. We invite you to join us for a weekend of learning, networking, socializing and fun! Locations vary, come find out where and when the next event will be, or contact our main office.

Organizational Meetings
Twice a year we gather to check in on project areas and talk about how we are manifesting our values as an organization. It’s a high energy time and a great chance to see the consensus process in action, guided by skilled facilitators. All the board and general committee sessions are open for observation. Attending a meeting is probably the most direct way to get involved with FIC, letting you plug right into what’s happening. Contact our main office for information on the next meeting.

Donations
It takes money to spread the word about community. We invite contributions for specific projects, our capital fund, or general operations. We would also appreciate any information you can pass on to us about individuals or organizations who may be interested in making a donation or grant.

Community Bookstore
This mail-order service is a great source for books on community living, alternative lifestyles, and related topics. Take a look at the list of titles in the online catalog. We are particularly pleased to offer two classic guides on consensus decision-making, Building United Judgment: A Handbook for Consensus Decision Making and A Manual for Group Facilitators, which were out of print for years until we recently obtained the copyright and brought them back.

Promote the ic.org Web Site
Do you maintain a web site for your community or other organization? If it is appropriate, we invite you to add a link to the main page or your favorite section of our Intentional Communities web site. Below are some examples of ways you can link to us:

On a Related Links or Resources Page try something like:

Intentional Communities Website: provides information on the intentional communities movement including a searchable Communities Directory and hundreds of articles on community. Published by the FIC.

HTML Code: <a href=”http://www.ic.org” target=”_ic_org”><strong>Intentional Communities Website</strong></a>: provides information on the intentional communities movement including a searchable <a href=”http://www.ic.org/directory/” target=”_directory”>Communities Directory</a> and hundreds of articles on community. Published by the <a href=”http://fic.ic.org” target=”_fic”>FIC</a>.

Or even better yet, put it on every page in your navigation bar:

Intentional Communities Website

HTML Code: <A HREF=”http://www.ic.org” target=”_ic_org”>Intentional Communities Website</A>

See www.dancingrabbit.org for an example of this on a community website (look in the left hand navbar towards the bottom).

You might also consider a link to the online Communities Directory:

Online Communities Directory: a searchable online directory of intentional communities from North America and around the world provided by the FIC.

HTML Code: <a href=”http://www.ic.org/directory/” target=”_directory”><strong>Online Communities Directory</strong></a>: a searchable online directory of intentional communities from North America and around the world provided by the <a href=”http://www.ic.org” target=”_fic”>FIC</a>

Or better yet, put it on every page of your site by including it in your navigation bar

Communities Directory - Ecovillage, Cohousing, Communes, and more
Communities Directory Book

HTML Code: <A HREF=”http://directory.ic.org” target=”_directory”> <IMG SRC=”http://www.ic.org/wp-content/uploads/imported/Communities-Directory-2010-big.png” WIDTH=84 HEIGHT=108 BORDER=0 alt=”Communities Directory – Ecovillage, Cohousing, Communes, and more”><BR> Communities Directory</A>

See www.dancingrabbit.org for an example of this on a community website.

Link directly to your community’s listing:

<A HREF=”http://www.ic.org/directory/songaia-cohousing-community/” target=”_directory”>See our listing on the online Communities Directory</A>

For an example see Songaia Community‘s website (toward the bottom of the page where it says “Songaia: Intentional Communities Directory”).

Thanks for helping us to promote the Intentional Communities website!

What Else?
There are many other projects and committees that would welcome your support in the form of time, money and ideas. Here’s a sampling:

Do You Have Skills to Share?
If you fill out a skills-sharing form, we’ll know what skills you have to offer! All levels of skills are needed. The information will go in an internal database that is used only by FIC staff, and will be used when we are searching for a particular skill and to help us find support for the various committees.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering skills or time with FIC, contact us.

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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
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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