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National Cohousing Wrap-up and Bookstore

National Cohousing Wrap-up and Bookstore

National Cohousing Wrap-Up Cohousing at our Bookstore by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager We just wrapped up our presence at the National Cohousing Conference as a sponsor, at the event’s bookstore, and with speakers from our staff. Not only is the National Cohousing Conference one of the main events we sponsor each year, but cohousingMore…

Because I’m happy…

Because I’m happy…

Because I’m Happy! Ma’ikwe Ludwig, Acting Development Director News Flash! Researchers confirm that community is a happier, more meaningful way to live! Well, that’s not actually news to those of us who live in community, but it is news―important news―for the rest of the world, which is very much in need of all of theMore…

By intentional communities, for intentional communities

By intentional communities, for intentional communities

By Intentional Communities For Intentional Communities! June 22-25 ReRadical Village Camp ― An FIC Blog Post Sky Blue Are you ready to get re-radicalized? Windward Community in southern Washington State is hosting the first ReRadical Village Camp, June 22-25.  Earlybird discount! Passes are $185 for the Month of May only! In June, passes increase toMore…

Is Consensus the Best Practice?

Is Consensus the Best Practice?

Community Bookstore Special Best of Communities The Cream of Our Crop Consensus by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Best of Communities Volume V Consensus A special selection of articles from Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture $15 in print; $10 digital The Fellowship for Intentional Community is pleased to offer you the cream of our crop―the veryMore…

Climate Change & Community – current issue of Communities

Climate Change & Community – current issue of Communities

Communities Magazine — Spring 2017  Communities and Climate Change Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Communities and Climate Change—Issue #174 Our latest Communities issue on Climate Change and Community is still available for shipping. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now! Our Spring issueMore…

Learn, Visit, THRIVE with Dancing Rabbit this year

Learn, Visit, THRIVE with Dancing Rabbit this year

It’s Been 20 Years! Join the Learning Celebration at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage An FIC Partner Organization Danielle Williams, Executive Director Center for Sustainable & Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage It’s a special time at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, as we’re celebrating twenty years of experimenting, learning, and growing as a thriving community near rural Rutledge,More…

Variations on a Theme: Low-Carbon Communities of All Sorts

Variations on a Theme: Low-Carbon Communities of All Sorts

Three innovative non-residential groups use community as a tool to address climate change.More…

Communities Conferences – May & September

Communities Conferences – May & September

Intentional Communities Conferences May & September FIC Co-Sponsored Events Sky Blue, FIC Executive Director The Annual Conference on Community and Sustainability Memorial Day Weekend May 26-28, 2017 at The Farm, Summertown Tennessee This event is right around the corner! We’re going to be there. Are you? Learn more at http://thefarmcommunity.com/conference/ Register at  http://farmcatalog.com/communities_conference.html Discounts available. Camping,More…

Two Northwest Cities Are Building Tiny Houses For The Homeless in Residential Backyards

Two Northwest Cities Are Building Tiny Houses For The Homeless in Residential Backyards

A new pilot program in Portland, OR, is exploring an unconventional way to reduce homelessness in the city. Relying on $350,000 in funding, the county will pay for the cost of building a tiny house in a homeowner’s backyard – under the condition that a homeless family can live there for five years. The program, called A PlaceMore…

People over profit, communities over corporations!

People over profit, communities over corporations!

People Over Profit, Communities Over Corporations! Soon to be posted on the FIC Blog Sky Blue A long-time, low-rent community building in East Oakland could become a giant playground for big tech–or stay an affordable, people-of-color-led social justice center, with your help! This multi-use space includes: The Bikery, part of Cycles of Change, a communityMore…

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Ma’ikwe Ludwig Author and longtime champion of FIC FIC is celebrating this beautiful planet we share for the whole year of 2017! You may have already seen the Spring issue of Communities magazine, Communities and Climate Change. If you haven’t, it’s worth picking up just for the amazing interview with Nikki SilvestriMore…

Affordable, Developer-Driven Ecovillages: Meeting an Unmet Need

Affordable, Developer-Driven Ecovillages: Meeting an Unmet Need

A replicable ecovillage model is our best hope for achieving essential, global-scale changes.More…

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

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

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 andMore…

National Cohousing Conference

I’m really excited for the National Cohousing Conference, May 19 – 21, in Nashville, TN. Cohousing as a model is growing and evolving at a rapid pace, and this is great news for intentional communities and cooperative ventures everywhere. Cohousing communities have long been on the forefront of dealing with financial institutions, zoning officials, andMore…

Think Resilience!

Think Resilience!

Think Resilience! Post Carbon Institute Self-Guided Course Community Bookstore Book Looking for a deep dive into what resilience means for your life and the world around you? The Post Carbon Institute has produced a self-guided course titled Think Resilience: Preparing Communities for the Rest of the 21st Century, which centers around a video series by RichardMore…

4 Reasons to Leap into Spring Sale

4 Reasons to Leap into Spring Sale

4 Reasons to Leap into Spring Sale Community Bookstore Spring Sale Four Reasons To Leap by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager We’re halfway through our spring sale and we still have plenty of books, magazines and movies up to 50% off! These sale prices won’t last so get them while you can. In case youMore…

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…

How we are adapting to climate change

How we are adapting to climate change

Community Bookstore Featured Permaculture And Climate Change Adaptation by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation Inspiring Ecological, Social, Economic and Cultural Responses for Resilience and Transformation 112 pages; paperback; 2016 By Thomas Henfrey & Gil Penha-Lopes $16 “For decades, permaculture practitioners have devised creative responses to changes in local climate conditions.More…

Soil, Communities, and Climate Change: An Interview with Nikki Silvestri

Soil, Communities, and Climate Change: An Interview with Nikki Silvestri

As a climate solutions advocate explains, carbon is not a bad thing; it’s often just in the wrong places right now. More…

This Novel Explores A Tuscon Community’s Response To Climate Change

This Novel Explores A Tuscon Community’s Response To Climate Change

A new novel by Susan Feathers, called Threshold, explores one community’s response to climate change. Inspired by her experiences with the Building Resilient Neighborhoods program in Tuscon, Arizona, Threshold combines interlocking plot-lines with the latest scientific research to bring the concept of community resiliency to life. You can purchase the book online or read anMore…

Immerse Yourself In A Permaculture Program At One of These Rural Communities

Immerse Yourself In A Permaculture Program At One of These Rural Communities

Last month, we sent out a newsletter highlighting two permaculture workshops at intentional communities in the U.S. Since then, we’ve heard from many more program leaders who wanted their workshops to be included. We apologize for not featuring more in last month’s newsletter, and decided to revisit the topic this month! Here is a samplingMore…

Climate Change & Community — Spring Issue of Communities

Climate Change & Community — Spring Issue of Communities

Communities Magazine — Spring 2017 Communities and Climate Change Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online including an article by Bill McKibben Communities and Climate Change—Issue #174  Our latest Communities issue on Climate Change and Community reached subscribers last month. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering aMore…

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…

Inside Cohousing – Open House Day and the National Conference

Inside Cohousing – Open House Day and the National Conference

Inside Cohousing Open House Day & The National Conference The second annual National Cohousing Open House Day will be held Saturday, April 29th. Organized by the Cohousing Association of the US, all kinds of communities are welcome to list events. Click here for a list of participating communities. Click here  pictures and posts from the 2016More…

The Question I Get Asked the Most

The Question I Get Asked the Most

“What can I do?” It’s the right question—almost.More…

A New Memoir Explores The Checkered History of Zendik Farm

A New Memoir Explores The Checkered History of Zendik Farm

While we love to focus on the positive side of intentional living here at FIC, we also know that communal living, when taken to its extreme, can become, well, a cult. A new memoir by Helen Zuman tells the story of the years she spent at Zendik Farm, where relationships were orchestrated and overseen by the communityMore…

72 hrs to support Together Resilient and get your name in print!

72 hrs to support Together Resilient and get your name in print!

Support Together Resilient! Do you believe that intentional communities have learned some important things about creating resilience in the face of climate change? Help us spread the word with a new book and speaking tour! Contribute to our crowdfunding campaign by midnight on March 31st and you’ll be added to the list of people thankedMore…

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…

Visit Or Volunteer at the Sustainable Kashi Ashram

Visit Or Volunteer at the Sustainable Kashi Ashram

Midway between Miami and Orlando, the Sustainable Kashi Ashram is an interfaith intentional community that combines yoga, meditation, and permaculture projects on 80 acres land on the eastern coast of Florida. Founded in 1976, the community’s teachings are based on Hindu philosophy, but participants of any religion – or none – are welcome to visit andMore…

Spring Sale Just For You!

Spring Sale Just For You!

Community Bookstore Spring Sale Up to half off on Books, Magazines, and Movies! by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Friends across the globe, those of us north of the equator wish you a happy Spring Equinox! Despite the unpredictability of our weather these days, we are nonetheless celebrating a season of new life, reproduction, andMore…

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