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4 Ways to Celebrate the new Communities Directory

4 Ways to Celebrate the new Communities Directory

Community Bookstore 4 Ways to Celebrate the new Communities Directory by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager The New 7th Edition 2016 Print Communities Directory $35 The Communities Directory, now in its seventh edition, has already been delivered to over 300 homes and communities that were eagerly awaiting its completion. Have you received your copy? WeMore…

This Women-Only Village In Kenya Is Challenging Traditional Gender Roles

This Women-Only Village In Kenya Is Challenging Traditional Gender Roles

For over 20 years, a small community in Kenya has been embarking on a rare experiment: a community without men, where women are the homeowners and breadwinners. Around 50 women and 200 children live in Umoja, a small village several hundred miles north of Nairobi, in the dry grasslands of the Samburu region. According toMore…

Coming of Age in Service Community

Coming of Age in Service Community

Growing up in a community with a strong commitment to changing the world can be both enlivening and challenging.More…

Watch Community Bookstore Videos on Any Screen!

Watch Community Bookstore Videos on Any Screen!

Community Bookstore Featured Watch Community Bookstore Videos on Any Screen by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Watch Your Favorite Community Stories Anywhere You Like on Any Device! All of our documentary films are now available through Vimeo, a fast and easy way to download films from your PC, tablet, or mobile phone, wherever and whenever! Visit usMore…

Are Worms and Crickets the Future of Sustainable Eating?

Are Worms and Crickets the Future of Sustainable Eating?

Cultures around the world have been including insects as part of their diets for millennia. But in the U.S. – where raising livestock accounts for a staggering percentage of greenhouse gas emissions – eating insects as a source of protein has been slow to catch on. Could that finally be changing? Cricket Flour Several companiesMore…

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…

This Eco-Community in Peru is Known for Its Cone-Shaped Structures

This Eco-Community in Peru is Known for Its Cone-Shaped Structures

Just over an hour north of Lima, Peru, a circle of cone-shaped buildings rises beside a sandy beach. These structures are called “trulys,” and they’re part of a spiritual eco-village built by Hare Krishnas on the Peruvian coast. The village is a popular stopping place for travelers looking for a peaceful, meditative retreat in ruralMore…

What are you doing this Fall? Find us at these events!

What are you doing this Fall? Find us at these events!

What are you doing this Fall? Find us at these events!   Fall Events by Sky Blue, FIC Exec. Directory Summer’s over, but Fall’s just beginning, and the movement for cooperation, sustainability, and justice charges on! We’ll be representing at several more great events this year. Come hang out with us and help change theMore…

Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard Work

Activism and Service at Black Bulga Community: Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging, and Not All Hard Work

At Black Bulga, the experience of community provides vital support for members to be effective change agents in the wider world. More…

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…

17 communities from your couch

17 communities from your couch

Community Bookstore Featured Visions of Utopia On DVD and Digital Format by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Visions of Utopia Experiments in Sustainable Culture Part 1 and Part 2 On DVD or in digital format $25 each or $38 for both! Take a journey to 17 intentional communities throughout the US in our classic two-part documentaryMore…

Attend Or Host A Documentary Screening of Kombit: The Cooperative

Attend Or Host A Documentary Screening of Kombit: The Cooperative

The word “Kombit” means a “community working together toward a common goal” in the Haitain Creole dialect. A recent documentary by that name — Kombit: The Collective — tells the story of a Haitian farming community coming together to plant 5 million trees over the course of five years. With support from footwear company TimberlandMore…

Communities Fall Issue – Service & Activism

Communities Fall Issue – Service & Activism

Communities Magazine — Fall 2016 Service and Activism Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Our new Communities issue on Service and Activism was mailed to subscribers on August 23. You can subscribe now or order a sample and we’ll ship you a copy today! Our Fall issue focuses on Service and Activism. Authors exploreMore…

“Ecotopia” Art Installation Brings Visions of Permaculture to the London Design Festival

“Ecotopia” Art Installation Brings Visions of Permaculture to the London Design Festival

From Sept. 17-25, 2016, the London Design Festival will feature an art installation inspired by Ernest Callenbach’s 1975 book Ecotopia. In the book, a journalist visits a newly-formed country in the Pacific Northwest that’s built on sustainable permaculture principles. The installation will explore ways that “Utopian thinking” can help us find solutions to our modern-dayMore…

The Gesundheit! Institute: A 45 Year-Old Communal Hospital Experiment

The Gesundheit! Institute: A 45 Year-Old Communal Hospital Experiment

In a decades-long project with worldwide reach, medicine, humor, and community become vehicles for social change.More…

At This Hawaiian Eco-Community, You Can Stay In A Bamboo Hut In A Volcanic Crater

At This Hawaiian Eco-Community, You Can Stay In A Bamboo Hut In A Volcanic Crater

A few weeks ago – as the prospect of spending another winter here in rainy Portland began to dawn on me – I started looking into some travel opportunities in warmer climates. One of my goals as a blogger is to get to visit some of the intentional communities that I write about – andMore…

How can we bring more life to meetings?

How can we bring more life to meetings?

  Community Bookstore Featured Group Works card deck by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Group Works card deck A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings created by the Group Pattern Language Project NEW! $35 Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the organizing, role-setting, and facilitation of a meeting? Perhaps you wantMore…

A Planned City In Australia Will Feature Tesla-Powered Homes

A Planned City In Australia Will Feature Tesla-Powered Homes

Planned communities have had a long and somewhat mixed history. From the Familistere in Guise, France, designed to house factory workers, to the Disney-fied Main Street of Celebration, Florida, they differ from cohousing projects and intentional communities in a major way: they’re generally created from the top-down, by developers and business owners, rather than byMore…

Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community

Innisfree Village: Lifesharing in a Service Community

Adults with disabilities and residential caregiver volunteers share the challenges and joys of community life at Innisfree.More…

KCET Visits the LA Eco-Village for A Look At Sustainable Urban Living

KCET Visits the LA Eco-Village for A Look At Sustainable Urban Living

When you hear about life in Los Angeles, you probably think about traffic, smog, and sprawling suburbs. But LA has a thriving network of intentional communities, many of which exist just under the radar of activity in neighborhoods like Silverlake, Mar Vista, and Koreatown. I spent several years living in the city and got toMore…

Available now: new Communities Directory book!

Available now: new Communities Directory book!

Community Bookstore Featured Communities Directory Book New 7th Print Edition  by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Communities Directory Print Book New 7th edition, August 2016 Available and shipping $35 We are so grateful for our supportive community that contributed to our kickstarter campaign last fall. Together, we exceeded our goal and created an updated seventh editionMore…

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…

Service and Activism, #172 Contents

Service and Activism, #172 Contents

Our Fall issue explores Service and Activism in intentional communities. Authors share their stories of living and working in both service- and activist-oriented groups, including Camphill communities, Innisfree Village, Gesundheit!, Konohana Family, Magic, Black Bulga, and more. How do service and activism build community, both within a group and in the larger world? How can communitarians contribute to the well-being of the planet and its people? We also explore how long-standing, mission-focused communities—including Harbin Hot Springs, ZEGG, and EcoVillage at Ithaca—have evolved over time, and the latest research about happiness in community. More…

West Coast Communities Conference 2016

West Coast Communities Conference 2016 Thursday Sept 29 ― Sunday Oct 2 at Groundswell Institute a queer ecovillage and retreat center 2 hours north of the San Francisco CA Bay Area Co-Sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community West Coast Communities Conference: Racial & Economic Justice Get details and register here Whether old hat to intentional community or just divingMore…

This Alaska Community Took Its Own Approach To Treating Mental Illness

This Alaska Community Took Its Own Approach To Treating Mental Illness

The philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” It’s a quote often repeated by alternative healers and counter-cultural thinkers. In the 1980s, four families from Boston – who suffered from depression, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses – put that philosophy to theMore…

What does it take to go back to the land?

What does it take to go back to the land?

Community Bookstore Featured Two New Films by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager What does it take to go back to the land? Perhaps you have explored the answer in your own unique way. And now FIC has two new films available at our bookstore that offer another possible answer. Independent film-maker, Helen Iles, has spentMore…

How These Bike Festivals Bring Community To City Streets

How These Bike Festivals Bring Community To City Streets

Forty years ago, a group of Columbian bicycle activists started a tradition that would eventually spread to hundreds of cities around the world. Called Ciclovía, which means “cycleway” in Spanish, the event shuts down automobile traffic on over 70 miles of streets in Bogota every Sunday – creating space for up to 2 million bicyclists,More…

A New Book Takes A Close Look At Plants and Animals In The Human Habitat

A New Book Takes A Close Look At Plants and Animals In The Human Habitat

When Nathanael Johnson began taking his two-year-old daughter on nature walks in Berkeley, CA, he realized that he didn’t know the names of half the trees, bugs, and other creatures she pointed to. Even the most common urban animals – pigeons and squirrels – were a mystery to him. How did they manage to becomeMore…

Communities magazine – Ecovillages around the World

Communities magazine – Ecovillages around the World

Communities Magazine — Summer 2016 Ecovillages around the World Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Ecovillages around the World—Issue #171 Our latest Communities issue on Ecovillages around the World is still available for shipping. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now! Produced in association with theMore…

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…

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.