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53 Ways of The Peripatetic Communitarian

53 Ways of The Peripatetic Communitarian

Community Bookstore Feature Best of Communities ― The Cream of Our Crop The Peripatetic Communitarian: The Best of Geoph Kozeny by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Best of Communities Volume XV The Peripatetic Communitarian: The Best of Geoph Kozeny A special selection of articles from Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture $10 Digital, $15 Print The FellowshipMore…

How This French Philosopher Inspired An Early Version of Cohousing

How This French Philosopher Inspired An Early Version of Cohousing

Although not as famous as some of his contemporaries, the French thinker Charles Fourier was one of the early visionaries of the intentional community movement. A utopian socialist, he proposed that society should be organized into Phalansteres, or “grand hotels,” each housing several hundred to several thousand people. At the peak of his popularity, heMore…

The First YIMBY Conference Says Yes In My Backyard

The First YIMBY Conference Says Yes In My Backyard

Many U.S. cities are in the middle of a housing crisis. Some, like San Francisco, have been struggling with it for years, while others, like Portland and Seattle, hope to avoid following the same trajectory. There are many factors at play, including high rates of migration to urban areas, and the impact of peer-to-peer homesharingMore…

True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

True Sustainability: Indigenous Pathways

At Maitreya Mountain Village, mainstream pragmatism meets radical idealism.More…

A New Movement Is Rethinking Our Relationship With The Earth

A New Movement Is Rethinking Our Relationship With The Earth

Last month, I had the chance to visit the Windward Education and Research Center, an intentional community in rural Washington, for an event called the EcoSex Convergence. Over 5 days, 150 participants explored topics related to environmentalism, spirituality, sexuality, and more. The event’s guests of honor were Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, who combine academicMore…

Join the Re-generation!

Join the Re-generation!

Community Bookstore Designing Regenerative Cultures by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Designing Regenerative Cultures by Daniel Christian Wahl NEW! $32 In our newest title in the FIC bookstore, author Daniel Wahl writes in Designing Regenerative Cultures: “We need to ask the deeper question of why we are worth sustaining. Our answers will inform how we askMore…

Workshops & Discounts – Communities Conference 2016

Workshops & Discounts – Communities Conference 2016

  Communities Conference 2016 Labor Day Weekend Conference Sept 2-5 at Twin Oaks Community, Louisa VA Co-Sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community This year’s Communities Conference is just around the Corner! Will you join us this Labor Day weekend (September 2nd-5th) for three days of workshops, story swapping, shared meals and inter-community solidarity? TheMore…

Case Study: How One Community Handles Maintenance Expenses

Case Study: How One Community Handles Maintenance Expenses

Here at Foster Village, my community in SE Portland, we share access to three houses on adjoining plots of land. Although we have plans for collective ownership, for now the houses are owned individually, but most of our expenses are shared. This means we have to think creatively about maintenance agreements. Each member contributes anMore…

Are you hands-on?

Are you hands-on?

Community Bookstore Head, Heart & Hands Lessons in Community Building by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Head, Heart & Hands Lessons in Community Building by Shari Leach 171 pages $20 I don’t know about you, but I am a hands-on learner. Even when it comes to abstract ideas like community building, if my reading canMore…

This 1800s Commune Tried Free Love and Income-Sharing Long Before It Was A Thing

This 1800s Commune Tried Free Love and Income-Sharing Long Before It Was A Thing

Many of the intentional communities that we hear about are recent ones: the back-to-the-land communes of the 1970s, the student co-ops and cohousing spaces being formed today. That’s why it’s especially fascinating to get a glimpse into a commune from a different era – as I did recently in a book called “Oneida: From FreeMore…

Creating Carbon-Negative Communities:  Ecovillages and the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

Creating Carbon-Negative Communities: Ecovillages and the UN’s New Sustainable Development Goals

Diverse ecovillages are modeling how to create more just, equitable, and sustainable human societies.More…

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…

Ecovillages around the World – Communities Summer Issue

Ecovillages around the World – Communities Summer Issue

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 reached subscribers last month. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now! Produced in association with the GlobalMore…

The Bridge to a Greener World

The Bridge to a Greener World

This Australian community’s bridge is a lot more than just a bridge.More…

Power Shift Hosts 4 Regional Events for Young Climate Activists

Power Shift Hosts 4 Regional Events for Young Climate Activists

The Energy Action Coalition, the “Hub of the Youth Climate Movement,” has hosted four Power Shift convergences for young climate activists since 2007. This year, the event is expanding into four regional convergences taking place in Philadelphia, Detroit, Orlando, and the West Coast: “Power Shift brings young climate leaders together as a movement—building the organizingMore…

Inhabit – A Permaculture Perspective

Inhabit – A Permaculture Perspective

Community Bookstore Featured Inhabit – A Permaculture Perspective by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Inhabit – A Permaculture Perspective Available on DVD, digital download, and digital rental The Community Bookstore is excited to announce in the coming weeks several new films and new ways to share our classic documentaries. We want to make our filmsMore…

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…

One of These 7 Finalists Will Be the First “Smart City” in the U.S.

One of These 7 Finalists Will Be the First “Smart City” in the U.S.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced its “Smart City Challenge,” a contest that will award one mid-sized city with $50 million in funding to improve its transportation networks. The USDOT hopes the selected city will become a role model for implementing safer, more energy-efficient technology. Out of 78 entries, the USDOT has narrowedMore…

Want an Ecovillage? Stay Put!

Want an Ecovillage? Stay Put!

How can we care for a place if we’re not there, day after day, year after year, paying attention?More…

Challenges and Lessons of Community

Challenges and Lessons of Community

Community Bookstore Feature Best of Communities ― The Cream of Our Crop Challenges and Lessons of Community by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Best of Communities Volume XIV Challenges and Lessons of Community A special selection of articles from Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture $10 Digital, $15 Print The Fellowship for Intentional Community is pleased toMore…

Try One of These Niche Alternatives to Airbnb

Try One of These Niche 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…

The FIC loves events!

The FIC loves events!

The FIC Loves Events by Kim Kanney It’s always a pleasure to network and share experiences with people both within the communities movement, and at events of related movements. In 2016 we will have a presence on both coasts and many places in between. Explore the list below to see where we will be near you!More…

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…

Communities Movement Across The Continent

Communities Movement Across The Continent

Communities Movement Across The Continent FIC News Highlights Are you feeling the Summer buzz yet? We are! Here are highlights from some of our recent adventures. Old Friends Lost Valley Education Center, outside of Eugene OR, hosted the FIC’s biennial Organizational Meetings in May. The FIC and Lost Valley go back to the early ’90s. TheMore…

This Biologist Wants To Set Aside Half of The Earth To Protect Biodiversity

This Biologist Wants To Set Aside Half of The Earth To Protect Biodiversity

Edward O. Wilson’s new book, Half-Earth, offers a timely proposal for the conservation movement: dedicate half of the planet’s surface to nature, and we’ll be able to hold off the worst losses of biodiversity. If half or more wild spaces can be protected from destruction, “more than 80 percent of the species would be stabilized”More…

Ecovillages Worldwide—Local Solutions for Global Problems

Ecovillages Worldwide—Local Solutions for Global Problems

A wide array of ecovillages throughout the Global North and South address our shared challenges.More…

Do You Know Your Watershed?

Do You Know Your Watershed?

Last month, I took part in Oregon State University’s online permaculture class, taught by Andrew Millison. While permaculture design certificates can cost upwards of $750, this class was free, open to the public, and available to access from anywhere. It was pretty inspiring to see people from all over the world engaging in the discussions – some ofMore…

The “Moved to Act” Climate Leadership Intensive Comes to Dancing Rabbit

The “Moved to Act” Climate Leadership Intensive Comes to Dancing Rabbit

This August, the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Rutledge, MO, will host “Moved to Act,” a climate leadership intensive offered by Aaron Murphy and other instructors. The event takes place from August 12-18, 2016, and is open to a limited number of participants. According to the organizers, “Moved to Act is an immersive training for supportingMore…

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.