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A Career in Creating Sustainable Communities

Jump-start Your Career Contributing to a More Sustainable Future! By Jenny Godwin, CoHousing Solutions Collaborative communities across the country need project managers and marketing assistance to help them realize their dreams. CoHousing Solutions’ 500 Communities Program is halfway through its first year training. This Program is intended for passionate entrepreneurs ready to devote themselves toMore…

Here’s How You Can Participate in Global Sharing Week June 5-11

Here’s How You Can Participate in Global Sharing Week June 5-11

Shareable.net and The People Who Share are collaborating on this year’s Global Sharing Week, which will take place from June 5-11, 2016. Originally launched as Global Sharing Day, the event has grown to the point where over 100 activities take place each year. This year’s listings include dozens of potlucks, neighborhood festivals, and other gatherings,More…

May Blogs: Upcoming Conferences, LGBT Cohousing, Community Networks, & More

May Blogs: Upcoming Conferences, LGBT Cohousing, Community Networks, & More

May FIC Blog Posts Upcoming Conferences, LGBT Cohousing, Community Networks, and More Hello from Saul, the new FIC Social Media Manager! As May comes to an end, here’s a round-up of the latest blog posts and announcements from this month. There are several events coming up that you may be interested in! We try to post asMore…

Ecovillages and the FIC

Ecovillages and the FIC

The Fellowship for Intentional Community and the Global Ecovillage Network partner in support of empowered citizens and communities designing for a sustainable future.More…

Moving Through Times of Transition

Moving Through Times of Transition

What is it that keeps a community’s identity consistent over time? Is it the people? The place? The culture? Here at Foster Village in Portland, OR, we’ve had around a 50% turnover rate over the past year. Some long-term residents have moved on to live in rural communities. Some recent arrivals decided that the levelMore…

The Farm Communities Conference 2016 – Don’t miss it!

The Farm Communities Conference 2016 – Don’t miss it!

The 8th Annual Farm Conference On Community & Sustainability Don’t miss it―register now! Memorial Day Weekend, May 27–29, 2016 Summertown TN An FIC Co-Sponsored Event  Come to The Farm Community Conference “Awakening”! Are you satisfied with your life path? Do you hunger for more meaningful direction? One of the primary purposes of this conference is to inspireMore…

22 Ways to Discuss Climate Change

22 Ways to Discuss Climate Change

Community Bookstore Feature The Climate Change Playbook Also, 500 Communities Program The Climate Change Playbook 22 Systems Thinking Games for More Effective Communication about Climate Change 192 pages; paperback; 2016 By Dennis Meadows, Linda Booth Sweeney, and Gillian Martin Mehers $25 Anyone who has attempted to discuss, advocate, or teach about climate change may haveMore…

SimpleREV Brings Minimalism and Intentional Living to the Twin Cities

SimpleREV Brings Minimalism and Intentional Living to the Twin Cities

In October 2014, I attended the first annual SimpleREV conference in Minneapolis, MN. For two days, around 50 or so attendees shared stories about downsizing, living life with less “stuff,” building tiny houses, and more. For some, it was the first time they’d been around other people pursuing a less consumer-driven lifestyle, and the experienceMore…

Ecovillages around the World, #171 Contents

Ecovillages around the World, #171 Contents

In our Summer issue, the Global Ecovillage Network, Gaia Trust, and the FIC partner to offer stories of pioneering efforts worldwide by communities working to incorporate the four dimensions of sustainability: social, ecological, economic, and worldview. We explore local solutions to global problems, creating carbon-negative communities, restoring our relationships to one another and the land, learning from indigenous groups, ecovillage strategies in areas of crisis, and more.More…

How These Collaborative Networks Foster Inter-Community Connection

How These Collaborative Networks Foster Inter-Community Connection

As interest in community living grows, it’s important that we make it easy and accessible for people to get involved with their local co-ops and coliving spaces. For many people, community dinners, art and music nights, and overnight stays are the ideal way to explore whether coliving is right for them. Sometimes, it can beMore…

How to Inspire Sustainability by Gaia Education

How to Inspire Sustainability by Gaia Education

Community Bookstore Feature GAIA EDUCATION: Teacher’s Guide & Youth Activities Guide by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Gaia Education Guides by Gaia Education Digital Teacher’s Guide $25 in print; $15 digital Digital Youth Activities Guide $20 in print; $10 digital Both Guides $40 in print; $20 digital “When we walk upon Mother Earth, we alwaysMore…

Midwest Sustainable Communities Conference July 2-4 at Dancing Rabbit

Midwest Sustainable Communities Conference July 2-4 at Dancing Rabbit

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage has announced the dates and workshop lineup for the Midwest Sustainable Communities Conference, which will take place in Rutledge, MO, from July 2-4, 2016. The event will celebrate “Interdependence Day” and offer a variety of ways for people to get more involved in intentional living: “Workshops and networking sessions throughout the weekend willMore…

How can conflict become a bridge?

How can conflict become a bridge?

The Power of Conflict for Building Connection and Community A tele-seminar in collaboration with Transition US Thursday, May 19th, 11am PDT The Power of Conflict for Building Connection and Community On Thursday, May 19th, at 11am PDT, join three veteran communards for an in-depth discussion on the power of conflict for building connection and community.More…

Can Platform Cooperatives Empower Everyday Workers?

Can Platform Cooperatives Empower Everyday Workers?

Last week, I wrote about OuiShare, a European organization that’s spearheading the push for a more equitable sharing economy. One of the concepts on the agenda at this year’s OuiShare Fest is “platform cooperativism” — the idea that worker-owned cooperatives could replace corporate-owned networks and apps. Last November, Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider hosted theMore…

FINDING OR STARTING a Community – Communities magazine issue

FINDING OR STARTING a Community – Communities magazine issue

Communities Magazine — Spring 2016  Finding or Starting a Community Latest Issue in Print (and Digital) Free Articles Published Online Finding or Starting a Community—Issue #170 Our latest Communities issue on Finding or Starting a Community reached subscribers in early March. If you haven’t seen it yet, get a copy by subscribing or ordering a sample now! Those seekingMore…

OuiShare Pushes for A Fairer Sharing Economy

OuiShare Pushes for A Fairer Sharing Economy

For years, OuiShare has been one of the leading voices on the sharing economy in Europe, and has helped put the concept of collaborative consumption and peer-to-peer economies on the map. This year, it’s hosting a series of events, including the annual OuiShare Fest in Paris, and additional gatherings in Lille, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro,More…

Let’s Count The Ways of Economics

Let’s Count The Ways of Economics

Community Bookstore Feature Best of Communities ― The Cream of Our Crop Cooperative Economics and Creating Community Where You Are by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Best of Communities Volume XIII Cooperative Economics and Creating Community Where You Are  A special selection of articles from Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture $10 Digital, $15 Print The FellowshipMore…

The Power of Conflict

The FIC is very excited to announce a collaboration with Transition US on a teleseminar titled, The Power of Conflict for Building Connection and Community, Thursday, May 19th, at 11am PDT. There’s no cost to participate. We’ve put together an amazing panel of three long-term communards who are also experienced organizers and activists in otherMore…

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…

Queer, Person of Color, or Low-Income;  Is Cohousing Possible for Me?

Queer, Person of Color, or Low-Income; Is Cohousing Possible for Me?

Some creative solutions are starting to counteract cohousing’s demographic homogeneity, but significant obstacles remain.More…

Youth Ecovillage Summit – Early-Bird Registration

Youth Ecovillage Summit – Early-Bird Registration

The 3rd Annual Youth Ecovillage Summit Early Bird Registration ends May 5! June 9 – 12, 2016 La Cité Ecologique, Quebec, Canada An FIC Co-Sponsored Event  Join us for three days of ecovillage immersion, community inspiration and deep connection! NextGEN North America is thrilled to announce the 3rd Annual Youth Ecovillage Summit this June 9-12, 2016 toMore…

NextGEN Hosts The Youth Ecovillage Summit in Quebec June 9-12

NextGEN Hosts The Youth Ecovillage Summit in Quebec June 9-12

NextGEN North America has opened registration for the third annual Youth Ecovillage Summit, which will take place in Quebec, Canada from June 9-12, 2016. The event will be hosted at La Cite Ecologique, an ecovillage two hours away from Montreal and Quebec City. According to NextGEN: “Over 30 years ago, La Cité Ecologique began as aMore…

April Blogs: Cohousing Tucson, Pod Living LA, Home For Writers Detroit, More

April Blogs: Cohousing Tucson, Pod Living LA, Home For Writers Detroit, More

April FIC Blog Posts Cohousing in Tucson, Pod Living in LA, A Home For Writers in Detroit, & More Hello from Saul, the new FIC Social Media Manager! Hope you’re enjoying the spring weather! As April comes to a close, here’s a round-up of some of this month’s posts from the FIC Blog. You can follow ourMore…

The Farm Communities Conference 2016 – Register Now!

The Farm Communities Conference 2016 – Register Now!

The 8th Annual Farm Conference On Community & Sustainability Register Now! Memorial Day Weekend, May 27–29, 2016  Summertown TN An FIC Co-Sponsored Event  Come to The Farm Community Conference “Awakening”! Are you satisfied with your life path? Do you hunger for more meaningful direction? One of the primary purposes of this conference is to inspire to takeMore…

Job Openings at the New Economy Coalition (Plus Event Registration for Common Bound)

Job Openings at the New Economy Coalition (Plus Event Registration for Common Bound)

One of the great things about the growing interest in intentional living is how easily groups like FIC can connect and collaborate with related organizations. From neurodiverse cohousing networks to online permaculture classes, there are hundreds of groups out there with values that overlap with our own. This week, we bring you updates from theMore…

Portland’s Village Building Convergence Returns June 3-12

Portland’s Village Building Convergence Returns June 3-12

For 16 years, the City Repair Project has been gathering annually for the Village Building Convergence, a 10-day event focusing on permaculture and placemaking in Portland, OR. Even residents who haven’t heard of the event have experienced its impact: its projects include “intersection repairs” that have created some of Portland’s most colorful and liveliest crossroads;More…

Leaps of Faith

Leaps of Faith

Two families leave a thriving cohousing community to follow their shared dreams as a tight-knit intergenerational group.More…

Fantastic Communities Back Issues: Right Livelihood

Fantastic Communities Back Issues: Right Livelihood

Communities Magazine — Print & Digital Fantastic Back Issues! Right Livelihood #152 Featuring #152 Right Livelihood Fall 2011 Communities magazine has 170 issues, dating all the way back to 1972. Many of the article topics remain timeless. And while authors’ stories may date themselves, the lessons will continue to teach us. Let’s take a look back at theMore…

Three Tucson Communities Open Their Doors For National Cohousing Day

Three Tucson Communities Open Their Doors For National Cohousing Day

National Cohousing Open House Day is coming up in just over a week, and dozens of communities will be welcoming guests for tours and other free activities. You can check out the map at Cohousing.org to find a community near you. Please RSVP to the Facebook event and invite your friends so we can getMore…

Free Screenings of ‘Within Reach’ April 30th!

Free Screenings of ‘Within Reach’ April 30th!

Free Screenings of ‘Within Reach’ April 30th! National Cohousing Open House Day April 30, 2016 Fellowship for Intentional Community’s Partner Organization On April 30th, 2016 we are happy to partner with and promote the first annual National Cohousing Open House Day! Over 80 communities are hosting open house events to welcome people to visit and learnMore…

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Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
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