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In regards to intentional communities in general, it can’t be overemphasized that the groups depicted here are not utopias realized. Many of them are quite wonderful places to live and work, places where the residents share a common vision or purpose. Most are ripe with good intentions and dedication, and are fertile environments for personal growth and work toward the greater good. Most also suffer occasional bouts of such human failings as egocentric behavior, power struggles, miscommunication, and unrealistic expectations.
NEW POLICIES ON UPDATING LISTINGS (Items 1 – 5)
1) Listings must be updated or verified at least once per year or the listing may be put into draft mode. If one year passes since an update/verification, an automated email will go out to the listing editor (cc’d to the Directory Manager) asking that they visit the listing and verify its accuracy.
2) After 30 days if the listing has not been updated/verified a second email warning is automatically issued (cc’d to the Directory Manager).
3) After 14 days if the listing has not been updated/verified a third and final warning email is automatically issued to the listing editor, cc’d to the Directory Manager, stating that the listing is set to be moved into draft mode.
4) At this point, if this has not occurred already, the Directory Manager calls the listing editor at the phone number on file, conveying that as it stands the community’s listing will be moved to draft mode unless it is verified. If the Directory Manager is able to talk with the listing editor, current contact information will be requested and updated.
If the Directory Manager only gets voice mail for the editor, it will be deemed sufficient that a message is left warning the editor. If there is no answer to the phone call and no opportunity to leave a message (voice mail is not set up, is full, or disabled), the Directory Manager will send a letter to the address on file stating the situation.
The Directory Manager may also opt to check the community’s website or social media to contact them a different way.
5) The Directory Manager may choose, at their discretion, to extend any of these deadlines if there are extenuating circumstances that justify an extension. If it is abundantly clear or confirmed that a community is defunct before this timeline plays out, the Directory Manager is encouraged to use their discretion to switch those listings to draft mode.
The Communities Directory is a forum for each group to share its vision, and it is natural that most groups want to put their best foot forward. It’s up to each reader to assess the information that describes each group — and try to identify what statements are part of the “grand plan,” and which ones reflect the day-to-day reality. May your search be interesting, and fruitful.
We don’t want to be in the role of passing judgment on others, or deciding which styles of community are more worthy than others. Since the criteria for such comparisons vary from one person to the next, the responsibility for evaluating the information and determining which leads to pursue has been left to you, the reader.
We ask communities to submit listings only if they do not advocate violent practices or interfere with members’ freedom to leave the group at any time — but we leave it to each community to determine, in its own view, exactly what those terms mean.
For communities posting here, you are agreeing to be contacted by those viewing this website and/or using print versions of the Communities Directory. You are making your information public and agree that your text can be quoted by others from this site (see our copyright notice ). In addition you are making your information available to all member organizations of the Intentional Communities Data Collective.
The data on this site is not verified by the FIC and we can not vouch for its accuracy. In addition, we can’t guarantee the accuracy of presentation or the accuracy of search results. We will do our best to provide the information as the communities have entered it and to return accurate search results but bugs do occur. Please let us know if you see any problems.
We have attempted to make this site as multi-cultural and even handed as possible while still being user-friendly to our main target audience. We apologize if something has been included or omitted that is offensive. Please contact us and accept our apologies.
The FIC endeavors to comply with Fair Housing Laws, both at the federal level and at the state level (laws vary widely from state to state). These various laws are designed to prevent discrimination in real estate transactions based on specific designated characteristics. The federal law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, nationality, disability, religion, family status (ie having kids), and gender. State laws can add other categories, for example marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, and domestic abuse.
The FIC has decided to follow the strictest state and federal guidelines rather than attempt to apply different standards for different states. Because these laws apply to many intentional communities, we are prohibited from conveying information that indicates discrimination or an intent to discriminate based on these categories. To be in compliance, we have removed such information from our website and other publications and will endeavor to prevent or remove illegal content in the future. We encourage communities to investigate the Fair Housing Laws applicable in their location and specific to their situation. We are not in a position to determine if communities are in compliance with applicable laws.
More information on Fair Housing Laws is available at www.fairhousing.com and www.hud.gov.
We store a cookie on your computer to store your session information (including your shopping cart). We also store cookies to allow certain site layout features and to prevent spam.
If you order from our online store, your credit card information is collected and transmitted to our order office via secure server. It is encrypted while stored on our server and in our order system. We collect your contact information when you place an order, and use your address to ship the order, and your email, phone number, and address to contact you regarding the order if necessary.
We do occasional mailings to promote a product, gather or disseminate information, or for other reasons (currently about once a year). We mail to addresses on our list within a geographic area when we are holding an event nearby. You have the opportunity when entering your contact info to accept or decline mailings.
We put out an email newsletter, currently about once a week. You can sign up for it here. When registering at our store, you have the opportunity to accept or decline the newsletter. Unsubscribing later is simple. We may occasionally do a special topic emailing to this same list.
We occasionally share mailing information with like-minded groups. (Some examples are Co-op America and the Communal Studies Association.) You have the opportunity when entering your contact info to accept or decline such sharing of your mailing address.
Phone numbers publicly listed on this website will not be shared with other organizations except through websites and printed Directories. Store customers’ and other registered users’ phone numbers will be used only for customer service (this includes calling you about your listing on this website). We will never give your private phone number to someone outside of our organization (unless we know through other contact with you that you are interested in community networking calls).
We do not share email addresses, but we may occasionally do a special emailing to our list for a like-minded outside organization.
Third Party Advertising
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services potentially of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, contact us.
Fellowship for Intentional Community Members
Most of the above applies to FIC members also. However, we mail to members more often. In particular, we mail members invitations to all our events and organizational meetings, whether or not the member lives nearby. Members get an occasional newsletter. We might phone members about something special, and we might do special emails to members.
Communities and Community-Related Organizations
We link to the web sites of communities on our web site. We provide selected lists of communities (matching certain criteria) to community seekers. We do additional mailings to communities, including inviting all communities we know about within the geographic area to our organizational meetings and events.
We may share community information with other community networking organizations such as Coho/US. We provide information about communities, including contact information, on request, unless you request otherwise.
We keep your community information private on your request. We never publish your community information in our publications without your consent.
Obscuring Email and Avoiding Spam
Everyone hates spam. And no one wants their addresses harvested off websites by spammers with automated programs searching for email addresses.
We do our best on this site to prevent your email address from being harvestable by spammers. Your email address will only be displayed in such a way that it does not appear in clear text in the source code of a page.
Your address may appear normal but in reality it is obscured so as not to be harvestable.
This is not an invincible system. We can’t guarantee that your address will not be collected by spammers but we will do our best to prevent it. (Our address is posted in the same way.)