Author: Cynthia Tina

Community is my home. I have lived in several community projects around the world and visited many over the past decade. My mission is to grow networks towards a more regenerative world. I travel to visit sustainability initiatives, speak at events, facilitate groups, and improve the communications of mission-driven projects. In addition to serving on the Board of FIC, I’m also a Board member of the Global Ecovillage Network. You can learn more about me and my online service helping people find community on my website: I currently live part-time in Slovenia, with my Slovene partner in beautiful ecovillage near the Adriatic sea.

Finding Your Land with Jonah Mesritz

Posted on March 26, 2022 by

Finding Your Land with Jonah Mesritz Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 006 Sometimes the community dream only starts to “feel real” when the time finally comes for forming groups to purchase land.  Putting down a large sum of money and taking that responsibility on with other people often brings up a load of fear and… Read More

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Demystifying Legal Frameworks with Clifford Paulin & Jonah Mesritz

Posted on March 12, 2022 by

Demystifying Legal Frameworks with Clifford Paulin & Jonah Mesritz Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 005 Do legal structures and documents make your head spin? Fear not! In this episode we’re diving into the financial and legal issues all communities face (but many dread looking at) with two expert guides. Solid agreements are essential for creating… Read More

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Finding Co-Founders and Creating Cooperative Culture with Yana Ludwig

Posted on February 26, 2022 by

Finding Co-Founders and Creating Cooperative Culture with Yana Ludwig Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 004 [Part I] Thinking of starting an intentional community? The first step is finding “your people” ⁠— the fellow founders you will join with to build community. This is no easy task! Timing, personality, finances, vision, and values are but a few… Read More

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Becoming a Steward of the Commons with Lee Warren

Posted on February 11, 2022 by

Becoming a Steward of the Commons with Lee Warren Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 003 There are many communities out there looking for capable and eager new members to become a part of their project and help build their vision. Today we are going to focus on how you might best approach those communities, how… Read More

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Timeline of Intentional Communities

Posted on October 8, 2021 by

Content below was originally published by Peace News and author Lauren Kelley. This is not in any way intended to be a definitive statement – more a pointer to some of the more significant developments in the theory and practice of community. Intentional Communities Timeline 6th Century BCE through the 1900s 6th Century BCE: Pythagoras… Read More

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It’s a wrap! — Greeting and 2020 Update from FIC Core Team

Posted on November 18, 2020 by

Friends and supporters, We put together the video above as our way of saying hello, showing appreciation for your support, and giving some updates on how 2020 was for FIC. Have a watch and enjoy! Much more information is available in our 2020 Annual Report. This report is the culmination of a year of unexpected… Read More

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New! 🌟Intentional Community t-shirts, hoodies, masks and more!

Posted on November 13, 2020 by

All new t-shirts, tanks, hoodies, bags and masks so you can show the world how much you love intentional community. Happy shopping ya’ll! Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with gifts made for community lovers. Plus! When you shop with us, your purchase supports our non-profit in carrying out our mission to grow intentional… Read More

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BIPOC Intentional Communities Fund: show your support!

Posted on August 18, 2020 by

Dear friends and supporters, We have a big announcement to share with all of you… The Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) is now contributing 10% of all donations to the BIPOC Intentional Communities Fund. Our mission is to cultivate radically safe and inclusive communities for black, indigenous, and people of color by providing inspiration, solidarity,… Read More

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How have intentional communities fared through the pandemic?

Posted on July 8, 2020 by
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New research shows how intentional communities have responded to the coronavirus crisis. With people’s lives upended across the globe, we can’t help but wonder, how would we have responded to the coronavirus crisis if we all lived in intentional communities — ecovillages, cohousing and the like — instead of our conventional neighborhoods?  And how have… Read More

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Thank you Clearly Canadian

Posted on March 30, 2020 by

Clearly Canadian answered the call! Thanks to our new Communities Directory Sustainer we have been able to start shifting our website to a more reliable server, ensuring that community seekers can continue to access our online Communities Directory for much needed connection and inspiration. Thank you Clearly Canadian! To find out how you can become… Read More

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COVID-19 Resources

Posted on March 17, 2020 by

Here you will find COVID-19 resources submitted to us by intentional communities across the US, including examples of Community Safety Protocols. Please use the information to stay healthy and keep your community safe. We’ll keep updating this page regularly during the coming weeks. Got advice? Send your links our way! Contact us. General Resources COVID19 Emergency… Read More

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Discovering the communities of Quebec, on bicycle!

Posted on November 12, 2019 by

Written by Thumbs. Originally published on November 11, 2019 at communelifeblog A RURAL PENINSULA IN QUEBEC IS A HIDDEN GEM OF THE COMMUNITIES MOVEMENT Gaspésie Quebec is the Olympic Peninsula of the East Coast; a mountainous peninsula, with a rugged coastline, spotted with small towns fueled by fishing and logging, with a vibrant indigenous culture,… Read More

Life Together – a video series from the Bruderhof

Posted on September 30, 2019 by

LIFE TOGETHER is a video series created by members of the Bruderhof, a Christian movement of intentional communities. The first six videos in the series are focused on intentional community – what it is, resources for potential problems, and Q&A. The videos draw from experiences and challenges that the Bruderhof has learned from over the… Read More

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Idealistic & Spiritual Communities: A Thriving Ecovillage Template

Posted on September 26, 2019 by

Submitted by Pacific Domes — Cristina Chadwick Many people, going about their busy lives, take pride in calling themselves realists. Realists tend to view idealism as impractical – however, in contrast to the hectic consumer-based pace of modern life, it might be argued, that idealistic and spiritually-minded individuals and communities seem to lead happier lives. … Read More

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Why Americans of All Ages are Coming Together in Intentional Communities

Posted on September 24, 2019 by
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This article was originally published by TIME and accompanied by a video: ‘Everyone Needs Someone Else’ BY JEFFREY KLUGER There’s not a lot to do in Syracuse, N.Y. when you’re living alone and a winter storm system dumps 3 feet of snow on the city. There’s no going outside, but there’s no staying inside… Read More

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5 Tips on How to Contact an Intentional Community

Posted on September 2, 2019 by

Taking the plunge to visit the community you’ve researched can be scary. Here are five tips to consider when contacting a community for the first time through 1. Be respectful of people’s time and busy lives. Communicate with the essential aspects of your request. How long would you like to say? What are your… Read More

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Seeking community? 950 options for you.

Posted on August 21, 2019 by

Are you seeking a community to join?  Well, here’s some good news, we know communities looking for you! 950 intentional communities are open to new members right now. See the full list here.  People choose to join intentional community for many reasons – better quality of life, sense of purpose, connection with people, opportunities to make a… Read More

Centering the Margins: Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities

Posted on July 22, 2019 by

Article originally published at “I came to Camphill thinking I was going to learn about social therapy for people with special needs, but then I learned it’s actually mainstream society that needs the social therapy,” a Camphill resident shared on stage during an opening plenary for the International Communal Studies Association (ISCA) Conference, hosted… Read More

Diggers & Dreamers receives the 2020 Kozeny Communitarian Award

Posted on July 20, 2019 by

The Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) recognizes Diggers & Dreamers as the 2020 recipient of the Kozeny Communitarian Award, honoring the indomitable spirit of Geoph Kozeny, who devoted his adult life to creating community in the world. The award was presented by FIC Executive Director, Sky Blue, to Diggers & Dreamers organizer, Chris Coates, during… Read More

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What should you listen to? Podcasts for the community minded.

Posted on June 24, 2019 by

We love podcasts for their ease of listening and multitasking. Get a dose of inspiring stories and current news while making your morning tea, on the way to work, or relaxing in the evening. The selection below was sourced from our friends at New Economy Coalition (FIC is a member organization!). This is what you… Read More

Craft Weaves Together a Community

Posted on June 20, 2019 by

A story by Thumbs Cassidy, a person with a mission (in his case the promotion and construction of yurts) who travels from community to community educating and demonstrating. Excerpt from an article originally published at Through the haze of old safety goggles I struggle to read the fractions of an inch I was told to… Read More

Why join Giving Hands? Find out here.

Posted on June 10, 2019 by

You can turn $5 into $100 and support a thriving communities movement! Dear Friend of FIC, Last week we announced that the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) has been challenged by the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC) to demonstrate that there are people out there that share the value of community. People just like you.… Read More

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Life in De Kersentuin: Research in a Dutch cohousing community

Posted on June 10, 2019 by

Student researcher from the University of Amsterdam, Yannick Kiesel, shares the core findings of his Masters Thesis on life in a cohousing community. The research illustrates a new holistic view on cohousing and its complexities. Thanks for sharing Yannick! My research focused on the sustainable and pro-social communities that tackle the adverse effects of growing… Read More

Bursting into Summer | All the updates from FIC, in case you missed any of it!

Posted on June 7, 2019 by

Into summer full speed ahead! Dear friends, Phew! It was a busy spring for us here at FIC. So many big changes, exciting announcements, and powerful work. Let’s recap together… TRANSFORMED FIC Two weeks ago we announced our name change to the Foundation for Intentional Community. We completely transformed to create easier access to… Read More

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Win FIC a $100 grant!

Posted on June 4, 2019 by

New Giving Hands Program Needs You! Dear FIC Supporters, The FIC is launching its first monthly donor campaign, Giving Hands, with an exciting grant incentive that you can make happen! Sign up for Giving Hands today and FIC will receive a $100 grant award! That’s right, your commitment to donate as little as $5 per… Read More

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Introducing the New FIC

Posted on May 27, 2019 by
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After 30 years of service to an ever-growing communities movement, it was time for a change. We’re excited to share with you about our new brand and why we made the update. You asked and we listened. Thanks to the input of over 100 FIC supporters who responded to a recent branding survey, we have… Read More

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Are you curious about intentional community?

Posted on May 21, 2019 by

Intentional communities go by many names: ecovillage, commune, co-housing, housing co-ops and more. If you’ve spent time at one, you probably noticed that intentional community feels different than normal living. Some describe the feeling as a sense of greater freedom and belonging, room to experiment and be different, space to practice communication and collaboration skills,… Read More

Say goodbye to the old FIC… and welcome the new!

Posted on May 20, 2019 by
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Dear friends, Something big is cooking on our computers. A completely new look for FIC is almost here! Over the next week we’ll be unveiling the changes. Tuesday, May 28th will be the big launch – with a new name, logo, website, and newsletter in place. FIC will soon go by the Foundation for Intentional… Read More

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Cross country tour of communities 🚗

Posted on April 30, 2019 by

Journey into community.   Communities are taking action to create more just and sustainable lives all across the United States. Our own Sky Blue took to the road these past months for a cross-country tour of intentional communities. Below are some of his dispatches from the journey. Where will Sky go next? Stay tuned to… Read More

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10 Keys to Collaborative Leadership 

Posted on April 12, 2019 by

Below is an except from an article published by Round Sky Solutions ( Shared with permission. 10 Keys to Collaborative Leadership 10 Learnings from the Collaborative Leadership Certification Program for healthy and generative leadership written by graduate, Erica Buswell. 1. Power dynamics exist within organizations and teams; it’s just a fact. Power can be shared… Read More

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