Author: Sky Blue


A long strange trip – 30th Birthday, Day 21

Posted on November 21, 2017 by
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Marty Klaif has served on the FIC Board for almost 20 years. For more 30th blog posts click here. As a typically confused mid-twenty-something year old, I became aware of the concept of intentional community while doing self directed historical research into political movements. I found Charles Fourier, Robert Owen, and Josiah Warren among many others who… Read More

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Exploring Full Potentiality – 30th Birthday, Day 20

Posted on November 21, 2017 by
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Nébesna Fortin is a member of NextGEN North America among other affiliations, and serves on the Council for the Global Ecovillage Network of North America. For more 30th blog posts click here.  I grew up in an ecovillage in Canada called La Cité Écologique. This project was born out of a child’s dream. At the age of… Read More

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My Pathway to the FIC – 30th Birthday, Day 19

Posted on November 19, 2017 by
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Kim Scheidt has been the FIC accountant since 2006. Full bio below. For more 30th blog posts click here. This year the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) celebrates its 30th anniversary. It is hard for me to believe that I have been involved as a FIC staff member for the past 11 of those years. Time… Read More

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The Directory Goes Online – 30th Birthday, Day 18

Posted on November 18, 2017 by
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Tony Sirna is a former Board member, ic.org webmaster, and founding member of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.  For more 30th blog posts click here. When I took over the FIC web site in 2004 it had already been an amazing resource for a decade. Similarly the Communities Directory had completed it’s third edition and sold tens of… Read More

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Providing resources that sustain the organization – 30th Birthday, Day 16

Posted on November 16, 2017 by
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Kim Kanney is the current Manager of Communities Bookstore. Full bio below. We work hard to curate a rich collection of materials useful to community building, sustainable living, and more. In addition to being one of our core services, Bookstore is also an important income source for the FIC and supports our work. For more 30th blog posts click… Read More

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Visions of Utopia – 30th Birthday, Day 17

Posted on November 16, 2017 by
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To celebrate Visions of Utopia, for the rest of the month you can view them free online. Use promos “Visions1” and “Visions2” for the free rental, available at https://vimeo.com/communitybookstore The Fellowship’s first forays into the world of information dissemination were focused on print. After first getting under way in 1987, we produced our first edition of Communities… Read More

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Teaching Feminism by Example – 30th Birthday, Day 15

Posted on November 16, 2017 by
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This article, first published in Communities issue #162, is one example of how the FIC cares about educating the public on social justice issues and ending oppression. Kim Scheidt works part-time for the Fellowship for Intentional Community in addition to her other jobs as homesteading feminist and half-time mom. For more 30th blog posts click here. By… Read More

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The Shared Life – 30th Birthday, Day 14

Posted on November 15, 2017 by
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  Susan Patrice has lived in and helped start a number of communities, and has been involved in various projects and support roles with the FIC.  For more 30th blog posts click here. Living in Intentional Communities radically changed my life. That is not hyperbole, it really did.  And of course, I, like so many others,… Read More

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What is an intentional community? – 30th Birthday, Day 13

Posted on November 13, 2017 by
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The descriptions below were collected and compiled in the early ’90’s by Dan Questenberry. The origin story of the term intentional community can be found at the bottom. Bios for each of the contributors have been left largely as they were when this was first published. Full bio for Dan below. For more 30th blog… Read More

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Commitment to a Better World – 30th Birthday, Day 12

Posted on November 12, 2017 by
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For more 30th blog posts click here. Deborah Altus lives in Lawrence, Kansas. She is a professor at Washburn University, a board member of the International Communal Studies Association, and former member of the editorial review board for the FIC. In the 1980s, I lived in a housing co-op (Sunflower House) inspired by B. F. Skinner’s… Read More

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Structures and Cultures of Cooperation – 30th Birthday, Day 11

Posted on November 11, 2017 by
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Tree Bressen served on the FIC Board from ’97 – ’03 and got her first “training” as a group process consultant living at Acorn Community, VA. She is one of the creators of the Group Works deck. Full bio below. For more 30th blog posts click here. I’ve been a group process consultant for the better… Read More

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New webinar! Together Resilient: Building Community and Climate Disruption

Posted on November 11, 2017 by
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What to look forward to in this webinar: What are the underlying causes of climate change? And what can we do about it? Drawing on her new book, Ma’ikwe Ludwig will talk about community-building from two angles: how it can help us reduce our carbon footprints, and how it can create pockets where we are… Read More

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Why I Study Intentional Communities – 30th Birthday, Day 10

Posted on November 10, 2017 by
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Zach Rubin studies movements and social, and recently helped with a study on decision-making in established intentional communities. We’re thrilled to have this kind of research, showing from a scientific perspective what many of us have long experienced to be the benefits of living in community. Full bio below. For more 30th blog posts click here.… Read More

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We remember when we fought the FIC to create a website for them – 30th Birthday, Day 9

Posted on November 8, 2017 by
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Elph, Jillian, and Michael were the creators of the FIC’s website. For other 30th blog posts click here. ‘Gators patrolled the misty waters below the boardwalks of Miccosukee Land Coop  as we walked in the moonlight, hands ever so slightly brushing. It was October 1994 and excitement abounded amongst the cypress trees cradling the land that… Read More

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FIC’s First Communities Directory – 30th Birthday, Day 8

Posted on November 8, 2017 by
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Laird Schaub served as the Executive Director of the FIC from when there was such a position till 2016. Full bio below. For other 30th blog posts click here. When a collection of die-hard community veterans gathered at Stelle, IL to coalesce into the Fellowship for Intentional Community in May, 1987, we were breaking new ground.… Read More

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Intentional community as a career path? It’s possible – 30th Birthday, Day 7

Posted on November 6, 2017 by
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Diana Leafe Christian is the author of Creating a Life Together and Finding Community, two of the most important books available to community builders and seekers. She also served as the editor of Communities magazine for 14 years. She started her journey with the FIC at the 1993 Celebration of Community. Attended by over 800… Read More

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30 years of something even better than volleyball – 30th Birthday, Day 6

Posted on November 6, 2017 by
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Chris Roth is the Editor of Communities magazine, which the FIC began publishing in 1992. Full bio below. For more 30th blog posts click here. My interaction with the Fellowship for Intentional Community started informally, when I was a member at End of the Road House/Aprovecho Research Center outside Cottage Grove, Oregon in 1986. On a… Read More

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What’s in a name? From communes to cohousing – 30th Birthday, Day 5

Posted on November 4, 2017 by
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The early relationship between the FIC and the Cohousing Association of the US was rocky, with people in both groups being dismissive and judgemental of the different models each organization was focused on. Fortunately, we’ve moved past that and the two organizations enjoy a close, collaborative relationship. These two pieces touch on how we’ve bridged… Read More

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Who doesn’t want more community? – 30th Birthday, Day 4

Posted on November 3, 2017 by
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Laird Schaub served as the Executive Director of the FIC from when there was such a position till 2016. Full bio below. For other 30th blog posts click here. For the last three decades, if you had a question about community living, you could call the Fellowship for Intentional Community and get an answer. Before… Read More

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Your Tour Powered by the FIC – 30th Birthday, Day 3

Posted on November 2, 2017 by
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Alyson Ewald is a former Board member of the FIC. Full bio below. For more 30th blog posts click here. This morning I gave a tour of our homestead at Red Earth Farms to a dozen people who were visiting the neighboring ecovillage. As they asked questions about scything, fruit trees, renewable energy, and reclaimed… Read More

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The Origins of the FIC – 30th Birthday, Day 2

Posted on November 1, 2017 by
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Harvey Baker has been involved with the FIC since the beginning, having served on the Board for 29 of our 30 years, and continues to be one of our most wise and innovative thinkers. He is also a co-founder of Dunmire Hollow Community, TN (1974). Full bio below.  For more 30th blog posts click here.… Read More

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Movement at a Crossroads – 30th Birthday, Day 1

Posted on October 31, 2017 by
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Sky Blue is the Executive Director of the Fellowship for Intentional Community.  For more 30th blog posts click here. It’s been quite a year. From the rise of white nationalism, to hurricanes and fires, to threats of nuclear war, to NFL protests, and a seemingly endless stream of high profile sexual assault and harassment cases,… Read More

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Intentional Communities: How do we grow this movement fast?

Posted on October 19, 2017 by
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It’s been quite a year. This is a synthesis of what I’ve been hearing and what I’ve been thinking about intentional communities, or whatever you want to call them. There’s a lot of interest in replicable, scalable models and best practices. People seem to be feeling more of an imperative to have an impact on… Read More

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Landing Your Community

Posted on October 18, 2017 by
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The Community Builders Forum – Episode 3 – Landing your Community The practical and spiritual aspects of real estate for intentional communities We host monthly webinars, which members can participate in live. These webinars cover a wide range of topics of interest and importance to intentional communities and their allies. Recordings of past episodes can be… Read More

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Our Commitment to Social Justice

Posted on September 18, 2017 by
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Intentional communities are intrinsically idealistic. They’re based on a radical analysis of social problems and are an attempt to address them. They represent a personal desire to live in a way that feels more satisfying, but also the desire for a better society for all people. They are a recognition that some of the essentials… Read More

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Consensus: Learning to think and act cooperatively – The Community Builders Forum Webinar #2

Posted on September 13, 2017 by
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In the second addition of The Community Builders Forum, the FIC’s new webinar series for members, Laird Schaub takes us through what makes consensus work. Members can participate in these webinars live. For more info on becoming an FIC member, click here. For most people consensus is an unnatural act. It calls for participants to… Read More


West Coast Communities Conference 2017

Posted on August 8, 2017 by
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Welcome to the 3rd Annual West Coast Communities Conference, Sept 29 – Oct 1 in Souther California! Taking off from last year’s subject of economic justice, we are organizing this year’s topics around the subject of equitable and sustainable income and affordability. Organized by SWICA – South West Intentional Communities Alliance and co-sponsored by the… Read More

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Ecovillages and the FIC

Posted on May 24, 2016 by
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The Fellowship for Intentional Community and the Global Ecovillage Network partner in support of empowered citizens and communities designing for a sustainable future.


The New Communities Directory: A Star Chart for Seekers and Founders

Posted on February 25, 2016 by
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Whether you’re starting a community or looking to join one, the new Communities Directory is an essential resource.


An Evolving Movement

Posted on December 21, 2015 by
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The FIC’s new Executive Director reflects on his and the organization’s converging paths.