Author: Sky Blue


The Wisdom of Communities is coming – will you help us reach our stretch goal?

Posted on February 20, 2018 by
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      The Wisdom of Communities is coming! Will you help us bring it to more people? by Sky Blue, FIC Executive Director Crowdfund Goal Reached – Thanks to people like you! Thanks to people like you we reached the $4,000 crowdfunding campaign goal to publish our new 4 volume series, Wisdom of Communities. But, seeing… Read More

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Check out the Jewish Intentional Communities Conference & Incubator Program

Posted on February 10, 2018 by
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      Jewish Intentional Communities Conference and Incubator Program: Hakhel by Sky Blue, FIC Executive Director The Fellowship for Intentional Community is a proud co-sponsor of the 5th annual Jewish Intentional Communities Conference, hosted by Hazon. We’re also pleased to share information on their new incubator program, Hakhel. Jewish Intentional Communities Conference Jewish Intentional… Read More

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Coming up next! Fundraising for the Revolution – Community Builders Forum – Webinar #7

Posted on February 7, 2018 by
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Our next webinar will be held Sunday, Feb. 25th. Members can participate live; become a member! Recordings of past webinars can be found here. Fundraising for the Revolution: Being true to yourself, and keeping your sanity, while raising money What to look forward to in this webinar: We’ll conduct most of this webinar “clinic” style.… Read More

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Makin’ It Happen, Cooperatively – Community Builders Forum – Webinar #6

Posted on February 2, 2018 by
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What to look forward to in this webinar: Creating a world that works for all people and the planet will take an unprecedented level of cooperation. Easier said than done. This workshop will explore the ins and outs of successful group endeavors and enterprises, including intentional communities, worker co-ops, and other collective and community based… Read More

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Help share the Wisdom of Communities with the world – crowdfunding!

Posted on January 27, 2018 by
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      Help Share the Wisdom of Communities Crowdfunding our new 4-volume book series A Radical Idea Here’s a Radical Idea: We can work together to take care of each other! Okay, maybe it’s not that radical, but how do we do that in a world so geared towards the opposite? This is a central… Read More

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The Global Movement of Ecovillages – Community Builders Forum – Webinar #5

Posted on December 21, 2017 by
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What to look forward to in this webinar: Ecovillages are communities striving to live well and lightly together. From appropriate technologies to holistic health; from sustainable agriculture to group facilitation, ecovillages are integrating solutions within human-scale communities and creating new cultures and “stories” in which we can live well – and lightly. While not utopias,… Read More

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Envisioning Community in 2047

Posted on December 7, 2017 by
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Ma’ikwe Ludwig has played various roles with the FIC over the last 20 years. Full bio below. The FIC celebrated it’s 30th anniversary this year. A lot has happened in the last 30 years. What about the next 30? It is generally way more fun for me to contemplate the future than dwell on the… Read More

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This is not a dress rehearsal – 30th Birthday, Day 28

Posted on November 28, 2017 by
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Why am I asking you to give to the Fellowship for Intentional Community? Sky Blue, Executive Director, FIC For more 30th blog posts click here. The last 30 years have been practice. This is not a dress rehearsal; places everyone! Humanity is facing unprecedented danger, mostly self-inflicted. What is being learned in intentional communities is applicable… Read More

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The Peripatetic Communitarian – 30th Birthday, Day 24

Posted on November 24, 2017 by
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It was 10 years ago this fall, just after the FIC tribe had gathered for its semi-annual organizational meeting in Austin TX, that we received the news we dreaded, and which we knew was coming: our dear friend Geoph Kozeny had succumbed to pancreatic cancer. It was fitting that so many of us who benefitted… Read More

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Conservation Land Trusts and Intentional Communities – 30th Birthday, Day 23

Posted on November 24, 2017 by
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Carrie Rasmussen is the Development Director for the FIC. For more 30th blog posts click here. As a former executive director of a regional land conservation trust, I recently came to the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) and the intentional communities movement with a willingness to learn more about what shared living, economies and decision making are… Read More

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Bridging social and cultural divides one community at a time – 30th Birthday, Day 22

Posted on November 23, 2017 by
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Alan O’Hashi is a Board member of the Cohousing Association of the US. For more 30th blog posts click here. What’s been on my mind lately is how intentional communities can help bridge socio-economic divides. Over the years, I have learned that my influence is pretty much confined to communities and organizations that are closest to… Read More

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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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Together Resilient: Building Community and Climate Disruption – The Community Builders Forum – Webinar #4

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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