Author: skyblue

National Cohousing Conference

Posted on April 19, 2017 by

I’m really excited for the National Cohousing Conference, May 19 – 21, in Nashville, TN. Cohousing as a model is growing and evolving at a rapid pace, and this is great news for intentional communities and cooperative ventures everywhere. Cohousing communities have long been on the forefront of dealing with financial institutions, zoning officials, and… Read More

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Why does this matter to me?

Posted on October 24, 2016 by

Anyone with idealistic tendencies loves the idea that a crisis is an opportunity. I certainly qualify. But as a California boy who’s spent most of his adult life in Virginia, I’ve been infected with that East Coast, get-er-done pragmatism. So while I absolutely believe the FIC is presented with a tremendous opportunity right now, the… Read More

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Crisis = Opportunity: Taking it to the next level

Posted on October 15, 2016 by

People keep asking me, what’s your vision for the FIC? It’s a fair question to the new Executive Director of an almost-30 year old organization. I want to help intentional communities find their place in the world. I believe intentional communities have learned important lessons that need to be shared in collective resource sharing, cooperative… Read More

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A Career in Creating Sustainable Communities

Posted on May 27, 2016 by

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 to… Read More

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The Power of Conflict

Posted on May 3, 2016 by

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 other… Read More

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Aging Better Together

Posted on March 5, 2016 by

One of the great tragedies of our hyper-individualized society is the separation of the generations. There is so much love and wisdom lost, and so much needless suffering endured as a result of the isolation between elders, single adults, and children. This separation has been enacted so effectively that it is now seen as preferential… Read More

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Like living in a zoo

Posted on March 3, 2016 by

Communities are like exotic animals. They may be extraordinary, but the fascination comes more from the novelty, the unfamiliarity, and the association with an untamed land. Communities are used to having lots of guests, and also often give regular or irregular tours to the curious public. It’s easy for members to sometimes feel like they’re… Read More

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One of the hardest things you’ll ever do

Posted on December 17, 2015 by

Living in an intentional community is one of hardest things you can do. Why? Well, despite our social nature we’ve managed to create a hyper-individualized society. The luxury is that you don’t have deal with people very much, and people are hard to deal with! The downside is we’re left empty, turning to unsustainable pastimes… Read More

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New Directory, New Manager

Posted on November 28, 2015 by

Editor’s note: Earlier this year as we began planning the overhaul of the online Communities Directory and the publication of the 7th print edition, we learned that our Directory Manager was going to be leaving us. It was unfortunate timing, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It led us to hiring… Read More

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The Legacy of the Communities Directory

Posted on November 17, 2015 by

Today the Foundation for Intentional Community is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $6000—the funds needed to assemble a new print version of our flagship publication, Communities Directory. This will be our seventh edition, and first since 2010. If this FIC resource—which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month—is important to you, I urge you… Read More

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