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Super Cheap Books! Limited Supply Remains

Posted on November 16, 2018 by
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Super Cheap Books! Limited Supply Remains $5-10 Books & DVDs by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore manager   Have you visited our Sales page recently? There are only a few books and DVDs remaining that are priced so low, they are only $5 or $10. Grab them while you can, before it’s too late! $5 Books… Read More

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What Keeps Living Community Thriving?

Posted on November 12, 2018 by
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What keeps living community thriving? Foundations: Mission, Vision, Values Being among young communards, elders in the movement, and aspiring community builders I have witnessed what can make community living thrive and what can cause strife. Having an interest in community building and social dynamics as well as being immersed in the ecovillage/ intentional community movement… Read More


Top 5 Questions – Building an Ecovillage

Posted on November 10, 2018 by
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Top 5 Questions to Ask When Building an Ecovillage A Look Inside Wisdom of Communities Volume 4 by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore manager Finally! Our fourth and final volume of the Wisdom of Communities series has been released! Now you can get your own copy of Volume 4: Sustainability in Community or order the entire… Read More


GaiaYoga: The Art and Wisdom of Living Holistically—Unifying Spirit, Self, Community, and Earth

Posted on November 10, 2018 by
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The cofounder of GaiaYoga Gardens traces the life journey that led him through various intentional community experiences and teachers to seven “yes”’s—ultimately forming a comprehensive vision of a new “Domain 9” culture consciously designed to be in alignment with all of who we actually are.

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The Revolution will be Podcasted

Posted on November 5, 2018 by
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Are you Listening? We’re searching for hope, we’re fighting for change, we’re learning new tactics and strategies, and we’re uniting to make a difference together. Activists, journalists, citizens, and revolutionaries are creating podcasts to discuss issues that concern us all, and the innovative ways that people are addressing them. Podcasts to the Rescue Podcasts are… Read More


Collaborating for a Regenerative Future

Posted on October 31, 2018 by
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Written by: Cynthia Tina — How can we steward a more sustainable and regenerative future for North America? This was the central inquiry during a three day event called the Regenerative CoLab. Nearly 50 visionaries, activists, and organizers gathered in early October at Arcosanti, the legendary urban laboratory in the desert of Arizona, US. The… Read More


Perennial Lessons from Historical Communities

Posted on October 30, 2018 by
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A modern-day communitarian “networks” with Fourierist communities of the 1840s by examining their lives together and noticing enduring themes, challenges, and solutions.


The Gifts of Gathering

Posted on October 23, 2018 by
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Organizing and cleaning up after Midwest Catholic Worker gatherings can be hard work—but are more than counterbalanced by the inspiration, connection, and sense of greater purpose they provide.


The Cohousing Research Network: A Community Approach to Communities Research

Posted on October 16, 2018 by
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The collaborative research process in this “virtual intentional community” comes with challenges, but the personal and collective outcomes of collaboration prove worth the trouble.


10 Most Common Mistakes in Consensus

Posted on October 15, 2018 by
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10 Most Common Mistakes in Consensus A Sneak Peak Inside Wisdom of Communities, Volume 3: Communication in Community by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager In our new publication series, Wisdom of Communities, we compile hundreds of our favorite articles from Communities magazine and distill them into 4 hefty books, serving you a platter of the… Read More


How to Help One Another: Connecting Cohousing Communities in a Regional Network

Posted on October 9, 2018 by
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In the PDX-Plus Cohousing Group, individual member groups find it simultaneously reassuring, daunting, and energizing to learn that their challenges and joys in living intentionally in community are shared.


Road Update #3 – Planet Community Midwest Tour

Posted on September 29, 2018 by
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Planet Community Midwest Tour Update #3 from the Filmmakers Here is another report from the road from filmmakers Aaron Murphy and Rae Machado of Skillly Media on their journey to film Planet Community! September 27. Last week we had a great time in Ann Arbor getting to know some of the student members of the Inter-Cooperative Council at the University… Read More


Inclusivity and Disability

Posted on September 28, 2018 by
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Cohousing aspires to be as inclusive as possible, but North American culture suppresses conversation about disability and health. How can communities create processes to address previously invisible needs?


Road Update #2 – Planet Community Midwest Tour

Posted on September 26, 2018 by
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Planet Community Midwest Tour Personal Update #2 from the Road The following are reports from the road provided by filmmakers Aaron Murphy and Rae Machado of Skillly Media as they film the first season of Planet Community! September 15 Our trip to the University of Michigan was a quick 20 minute drive from the trifecta cohousing communities… Read More


Road Update #1 – Planet Community Midwest Tour

Posted on September 24, 2018 by
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  Planet Community Midwest Tour A Personal Update from the Road The following content and images were provided by filmmakers Aaron Murphy and Rae Machado of Skillly Media while on their quest to film Planet Community!   September 1 We left our home at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Rutledge, Missouri and arrived at Black Oaks Center for Sustainable… Read More


Liberation, Networks, and Community

Posted on September 21, 2018 by
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Movements and networks of liberation show us that community can be a tool either of oppression or of powerful organizing for liberation. It’s time for our movement to get solidly on the right side of history.


On the Potential for an IC Business Network

Posted on September 14, 2018 by
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Research and data strongly suggest that a network of intentional community businesses could fill a real need for both customers and business owners.


After 10 years ic.org is Now Adsense Free!

Posted on September 10, 2018 by
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    Running a a Non-profit Organization is hard Business! You want to deliver the most useful resources and interesting information you can. You eagerly share your programs, improve upon them regularly, and spread them at every opportunity to positively impact as many people as you can. via GIPHY On top of this invigorating purpose-filled… Read More


Connect: Now More Than Ever

Posted on September 7, 2018 by
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Time spent at Lost Valley and La’akea inspires a passion not just for community and its heart-opening, communication-deepening, earth-connecting effects, but also for communal networking and the difference it can make in the world.


Call for Articles – Community Land

Posted on September 4, 2018 by
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Would you like to write for Communities? We are now seeking submissions to Communities magazine for issue #182, “Community Land.” You are cordially invited to send submissions including articles, photographs, poems, graphic artwork, etc. The issue will be out in March 2019. Please send us your article idea as soon as you can, before writing/submitting a… Read More


Communities of Intention in Peru, Ecuador, and Beyond: A Summer of Travel and Rediscovering Communal Roots

Posted on August 27, 2018 by
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As a college project, a child of intentional community explores how others define community, discovering that organic community spaces are possible everywhere.


Leading Edges of Collaboration: GENNA Alliance

Posted on August 26, 2018 by
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Six key networking organizations come together to serve the regenerative communities movement by forming GENNA, the North American branch of the Global Ecovillage Network.


Answering the “Call of the Mountain” through a Spiralling Network of Sustainability

Posted on August 25, 2018 by
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Organizing a networking gathering yields many benefits, but the collatoral trials and tributions take their toll on this organizer—now recharging by prioritizing farm and family.


Notes from the Editor: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Posted on August 24, 2018 by
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It’s still possible to make it a beautiful day in the neighborhood.


Networking Communities, #180 Contents and Free/By Donation Digital Download

Posted on August 23, 2018 by
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Just as no person is an island, no intentional community is an island. ICs are connected to other communities and cooperative groups locally, regionally, nationally, internationally—whether those connections are actively cultivated or simply present in shared participation in a cooperative experience. Intentional cultivation of those ties—the fostering of networks—can make each participant group stronger and more resilient. In Communities’ “Networking Communities” issue (Fall 2018, #180), authors share their journeys in exploring and creating networks—among communitarians, among communities, even among networks of communities and among communities researchers. They discuss the joys and benefits as well as trials and tribulations of organizing networking gatherings, of attempting to address social justice, ecological, and related challenges through collective visioning and action, of working toward an equitable and regenerative future in concert with others, of exploring the edges of cultural evolution, of learning from others’ experiences as well as their own. They talk about the potential of further networking to help us create the future we want to see. We hope you’ll draw helpful information, inspiration, and insight from their stories. Once again, the issue is available via free/by donation digital download at ic.org/communities.


Cohousing Makes You Happier

Posted on August 20, 2018 by
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  Loneliness kills. This is what new evidence suggests from a range of reputable institutions and studies, to bolster that likely feeling in your gut about this. To clarify, loneliness is not just being isolated. Isolation is a public health epidemic. You may spend professional and personal time around other people, but just how connected… Read More


What does it mean to live like a village?

Posted on August 13, 2018 by
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What is a Village? “In the simplest terms, it is the intersection and interconnection of people and place” explains Jamaica Stevens, author, event producer, and community activist. “How do we create a culture shift towards communities of celebration, cooperation, resilience, and respect?” Jamaica set about sharing some answers to these questions in her culture-shifting ReInhabiting the… Read More


Remembering Zendik: Mating in Captivity

Posted on August 2, 2018 by
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Helen Zuman’s debut book describes in detail her six-year-long involvement with a radical intentional community that also fits many people’s definition of “cult.”


Use New Power to Build a Movement

Posted on August 1, 2018 by
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What is New Power? It is not just a change in technologies that is reshaping our world, our culture, and our participation in it. Our beliefs and expectations for what is possible, and what ought to be possible, is also changing. This is eclipsing the old lessons on the right way to create and sustain… Read More


The Concrete Thinking of Hobbits

Posted on July 27, 2018 by
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What makes Maitreya Mountain Village’s multi-functional Hobbit Hole so eco-friendly is that it’s constructed of concrete. Yes, you read that right.