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Call for Workshops at the 2018 Twin Oaks Communities Conference

Posted on May 23, 2018 by
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The Twin Oaks Communities Conference, in partnership with the FIC, is seeking workshop proposals for their annual Labor Day weekend event (August 31st to September 2nd). Workshops fall under two broad types: Fixed Time Workshops:  This is the collection of 16 (or sometimes 20) workshops which are selected in advance on various and all aspects of… Read More

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Striving for Transformation & Adaptation

Posted on May 21, 2018 by
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In our latest e-newsletter our Community Bookstore manager, Kim Kanney presents the following titles as inspiration for positive change. Please check them out! Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation People, Place, Practice, Power, Politics and Possibility in Transition. $20; 216 pages; paperback; 2017 by Thomas Henfrey, Gesa Maschkowski & Gil Penha-Lopes Resilience, Community Action & Societal… Read More


Transition Towns’ Stories for Change Beyond Survival

Posted on May 11, 2018 by
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Transition US, the national networking and organizing group for Transition Towns, is celebrating their tenth anniversary with the series, 10 Stories of Transition. Last month in the FIC’s webinar series, Don Hall, Co-Director of Transition US and founder of Transition Sarasota, talked about bringing the values and benefits of intentional communities to not just a… Read More


Yes! Magazine’s Decolonize Issue: Another Forum for Change

Posted on April 30, 2018 by
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The FIC would like to express its support and enthusiasm to Yes! Magazine for its Spring 2018 edition- The Decolonize Issue. We encourage you all to check it out. Just like our recent issue on class, race and privilege of Communities magazine, Yes! is experimenting with the gift economy model. The Decolonize Issue is available… Read More

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Want to Connect with the Next Generation?

Posted on April 27, 2018 by
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Are you an elder seeking to team with youth in community? A young adult looking for community? The FIC is proud to co-sponsor NEXTGEN North America’s Ecovillage Pathways gathering for deep connection this June 14-17, 2018 at La Cite Colebrook, New Hampshire, USA. As a young team energizing the next generation of ecovillage leadership, NEXTGEN and… Read More


Home Funeral and Death Care Midwife Training June 15–17, 2018

Posted on April 17, 2018 by
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  The Center for End of Life Transitions (CEOLT) and the FIC are proud to offer this three-day workshop on home-based end of life care and celebrations for the journey of dying at Earthaven Ecovillage, hosted by SOIL. Cost: $400–$450 sliding scale Learn Skills for the End of Life at Earthaven Ecovillage Home-based celebrations bring death… Read More


Earthaven Experience Week June 8–13, 2018

Posted on April 17, 2018 by
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  The FIC is proud to co-sponsor the School of Integrated Living’s Earthaven Experience Week This residential service-learning program immerses learners in the life of Earthaven Ecovillage. Participants join the homes, lives, businesses, and farms of the Taylor Creek Watershed community for a hands-on, skill-building, life-changing experience. You can find more information and register here.   The Earthaven Experience… Read More


Upcoming Events For Creating Change

Posted on April 10, 2018 by
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We would like to invite you to check out two upcoming events the FIC is co-sponsoring: The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee will be Celebrating 45+ Years of Community with its Sustainability and Community Conference May 18-20, 2018. And the New Economy Coalition will be co-sponsoring Common Bound to plan and inspire a better economic future… Read More

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Race, Privilege and Our New Gift Economy Model

Posted on March 28, 2018 by
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      Race, Class, and Our New Gift Economy Model March Blog Round-Up by Thomas Vecchio, Social Media Manager March has seen several of our most recent initiatives bear fruit―evidence of the new direction the FIC has been steering toward the last few years. While we envision community as a successful end in itself… Read More

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It’s Not Just the Curtain: Crossing the Class Divide at the Bloomington Catholic Worker

Posted on March 28, 2018 by
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Distinctions and boundaries between community members and their homeless guests can be problematic sometimes, but they are also what allow the sharing and caring to continue.


Combating Racism, One Community at a Time

Posted on March 26, 2018 by
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Catholic Worker communities throughout the Midwest examine themselves, make changes, and reach out in an effort to overcome the insidious influences of white supremacy.


4 New Digital Books for Instant Reading

Posted on March 24, 2018 by
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      4 New Digital Books for Instant Reading by Kim Kanney, Community Bookshelf Manager Are you ready to begin your next book? Start reading today! We have a plethora of digital resources that are literally just a click away. As soon as your order is placed, a link to a file will be… Read More

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Class, Race, and Privilege in Intentional Community

Posted on March 24, 2018 by
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A co-owner of Heart-Culture Farm Community explores ways to use her privilege to help create a society where people are truly equal.


I’m Not a Racist, But Racism Is In Me—and in My Community

Posted on March 22, 2018 by
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Predominantly white communities are going to stay that way until they acknowledge and address racism. Here is some guidance for doing that.


Together Resilient: On Class & Race – Half Off!

Posted on March 20, 2018 by
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      Like Tweet Sale – Half Off TOGETHER RESILIENT Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager With all the energy we have buzzing around our current issue of Communities magazine, Class, Race, and Privilege, we wanted to also share what author Yana (Maikwe) Ludwig has to… Read More

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Reflections on Class from a Newbie at Rocky Hill Cohousing

Posted on March 20, 2018 by
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A cohousing project’s budget can help address class and classism—but the community also needs to articulate and explore its culture’s underlying or hidden rules.


White Bias, Black Lives: When Unconscious Bias Affects Your Community

Posted on March 18, 2018 by
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Members of Sunward Cohousing recognize and attempt to transform their community’s differential treatment of white-skinned and dark-skinned neighborhood children.


The Internship Experience at La Cite Ecovillage, New Hampshire

Posted on March 17, 2018 by
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  A guest post by Leonie Brien Integrating into the community has been really easy for us so far. The community is always thrilled to celebrate any holidays just to gather everyone together. We have community dinner often, which is a great time for us to get to know each member. The dinner is always… Read More

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Kicking the Wisdom of Communities Up a Notch

Posted on March 17, 2018 by
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      Like Tweet Kicking the Wisdom of Communities Up a Notch By Carrie Rasmussen, FIC Development Director FIC’s second-ever Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign came to a close recently, blowing our expectations out of the water. The FIC Board of Directors and staff extend a magnificient thank you to the 69 donors who kicked our… Read More

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Growing Inclusivity in Cohousing: Stories and Strategies

Posted on March 16, 2018 by
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Familiar with both privilege and marginalization, a queer Latina cohouser shares experiences and perspectives on confronting racial and ethnic homogeneity.


Permaculture Design Course, Aug 6-18, 2018, La Cite Ecovillage, New Hampshire

Posted on March 15, 2018 by
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*To reserve your space, please email the application or mail with full 25 % security deposit payment, payable to The Ecovillage Institute, 85 B, Angels Road, Colebrook NH, 03576 Course Description Course will begin, August 6th through August 18. Course will end with on August 18 NH Permaculture Gathering at Cite Ecologique of New Hampshire… Read More

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Barriers to Diversity in Community

Posted on March 14, 2018 by
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An organizer of Charlotte Cohousing in North Carolina offers several ways intentional communities unintentionally exclude her fellow people of color.


Where do we find Collective Courage?

Posted on March 13, 2018 by
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      Where do we find Collective Courage? by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager Collective Courage Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought & Practice by Jessica Gordon Nembhard 328 pages; paperback; 2014; $40 Cooperative culture has a deep, rich history that has often been omitted from the history books. Particularly the… Read More

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Moving Beyond White Fragility: Lessons from Standing Rock

Posted on March 12, 2018 by
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Bonded by a shared mission, indigenous water protectors and their white allies find a safe space for giving and receiving honest feedback about white privilege and unconscious acts of racism.


On “Waiting” for People of Color

Posted on March 10, 2018 by
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On the land where his grandfather was born a slave, the founder of a nascent intentional community reflects on the challenges of attracting people of color, and the project’s next steps.


Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Collective Liberation: Weaving the Communities Movement into Intersectional Justice Struggles

Posted on March 8, 2018 by
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The co-organizer of the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network shares strategies for deepening your community’s work on issues of race, class, and privilege.


Beauty and Brokenness: Digesting Grief into Gratitude for Justice

Posted on March 7, 2018 by
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A child of the Indian middle class immerses herself in the grassroots sustainability movement in Portland, Oregon and shares lessons learned on her journey.


Cohousing Conferences in 2018!

Posted on March 6, 2018 by
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      Cohousing Conferences in 2018! Regional Cohousing Conference – Boulder CO Canadian Cohousing Conference – Vancouver BC Regional Cohousing Conference – Amherst MA by Sky Blue, FIC Executive Directory The FIC is a proud co-sponsor of several cohousing conferences this year. First off head to Boulder, CO for a Regional Cohousing Conference, April 20 – 22. Then… Read More


Class, Race, and Privilege, #178: Free Issue Download and Contents

Posted on March 6, 2018 by
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The Spring 2018 edition of Communities, focused on “Class, Race, and Privilege,” is now available for free download from ic.org/communities. The issue looks unflinchingly at a major “elephant in the room”—the relative lack of racial and class diversity in most ICs, at least in North America—while suggesting ways of recognizing, understanding, and addressing it. Authors share stories of obstacles they’ve encountered (from both sides of the privilege equation) and positive steps they and their groups have taken to move toward greater inclusivity and equity. They also reflect honestly on the deep-rootedness of unconscious racism, of social and cultural barriers, of problems of power, privilege, classism, “white fragility,” and more.


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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