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In Community, On the Road – Dispatch #2 – Earthaven Ecovillage

Posted on March 9, 2019 by

I last visited Earthaven Ecovillage in 2001, when I came down with some other Twin Oakers for an FIC Art of Community conference. I was this fresh faced 20 year old communitarian, and it was my first substantial point of contact with the FIC, visiting a community that at the time was only 7 years… Read More


Land Speaking through the People: The Great Work of Our Times

Posted on March 9, 2019 by

Through Community Land Trusts, we can reimagine and experience anew our relationship with the land as communities of place-based people.


In Community, On the Road – Dispatch #1 – The Journey Begins

Posted on March 8, 2019 by

On March 1st I left my home of Twin Oaks Community and hit the road. I’ve been the Executive Director of the FIC for over 3 years now, and while Twin Oaks has been remarkably supportive and conducive in many ways, it’s also been limiting. I’m heading out to be an agent at large for… Read More


Top 5 Guides to Get You Started

Posted on February 27, 2019 by

Spring is near and, if you’re like me, anticipation & ideas for new projects begin fluttering around our brains waiting for the right moment to leap into action. Sometimes it is simply starting seeds. Other times we want to organize our communities for dialogue, discussion and understanding. But do we know how to get started?… Read More


Review: Farming While Black

Posted on February 26, 2019 by

This book is written for young Black, Brown, and Latinx people with dreams of farming, but it is also a gift to all of us who care about farming, equality, and justice.


4 Building Blocks of Community

Posted on February 25, 2019 by

Start a Village “If you don’t like the way things are, Start a Village!” This was the essential message that Stephen Brooks delivered at his enthusiastic TEDx talk at Black Rock City. What does a guy at Burning Man know about community? Stephen shares inspiration through his travels, studies of permaculture, and teaching, how he… Read More


Black Land Matters: An Interview with Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm

Posted on February 24, 2019 by

Headquartered on a community farm, a nonprofit, people-of-color-led organization works to dismantle racism in the food system by increasing farmland stewardship by people of color, promoting equity in food access, and training the next generation of activist farmers.


Connecting Land and Community

Posted on February 21, 2019 by

Through collective, organized efforts, groups that have lost access to land can regain it, while building community as well.


Land in a Sustainable and Just Society

Posted on February 17, 2019 by

To value equally the needs of all life and all people, we need to shift our land-use approach away from control towards access and stewardship.


International Communal Studies Association 2019 Conference

Posted on February 14, 2019 by

The FIC is a proud co-sponsor of the 2019 Conference of the International Communal Studies Association, which will take place July 18-21, 2019, at the four Camphill communities located near Hudson, New York.  Click here to register! If you have any questions about this registration site, please do not hesitate to contact Dan McKanan at [email protected]Read More


Community Land, #182 Contents and Free/By Donation Digital Download

Posted on February 14, 2019 by

Communities issue #182, Spring 2019, Community Land, shares stories about how intentional community projects can gain access to land. It asks provocative questions about land, people, privilege, and the obstacles that prevent communities (particularly disadvantaged communities) from reconnecting to land―and offers inspiring stories of overcoming those barriers to achieve more equity and sustainability. Just as access to land depends on community in some form, community often depends on and derives its vitality from a group’s relationship to land. The issue highlights the interdependence of our selves, our human communities, and the lands which steward (and are stewarded by) our presence.


Have you joined yet to support the communities movement?

Posted on February 11, 2019 by

Growing the Network One Member at a Time Nineteen communities and organizations, and 35 individuals, recently joined as new Fellowship for Intentional Community members during our year-end fundraising event! Welcome to our shared network of communities and communitarians! New Community & Organizational Members (Dec. ‘18 to Jan. ‘19). Check their listings out in our Directory!… Read More

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Seeking Brigadoon: A Community of Dance-Campers Finds a Permanent Homeplace

Posted on February 10, 2019 by

After 40 years of summer camps and other gatherings with shifting locations, Dance New England finally lands on its own 417 acres.


Streaming Community Videos!

Posted on February 8, 2019 by

Watch This! More people are tuning in to learn about intentional communities, and discovering FIC as a resource to connect to the movement.  FIC first launched a Youtube Channel to share a webinar series on cooperation. With the release of the Planet Community series, and additional videos with it, there has been an uptick in interest and… Read More


Top 10 New Books in the FIC Bookstore!

Posted on February 8, 2019 by

You won’t want to miss out on these stellar topics new to the bookshelf   The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict by Aaron T. Wolf We tend to approach conflict from the perspective of competing interests. A farmer’s interest lies in preserving water for crops, while an environmentalist’s interest is… Read More


Starhawk Recognized for 2019 Kozeny Communitarian Award

Posted on February 6, 2019 by

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) recognizes Starhawk as the 2019 recipient of the Kozeny Communitarian Award, honoring of the indomitable spirit of Geoph Kozeny (1949-2007), who devoted his adult life to creating community in the world. Starhawk is a well-known author and an internationally recognized activist and practitioner in the fields of permaculture, eco-feminism, and Earth-based… Read More


Job Opening: Marketing & Outreach Coordinator for CoHousing Solutions

Posted on February 4, 2019 by

Would you love to use your marketing and social media skills to benefit communities? Apply to become our Marketing & Outreach Coordinator! If you have marketing, graphic design, and administrative skills, are excited about working as an innovative member in the cohousing movement, and are looking to develop an exciting career related to marketing and… Read More


The Encyclopedic Guide to American Intentional Communities, by Timothy Miller

Posted on January 29, 2019 by

It may be a mouthful to say, but it sure is fitting for this nearly 600 page, incredibly comprehensive guide to American intentional communities.  This encyclopedic book chronicles from the first European settlements in America to the present (copyright 2013) and references over 3,000 communities of all sizes and life-cycles, spanning from the obscure to… Read More


3 Neighboring Communities host 300+ People!

Posted on January 23, 2019 by

What if we shared more meals? Not to mention all of the hours planning, shopping, preparing, and cleaning up for meals! What if we shared more tasks? And how about the tools, equipment, storage, and know-how to keep things up? What if we shared more time? In fun and celebration, collaboration and decision-making, we could… Read More


Community for the Health of it

Posted on January 21, 2019 by

National Cohousing Conference, May 30 – June 2, 2019 The FIC is a proud co-sponsor of the 2019 National Cohousing Conference, hosted by the Cohousing Association of the US. We’ll be providing workshops and running a conference Bookstore. Hope to see you there! Learn how living in community can be healthier by combating loneliness. Whether… Read More

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1,400 People Every Day!

Posted on January 14, 2019 by

Bringing Communities to the People! Every single day about 1,400 people visit the online Communities Directory. That is about 2 unique individuals every single minute! About 40,000 people per month — About 1/2 million every year! People are searching for communities to learn about and to be inspired by. They want to connect to and visit places… Read More


Books Cut in Half! 25-50% discounts in FIC Bookstore

Posted on January 7, 2019 by

New Years Savings: 25% – 50% off Books and DVDs Happy New Year To You! We’re kicking off 2019 right with discounted books & DVDs up to half off their retail price. For some, this is the last chance to get your hands on them so seize the opportunity while you can! View our entire… Read More

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It’s not too late!

Posted on January 1, 2019 by

Welcome to 2019! The holidays are officially behind us, and with them, the holiday giving season. This time of year can bring so much joy, and it can also bring a lot of stress, particularly on your bank account. Between all the gifts you probably have to buy, the travel, and all the causes and… Read More

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Planet Community – Episode 3 – Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage

Posted on December 31, 2018 by

We have to transform our cities! Over 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and it’s only increasing. Models for sustainable, equitable, urban community must be developed. In this episode of Planet Community we look at Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage in Cincinnati, OH.  How do we move past the consumerism and concrete… Read More


Reaffirming Our Values into the New Year

Posted on December 27, 2018 by

Widening the Scope of Community We at the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) are extremely grateful to have you as a part of our shared network of communities. During these final days of the year, we reflect on a few initiatives developed in 2018 to bring the communities movement to a wider audience. We encourage… Read More

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Can FIC count on you before the year is over?

Posted on December 21, 2018 by

Invest today in the future of the communities movement! The FIC’s not-for-profit services are intended to facilitate your journey and navigation through the evolving world of cooperative living. Our Magazine, Directory and Bookstore – FIC’s 3 core offerings – are designed to bring inspiration, knowledge, new perspectives and innovations to advance the communities movement on… Read More

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What it Takes to Create Community Connection

Posted on December 3, 2018 by

Common Conceptions of Community How can we create community connection — including more support, belonging, smiles, and growth — in our lives? Bianca Heyming gave a TED talk based on her experiences, affectionately called ‘Intentional Communities – 50% Less Hippie Than You’d Expect.’      She first comedically explores people’s misconceptions about living in an… Read More


Discounted Books! Holiday Gifts for the Entire Community

Posted on December 3, 2018 by

Discounted Books! Holiday Gifts for the Entire Community We have discounted so many of our books and DVDs just in time for last-minute holiday gifts. Grab a few for your favorite communard, the hippie at heart, and the won’t-stop-can’t-stop activist in your life. The clocks-a-tickin’… Get your orders in now so they are sure to… Read More

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Thanks for the Fun on #GiveItAwayTuesday!

Posted on November 28, 2018 by

What a fun day it was yesterday! From 8am to 8pm on Tuesday November 27, many of staff, board, and supporters of FIC hosted a marathon event we called #GiveItAwayTuesday. Our premise was simple. So simple in fact that we were all laughing hysterically when we first joked about it! It was a late night… Read More


Give It Away! — List of Free Resources for Cooperation

Posted on November 21, 2018 by

Free Resources for Cooperation! For #GiveItAwayTuesday we are celebrating the spirit of generosity, gratefulness, and sharing, by giving it back! The 27th of November is the globally celebrated day of giving: #GivingTuesday. To join the fun FIC is going to pay it forward and give it away! Throughout the day enjoy live videos, music performances,… Read More