Governance + Group Dynamics


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


10 Most Common Mistakes in Consensus

Posted on October 15, 2018 by

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


Use New Power to Build a Movement

Posted on August 1, 2018 by

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


Top 17 Myths About Intentional Communities

Posted on July 25, 2018 by

Why not Join a Community? “I would live in a Community, but…” fill in the blank here. There are a lot of assumptions, fears, and misunderstandings about intentional communities that lead people to have false stereotypes of them. This list of the Top 17 Myths about Intentional Communities should help to dispel some common concerns!… Read More


It Takes a Village to Organize a Mind

Posted on July 19, 2018 by

I studied psychology in high school and college, and still find it imminently relevant today. I am fascinated when evolutionary psychology can offer insight into the roots of why we tick the way we do. What is our more original “programming” — or the baseline that we are set to be impressed into by the… Read More


The Virtue of Sharing

Posted on July 11, 2018 by

How Important is Sharing to the Future? This ‘Future Tense’ podcast ‘The Virtue of Sharing‘ covered the remarkable nature of sharing, and it’s critical importance to a thriving human culture, and our well-being. Edwina Stott interviewed our friend Tom Llewellyn from Shareable.net, a non-profit “obsessed” with sharing. They just released a new FREE guide: Sharing Cities:… Read More


Want to Connect with the Next Generation?

Posted on April 27, 2018 by

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


Consensus: Learning to think and act cooperatively – The Community Builders Forum – Webinar #2

Posted on September 13, 2017 by
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In the second addition of The Community Builders Forum, the FIC’s new webinar series for members, Laird Schaub takes us through what makes consensus work. Members can participate in these webinars live. For more info on becoming an FIC member, click here. For most people consensus is an unnatural act. It calls for participants to… Read More


This Novel Explores A Tuscon Community’s Response To Climate Change

Posted on April 10, 2017 by

A new novel by Susan Feathers, called Threshold, explores one community’s response to climate change. Inspired by her experiences with the Building Resilient Neighborhoods program in Tuscon, Arizona, Threshold combines interlocking plot-lines with the latest scientific research to bring the concept of community resiliency to life. You can purchase the book online or read an… Read More


Race, Class, Gender and Climate Change: An Excerpt From Together Resilient by Ma’ikwe Ludwig

Posted on March 6, 2017 by

This post is an excerpt from Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption by Ma’ikwe Ludwig, published by The Fellowship for Intentional Community. Visit our fundraising campaign to learn how you can support the publication of the book and get yourself a copy! **** Climate change is deeply intertwined with race, class and gender. I’d like to focus… Read More


The Cool Block Program Helps Neighbors Work Together to Fight Climate Change

Posted on February 16, 2017 by

When we hear the words “intentional community,” we may think of residential communities like back-to-the-land communes and urban housing co-ops. But you don’t have to live in the same house to have a shared vision and make an impact. A non-profit called Cool Block brings entire neighborhoods together to support each other and build community over… Read More


An App Called Teem Helps You Delegate Tasks Within Your Community

Posted on January 30, 2017 by

One of the challenges of living in a community with lots of new residents or guests is getting everyone oriented to the tasks and projects at hand. When I lived at Foster Village, a 10-person community in Portland, Oregon, we had a membership committee in charge of welcoming new residents, and a liaison assigned to… Read More


Digital Security For Your Intentional Community

Posted on December 19, 2016 by

For some high-profile communities, visibility is a good thing. The Dancing Rabbit ecovillage in Rutledge, Missouri, depends on workshops and other business endeavors to support itself. Many communities maintain a social media presence as a way to attract new members and promote co-operative living on a global scale. But some communities have good reason for wanting to… Read More


This Year, We’ll Need Community More Than Ever

Posted on December 15, 2016 by

I woke up on Election Day ready to get the whole thing over with. My life was already in a state of transition: the eco-village I’d lived in for two years was on the of cusp of disbanding. The new collective house I was moving into into had a lot of things to get in order:… Read More


How Homeowners Can Be More Intentional Landlords

Posted on December 5, 2016 by

Next month, I’ll be moving into a house owned by a “community landlord.” Rather than simply renting out rooms in the house, the homeowner (who no longer lives on the property), specifically sought out a group of people who wanted to build community there. Three of us will be the primary tenants who set the vision and… Read More


The Class Cultures Toolkit Can Help You Host More Inclusive Meetings and Events

Posted on December 1, 2016 by

Talking about class can be difficult – especially in intentional communities that include people from a variety of backgrounds. It can be a challenge to balance the needs of members from different classes: residents with stable jobs and incomes; property owners; activists who choose to live frugally; those with families to support. Some concerns –… Read More


How Does Your Community Create Space for Romantic Partnerships?

Posted on October 31, 2016 by

In the popular imagination, intentional communities have a reputation for being free-for-alls when it comes to love and relationships. But in reality, that’s rarely the case, and many communities have guiding principles around how members are expected to relate to each other romantically. Gender dynamics, power imbalances, and more, can all come into play when living… Read More


These Tools Can Help Your Community Make Better Decisions

Posted on October 6, 2016 by
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One of the biggest hurdles an intentional community can face is figuring out how to make decisions. There are dozens of decision-making strategies to choose from, from consensus to sociocracy. But in today’s busy world, simply gathering around the table together as a community can be a challenge. At my community, meeting attendance takes a dive during the… Read More


A New Game Called “Rise Up” Explores Cooperative Social Movements

Posted on September 26, 2016 by

The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) is launching a Kickstarter for a new board game on September 27th. Called “Rise Up: The Game of People and Power,” the game is a great way to spend time with friends, while exploring social movements and learning to cooperate to achieve shared objectives. According to TESA, “The game weaves… Read More


This Women-Only Village In Kenya Is Challenging Traditional Gender Roles

Posted on September 22, 2016 by

For over 20 years, a small community in Kenya has been embarking on a rare experiment: a community without men, where women are the homeowners and breadwinners. Around 50 women and 200 children live in Umoja, a small village several hundred miles north of Nairobi, in the dry grasslands of the Samburu region. According to… Read More


This Alaska Community Took Its Own Approach To Treating Mental Illness

Posted on August 15, 2016 by
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The philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” It’s a quote often repeated by alternative healers and counter-cultural thinkers. In the 1980s, four families from Boston – who suffered from depression, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses – put that philosophy to the… Read More


A New Movie Tells The Story of A Danish Couple As They Start An Intentional Community

Posted on July 28, 2016 by

A new movie called “The Commune” follows Erik and Anna, a Danish couple living in Copenhagen in the 1970s, as they invite an assortment of friends and acquaintances to move into a home they inherited: “We should live with fantastic people, shouldn’t we?” Anna asks her husband. He agrees to try it out, and they… Read More


How This French Philosopher Inspired An Early Version of Cohousing

Posted on July 23, 2016 by
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Although not as famous as some of his contemporaries, the French thinker Charles Fourier was one of the early visionaries of the intentional community movement. A utopian socialist, he proposed that society should be organized into Phalansteres, or “grand hotels,” each housing several hundred to several thousand people. At the peak of his popularity, he… Read More


Case Study: How One Community Handles Maintenance Expenses

Posted on July 14, 2016 by

Here at Foster Village, my community in SE Portland, we share access to three houses on adjoining plots of land. Although we have plans for collective ownership, for now the houses are owned individually, but most of our expenses are shared. This means we have to think creatively about maintenance agreements. Each member contributes an… Read More


Moving Through Times of Transition

Posted on May 23, 2016 by

What is it that keeps a community’s identity consistent over time? Is it the people? The place? The culture? Here at Foster Village in Portland, OR, we’ve had around a 50% turnover rate over the past year. Some long-term residents have moved on to live in rural communities. Some recent arrivals decided that the level… Read More


Rough Start to Rural Community

Posted on May 28, 2015 by

Rough Start to Rural Community Christian and Johannes Zinzendorf call themselves Harmonists, with central beliefs around the value of hard work in an agrarian life, and a communion with the spirits in nature. They make their own clothes from fabrics that they grow and spin from flax. They grow and harvest grains, care for a… Read More


Income Sharing Urban Communities

Posted on May 2, 2015 by

Income Sharing Urban Communities Point A is a group which has “an audacious proposal to form urban, income sharing, egalitarian, democratic, ambitious, engaged communes in the cities of the American East Coast.” So far these cities include Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City, and Richmond. That is a lot of adjectives! Here are some descriptions… Read More


Which stage is your tribe?

Posted on March 17, 2015 by

Which stage is your tribe? It turns out that by listening to the way people speak to each other in working and social groups one can tell a great deal about their stage cultural of development. David Logan, a researcher and professor of management and leadership at USC, and co-founder and senior partner of consulting… Read More


Building United Judgment, Now Available for Download!

Posted on October 11, 2014 by

Community Bookstore Building United Judgment A Handbook for Consensus Decision Making Available in Print & for the first time in Digital Format Reviewed by June Wallenburg Building United Judgment by the Center for Conflict Resolution Re-published by the Fellowship for Intentional Community 124 pages, Paperbound, 8.5″ x 11″; or Digital Download; ISBN 9780318170381 Building United Judgment… Read More


Facebook as Village Gathering Space

Posted on September 28, 2014 by

What goes on in my mind as I stroll along the Facebook village? When I joined Facebook I got quite excited because I could invite people to events that my friends and I were involved in. I found out about events and promoted them: foodie gatherings, cultural change workshops, important TED talks, meditation retreats, dance… Read More