Inspiration


Are you curious about intentional community?

Posted on May 21, 2019 by

Intentional communities go by many names: ecovillage, commune, co-housing, housing co-ops and more. If you’ve spent time at one, you probably noticed that intentional community feels different than normal living.… Read More


Best Films for Inspiration🌱🌎🤸🏾‍♀️

Posted on March 19, 2019 by

From urban cohousing to rural commune, journey throughout European ecovillages or bicycle across the United States. Get started on these documentary films today for the BEST inspiration on creating sustainable… Read More


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… Read More


Starhawk Recognized for 2019 Kozeny Communitarian Award

Posted on February 6, 2019 by

The Foundation 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… Read More


Accepting nominations for 2020 Kozeny Communitarian Award

Posted on January 7, 2019 by

The Foundation for Intentional Community announces that nominations are now open for the 2020 Kozeny Communitarian Award. This honors the indomitable spirit of Geoph Kozeny, who devoted his adult life… 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… Read More


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… Read More


The Revolution will be Podcasted

Posted on November 5, 2018 by

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… Read More


Cohousing is… Quotes from Cohousers

Posted on September 17, 2018 by

Quotes from Cohousers Cohousing is… “… a challenging task, with pitfalls (and perseverance), with laughter and hugs (or nods and drawing into oneself), with food and nurturing (or caution and… 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… Read More


Call it Your Community

Posted on July 25, 2018 by

Humanity thrives when people work together. An “Intentional Community” shows what happens when people take this premise to the next level — by living together in a village of their… 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… 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,… Read More


MTV Features Intentional Community on “True Life: I’m Joining A Commune”

Posted on January 19, 2017 by

A recent episode of MTV’s “True Life” features two stories about community living. In one, 23-year-old Took Edalow attempts to start a commune with several friends on Staten Island. Another… Read More


Bridge Meadows Brings Foster Children Into Intentional Community

Posted on January 12, 2017 by
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For many intentional communities and cohousing projects, being “intergenerational” is a core value and long-term goal. Parents envision themselves raising children with the support of other community members. Elderly residents… Read More


Interactive Documentary “One Shared House” Packs a Punch

Posted on January 2, 2017 by

It’s not often that we hear the story of an intentional community told by someone who grew up in one. And it’s even less common for that story to be… Read More


Take Part In The People’s State of the Union This January

Posted on December 26, 2016 by

Beginning in 2015, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture has led a project called the People’s State of the Union, to coincide with the president’s annual address to the nation.… 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… Read More


The Untold Story of Utopian Communes In America

Posted on November 24, 2016 by

It was a time of great change and social experimentation. Groups of like-minded people pooled their money to buy property in what one writer called a kind of “socialist land mania.” Another philosopher… Read More


This Binational City Would Make Borders A Thing of the Past

Posted on November 14, 2016 by

Architect Fernando Romero has a plan for a binational city stretching over the U.S. and Mexican border. The project was on display last month at the London Design Biennale 2016. The designers… Read More


A New Book Combines Zen and Permaculture to Educate and Inspire

Posted on November 10, 2016 by

Stefan Geyer, a London resident active in the U.K. permaculture community, is releasing a new book called “Zen in the Art of Permaculture Design.” It’s not a guidebook to specific permaculture… Read More


These Apps Connect Excess Food With People Who Need It

Posted on October 24, 2016 by

Nearly $500 billion worth of food gets thrown away in the U.S. each year – while nearly 50 million Americans go hungry. A new app hopes to use peer-to-peer technology to… 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… Read More


How A Mystical Novel Spurred the Ecovillage Movement in Russia

Posted on September 15, 2016 by

Over the years, many intentional communities have drawn on works of fiction for inspiration. They can serve as cultural touchstones, helping connect the communities in a particular region with a… Read More


Bayan Azdirici Damla

Posted on September 5, 2016 by

Bayan Azdirici Damla


The Diggers Started Their Own Back-to-the-Land Movement in 1649

Posted on August 18, 2016 by

“In 1649/to St. George’s Hill/a ragged band they called the Diggers/came to show the people’s will.” So starts Leon Rosselson’s song, “The World Turned Upside Down,” which tells the story… Read More


How These Bike Festivals Bring Community To City Streets

Posted on August 11, 2016 by

Forty years ago, a group of Columbian bicycle activists started a tradition that would eventually spread to hundreds of cities around the world. Called CiclovĂ­a, which means “cycleway” in Spanish,… Read More


A New Book Takes A Close Look At Plants and Animals In The Human Habitat

Posted on August 8, 2016 by

When Nathanael Johnson began taking his two-year-old daughter on nature walks in Berkeley, CA, he realized that he didn’t know the names of half the trees, bugs, and other creatures… 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… Read More


Do You Know Your Watershed?

Posted on June 10, 2016 by

Last month, I took part in Oregon State University’s online permaculture class, taught by Andrew Millison. While permaculture design certificates can cost upwards of $750, this class was free, open… Read More