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How to Thrive on 10%

Posted on March 13, 2015 by

How to Thrive on 10% It is often taken for granted that the United States consumes and wastes 5 times more than the rest of the planet. At the same time it is well known and highly advised that dramatic reductions in carbon pollution is needed to address climate change. We also know that having… Read More


Why should you care about Intentional Communities?

Posted on February 9, 2015 by

Why should you care about Intentional Communities? FIC Board Member Sky Blue reviews the successful systems and culture Twin Oaks has built to allow it to thrive. “Twin Oaks Community has been my home off and on for the last 15 years. It’s one of the flagships of the Intentional Communities movement, and yet is… Read More


Where to Find Happiness?

Posted on February 8, 2015 by

Where to Find Happiness? Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and editor in chief of Yes Magazine, has adapted an article from her book, Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference, to address what actually makes us happy? From A Brief History of Happiness: How America Lost Track of the Good Life—and Where to Find… Read More

Filed Under: Happiness, Health, Inspiration

YES Youth Europe Self-Empowerment Cooperative

Posted on January 21, 2015 by

Participants: 28 young people (18 – 30 Years) – 1 from each EU country and 8 from other continents as guests Date: 26th April to 3rd May 2015 Place: Schloss Tempelhof – Germany Final Application Day: 15th February 2015 More details about the event here.


6 fascinating people who own almost nothing

Posted on January 4, 2015 by

Most of us can only handle stacking, storing and stepping over our stuff for so long before we start to feel claustrophobic. We go on a cleaning spree and give (or sell) it all away. But that’s only a temporary fix. Living small requires a more permanent shift. You might find it hard to believe, but… Read More


Yoga Benefits

Posted on August 13, 2013 by

Scoutmob Pillows

Posted on August 5, 2013 by

who says a pillow is just about comfort? we hope that by sleeping on this pillow the words will seep into one’s head. thanks to Scoutmob for the inspiration. http://scoutmob.com/p/Start-Where-You-Are-Linen-Pillow-Cover    


Free Permaculture eBooks

Posted on July 25, 2013 by

Permaculture is all about one part of a system trying to help another, so this is our attempt to help replicate that, by sharing permaculture knowledge as freely and as widely as we can. In this section you’ll find a selection of completely free eBook downloads on permaculture and wider environmental topics, including the fantastic… Read More


Permaculture and Synergy

Posted on July 10, 2013 by

  ‘When people and permaculture meet and work together, there is a synergy with nature that is lost in the world of money and the self’  http://www.permanentculturenow.com/synergy/


Filed Under: All Blog Posts, Inspiration

Quotable Quote

Posted on July 3, 2013 by
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Mahatma Gandhi Quote

Posted on June 19, 2013 by

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history”  – Mahatma Gandhi

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Seattle to Create the First Free Food Forest

Posted on June 18, 2013 by

Forget meadows. Seattle’s food forest will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking. Read more here: http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/02/21/its-not-fairytale-seattle-build-nations-first-food-forest   


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Seed Saving Tips

Posted on May 16, 2013 by

Inspiring Community Events in 2013

Posted on May 9, 2013 by

2013 Communities Events You Don’t Want to Miss: http://p0.vresp.com/4rBsDH #vr4smallbiz  


Most lives are lived by default

Posted on May 8, 2013 by

“By the sounds of it, it’s typical among human beings to feel like something huge is missing. The other thing is that they tend to be one of the same few problems: lack of human connection, lack of personal freedom (due to money or family situations), lack of confidence or self-esteem, or lack of self-control. The… Read More

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A Walk in the Park to Beat Stress

Posted on May 3, 2013 by

Urban living gives you brain fatigue. It flat out makes your brain tired of constantly being alert and aware. And a walk in the park can go a long way to clear up the resulting fuzziness. Read more: http://www.treehugger.com/health/study-shows-walk-park-fixes-fuzzy-brain.html


Alyson Ewald Interview

Posted on April 18, 2013 by

Alyson Ewald, from FIC’s Board, participates in an interview addressing the question “Is Community Important?” More details here: http://simplequestionmovie.com/episode-2-one-simple-question-exploring-our-world-one-question-at-a-time/  



Uses of Vinegar In Your Home

Posted on April 12, 2013 by

A safe, cheap, and easy cleaner for all number of things! Here’s a list of cleaning tips for your home: http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/45-vinegar-home


Modern Farmer on Facebook

Posted on April 10, 2013 by

Get your Farm On with these helpful tips!  https://www.facebook.com/ModernFarmerMedia


Impress Yourself

Posted on April 2, 2013 by
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Effects of Technology on Human Interaction

Posted on March 28, 2013 by

Article proving that face to face connection is qualitatively different, and literally more healthy, than digital connection. “To appreciate why this matters, here’s a quick anatomy lesson. Your brain is tied to your heart by your vagus nerve. Subtle variations in your heart rate reveal the strength of this brain-heart connection, and as such, heart-rate… Read More


Within Reach is Ready!

Posted on March 6, 2013 by

It’s Ready for the World! The One-of-a-kind Film that Redefines Community. http://p0.vresp.com/8DVBNK #withinreachmovie


Michel Desgagnes

Posted on January 29, 2013 by

So sad to learn today of the death of Michel Desgagnes. We crossed paths many time with Michel, and always, he was kind, intelligent and cared deeply about this movement. He will be missed, and the Canadian sustainable communities scene just lost a good one. Rest well, brother.


Intentional Community

Posted on January 22, 2013 by

What is an Intentional Community? Intentional Community is the radical notion that how we live ought to be based on our values. Strange that this is “radical” but the truth is, many people struggle to integrate their values into their daily lives, and intentional community provides a rare forum to be able to live, well…… Read More