Starting a Community


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


Inclusivity and Disability

Posted on September 28, 2018 by
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Cohousing aspires to be as inclusive as possible, but North American culture suppresses conversation about disability and health. How can communities create processes to address previously invisible needs?


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

Posted on March 22, 2018 by

Predominantly white communities are going to stay that way until they acknowledge and address racism. Here is some guidance for doing that.


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.


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.


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

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.


Community-Building in the City

Posted on February 1, 2018 by

In its formative and early stages, Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing in Seattle encounters both challenges and successes.


Making a Case for Urban Cohousing

Posted on January 21, 2018 by

Urban cohousing offers a unique alternative that still allows access to the amenities, conveniences, and vibrancy of city life.


Compact Community at Maitreya EcoVillage in Eugene, Oregon

Posted on January 1, 2018 by

Urban development needs sufficient density to support functional public transit, bicycling, and walking—while also staying beautiful, fun, green, and rich with community.


Back to the City!

Posted on November 26, 2017 by

As Compersia and Point A aim to demonstrate, a city can be the perfect place to start an egalitarian, income-sharing community.


Life Lessons for Community Longevity

Posted on November 1, 2017 by

The founder of Bellyacres Artistic Ecovillage profers advice inspired by the nearly three decades he was immersed in the experiment.


Overcoming Our Americanness

Posted on October 11, 2017 by

Unless we learn from past and present communities, and collate lessons from our own, we will bob as separate crafts on the ocean of our uncooperative and ahistorical Americanness.


Tracing Windward’s Memeology

Posted on September 21, 2017 by

The Haudenosaunee, the Oneida Community, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, with its vision of a “polyamorous line family,” all form part of Windward’s conceptual ancestry.


Mobile Home Parks: A Fast and Inexpensive Path to Cohousing

Posted on June 30, 2017 by

Mobile home and RV parks present an unequaled opportunity to accelerate the transition to more widespread community living.


Affordable, Developer-Driven Ecovillages: Meeting an Unmet Need

Posted on April 21, 2017 by
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A replicable ecovillage model is our best hope for achieving essential, global-scale changes.


Cloughjordan Ecovillage: Modeling the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society

Posted on August 1, 2016 by

Irish ecovillagers achieve the smallest ecological footprints recorded in their country.


Leaps of Faith

Posted on April 21, 2016 by

Two families leave a thriving cohousing community to follow their shared dreams as a tight-knit intergenerational group.


Common Fire’s Top Ten Hard-Earned Tips for Community Success

Posted on April 11, 2016 by
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The sometimes triumphant, sometimes traumatic experiences of the three Common Fire communities yield wisdom relevant to anyone working to create a community.


Off-Grid, and In Community: ’Tis Easier to Find than to Found

Posted on April 1, 2016 by
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The co-director of Maitreya Mountain Village suggests others not follow his example.


Words of Experience: Starting a Community

Posted on March 1, 2016 by
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A founder shares a well-learned lesson: “It is a LOT of work to start an intentional community. A LOT.”


The New Communities Directory: A Star Chart for Seekers and Founders

Posted on February 25, 2016 by
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Whether you’re starting a community or looking to join one, the new Communities Directory is an essential resource.


Finding or Starting a Community, #170 Contents

Posted on February 22, 2016 by

Those seeking an intentional community are often faced with a choice: find it, or found it? Whether looking to join an existing community or working to start a new one, aspiring communitarians can glean invaluable lessons from the experiences of other seekers and pioneers. Our Spring issue is full of success stories, cautionary tales, adventures, reflections, advice, and resources for anyone interested in Finding or Starting a Community.


Getting to Community and Life after Community: Collectivism vs. Individuality

Posted on January 1, 2016 by
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Togetherness and solitude, action and reflection—our lives give us times for each.


An Evolving Movement

Posted on December 21, 2015 by
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The FIC’s new Executive Director reflects on his and the organization’s converging paths.


Three Kinds of Community—Three Kinds of Experience and Learning

Posted on December 1, 2015 by

Whether with refugees, in the inner city, or in intentional groups, community holds life-long lessons.


Land Use Regulations, Urban Planners, and Intentional Communities

Posted on October 11, 2015 by
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A century since the United States’ first citywide zoning ordinance, community founders can find support in unexpected places when navigating land use laws.


My Struggle to Legalize Sustainable Living

Posted on October 1, 2015 by
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After nearly three decades of activity, a pioneering eco-community collapses under the weight of legal attacks by a small group of neighbors.


It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

Posted on September 21, 2015 by

After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.


My Intentional Community and the Law

Posted on September 11, 2015 by

Breitenbush has a long history of dealing with legalities and illegalities, from installing a volcano as their “boiler” and blocking old-growth logging to successfully petitioning for a zoning variance.