|Intentional Communities Conferences
May & September
FIC Co-Sponsored Events
Sky Blue, FIC Executive Director
The Annual Conference on Community and Sustainability
Memorial Day Weekend May 26-28, 2017
at The Farm, Summertown Tennessee
This event is right around the corner! We’re going to be there. Are you?
Learn more at http://thefarmcommunity.com/conference/
Register at http://farmcatalog.com/communities_conference.html
Discounts available. Camping, dorm rooms, and private rooms. Camping includes access to bathrooms and showers. All meals included from Friday night supper through Sunday morning breakfast (we ask each person to bring something to share).
Twin Oaks Communities Conference
Labor Day weekend, September 1 – 4, 2017
at Twin Oaks Community, Louisa Virginia
Registration is open!
The event hosts between 150 and 200 participants, including people who are members of, interested in, and new to intentional communities and other kinds of cooperative living and working.
Work exchange and discounts are available.
Call for Workshop Proposals
We are looking for dynamic presenters who can offer interactive and/or engaging workshops.
The focus of the event is intentional communities, although workshops sometimes cover a broader array of topics in cooperative and alternative lifestyles, economics, and organizing. If the workshop is not specific to intentional communities the presenter will be expected to address the topic in relation to intentional communities.
Deadline for workshop proposals is May 31st. Please fill out the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/EN2tL6WJPJ3IfWZC2
Keynote: Community and the Crisis of Capitalism
This year’s Friday evening keynote speaker is Ed Whitfield, social critic, writer and community activist. Ed will talk about economics of capitalism, the impending crisis, and the significance of productively creating meaning in community.
Ed has lived in Greensboro, NC since 1970. He is co-Managing Director of the Fund for Democratic Communities, and serves on the boards of the Highlander Research and Education Center and the New Economy Coalition . Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Ed’s political activism started with attending Little Rock Central High School and beginning to do anti-war work as a teenager. Ed retired after 30 years in industry before becoming involved with philanthropy. He now speaks and writes on issues of cooperatives and economic development while continuing to be interested in issues of war and peace, as well as education and social responses to racism.