The Communities Directory Book:
A Comprehensive Guide to Intentional Communities and Cooperative Living
The Communities Directory Book is the essential reference tool for those interested in finding or creating community. It is compiled by the nonprofit Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC), from ic.org/Communities-Directory, its online Communities Directory. In addition to listings for over 1250 communities, it includes a set of useful articles about finding, joining, and starting communities, and an overview of the history and tools of shared living.
This is the 6th edition Communities Directory Book.
2010, paperbound, 8-1/2 x 11 inches, 512 pages, ISBN 978-0-9718264-5-8.
The Communities Directory Book is the door to an amazing range of choices in cooperative living today – some of which have been tested by time, and others that are on the cutting edge of experimentation. The Communities Directory Book is an encyclopedia of positive alternatives to a mainstream culture that is often fragmented and alienating. It is the inspiring stories of groups all over the world pioneering ways to share resources and live cooperatively.
Whether used as a reference, educational resource, or a road map for a personal quest, this book is a comprehensive and easy-to-use tool offering the following:
- LISTINGS: Descriptions from over 1000 intentional communities in North America and over 250 from around the world. Entries offer contact information, core values, availability for visits, and a glimpse of the vision that holds them together.
- MAPS: Maps showing community locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and around the world. The regional maps are great for trip planning and show proximity to cities and other communities.
- CHARTS: A fast and easy reference. Searching for a large, urban ecovillage? Just use the handy chart to quickly find the community that meets your needs.
- ARTICLES: Covers the basics of intentional community including what they are, how to visit, and the state of the communities movement.
Praise for the Communities Directory Book:
“The Communities Directory is one of my favorite books. It is so clearly the best book for anyone who wants to live community. The articles are the fantastic nuts and bolts of making community, written by many so that one can get a wide selection of voices. The listing of communities is a cornucopia of free better homes and gardens; an invitation to a much deeper kind of wealth and economy, asking only for your joyful effort. The resources and index are gold. All this in one book? Should be illegal. If humankind is to survive, it will be because it learns to live community. This is its guidebook–please get it.” —Patch Adams, Gesundheit! Institute
“There’s never been a moment when we need connection quite as badly: connection between people who have figured out new/old ways of living on this planet. This book is a resource, because the communities in this book are a resource. I mean that quite literally — the wisdom embedded in these communities is one of the few forces strong enough to make a real difference in the epic fight for the earth’s future.” — Bill McKibben, environmental educator, Author of Deep Economy and Eaarth
“The Communities Directory is a vital reference for anyone seeking, living in, doing business with, or studying intentional communities or collective working endeavors.” — Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing
“The Communities Directory is no mere catalogue or book. It is already a profound and shining artifact of our transformative age. It is a map of social vision and leadership that will help us thrive right now and in the times ahead.” — Mark Lakeman, Director of City Repair in Portland OR
“The Communities Directory is a map to getting out of social isolation and into connection — doing something good for yourself, others, and the environment . . . and have fun doing it.” — Chuck Durrett, co-author of Cohousing, which brought the Danish import to the US