Starting a Community:
Resources and Stories about Creating and Exploring Intentional Community.
Volume 1 of the Wisdom of Communities series includes both general articles and on-the-ground stories from intentional community founders and other catalysts of cooperative efforts. This book aims to increase the survival rate of attempts to start intentional communities (it’s estimated that currently just 10 percent move past the initial stages).
View Volume 1 Table of Contents here to read the introduction and see the list of articles and authors.
About Wisdom of Communities Series:
Here’s a Radical Idea: People can work together to take care of each other!
Okay, maybe it’s not that radical, but how do we do that in a world so geared towards the opposite? This is a central question intentional communities are trying to answer.
Since 1972, Communities magazine, published by the Foundation for Intentional Community, has been collecting and disseminating the lessons learned, and now we’re distilling them into a new 4 volume book series, Wisdom of Communities.
This series is intended to aid community founders, seekers, current communitarians, students, and researchers alike in their explorations. Each book is over 300 pages and features over 100 of our best articles.
Volume 1 – Starting a Community: Resources and Stories about Creating and Exploring Intentional Community includes both general articles and on-the-ground stories from intentional community founders and other catalysts of cooperative efforts.
This book aims to increase the survival rate of attempts to start intentional communities (it’s estimated that currently just 10 percent move past the initial stages). Table of Contents
Volume 2 – Finding a Community: Resources and Stories about Seeking and Joining Intentional Community is a response to the reality that many searches for intentional community fizzle out due to lack of adequate information, guidance, or exposure to fellow travelers’ stories.
Authors share experiences, tools, advice, and perspectives that should help anyone searching for an intentional community—whether to visit or to live in—increase the likelihood of finding what they’re seeking. Table of Contents
Volume 3 – Communication in Community: Resources and Stories about the Human Dimension of Cooperative Culture includes articles about decision-making, governance, power, gender, class, race, relationships, intimacy, politics, and neighbor relations in cooperative group culture.
These areas are key for communities to address if they are to retain members and develop strong and healthy group connection. Table of Contents
Volume 4 – Sustainability in Community: Resources and Stories about Creating Eco-Resilience in Intentional Community focuses on food, water, shelter, energy, land, permaculture, ecovillage design, eco-education, and resilience in cooperative culture.
These areas will prove more and more essential in allowing communities to navigate changing circumstances on our planet, while growing into new, regenerative ways of living and thriving together. Table of Contents
This series was supported by a successful Kickstarter campaign
We are immensely grateful for all our donors that supported this project. You’re the best! Watch the Kickstarter video below.