Wisdom of Communities: Volume 1 – Starting a Community

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Wisdom of Communities: Volume 1 – Starting a Community: Resources and Stories about Creating and Exploring Intentional Community.

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 Fellowship 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:

  • Starting a Community
  • Finding a Community
  • Communication in Community
  • Sustainability in Community

Each book is over 300 pages and features over 100 of our best articles.

This series is intended to aid community founders, seekers, current communitarians, students, and researchers alike in their explorations.

Exploring the 4 Volume Series: Wisdom of Communities

This listing is for Volume 1 of the Series. Volumes 2-4 have not yet been published.
Go here to Pre-Order the entire 4 Series Set.

Volume 1Starting 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).

Volume 2Finding 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.

Volume 3Communication 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.

Volume 4Sustainability 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.


UPDATE! The Kickstarter was a wild success! We are immensely grateful for all our donors! You’re the best!



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