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The Foundation for Intentional Community is announcing a bold vision for 2020 and beyond…
Ending isolation by bringing community into the lives of everyone who seeks it.
You can bring community into the lives of thousands of more people in 2020 by donating to our campaign. Read below to learn about big changes coming soon to ic.org.
We are hardwired for community. It is our nature to share with each other, build relationships, create healthy homes for our children, and know who our neighbors are. These are not luxuries. They are the right of every human being.
50,000 people come to ic.org every month, hungry for something more than the loneliness and isolation that permeates modern life. They want more meaning, resiliency, security, peace, and well-being. We connect them to 1000+ intentional communities in our Directory. While not everyone chooses to live in an intentional community, everyone can benefit from the inspiration and possibility these centers offer.
The Foundation for Intentional Community is announcing a bold vision for 2020 and beyond: ending isolation by bringing more community into the lives of everyone who seeks it.
To this aim, we are radically redesigning ic.org to make it easier for people to connect with intentional communities and discover the wisdom these places hold. This summer over a thousand people participated in our research. This is what we heard.
- We heard that communities need more people and people need an easier way to find communities. We are responding by improving our Directory with a much better search function, internal messaging between people and communities, saved searches, favorited communities, and expanded listings.
- We heard that people want easier access to the wealth of content we’ve generated over the past 33 years. We are responding by creating a new interface that guides people to exactly what they’re looking for. It will include a new Document Library of community documents and Discussion Forum for conversation on important topics.
- We heard that people need to know who to trust to guide them in their communities journey. We are responding by re-imaging our customer service and advertising options so that we can directly help more people than ever before.
Along with these changes, our payment system will also change. Certain features on ic.org will remain free (such as the list of communities), but services designed for the serious community seeker will require an affordably priced membership to cover our costs of operating the platform.
We have a Business Plan that is guiding a further round of testing new features on our website to gauge their effectiveness in meeting the needs of communities, community seekers, and FIC’s financial sustainability. In order to conduct this testing and launch a new ic.org, we are announcing the largest capital campaign FIC has ever undertaken.
Our goal is to raise $200,000 in donations or loans.
We are now building up a team of talented staff and designing the beta version of the website to launch within the next 6 months. We are confident in our ability to prototype our way into a sound business venture.
Our payment system at ic.org will be changing. Certain features will remain free (such as the list of communities), but services designed for the serious community seeker will require an affordably priced membership to cover the costs of operating the platform.
The production of Communities magazine will discontinue under FIC. We are sad to see the print publication go, but excited for ic.org to become an even better place to produce and circulate content about intentional communities.
When we end our isolation, we are happier, healthier and more effective as social change agents. Our future depends on us coming together now to address the interconnected problems of social isolation, climate crisis, and economic inequality. Intentional community is a response to the biggest issues of our time. Everyone deserves community; there’s a community for everyone.
Let’s make it happen!
Thank you for your support,
The Team at FIC
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