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August 2020

WORKSHOP | Sociocracy Governance & Decision-Making

August 25, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Sociocracy is a governance system that supports healthy group processes. Sociocracy has a strong focus on equality and effectiveness and is used worldwide in a variety of organizations, particularly in intentional communities. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of the basic concepts of sociocracy: how we make decisions, how we empower and connect teams and we can improve continuously over time.

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WORKSHOP | How to Start an Intentional Community

August 26, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Get your community project started in the best possible way!

This online workshop draws on years of knowledge from community founders, and Yana’s own 23 years of cooperative living, including four community start-ups, to lay out the most important considerations for making a new intentional community a success.

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WORKSHOP | How to Start a New Affordable Cohousing Project

August 27, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Cohousing is community designed to foster connection. Physical spaces allow neighbors to easily interact with others just outside private homes. Common areas including kitchen, dining space and gardens bring people together. Collaborative decision-making builds relationships. Let cohousing expert and architect, Charles Durrett, walk you through the steps to make it happen!

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September 2020

How to Create Sustainable Communities

September 23, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
$10 – $45

The next workshop in our series for intentional community starters and residents focuses on how can we create real sustainability in our lives, homes, and communities. Join communities expert, Yana Ludwig, for an interactive workshop focused on reimagining sustainability, beyond just the ecological dimension, with a curriculum developed by ecovillages all over the world.

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Leveling Up Your Group Facilitation Techniques

September 24, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
$10 – $45

Are you a facilitator ready to level up your game? Or just getting started with facilitating your group, community, or team — both in-person and online? During this short yet comprehensive workshop, Laird Schaub will walk you though the essential techniques you'll need to master to become a crackerjack facilitator.

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Life in Community in the YEAR 2020

September 29, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
$5 – $45

This is the first session in our new event series "Meet the Communities" where each week we'll invite representatives from several different intentional communities to join a live event to share about their community and answer your questions. This session will look at how intentional communities are responding to the challenges of this Year 2020 -- from a pandemic to protests, natural disasters to political divisiveness.

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October 2020

Intro to Intentional Communities & Community Living

October 1, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
$5 – $27

What are intentional communities and what is it like to live in one? This hour-long session will introduce you to the world of intentional communities, including ecovillages, cohousing, shared houses, communes and more. Join FIC Co-Director, Cynthia Tina, for our foundation class that will prepare you for many more online workshops and events offered through ic.org.

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Dealing with Classism & Economic Inequality in Community

October 14, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
$10 – $45

Class dynamics are as sticky and historically challenging as race and gender dynamics, but there are fewer resources out there for individuals and groups who want to work on them. This workshop with Yana Ludwig offers a non-judgemental environment to explore questions of economics and class and how they relate to our efforts to build community, and a sustainable, resilient world.

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Creating Agreements for Your Intentional Community

October 15, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
$10 – $45

During this two hour workshop for community starters, we will explore the details of creating community agreements that are both clear and effective for your membership, with a specific focus on Buy-In/Buy-Out agreements. Join communities lawyer Clifford Paulin for an informative and important session!

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Book Launch Party! “The Cooperative Culture Handbook”

October 16, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Free – $15

The Cooperative Culture Handbook is now available to preorder. We are hosting a virtual launch party to celebrate with authors Karen Gimnig and Yana Ludwig. During the event, you'll get to learn about the book, experience a couple exercises from the book, meet the authors and get your questions answered. It's going to be a blast... so come join! Plus! Everyone who joins will receive a complementary chapter from the book.

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An Exploration with Peter Block: What is Community Good For?

October 20, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
$5 – $24

FIC is honored to host celebrated author and community builder, Peter Block, for an important conversation about the nature of community, at a time when so many of us are recognizing the value of community in our lives as never before. Together we will unpack the various jobs of community -- to raise children, provide safety, offer livelihood, care for our elders and more.

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Navigating Sexual Assault in Community

October 21, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
$10 – $48

Members of intentional communities are not immune to sexual abuse problems. And as intentional communities, we have a unique opportunity to navigate sexual assault with clear communication, empathy, and accountability. Join us and Amanda Rain of Speaking the Unspeakable® to develop shared definitions, clear community agreements, processes around accountability, and collective understanding of consent practices.

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Economic Systems and Planning for Intentional Communities

October 28, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
$10 – $48

Are you starting an intentional community and want to make sure you have your economic systems set up properly from the start? Are you part on an established community that's struggling with finances? Just curious about the different economic models that exist for communities? Join us and communities expert, Yana Ludwig, for an look at the pros and cons of income sharing, independent finances, community-shared businesses, and economic justice mechanisms.

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November 2020

How to Find and Join an Intentional Community

November 4, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
$10 – $45

This online workshop is perfect for anyone who is dreaming about joining an intentional community and wants to get their search underway, with practical tools and guidance from FIC co-Director, Cynthia Tina. We'll look at common types of communities and design your community wishlist.
All are welcome to join this beginners session!

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Discernment as an Essential Skill for Community Living

November 5, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
$10 – $48

During this interactive workshop, Yana Ludwig and Karen Gimnig, will unpack why we need to develop our discernment skills to use for everything from membership processes to clarifying and balancing values to decision-making. Discernment is a primary theme of newly released Cooperative Culture Handbook. Learn about why it is an essential community skill and how to use it wisely.

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Meet These Communities with Openings for New Members

November 11, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
$10 – $48

Want to find an intentional community that has openings for new members? There is a community out there that's looking for you! During the second event in our new series, "Meet the Communities," we welcome intentional communities that have openings right now for new members to join us for a lively online event. We will learn about each community through presentations followed by Q&A from all of you.

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Activism in Intentional Communities, Community in Activism

November 12, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
$10 – $48

At a time of heated political and social tensions across the United States and around the world, we invite you to join us and community organizer, Emma Schoenberg, for a facilitated session exploring the intersection of intentional community and community activism.

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Learning the Art of Listening – an undervalued game-changer!

November 18, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
$10 – $48

Mainstream culture teaches us to be effective speakers. Listening, on the other hand, is often presented as meaning roughly the same thing as “be quiet.” The result is that we come into our groups without the essential skill of deeply hearing one another, and thus fall short of the level of belonging and connection we crave. During this workshop, Karen Gimnig will guide us through Key #1: Skillful Hearing from The Cooperative Culture Handbook to practice the essential art of listening.

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Community Connect, an online networking event!

November 19, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Free – $25

Community Connect is a fun and informative virtual coffee hour for people who love intentional community. Imagine a sweet evening in the common house, but online and with communitarians across the continent, and even the world. There will be opportunities for you to share about your project, community-themed games and networking activities. We hope to see you there!

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December 2020

#GivingTuesday Celebration with FIC Board and Staff — join the virtual party!

December 1, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that happens every year on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a day to recognize and contribute to the organizations you care about. Join FIC Board and Staff for a virtual #GivingTuesday party and help us reach our $5,000 goal to improve our online Communities Directory. If FIC has impacted your life in a positive way, we encourage you to join us!

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Curious about cohousing? Meet these cohousing communities!

December 8, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
$10 – $48

This is the third event in our new series, "Meet the Communities," where we have invited cohousing intentional communities to present what their life is like. Join us as for this session as each community gives a presentation and answer questions from all of you!

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Returning to the Land: BIPOC in Conversation About Community and Self-Determination

December 9, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Free – $25

Intentional Communities are the future of ecological and cultural sustainability. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have often been left out of the conversation but have been doing community for lifetimes. Join us to hear the voices of people working to reclaim the land and build community.

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Interview with Crystal Farmer, author of “The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization”

December 15, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Free – $25

Join us for an interview including live audience Q&A! FIC Co-Director, Cynthia Tina, will meet with FIC Board Member, Crystal Farmer, for an hour-long session to learn about her new book - The Token, Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization. This is sure to be an advice-packed, timely and intimate conversation. You don't want to miss it!

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January 2021

Info Session — Starting an Intentional Community

January 19 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Free – $25

This will be a virtual information session about FIC's upcoming online course, Starting an Intentional Community, which begins on February 4, 2021. We'll sit down with course instructor and community maestro, Yana Ludwig, to find out what the course is all about. You'll be able to ask questions directly and learn if the course is a good fit for you.

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February 2021

Webinar — Co-Buying Property with Friends

February 9 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
$10 – $45
Co-Buying with Friends

Are you interested in starting an intentional community but don't know how to buy property as a group? Learn all about co-buying with buddies! From the challenging beginning through to the rewarding end, Phil Levin will walk you through learning to love the process of co-buying with friends.

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Panel — Wisdom from our Elders: Starting & Sustaining Intentional Community

February 16 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
$10 – $45
Heathcote Community

Want to learn about what it's like to start and sustain an intentional community? Get advice from the people who've done it. Join us as key founders and longterm members of well-established communities share their experience during a live panel event.

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Workshop — Bring Your Authentic Self to Community

February 17 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
$10 – $45
Bringing Your Authentic Self to Community

Take a dive into your inner worlds and come out feeling more confident in your capacity for authentic self-expression while living in community. The more authentic and connected we are to ourselves and one another, the more creative, cohesive, and resilient a community will become. Join us and conscious relating coach, Teri Grunthaner, for a highly interactive workshop on creating authenticity in community.

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Community Connect — an online networking event!

February 23 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST
Free – $25
Community Connect

Community Connect is a fun and informative virtual coffee hour for people who love intentional community. Imagine a sweet gathering in the common house, but online and with communitarians across the world. There will be opportunities for you to share about your project, community-themed games and networking activities.

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Info Session – Find Community Online Course

February 25 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Free – $25

This will be a virtual information session about FIC’s upcoming 5-week online course, Find Community: How to Join and Live in an Intentional Community, starting on March 11, 2021. We’ll sit down with instructor Cynthia Tina to learn all about the course. Come find out if the course is a good fit for you!

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March 2021

Info Session — The Art of Facilitation for Cooperative Groups

March 2 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Free – $25

This will be a virtual information session about FIC’s upcoming 5-week online course, The Art of Facilitation for Cooperative Groups , starting on March 11, 2021. We’ll sit down with course instructor, Laird Schuab, to find out what the course is all about. You’ll be able to ask questions directly and learn if the course is a good fit for you.

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