New Years Savings: 25% – 50% off Books and DVDs Happy New Year To You! We’re kicking off 2019 right with discounted books & DVDs up to half off their retail price. For some, this is the last chance to get your hands on them so seize the opportunity while you can! View our entire… Read More
We have to transform our cities! Over 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and it’s only increasing. Models for sustainable, equitable, urban community must be developed. In this episode of Planet Community we look at Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage in Cincinnati, OH. How do we move past the consumerism and concrete… Read More
Widening the Scope of Community We at the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) are extremely grateful to have you as a part of our shared network of communities. During these final days of the year, we reflect on a few initiatives developed in 2018 to bring the communities movement to a wider audience. We encourage… Read More
Developments for FIC at Organizational Meeting at Twin Oaks The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) met for its twice annual Organizational Meeting at the end of October. For over thirty years, this gathering has taken place at different intentional communities throughout North America. This year we met at Twin Oaks, a 50+ year old… Read More
The Village Building Convergence (VBC) is City Repair’s flagship event featuring over 30 community-built projects happening all over Portland. Additionally, the VBC hosts a series of evening events featuring speakers and local musicians.
Community for the Health of it Something for everyone — those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities. • Cohousing Bus Tours & Open Houses • 2-days of Pre-Conference Intensives • Multiple Tracks of sessions: Build It – Live It – Sustain It • Facilitated Discussions • Networking Opportunities Common Questions Our call… Read More
Richmond Vale Academy provides an immersion in collective living and activist education for those who want to not only understand climate change, but respond to it in their own lives.
Bringing Communities to the People! Every single day about 1,400 people visit the online Communities Directory. That is about 2 unique individuals every single minute! About 40,000 people per month — About 1/2 million every year! People are searching for communities to learn about and to be inspired by. They want to connect to and visit places… Read More
Two aspects of the cultural transition we are working toward are little discussed but directly impact our daily relationships: narcissism and dependence dynamics. By unpacking them, we can turn the tide.
Farming while black, traditional agriculture & transforming conflict: What’s new in the Bookstore What’s new in the FIC Bookstore? Don’t forget you can always frequent the Recently Added page to see what you’ve been missing. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Leah Penniman Farming While Black is the… Read More
To build a healthy cultural infrastructure, it’s important to clarify your cooperative decision-making process, adopt conflict tools, and commit to the ongoing development of collaborative skills in your group.
Welcome to 2019! The holidays are officially behind us, and with them, the holiday giving season. This time of year can bring so much joy, and it can also bring a lot of stress, particularly on your bank account. Between all the gifts you probably have to buy, the travel, and all the causes and… Read More
After a communitarian’s love affair with line drying starts to wane, and eventually withers, she leaves community—partly to pursue an evolving relationship with a clothes dryer.
Because of their commitment to a culture of personal and community cleanliness, the Shakers largely escaped the cholera epidemics which plagued the rest of the country in the 1800s.
As we enter the final week before Christmas, we can no longer guarantee shipped purchases will arrive in time. However, FIC has numerous options for thoughtful non-physical or digital gifts that will arrive in your email inbox nearly immediately! Send a Gift Subscription to Communities magazine: A Communities magazine gift subscription sends your loved one or lucky organization… Read More
A community may achieve an ideal balance by drawing upon deep cultural roots to inform its structures and common life, while remaining vitally open to fresh insight and creativity in response to the present.
Mind the Gap: How the Cultural Difference between Incoming Residents and the Community Can Indicate Whether They Will StayPosted on December 7, 2018 by
A small culture gap between a new resident and the community correlates with greater chances of a long-term fit; a large culture gap makes this much less likely, but not impossible.
Common Conceptions of Community How can we create community connection — including more support, belonging, smiles, and growth — in our lives? Bianca Heyming gave a TED talk based on her experiences, affectionately called ‘Intentional Communities – 50% Less Hippie Than You’d Expect.’ She first comedically explores people’s misconceptions about living in an… Read More
Discounted Books! Holiday Gifts for the Entire Community We have discounted so many of our books and DVDs just in time for last-minute holiday gifts. Grab a few for your favorite communard, the hippie at heart, and the won’t-stop-can’t-stop activist in your life. The clocks-a-tickin’… Get your orders in now so they are sure to… Read More
Full immersion in a residential intentional community transforms over the course of a decade and a half into a much wider experience of community.
A day’s interactions in a rural intentional community in central Virginia show that it is much more than a “hippie subdivision.”
What a fun day it was yesterday! From 8am to 8pm on Tuesday November 27, many of staff, board, and supporters of FIC hosted a marathon event we called #GiveItAwayTuesday. Our premise was simple. So simple in fact that we were all laughing hysterically when we first joked about it! It was a late night… Read More
The culture of intentional community is about the commitment to venture out together into the blue skies and the grey; it’s about not only joy, but also the hard work of growth.
A certain way of being in the world creates a cultural bond and sense of the familiar among those who live in intentional community.
How does living in intentional community shape our daily experience? What distinguishes a culture which emphasizes “community” from one that does not? What skills and awareness do we need to co-create a resilient collaborative culture? How can lessons and wisdom from intentional communities benefit the world at large? What can we learn from organically-emerging “unintentional” communities? In Communities’ Winter 2018 issue, “The Culture of Intentional Community,” authors explore all these questions and more, sharing insights they’ve gained from their own wide-ranging experiences.
Free Resources for Cooperation! For #GiveItAwayTuesday we are celebrating the spirit of generosity, gratefulness, and sharing, by giving it back! The 27th of November is the globally celebrated day of giving: #GivingTuesday. To join the fun FIC is going to pay it forward and give it away! Throughout the day enjoy live videos, music performances,… Read More
What is it like to live in a Student Housing Cooperative? Quite different than a typical student dorm experience, a Student Housing Cooperative is more like “the University of Life!” — where communication, problem solving, and cooperation skills are required. In this brand new second episode of Planet Community, hear from the experiences of people living… Read More
Connect With FIC for a Day of Giving Back! We are inspired to give back and show our love of community on this global day of giving – November 27th. Since 2012, the #GivingTuesday global movement has kicked-off the charitable giving season by leveraging the power of collaboration and social media. Join FIC while we… Read More