Transforming FIC

Posted on November 19, 2018 by
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  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


Planet Community – Episode 2 – Student Housing Cooperatives

Posted on November 19, 2018 by

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


Village Building Convergence

Posted on May 31, 2019 by

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.

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National Cohousing Conference

Posted on May 30, 2019 by

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

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Mind the Gap: How the Cultural Difference between Incoming Residents and the Community Can Indicate Whether They Will Stay

Posted 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.


What it Takes to Create Community Connection

Posted on December 3, 2018 by

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

Posted on December 3, 2018 by

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

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An Evolution in Community

Posted on November 30, 2018 by

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 in the Life

Posted on November 29, 2018 by

A day’s interactions in a rural intentional community in central Virginia show that it is much more than a “hippie subdivision.”


Thanks for the Fun on #GiveItAwayTuesday!

Posted on November 28, 2018 by

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


Changing Skies

Posted on November 27, 2018 by

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.


Introducing This Issue: A Culture of Cooperation

Posted on November 25, 2018 by

A certain way of being in the world creates a cultural bond and sense of the familiar among those who live in intentional community.


The Culture of Intentional Community, #181 Contents and Free/By Donation Digital Download

Posted on November 23, 2018 by

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.


Give It Away! — List of Free Resources for Cooperation

Posted on November 21, 2018 by

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


Join FIC for Giveaways on #GiveItAwayTuesday

Posted on November 19, 2018 by

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


Super Cheap Books! Limited Supply Remains

Posted on November 16, 2018 by

Super Cheap Books! Limited Supply Remains $5-10 Books & DVDs by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore manager   Have you visited our Sales page recently? There are only a few books and DVDs remaining that are priced so low, they are only $5 or $10. Grab them while you can, before it’s too late! $5 Books… Read More

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10 Perfect Gifts

Posted on November 15, 2018 by

10 Perfect Gifts! And Why to Support Your Nonprofit Bookstore Small, independent bookstores tend to struggle against both a digital age and big box store competitors. We are no exception to the rule and we couldn’t sustain without you. When you shop in the FIC bookstore, you are not only supporting a bookstore. You are… Read More

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What Keeps Living Community Thriving?

Posted on November 12, 2018 by

What keeps living community thriving? Foundations: Mission, Vision, Values Being among young communards, elders in the movement, and aspiring community builders I have witnessed what can make community living thrive and what can cause strife. Having an interest in community building and social dynamics as well as being immersed in the ecovillage/ intentional community movement… Read More


Top 5 Questions – Building an Ecovillage

Posted on November 10, 2018 by

Top 5 Questions to Ask When Building an Ecovillage A Look Inside Wisdom of Communities Volume 4 by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore manager Finally! Our fourth and final volume of the Wisdom of Communities series has been released! Now you can get your own copy of Volume 4: Sustainability in Community or order the entire… Read More


GaiaYoga: The Art and Wisdom of Living Holistically—Unifying Spirit, Self, Community, and Earth

Posted on November 10, 2018 by

The cofounder of GaiaYoga Gardens traces the life journey that led him through various intentional community experiences and teachers to seven “yes”’s—ultimately forming a comprehensive vision of a new “Domain 9” culture consciously designed to be in alignment with all of who we actually are.

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The Revolution will be Podcasted

Posted on November 5, 2018 by

Are you Listening? We’re searching for hope, we’re fighting for change, we’re learning new tactics and strategies, and we’re uniting to make a difference together. Activists, journalists, citizens, and revolutionaries are creating podcasts to discuss issues that concern us all, and the innovative ways that people are addressing them. Podcasts to the Rescue Podcasts are… Read More


Collaborating for a Regenerative Future

Posted on October 31, 2018 by

Written by: Cynthia Tina — How can we steward a more sustainable and regenerative future for North America? This was the central inquiry during a three day event called the Regenerative CoLab. Nearly 50 visionaries, activists, and organizers gathered in early October at Arcosanti, the legendary urban laboratory in the desert of Arizona, US. The… Read More


Perennial Lessons from Historical Communities

Posted on October 30, 2018 by
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A modern-day communitarian “networks” with Fourierist communities of the 1840s by examining their lives together and noticing enduring themes, challenges, and solutions.


The Gifts of Gathering

Posted on October 23, 2018 by

Organizing and cleaning up after Midwest Catholic Worker gatherings can be hard work—but are more than counterbalanced by the inspiration, connection, and sense of greater purpose they provide.


The Cohousing Research Network: A Community Approach to Communities Research

Posted on October 16, 2018 by

The collaborative research process in this “virtual intentional community” comes with challenges, but the personal and collective outcomes of collaboration prove worth the trouble.


Regenerative Victory Gardens

Posted on October 15, 2018 by

Stacking Benefits of Gardens When you plant a garden, you are doing more than practicing a resilient skill, and cultivating mouth watering beefsteak tomatoes. You are reducing food miles by creating sustenance locally, without the need for costly and dirty energy inputs. You can skip the application of dangerous pesticides and fertilizers, and instead of… Read More


10 Most Common Mistakes in Consensus

Posted on October 15, 2018 by

10 Most Common Mistakes in Consensus A Sneak Peak Inside Wisdom of Communities, Volume 3: Communication in Community by Kim Kanney, Community Bookstore Manager In our new publication series, Wisdom of Communities, we compile hundreds of our favorite articles from Communities magazine and distill them into 4 hefty books, serving you a platter of the… Read More


How to Help One Another: Connecting Cohousing Communities in a Regional Network

Posted on October 9, 2018 by

In the PDX-Plus Cohousing Group, individual member groups find it simultaneously reassuring, daunting, and energizing to learn that their challenges and joys in living intentionally in community are shared.


Road Update #3 – Planet Community Midwest Tour

Posted on September 29, 2018 by

Planet Community Midwest Tour Update #3 from the Filmmakers Here is another report from the road from filmmakers Aaron Murphy and Rae Machado of Skillly Media on their journey to film Planet Community! September 27. Last week we had a great time in Ann Arbor getting to know some of the student members of the Inter-Cooperative Council at the University… Read More


Inclusivity and Disability

Posted on September 28, 2018 by
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Cohousing aspires to be as inclusive as possible, but North American culture suppresses conversation about disability and health. How can communities create processes to address previously invisible needs?