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The Shadow Side of Community

Posted on September 17, 2019 by

The more friendliness we have towards difficult parts of ourselves and difficult aspects of living in community, the easier it will be to make the journey together.


Notes from the Editor: Exploring the Shadow Side

Posted on September 10, 2019 by

A higher standard for interpersonal accountability and care makes the effect even more devastating when feelings of safety, security, and affection in community turn out to be based on illusion.


Publisher’s Note: Facing the Hard Things

Posted on September 3, 2019 by

In order to create healthy, thriving communities that are replicable models for a cooperative, sustainable, and just human society, we need to talk about what hasn’t worked.


5 Tips on How to Contact an Intentional Community

Posted on September 2, 2019 by

Taking the plunge to visit the community you’ve researched can be scary. Here are five tips to consider when contacting a community for the first time through ic.org. 1. Be respectful of people’s time and busy lives. Communicate with the essential aspects of your request. How long would you like to say? What are your… Read More

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The Shadow Side of Cooperation – get your free download!

Posted on August 27, 2019 by

A natural follow-up to our Summer 2019 Sexual Politics issue, Communities #184 (Fall 2019) focuses on The Shadow Side of Cooperation. We explore problems and pitfalls, disappointments and betrayals, unintended outcomes of cooperative attempts ranging in impact from trivial to tragic. Authors’ stories describe the clash of idealism with reality, communication breakdowns, cultural patterning, internalized oppression, rights and boundary violations, founder’s syndrome, business and organizational struggles, power, ego, disempowerment, dysfunction, trauma, and strategies to address these and other challenges. Please join us!


Seeking community? 950 options for you.

Posted on August 21, 2019 by

Are you seeking a community to join?  Well, here’s some good news, we know communities looking for you! 950 intentional communities are open to new members right now. See the full list here.  People choose to join intentional community for many reasons – better quality of life, sense of purpose, connection with people, opportunities to make a… Read More


Does Community Heal Trauma, or Reproduce It?: Challenges for abuse survivors living in community

Posted on August 20, 2019 by

Survivors of traumatic abuse face many problems in trying to form and participate in community. Trauma-informed community commits to keeping the survivor safe in wide zones of ambiguity, as challenging as that might be.


The Red Flag of Hypocrisy

Posted on August 18, 2019 by

The most troubling thing isn’t when a charismatic leader uses gangster tactics, but when the people in his office, who sing the songs of love and community values, are complicit.


Do Communities Need Feminist Dissent?

Posted on August 16, 2019 by

In the midst of wider social movements in the areas of gender and sexuality, communities everywhere need a place for feminist dissent and a willingness to engage in difficult conversations. Dissent is part of how we build resilience together.


How to Stop Climate Change and Never Be Lonely Again

Posted on July 30, 2019 by

Empowered, sustainable communities are the antidote to isolation. And they are the pivotal technology that makes renewable energy, essential for reversing climate change, actually renewable.


DVD Clearance: 60%-75% off all documentary DVD’s!

Posted on July 29, 2019 by

We’re clearing out all DVD’s and nearly giving them away for free. All DVD’s are just $8 ~ Get ’em while you can!View more at our Video page.

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Relationships in a Community-Forming Group

Posted on July 23, 2019 by

While trying to start a community with poly-friendly collaborators, two monogamous partners achieve greater clarity in their six-year relationship, and end it.


Centering the Margins: Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities

Posted on July 22, 2019 by

Article originally published at http://cynthiatina.com/ “I came to Camphill thinking I was going to learn about social therapy for people with special needs, but then I learned it’s actually mainstream society that needs the social therapy,” a Camphill resident shared on stage during an opening plenary for the International Communal Studies Association (ISCA) Conference, hosted… Read More


Diggers & Dreamers receives the 2020 Kozeny Communitarian Award

Posted on July 20, 2019 by

The Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) recognizes Diggers & Dreamers as the 2020 recipient of the Kozeny Communitarian Award, honoring the indomitable spirit of Geoph Kozeny, who devoted his adult life to creating community in the world. The award was presented by FIC Executive Director, Sky Blue, to Diggers & Dreamers organizer, Chris Coates, during… Read More

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Going, Going, Gone! 🌪 Major discounts on Gaia Education books 📚📖

Posted on July 19, 2019 by

Take advantage of these major discounts on all books produced by Gaia Education, the international NGO providing students of all ages and cultural backgrounds with knowledge and skills to design a thriving society. Gaia Education is a leading-edge provider of sustainability education that promotes thriving communities within planetary boundaries. As part of this mission, they’ve… Read More


Pros and Cons of Polyamory

Posted on July 16, 2019 by

Polyamory comes with abundant advantages as well as numerous downsides; a polyamorist weighs the tradeoffs, grieves disappointment and loss, and celebrates love.


I Survived a Dysfunctional Polyamorous Relationship and Learned Some Lessons about Love

Posted on July 9, 2019 by

Love is too strong an instinct to be dismissed, repressed, or restricted, even if it is not returned. The author recovers from a soul-crushing breakup.


Last Chance! $19 for just 2 more days

Posted on July 8, 2019 by

Our Summer Solstice “$19 for 19 days” Sale is about to close! This is your last chance to take advantage of some unique discounts on the following items. Many people have jumped on the sale bandwagon and we’re so glad! Don’t miss out. Sale ends on Thursday. Remember there are plenty more books on sale… Read More


The Sting of Discrimination: When Polyamory Is Considered a “Red Flag”

Posted on June 25, 2019 by
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Previously on the path to community acceptance, an applicant experiences for the first time “the direct sting of bigotry, the shock of exclusion based on stereotypes” when her family is denied on the basis of polyamory.


What should you listen to? Podcasts for the community minded.

Posted on June 24, 2019 by

We love podcasts for their ease of listening and multitasking. Get a dose of inspiring stories and current news while making your morning tea, on the way to work, or relaxing in the evening. The selection below was sourced from our friends at New Economy Coalition (FIC is a member organization!). This is what you… Read More


Great Deals! $19 for 19 days

Posted on June 21, 2019 by

The FIC Board and Staff wish you a very happy Summer Solstice. To extend the season of bounty, we are offering more savings from the Communities Bookstore! The following offerings are all just $19 for the next 19 days. Don’t miss out on the opportunity while supplies last! What else is on sale? Visit the… Read More


Craft Weaves Together a Community

Posted on June 20, 2019 by

A story by Thumbs Cassidy, a person with a mission (in his case the promotion and construction of yurts) who travels from community to community educating and demonstrating. Excerpt from an article originally published at https://paxus.wordpress.com/2019/05/19/craft-weaves-together/ Through the haze of old safety goggles I struggle to read the fractions of an inch I was told to… Read More


The Triangle of Consent

Posted on June 18, 2019 by
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Recognizing each other’s agency, addressing power imbalances, and communicating with honesty and clarity about sexual desires and boundaries are all essential elements of consent.


Juggling Fire in the Jungle

Posted on June 17, 2019 by

Announcing a new digital book to the Community Bookstore By Graham Ellis Juggling Fire in the Jungle chronicles the first thirty years of Bellyacres: an unintentional community of bohemian jugglers who homestead a remote jungle oasis on the Big Island of Hawai’i. The author, Graham Ellis, was the founder of the Village Green Society, Hawaii’s… Read More


A Tangled Web: Sex at Zendik Farm

Posted on June 11, 2019 by

Was Wulf scheming, from the beginning, to gain sexual access to nearly every post-pubescent female on the Farm? Perhaps, perhaps not; either way, he got it. But that didn’t translate into “free love” for the rank and file.


Why join Giving Hands? Find out here.

Posted on June 10, 2019 by

You can turn $5 into $100 and support a thriving communities movement! Dear Friend of FIC, Last week we announced that the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) has been challenged by the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC) to demonstrate that there are people out there that share the value of community. People just like you.… Read More

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Life in De Kersentuin: Research in a Dutch cohousing community

Posted on June 10, 2019 by

Student researcher from the University of Amsterdam, Yannick Kiesel, shares the core findings of his Masters Thesis on life in a cohousing community. The research illustrates a new holistic view on cohousing and its complexities. Thanks for sharing Yannick! My research focused on the sustainable and pro-social communities that tackle the adverse effects of growing… Read More


Your Monthly Freebie: Think Outside the Boss

Posted on June 8, 2019 by

This month’s Free Resource comes from Sustainable Economies Law Center, an organization whose mission is to “cultivates a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment.” Think Outside the Boss is an extensive resource guide intended to serve individuals and groups seeking to develop a worker-owned cooperative business. The guide offers information… Read More


Bursting into Summer | All the updates from FIC, in case you missed any of it!

Posted on June 7, 2019 by

Into summer full speed ahead! Dear friends, Phew! It was a busy spring for us here at FIC. So many big changes, exciting announcements, and powerful work. Let’s recap together… TRANSFORMED FIC Two weeks ago we announced our name change to the Foundation for Intentional Community. We completely transformed ic.org to create easier access to… Read More

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Win FIC a $100 grant!

Posted on June 4, 2019 by

New Giving Hands Program Needs You! Dear FIC Supporters, The FIC is launching its first monthly donor campaign, Giving Hands, with an exciting grant incentive that you can make happen! Sign up for Giving Hands today and FIC will receive a $100 grant award! That’s right, your commitment to donate as little as $5 per… Read More

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