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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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Sexual misconduct in the sphere of power: The nexus of gender, intimacy, and discrimination

Posted on June 4, 2019 by
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An unwanted, rebuffed sexual advance from a previously trusted community leader spirals into numerous, serious consequences in the victim’s personal and professional life.


Effective Community Justice

Posted on May 30, 2019 by

“It wasn’t the first time someone I knew had raped me, but it was the only time I had an adequate response from my friends and community.” A rape survivor living in community recounts her story.


Community Accountability: The Struggles, Challenges, and Hope for Community Action on Sexual Assault

Posted on May 28, 2019 by
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When we think of sexual assault and boundary violations, it is common to think not in my community, or the person I know wouldn’t do that. As a result, our communities become especially vulnerable to predatory behavior.


Introducing the New FIC

Posted on May 27, 2019 by
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After 30 years of service to an ever-growing communities movement, it was time for a change. We’re excited to share with you about our new brand and why we made the update. You asked and we listened. Thanks to the input of over 100 FIC supporters who responded to a recent branding survey, we have… Read More

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Cooperative Groups, the FIC, and Sexual Politics: Sharing, Learning, Healing, Persisting

Posted on May 26, 2019 by
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In trying to undo generations of conditioning and trauma, we need to start with the mistakes, learn from them, learn how to love a little more, and try, try again.


Notes from the Editor: Introducing the Sexual Politics Issue

Posted on May 24, 2019 by

Sharing the truth is not always easy, but as #MeToo has shown, breaking the silence is the first step toward healing and toward the evolution of healthier sexual politics.


Follow the Dirt Road: A film, a ghost story and more

Posted on May 22, 2019 by
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Back in 1989, a long-haired, tie-dyed PhD candidate and a swimsuit model & guest video jockey for MTV set out in a VW camper van to interview and document 40 intentional communities. Daniel was interviewing ic’s for his doctoral dissertation on Children in Community while Monique applied her interest in video production to produce a… Read More


Sexual Politics, #183 Contents and Free/By Donation Digital Download

Posted on May 22, 2019 by

Directly inspired by the #MeToo movement, Communities #183 (Summer 2019) focuses on Sexual Politics. Intentional communities are not immune to any of the challenges or problems that afflict the wider culture. How can communities respond when confronting the sometimes harsh realities of human behavior and relationships, especially in the realms of power, sexuality, and gender? Authors share their stories about sexual assault and harassment; power dynamics related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexual expression; attitudes toward polyamory; understanding of consent culture; creating fulfilling relationships by combating climate change; getting pronouns right; and a host of other topics. Please join us!


Are you curious about intentional community?

Posted on May 21, 2019 by

Intentional communities go by many names: ecovillage, commune, co-housing, housing co-ops and more. If you’ve spent time at one, you probably noticed that intentional community feels different than normal living. Some describe the feeling as a sense of greater freedom and belonging, room to experiment and be different, space to practice communication and collaboration skills,… Read More


Say goodbye to the old FIC… and welcome the new!

Posted on May 20, 2019 by
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Dear friends, Something big is cooking on our computers. A completely new look for FIC is almost here! Over the next week we’ll be unveiling the changes. Tuesday, May 28th will be the big launch – with a new name, logo, website, and newsletter in place. FIC will soon go by the Foundation for Intentional… Read More

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Bodies in Isolation

Posted on May 18, 2019 by

Being immersed in mainstream culture and isolated from supportive, body-positive communities can prevent choice and body-awareness exploration. But living in a supportive community can make alternative choices and attitudes easier to sustain.


✔️Let’s come together! 🗓️ Events in 2019

Posted on May 15, 2019 by
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Conferences, Festivals, Gatherings Places where we can share stories, learn skills, and create the relationships we need to build our communities and our movement. Join us for these awesome events, co-sponsored by the Foundation for Intentional Community. Questions about an event? Please contact the event directly through their website.  Village Building Convergence – Portland, OR –… Read More

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Your Monthly Freebie: Peer to Peer-A Commons Manifesto

Posted on May 13, 2019 by

Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto By Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis, Alex Pazaitis   Not since Marx identified the manufacturing plants of Manchester as the blueprint for the new capitalist society has there been a more profound transformation of the fundamentals of our social life. As capitalism faces a series of structural crises, a new social,… Read More


🙂 Amazon Smile – have you picked FIC as your non-profit?

Posted on May 9, 2019 by

Click and Smile on Mother’s Day to Benefit FIC If you’re going to shop at Amazon on Mother’s Day or any other day, use AmazonSmile and select the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) to benefit from most of your purchases. Not familiar with AmazonSmile? You can tie your existing Amazon account to AmazonSmile with the… Read More

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Discounted Magazines Available Now!

Posted on May 2, 2019 by

Now in our 182nd issue of Communities magazine, we have discounted all back issues to $4 from Summer 2017 (#175) and older! In publication since 1972, there is so much to explore. View all back issues at the main page or view by decade: 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s, and 2010’s.   We’ve made it easier… Read More

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