Author: Charlotte Thistle

Black Lives Matter

Posted on June 13, 2020 by

We at FIC are grieved and outraged by the recent police killing of George Floyd, one incident in an ongoing pattern of police abuse towards black people and people of color across the United States. We stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and the groundswell of peaceful protests around the world. We support demands for accountability and justice. We… Read More

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Commons Transition Project

Posted on January 27, 2015 by

Last week, commons advocates the P2P Foundation, Guerilla Translation, and their partners launched Commons Transition, a public forum to further commons-oriented policy-making. Commons Transition is based on the groundbreaking work of the Free/Libre Open Knowledge (FLOK) Society in Ecuador. Read the full article here.

YES Youth Europe Self-Empowerment Cooperative

Posted on January 21, 2015 by

Participants: 28 young people (18 – 30 Years) – 1 from each EU country and 8 from other continents as guests Date: 26th April to 3rd May 2015 Place: Schloss Tempelhof – Germany Final Application Day: 15th February 2015 More details about the event here.

Reasons why Comfrey is perfect for permaculture

Posted on January 13, 2015 by

Comfrey is a fairly humble looking plant. It has large hairy green leaves and small bell-shaped flowers, typically colored either purple or white. However, what it may lack in striking appearances, it certainly makes up for in the myriad benefits it can give to a permaculture plot.   Read the full article here.

6 fascinating people who own almost nothing

Posted on January 4, 2015 by

Most of us can only handle stacking, storing and stepping over our stuff for so long before we start to feel claustrophobic. We go on a cleaning spree and give (or sell) it all away. But that’s only a temporary fix. Living small requires a more permanent shift. You might find it hard to believe, but… Read More

BBC News Looks at Co-housing

Posted on June 4, 2010 by

In this video, the BBC‘s David Sillito checks out the co-housing movement, talking to members of a community in Dorset, England. Watch the video here.

Twin Oaks on CNN!

Posted on April 22, 2010 by

In this video produced by CNN, members of the Twin Oaks community in Louisa VA describe their goals and daily experiences, and demonstrate their shared commitment to sustainability. Check out the video here: Twin Oaks on CNN

Feature Article on Cohousing in the Boston Globe

Posted on March 25, 2010 by

This week an article in the Boston Globe examines the growing momentum of the cohousing movement in Massachusetts, and discusses the importance of community and environmental consciousness to Boston residents. Carbon footprints and tight household budgets weigh on a lot of city dwellers’ minds, its champions point out. Security, safety, and building a sense of… Read More

London Times reports that “communes are back in fashion”

Posted on March 11, 2010 by

“We’re all in this together” is the headline of a recent article in the Real Estate section of the TimesOnline that looks favorably on the rise in sustainable communities in the UK. What do you share with your neighbours? A cup of sugar? A dividing wall? Despair over the way that your recycling boxes always… Read More

Transition towns in the USA!

Posted on February 22, 2010 by

Thanks for responses to the recent post about Transition Towns in Australia. This is also a thriving movement in the United States, and we wanted to share this link for those further interested:

An article in South Africa’s Times Live looks at self-sustaining communities

Posted on December 11, 2009 by

A recent article in Times Live explores “the green life” at Khula Dhamma eco-village in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. In a place where being able to use an iPod depends on the weather; your supper grows in the vegetable patch outside your window, and you’re forced to know where your number one… Read More

Article in the Guardian describes community “renaissance” in the UK

Posted on October 30, 2009 by
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Communal Living: Love thy Neighborhood, an article in the Guardian this week, describes the many advantages of co-housing/communal living and shares resources with individuals seeking community in the UK. Reporter Miles Brignall profiles the recently formed Lancaster Co-housing project. Share your car, share childcare costs, share energy bills, but still enjoy the privacy of your… Read More

Praise for Vibrant Neighborhoods

Posted on June 5, 2008 by

While this blog generally focuses on intentional communities, we also try to promote creating community in whatever place you happen to live. These two articles caught our attention, as the extol the virtues of their authors neighborhoods and the sense of community they enjoy there. Ruth Ann Smalley writes in the Schenectady, NY Daily Gazette… Read More

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Community Will Help Us Survive Peak Oil

Posted on May 6, 2008 by

An interesting article on how communication and community are essential in surviving in a post collapse post peak oil world is being posted on various blogs titled “We Can Survive, But Can We Communicate?” While I don’t personally go in for survivalism, the article is a great piece on how creating a sense of community… Read More

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Climate Change Solutions: Investing in Green Building and Ecovillages

Posted on April 22, 2008 by

A recent article in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix highlights a study claiming the best climate change solution is to invest in green building. The article sites the Rivergreen Ecovillage in Saskatoon as an example of such green building design put into practice. The most cost-effective climate change solution The article sites a study by Architecture2030… Read More

Cohousing Not Just for Boomers

Posted on February 18, 2008 by

The big media splash in cohousing these days is about Senior or Elder Cohousing, and some might say cohousing’s core constituency is among the boomer generation. But recent posts on Trendcentral and Treehugger are noting that cohousing also has appeal for Gen X and Gen Y. A lifestyle trend that first started back in 1960s… Read More

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Cohousing – Both Green and Affordable

Posted on February 7, 2008 by

Global Green USA profiled Chiacgo’s Greenway Park Cohousing on the BuildingGreen blog last week. The excerpt from their book, Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, describes how Greenway Cohousing managed to merge green building with affordability. Greenway Park is one of the first cohousing projects created exclusively for low-income residents (most such projects are for middle-… Read More

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Realtors talking up Cohousing for Seniors

Posted on December 22, 2007 by

More and more people are talking about senior and elder cohousing as well as multi-generational cohousing as a way for seniors to live out their later years in a supportive community. This talk is not just from cohousing activists but from mainstream realtors and elder activists.  For many Seniors and Boomers, co-housing is more appealing… Read More

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Quaker walkers visit Rosewind Cohousing and Port Townsend Ecovillage

Posted on December 10, 2007 by

Well travelling bloggers do seem to stop in communities often and its nice to get their first hand descriptions of the place. And if you thought biodiesel or bikes were eco, check out these folks who are walking from Vancouver to San Diego. They stopped at Rosewind Cohousing and Port Townsend EcoVillage in Washington. Read… Read More

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Bikers blog about Abundance Ecovillage, Sandhill, Dancing Rabbit

Posted on November 30, 2007 by

Some bicyclers on a cross country trip are blogging about their travels which include stops at many communities. This one covers their stop at Abundance Ecovillage, Sandhill Farm, and Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Read the article

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