Here's a Radical Idea: We can work together to take care of each other!
Okay, maybe it’s not that radical, but how do we do that in a world so geared towards the opposite? This is a central question intentional communities are trying to answer.
Since 1972, Communities magazine, published by the Fellowship for Intentional Community, has been collecting and disseminating the lessons learned, and now we’re distilling it into a new 4 volume book series, Wisdom of Communities.
- Starting a Community
- Joining a Community
- Communication in Community
- Sustainability in Community
Each book is over 300 pages, featuring over 100 of our best articles.
Your contribution will help us reach our $4000 goal and allow us to produce this series and will reserve your copy of a book, or books, according to your donation amount.
Donations of up to $100 will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the Fund for Democratic Communities, a foundation that supports community-based initiatives that make communities better places to live and thrive.
Intentional communities go be many names: ecovillages, cohousing, co-ops, and more, but they share common qualities and common struggles.
This is why we’re creating the Wisdom of Community series.
Producing the Book Series
The first Volume is nearly ready and will be shipped in early March!
All of the materials for the other 3 Volumes have already begun to be assembled, and they will be released one at a time in print and digital every 2-3 months throughout 2018.
For this information to reach as many people as possible, in addition to being available on ic.org/bookstore, these books will also be available from our partners and in university, bookstore, and library catalogs.
Exploring the 4 Volume Series: 'Wisdom of Communities'
Volume 1 -- Starting a Community: Resources and Stories about Creating and Exploring Intentional Community includes both general articles and on-the-ground stories from intentional community founders and other catalysts of cooperative efforts.
This book aims to increase the survival rate of attempts to start intentional communities (it’s estimated that currently just 10 percent move past the initial stages).
Volume 2 -- Finding a Community: Resources and Stories about Seeking and Joining Intentional Community is a response to the reality that many searches for intentional community fizzle out due to lack of adequate information, guidance, or exposure to fellow travelers’ stories.
Authors share experiences, tools, advice, and perspectives that should help anyone searching for an intentional community—whether to visit or to live in—increase the likelihood of finding what they’re seeking!
Volume 3 -- Communication in Community: Resources and Stories about the Human Dimension of Cooperative Culture includes articles about decision-making, governance, power, gender, class, race, relationships, intimacy, politics, and neighbor relations in cooperative group culture.
These areas are key for communities to address if they are to retain members and develop strong and healthy group connection.
Volume 4 -- Sustainability in Community: Resources and Stories about Creating Eco-Resilience in Intentional Community focuses on food, water, shelter, energy, land, permaculture, ecovillage design, eco-education, and resilience in cooperative culture.
These areas will prove more and more essential in allowing communities to navigate changing circumstances on our planet, while growing regenerative ways of living, and thriving together!
Let's Spread the Wisdom!
We appreciate all your support you can Give to make this project come to life! Donate to be a part of making it come true, and share it far and wide!
Risks and challenges
Communities magazine has been in operation for over 40 years, and has consistently created beautiful, thoughtful, well-organized quarterly magazines based on a variety of themes important to the cooperative culture and communities movements.
The Fellowship for Intentional Community operates Communities magazine. It is a nonprofit organization that has been active for over 30 years, dedicated to spreading its educational mission.
You can read more about the FIC and its work here: https://www.ic.org/the-fellowship-for-intentional-community/
In addition to many other programs to further this cause, FIC has a long history in creating physical products.
This includes 7 Editions of the Communities Directory (including the last one which was Crowdfunded through Kickstarter, Thank you All!: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/intentionalcommunity/communities-directory-a-guide-to-cooperative-livin…).
FIC has also produced the 'Best of Communities' book series, and 'Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption', and prints a number of other community focused books.
Based on our considerable experience in creating and delivering solid publications in this field, we’re confident that we’ll be able to assemble an excellent book series for everyone to enjoy.
We have already started on the first book's assembly, and have our articles chosen for all 4 volumes. Our plan is to complete Volume 1 over the next month, to ship in March, and for each subsequent volume to come out every few months over 2018.
If there is any change to that timeline, or any concerns at all that come up, we’ll of course let supporters know right away!
Here is our budget for this project:
$1,250 - Production and Assembly
$1,250 - Printing 250 Books
$750 - Perks and Shipping
$500 - Crowdfunding Video
$250 - Book Covers
= $4,000 Total
Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas!
Thank you so much!
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