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  Intentional community - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Intentional community is a general term for planned residential communities where residents have greater social interaction compared to other groups of houses or apartments.
Intentional communities include cohousing, residential land trusts, ecovillages, communes, ashrams, and housing cooperatives.
The most common form of governance in intentional communities is democratic (64%), with decisions made by some form of consensus decision-making or voting.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Intentional_Community   (415 words)

 Commune (intentional community) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A Commune is a kind of intentional community where most resources are shared and there is little or no personal property.
The best known communes in the modern world are the kibbutzim of Israel.
There are also many communes currently active outside Israel, they're often referred to as egalitarian communities.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Commune_(intentional_community)   (98 words)

 IC Web Site: Communities Directory: Article - Who We Are: An Exploration of What "Intentional Community" Means
An "intentional community" is a group of people who have chosen to live together with a common purpose, working cooperatively to create a lifestyle that reflects their shared core values.
A "group house," or "extended family," is a smaller intentional community with members residing in a single-family dwelling, and often using casual decision-making processes, especially in the smallest groups.
Communities are replacements for extended families for people who have lost touch with their biological extended families or whose families cannot offer a loving environment.
www.ic.org /pnp/cdir/1995/05quest.html   (2309 words)

 Freqnetly Asked Questions
An intentional community is a relatively small group of people who have created a whole way of life for the attainment of a certain set of goals.
Intentional communities have emerged as a result of a number of people consciously and purposefully coalescing as a group in order to realize a set of aims (although the founders may have existed as an informal group prior to declaring their "intentionality").
In Communities Directory 2000 there is even a whole article about a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S. and in several other countries: the establishment of intentional communities by and for the 50+ agegroup.
www.communa.org.il /faq.htm   (2187 words)

 IC Web Site: What's True About Intentional Communities: Dispelling the Myths
Fact: Because communities are by definition organized around a common vision or purpose, their members tend to hold a lot of values and beliefs in common--many more than shared among a typical group of neighbors.
In some communities individual households own their own land and house, and have their own independent economy (perhaps with shared facilities, as in many land co-ops); their degree of privacy and autonomy is nearly identical to that of mainstream society.
However, in communities with specific religious or spiritual lifestyles (such as monasteries or some meditation retreats), privacy and autonomy are typically more limited, as part of the purpose for which the community was organized.
www.ic.org /pnp/myths.html   (1406 words)

 Communes - Kristi Eastman, Kerrie Reilly, Paedor Stirling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
It was one of many branches of the community, which defined itself as “a brotherhood extending beyond cultural and racial boundaries”, and deeply rooted in Christian religious practice.
I first heard of the commune at a summer music festival where some members were traveling in a big red bus handing out flyers and talking religion; indeed, nearly all the community’s members had the same story.
We ended up leaving eventually because of the condescending way the community spoke to one of my friends of her Jewish faith, but until that point the other two girls in our group, sixteen and seventeen, were ready to leave their families and stay at the commune.
weigle.tierranet.com /com-2.html   (960 words)

 Online NewsHour: Essay- December 21, 2000
Communities Directory is a slick, 456-page tome that is sort of a cross between the "whole earth catalog" and the "official airline guide." It leads one into an American subculture that seemingly disappeared off the radar screen decades ago.
Laird Schaub is secretary of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, which is publisher of the guide.
In some cases, these are people who were first excited about community living in the last boom, which happened in the '60s and '70s, but weren't in a position in their life to try it then, and their lives are so stressed and scattered that there isn't that sense of connection.
www.pbs.org /newshour/essays/december00/communities_12-21.html   (675 words)

 Radio National: Re-imagining Utopia
Community members set up a legal body to own the land (a cooperative, company, trust, or the like) and they become members of, or take shares in, that body, rather than having direct individual freehold title over the land.
All communities engage in different levels of self governance, from running the regular community meetings and developing or monitoring the group covenants, to land management, business management and book keeping, water, power and communications supply and maintenance, waste disposal, education and organisation of food production.
However, Australian communities scholars Bill Metcalf argues that the utopian impulse refers to a broad intention to build a better society, not the belief that a perfect world is possible.
www.abc.net.au /rn/utopias/dream_machine/glossary   (767 words)

 Individual Communes & Intentional Communities
As stated elsewhere, we have no intention of competing with anyone, and certainly not with the Fellowship for Intentional Community, with their over-700 entry Communities Directory (2000) and their comprehensive List of Intentional Communities.
An intentional community, established in 1970 jointly by Jewish and Arab (Moslem and Christian) citizens of Israel, engaged in educational work for peace, equality and understanding between the two peoples.
Despite the stress of the current political situation, the community of some 50 families continues to function as a bi-lingual multi-cultural society.
www.communa.org.il /individual.htm   (514 words)

 Co-Housing - Somewhere Between Neighborhood and Commune
These are communities with a mission: "creating a model [of communal and environmental responsibility] which can be replicated," says the newsletter of the Ithaca EcoVillage.
Communes share land, buildings, vehicles, tools, food, sometimes clothing, often income, occasionally spouses, which is the part that attracts the unfailing interest of the press.
Any commune that lasts, however, including religious orders that have lasted for thousands of years, has to learn a remarkable degree of discipline and selflessness.
www.pcdf.org /meadows/cohousing.htm   (848 words)

 Communities Directory: FIC Directory Online
Intentional Communities can update their listings online so you get the most up to date information possible.
If you are looking for an intentional community, ecovillage, cohousing, commune, co-op, or other cooperative living arrangement, browse through our alphabetic list or search our database.
This community resides in an area of the world where artificial heating is not necessary and where clean water from at least a stony stream is found flowing nearby.
directory.ic.org   (562 words)

 Frequently Asked Questions, Sonora Cohousing, Tucson Arizona   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Cohousing communities balance the traditional advantages of home ownership with the benefits of shared common facilities and ongoing connections with your neighbors.
Intentional communities frequently share a religious, political, or social ideology.
Living in a cohousing community takes work, energy, and time to develop and maintain both the physical structure as well as the emotional bonds and relationships which develop between and among individuals.
www.sonoracohousing.com /faqs.html   (612 words)

 Intentional Community - free-definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Intentional communities include cohousing, residential land trusts, ecovillages, communes, and housing cooperatives.
It is important to note that in the context of intentional communities these terms have different meanings than the legal forms of real estate ownership that may have the same name.
Using "The Acts of the Apostles" in the Bible (and, often, the "Sermon on the Mount") as a model, members of these communities strive for a practical outworking of their individual faith in a corporate context.
www.free-definition.com /Intentional-Community.html   (356 words)

 The Grapevine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
We are not a "free-love hippie commune", nor are we a militaristic, religious cult.
Most people who come to live in an intentional community seem to have strong interests in ecology, personal growth, cooperation, and peaceful social transformation -- pursuing the work necessary to change destructive attitudes and behaviors often taken for granted in the prevailing culture.
If you'd like to visit Heathcote Community, are interested in learning more about our educational activites, including the July 1997 Permaculture Design Course, or want to discuss intentional communities, please give us a call at (410)343-DIRT, or e-mail me at lfelch@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu.
www.trianglevegsociety.org /grapevine/v11_1/vegcomm.html   (484 words)

 What is an Intentional Community?
In essence, an intentional community is a group of people coming together in a place they create to live in some particular way.
The variety of intentional communities is nearly infinite: some are religious, some are not; politics run the gamut; they are large and small, rural and urban, ecologically minded and materialistic.
The term "community" is often used as shorthand for "intentional community"; however, this is not meant to imply that intentional communities are the only kind of real community there are, only to help get around the fact that "intentional community" is such a mouthful.
www.meadowdance.org /basics.htm   (526 words)

 Twin Oaks Intentional Community Homepage
Twin Oaks is an intentional community in rural central Virginia, made up of around 85 adult members and 15 children.
Each summer we are hosts to a Women's Gathering and a Communities Conference where we welcome both experienced communitarians, and seekers who are new to community living.
It is an opportunity for the visitor to consider membership and for the community to consider prospective new members, but you don't have to be interested in membership in order to participate in the program.
www.twinoaks.org   (796 words)

 Commune - Art History Online Reference and Guide
A commune or comune is a system of social and economic organization which involves the common ownership of resources and/or shared obligations.
A Medieval commune, a social organization that appeared in the rising towns of the European Middle Ages
The Paris Commune, brief socialist reformist state in Paris from March 26 to May 30, 1871
www.arthistoryclub.com /art_history/Commune   (142 words)

 IC Web Site: Fellowship for Intentional Community -- Introduction
Although there are thousands of intentional communities in existence today, and many others in the formative stages, most people are unaware of them or the roots from which they spring.
Communities come in all shapes and sizes, and share many similar challenges -- such as defining membership, succeeding financially, distributing resources, making decisions, raising children, dividing work equitably, and choosing a standard of living.
Intentional communities are often aware of themselves as different from mainstream culture, and many choose to highlight these differences.
fic.ic.org   (351 words)

 Floridian: A simple plan?
Community members take turns cooking organic meals; the menu this night is stir-fried vegetables served over Japonica rice.
He studied accounting at community college, met Debbie while she was a bank teller, got married 24 years ago, had a son, Casey, a few years later.
The first Fellowship of Intentional Communities was established in 1948 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
www.sptimes.com /News/082001/Floridian/A_simple_plan.shtml   (2376 words)

 Community Newsletter, Community of Light, commune
A desirable community to me would consist of loving people that are all willing to work together for a family of peace.
I am helping to start a new community in the Saluda SC area on the property of an abandoned Universalist Church in a very heavy wooded area in near the state capital.
Communities Magazine comes out regularly and is a resource for those seeking to explore communities.
www.creativeideasforyou.com /newsletter_23.html   (2439 words)

 Education   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
First of all a chief complaint of many intentional community or commune residents (and for that matter many employees in society in general) is that they are not required to use their minds in their everyday work.
Since it is not practical in most cases to provide a higher education within the confines of the community, members of the community should be encouraged to pursue education outside of the community.
Not only will the community benefit from the college education but the student will be exposed to greater society and become a more valuable member of the community as a result.
www.yellowducks.com /ICeducation.htm   (432 words)

 Main Page
We are intentional community located 10 minutes from the world famous valley of longevity name Vilcabamba, Ecuador in south America.  We are part of the Utopian EcoVillage Network Federations and founders of the Federation.
intentional communities throughout the world linked with similar values to support each other for the creation of a new society.
The basic intention of our community is to be a pilot model demonstration of how to live in a real New World consciousness of sharing on all levels: financially, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.
www.LosVisionarios.org   (235 words)

 Ecovillage, Intentional Community, Cohousing, Cooperatives, Sustainable Community
An intentional community is a group of people who have chosen to live or work together in pursuit of a common goal or vision.
Most co-op houses have at least some degree of community, by sharing meals, cooperatively maintaining the house, etc. Some co-op houses in the US and Canada can be found amongst the other intentional communities listed at http://directory.ic.org, http://reach.ic.org.
Intentional Community Living, Mon Mar 25, 2002, 7-9:30pm, Nepean/Ottawa – Humans have always lived in community and today there is once again a strong interest for people to live together cooperatively.
www.planetfriendly.net /community.html   (3995 words)

 Erowid Intentional Communities Vaults : Christiania
Half of Christiania's inhabitants live on the Danish state's generous social security cheques but there is a dynamic side to the community.
It is ruled through open meetings at local house, area and community levels where, in principle, all must agree for a decision to be carried out.
The community's relations with the Danish state and the Defence Ministry, which owns the area, have always been stormy.
www.erowid.org /culture/communities/communities_media1.shtml   (756 words)

 Is It Paradise Yet?
A lot of the smaller communes refuse to be listed because they don't have the inclination or resources for responding to public inquiries.
Aside from love and a sense of close-knit community, the paramount attraction to a commune such as Twin Oaks is the great variety of available activities for which you also get work credits.
We are a non-sectarian community which espouses the values of cooperation and egalitarianism while striving to eliminate racism, sexism, violence, consumerism, heterosexism, ageism, and competition from our everyday lives.
www.unlockyourlife.com /cutting/htm/cl24.html   (1631 words)

 icdb.org - intentional community database / directory
icdb.org is a self-serve, open, free, multi-lingual and paperless database/directory, serving intentional communities, and their organizations, individuals and groups searching for intentional communities, and curious aliens observing the evolution of the earth's future civilization (and/or beyond) from afar...
communities and networks - advertise yourself here by creating (and maintaining) a record in the database and filling in the various categories.
Dragonvale is a dream to create a self-sufficient, sustainable community that earns its living by teaching through entertainment.
www.icdb.org   (341 words)

 Intentional Communities Store - Community Bookshelf   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
As a part of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, our goal is to offer the most useful, up-to-date (and often hard to find) information on the many aspects of intentional community.
Community Bookshelf focuses on communication skills, decision making and meeting facilitation, all vital components of successful community.
If you have any questions or comments, or know of an event that might be appropriate for Community Bookshelf to attend, please email: bookshelf@ic.org.
store.ic.org /community-bookshelf.html   (216 words)

Intentional communities have a broad range of goals and values.
It's probably fair to say that communities that define these goals and values clearly have a tendency to be more successful than communities that don't.
Putting few or no restrictions on outside income, earning or spending money, as long as a person's basic work requirements are met and a person honors the community's agreements, values, and guidelines.
www.meadowdance.org   (479 words)

 Irminsul Ættir - Poll #5 - Intentional communities
Why anyone would intentionally marginalise themselves like a hutterite, quaker, or other intentional form of community is rather beyond me. However by that same token a great deal of spiritual depth and community solidity is generated by that same environment, as well as providing a face and identity for the world to see and identify.
I think living in intentional communities is a wonderful idea, support and security are but two of the advantages, but I would rather live in a diverse group of individuals so as to never forget that though I have my own beleifs they are not necessarily those of the people around me.
An intentional community is community ("community" here might be seen as similar to "neighborhood") of independent households who gather together in their intentional community to share.
www.irminsul.org /ir/irpoll05.html   (7082 words)

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