Still not satisfied?
There is lots of IC-related information on the web. Check out
some of the following links to learn more. I have not attempted
to include all of the various articles and smaller pages that
exist, merely to provide enough entries into the webspace that
you should be able to find everything useful.
Indexes and meta-IC organizations:
- The Intentional Communities
website. This is the major IC website. They have an events
listing, a marketplace,
a large list of IC's,
and lots of other information. Run by the FIC (see next listing.)
- Fellowship for
Intentional Community (FIC). One of the two large organizations.
Their role is to "provide publications, referrals, support
services, and sharing opportunities for a wide range of intentional
communities, cohousing groups, ecovillages, community networks,
support organizations, and people seeking a home in community."
They publish the Communities Directory, which contains both listings
and articles, as well as Communities Magazine. The Directory
and some back
issues of the magazine are available online.
- The Co-Housing Network
(TCN) is the other large organization. Co-Housing is one form
of Intentional Community, and our project fits under the definition
of co-housing. Their site has a list of co-housing
groups, a library
of online articles, event
listings, and more. TCN publishes the CH Journal, maintains
the CH mailing list, and so forth.
- WeOwn Network, dedicated
to information about Housing Cooperatives or any
other type of affordable, resident controlled multi-family housing.
They concentrate on the northeast US, but have information useful
to anyone planning to share ownership of their home with fellow
residents. Their Community Land Trust model looks a lot
like what we want to do.
- Federation of Egalitarian
Communities. An organization for IC's that are nonviolent,
ecologically friendly, shared-property communes. It provides
"shared outreach", a health insurance fund, community
loan fund, and coordinates help and support among similar communities.
- Global Eco-village Network.
This is an organization for ecologically pristine IC's.
IC Association. Is a group for IC's in the pacific northwest,
which currently has about 30 members. They have some articles
online, as well as a bibliography of useful books and videos.
Planned/Existing IC's in the Bay Area:
- PERCH, the Peninsula
Region CoHousing project, is a group of people working on co-housing
in Silicon Valley, with some similar goals and ideas to ours.
Their project is more ambitious, as rather than starting small
they want to buy land and build 10-20 homes on it. We wish them
the best of luck.
- San Mateo
Co-operative Community. A group of people with a small, urban
IC in San Mateo. They have purchased a 4-unit building and expect
to purchase another.
Street CoHousing. A group of people who have been living
in Emeryville since 1992.
A Big IC:
- This IC started with 6 people in NYC two decades ago, and now
they have 75 and "In April 1996 we bought a 55-room hotel
with large campgrounds and outdoor concert facilities, an indoor
stage, a swimming pool, a small lake, and a stream all on 72
acres about 100 miles north of NYC in the Catskill Mountains.
" They host workshops and conferences of interest to the
IC community (like the "Loving More" conferences).
The Best online articles on IC's
Resource Guide, is a great online book on founding an IC,
with information based on experience and reality. This is a fascinating
read if you want a feel for how the process works.
- Donna Spreitzer's Masters
Thesis is a great study of two IC's in Davis, CA.
maintained by The CoHousing Network.
- Topica.com, which has
free mailing lists, has several IC/CH ones.
- Egroup.com, another
meta-mailing list site,with cohousing-l and other IC/CH-related
Usenet Groups (these don't get much traffic)
This website maintained by Patri,
last modified August 4, 1999.