How to Get More Involved with the FIC
We welcome your interest; please come get involved! The FIC's ability to support
people in creating and maintaining community is directly linked to the
contributions of people like you who care about community. You are invited
to lend support in any of a variety of ways, many of which are listed
below. Contact Us for for more information!
If you are not currently a member of FIC, this is a great way to support us
and keep in touch with what we are doing. We welcome individual, community,
and organizational members at a range of sustaining levels. Members receive
discounts on conferences and publications, invitations to our semi-annual
organizational meetings, and a newsletter.
Communities magazine is your source for news and ideas from the world of
community living. Each quarterly issue includes updates to our famous
Directory and ads for communities seeking people and people seeking
communities, along with a lively selection of articles on topics relevant
to life in community. Are you currently picking up your copy of Communities
from a bookstore? Please consider buying a subscription instead so that
your support can go more directly to FIC.
Sell the Communities Directory - Do Well by Doing Good
Make money for yourself while getting Directories out in the world!
Buy a box
from us at wholesale rate, then re-sell at cover price, making a
profit in the process. Contact our office for bulk discounts.
These discussions are designed to tap into people's interest in community,
from neighborhoods to rural communes. We are looking for local hosts who
are willing to help put together a salon or workshop. It can be as simple
as inviting half a dozen friends for potluck, and we have a free organizing
kit that explains all the steps. Contact
our main office for more information
or to request a kit.
Art of Community
These regional conferences focused on the nuts and bolts of building
community are held two times each year. We invite you to join us for a
weekend of learning, networking, socializing and fun! Locations vary,
come find out where and
when the next event will be, or contact
our main office
Twice a year we gather to check in on project areas and talk about how we
are manifesting our values as an organization. It's a high energy time and
a great chance to see the consensus process in action, guided by skilled
facilitators. All the board and general committee sessions are open for
observation. Attending a meeting is probably the most direct way to get
plugged into what's happening in FIC. Contact
our main office for information on the next
It takes money to spread the word about community. We invite
for specific projects, our capital fund, or general operations. We would
also appreciate any information you can pass on to us about individuals or
organizations who may be interested in making a donation or grant. And we
have a wish list of specific equipment
we are seeking to carry out our work.
This mail-order service is a great source for books on community living,
alternative lifestyles, and related topics. Take a look at the list of titles in the
We are particularly pleased to
offer two classic guides on consensus decision-making,
Judgment: A Handbook for Consensus Decision Making and
A Manual for Group
Facilitators, which were out of print for years until we recently obtained
the copyright and brought them back.
Do you maintain a web site for your community or other organization? If it
is appropriate, we invite you to add a link to the main page of our
Intentional Communities web site, and contact us about linking
to your site. More information.
There are many other projects and committees that would welcome your
support in the form of time, money and ideas. Here's a sampling:
- Distributing FIC Brochures at Co-ops and Coffeehouses
- Writing for Communities magazine
- Fundraising and Development
- Staffing an FIC Table at a Conference or Event
- Photography for Publications
- Conference Staff
- Ideas for Conference Sites
- Placing Communities magazine and the
Communities Directory in Bookstores and Libraries
- Work with a specific committee or project
Do You Have Skills to Share?
If you fill out a skills-sharing form, we'll know what skills you have to
offer! All levels of skills are needed. The information will go in an
internal database that is used only by FIC staff, and will be used when we
are searching for a particular skill and to help us find support for the
If you are interested in learning more about voluntering skills or time
with FIC, contact us