Projects http://www.thefec.org/taxonomy/term/6 The taxonomy view with a depth of 0. en Become a Friend of Community http://www.thefec.org/node/249 <h1> </h1> <p>If you would like to support the work of building an egalitarian alternative<br /> to mainstream society and choose not to live with us at this time, we invite<br /> you to become a <b>Friend of Community</b>.<br /> See form below, if you'd like to join.</p> <p> &nbsp; </p> <p><img src="http://thefec.org/img/slides/29_G.thumb.jpg" /></p> <p> &quot;Gardening for the Future&quot;<br /> <! no dev><br /> <! no dev><br /> As a Friend you will receive community newsletters and announcements of<br /> conferences and upcoming events. We also offer a gift for donations of<br /> $50 or more: your choice of a copy of the <a href="http://store.ic.org/products/communities-directory.html">Communities<br /> Directory</a>, a one-year subscription to <a href="http://store.ic.org/products/communities-magazine.html">Communities<br /> Magazine</a>, or a selection of books from <a href="http://store.ic.org/community-bookshelf.html">Community<br /> Bookshelf</a>.</p> <p> We welcome all donations that assist in our outreach efforts. Friends have<br /> been known to offer services such as technical skills, hosting traveling communitarians,<br /> or arranging for local showings of our slideshow. Contact with others who share<br /> our vision and values helps all of us thrive! </p> <p> <b>Please contact: </b><br /> Friends of Community<br /> c/o FEC Secretary<br /> 1309 13th Ave S<br /> Seattle, WA 98144<br /> (206) 324-6822 ext. 2. <br /> Email: <a href="mailto:friends@thefec.org">friends@thefec.org</a>. </p> <p>If you believe in what we're doing...<br /> Yes! IÌd like to learn more about the FEC and support the communities<br /> movement!There are three levels at which you can support the FEC<br /> with a monetary donation.<br /> <br /> $100 (two-year membership) and I would like to receive the<br /> newsletters and these 2 gifts:<br /> * Communities Directory<br /> * 4 issues of Communities magazine (one year subscription)<br /> $50 (one-year membership) and I would like to receive the newsletters and one of these gifts:<br /> * Communities Directory<br /> * 4 issues of Communities magazine (one year subscription)<br /> $25 (one-year membership low income) and I'd like to receie the newsletters<br /> Consider contributing in other ways:<br /> * I'd like to become a host for travelling community members.<br /> * I'd like to sponsor an FEC representative to give a presentation to a college class or organization.<br /> * I have other skills or gifts to offer:<br /> _____________________________<br /> Name:<br /> Address:<br /> Phone:<br /> E-mail:<br /> <br /> If you would like to become a Friend of Community, please send this<br /> form and a check to FEC, 1309 13th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 or<br /> contact us at 206-324-6822, ext. 2.</p> http://www.thefec.org/node/249#comments Projects Tue, 11 Dec 2007 20:20:20 -0600 AngieTupelo 249 at http://www.thefec.org Community Loan Fund http://www.thefec.org/node/196 <p> Building community requires resources. Those resources can sometimes<br /> be people, giving of their time, energy, motivation and management.<br /> Sometimes the resources needed are concretely financial. There are<br /> several sources of loan funds for both FEC and non-FEC communities.<br /> For any loan, the Applicant will be expected to supply the following<br /> information:<br /> --Purpose for which the money will be used.<br /> --Term of the loan and proposed method of repayment (one lump sum at<br /> the<br /> <br /> end, blended monthly payments of principal and interest, etc.).<br /> --Proposed interest rate.<br /> --Explanation of how you will generate the cash flow to repay the<br /> loan.<br /> --What secures the loan in the event that payments are not made when<br /> promised? Depending on the answer here, you may be required to have<br /> individual guarantors provide back-up security for the loan. </p> <p> <br /> 1. FEDERATION REVOLVING LOAN FUND<br /> The Federation has established a revolving loan fund for business<br /> initiatives and capital acquisitions of affiliated Federation<br /> communities. A community must be either a full member of officially<br /> recognized group-in-dialog with the Federation to be eligible to<br /> receive a loan from this fund. </p> <p> <br /> This fund is specially earmarked to assist communities who have<br /> limited access to conventional loan money. While the FEC wants every<br /> loan to be repaid on time and in full, financial security is a<br /> secondary concern to developing Federation-style communities. Thus,<br /> we are willing to accept greater risk in offering this form of<br /> support than one might expect at a bank.<br /> <!-- --><!-- --><br /> The initial capitalization of the fund is $12,500, and, at the<br /> outset, no community will be allowed to borrow more than 25% of the<br /> money. The current fund manager is the Secretary, Parke at<br /> EGFS (<a href="mailto:secretary@thefec.org">secretary@thefec.org</a>), who will process loan applications and send action<br /> recommendations to the Executive Committee, who will make the final<br /> decision on the application.<br /> In general, loans will have a term of five years or less, and our<br /> preference is that repayment be in the form of equal monthly or<br /> quarterly payments which a blend of interest and principal. Under<br /> this arrangement, the loan will have been fully repaid by the end of<br /> the term. It will always be permissible to repay the loan early, at<br /> no penalty. Before receiving any money, the applying community will<br /> be expected to sign a promissory note that clearly spells out all<br /> terms. </p> <p> <br /> Applicants will be expected to answer the following questions when<br /> asking for a loan:<br /> -- how much do you want?<br /> -- what will the money be used for?<br /> -- what other debt do you have, and what is the community's net<br /> equity?<br /> -- where do you expect the money for repayment to come from, and what<br /> alternatives do you have if this does not work out as expected? In<br /> the worst case, what backs up the loan?<br /> -- what is an acceptable interest rate for the money you are<br /> requesting?<br /> Please direct any questions or applications to:<br /> <!-- --><!-- --><br /> <a href="mailto:secretary@thefec.org">secretary@thefec.org</a> </p> <p> <br /> 2. PEACH</p> <p>PEACH is a mutual aid health care fund created by and for Federation<br /> communities. FEC member communities are automatically eligible to<br /> join the program; other income-sharing communities may participate by invitation.<br /> Since start up in 1986, the fund has grown to approximately $500,000<br /> in net assets. At any given time, about half of these funds are<br /> loaned out to support the development of intentional<br /> communities--mainly loans for businesses, capital improvements, or<br /> buying property. While preferential consideration is given to loan<br /> requests from FEC communities, PEACH makes loans throughout the<br /> communities movement and invites requests for any community-related<br /> activity. Acceptability, terms, and size of the loan are negotiated<br /> on a case-by-case basis. </p> <p> <br /> Inquiries about loans or program operations should be directed to the PEACH administrator:<br /> Laird Schaub<br /> <br /> Rt 1, Box 155<br /> <br /> Rutledge MO 63563<br /> <br /> 660-883-5545<br /> <br /> <!-- --><!-- -->laird@ic.org </p> <p> <br /> 3. FELLOWSHIP FOR INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY LOAN FUND<br /> Capitalized at about $40,000, this money is basically earmarked for<br /> community businesses. Secondary consideration will be given to<br /> non-community organizations with movement connections. Because of the<br /> fund's limited<br /> <br /> capital, we can only make small loans for land acquisition. We have<br /> several times made small loans to provide initial credibility for<br /> groups starting to assemble a larger loan package. </p> <p> <br /> Federation communities will be given equal preference as<br /> <br /> other communities. Maximum loan size is $5000.<br /> <br /> Inquiries and applications should be directed to:<br /> FIC Loan Fund<br /> <br /> c/o Harvey Baker<br /> <br /> 518 Penny Ln<br /> <br /> Waynesboro TN 38485<br /> <br /> 931-722-9201<br /> <br /> <!-- --><!-- -->harvey@ic.org </p> http://www.thefec.org/node/196#comments Projects Thu, 29 Nov 2007 19:55:17 -0600 AngieTupelo 196 at http://www.thefec.org Mutual Aid Fund http://www.thefec.org/node/195 <p> <b>Funds to Support Community Development</b><!-- --><!-- --> </p> <p> The Mutual Aid Fund (MAF) exists to provide money to member(s) of full<br /> member communities to attend classes, conferences, workshops or other<br /> events to learn skills that would help their community in significant<br /> areas where that community is struggling, and when their community cannot<br /> or will not support such activities for financial or political reasons.</p> <p> Requesting individual(s) will write a short application describing the<br /> problem and how attending the proposed event will help alleviate it. They<br /> will also post their proposal at their community; other community members<br /> may give input to their delegates or the MAF Meta. Funding will be<br /> allocated at the discretion of the Meta. At the end of the year, the Meta<br /> will follow-up with fund recipients to prepare an end-of-year report<br /> describing how the fund was spent and any results. </p> <p> MAF Meta: <a href="mailto:ethan@twinoaks.org">ethan@twinoaks.org</a> </p> http://www.thefec.org/node/195#comments Jobs Descriptions Projects Thu, 29 Nov 2007 19:54:08 -0600 AngieTupelo 195 at http://www.thefec.org PEACH http://www.thefec.org/projects/peach <p><b>Preservation of Equity Accessible for Community Health</b><br /> <img src="http://thefec.org/img/twinoaks/jesseshaktibroccoli.thumb.jpg" aling="right" align="right" /></p> <p> One of the benefits of FEC membership is the right to participate in a Federation-wide program of self-insurance to cover catastrophic health care costs. While this operates under the auspices of the Federation, the governing bodies for FEC and PEACH are distinct. The Federation is governed by delegates from each member community, and PEACH is governed<br /> by a body comprised of one representative of each participating community. This person is called a MELBA (Member Expected to Look after Basic Affairs). Any correlation between delegates and MELBAs is coincidental, and delegates have no authority over PEACH. </p> <p> While all FEC member communities are offered the opportunity to join<br /> PEACH, this is not a requirement. In addition, some non-member<br /> communities have been invited to participate in PEACH. These decisions<br /> are made by the MELBAs. The administrator for PEACH is called the PIT<br /> (Person Into Technicalities), and any inquiries about the program<br /> should directed to Laird Schaub at Sandhill Farm, <a href="mailto:laird@ic.org">laird@ic.org</a>. </p> http://www.thefec.org/projects/peach#comments Projects Thu, 29 Nov 2007 19:51:42 -0600 AngieTupelo 193 at http://www.thefec.org Labor Exchange (LEX) http://www.thefec.org/LEX <p> Labor Exchange, affectionately referred to as LEX, is a popular<br /> program among the FEC communities. People who want to take a break from<br /> their home community are nearly always welcome as visiting workers at<br /> the other communities, and receive credit at home for the hours<br /> completed. Just like members, guests on labor exchange receive a place<br /> to stay, food, and other amenities. Length of labor exchange varies<br /> from a few hours (for communities located within a few miles of each<br /> other) to several weeks. </p> <p> These relationships are built into the fabric of our community<br /> rhythms. For example, Sandhill Farm in Missouri relies heavily on<br /> outside help to bring in the harvest of their main sorghum crop each<br /> fall. It's a high energy time there. In the winter when the farm and<br /> garden season is restful, Sandhill folks head out to the other<br /> communities to repay the labor they received. </p> <p> The FEC supports labor exchange with travel subsidies, available<br /> with our LETS program. Any of our member communities are also free to<br /> set up labor exchange with other communities as they see fit, whether<br /> or not those communities are part of our association. </p> http://www.thefec.org/LEX#comments Projects Thu, 29 Nov 2007 19:50:15 -0600 AngieTupelo 192 at http://www.thefec.org Communication Skills Program http://www.thefec.org/node/191 <p>At the fall 2003 assembly, it was recognized that our communities need<br /> further support in order to live out the FEC's 7th core principle<br /> (&quot;Creating processes for group communication and participation and<br /> providing an environment which supports people's development&quot;). Thus<br /> our communication skills program was created according to the following<br /> guidelines. Since the FEC doesn't have unlimited funds available to<br /> support the Communication Skills program, to take advantage of the<br /> program first check with the current Rainbow Meta to find out if funds<br /> are available.</p> <ol> <li>We are setting aside money within the &quot;Rainbow&quot; program for<br /> developing communication, mediation, and meeting facilitation skills.<br /> This money is intended to fund members of our communities to go to<br /> training courses (travel and/or registration costs) or to bring in<br /> trainers to hold courses in our communities (teaching fees). The FEC<br /> will pay for up to half the cost, with the rest provided by the cmty or<br /> individual. </li> <li>To qualify as a program which the FEC will help fund, a<br /> program or trainer must offer a significant program (at least a day<br /> long) focused on communication, mediation or facilitation. Pre-approved<br /> programs are listed below. If you'd like the FEC to fund a program not<br /> on the list below, please contact the executive committee at execcom<!-- -->@<!-- -->thefec.org.<br /> If members of an FEC community want to attend an outside training with<br /> FEC support, they need to agree to organize a presentation for their<br /> home community on the skills they learned away from home. </li> <li>In addition to money, we will further support the development<br /> of Communication Skills by allowing members to use FEC dues hours for<br /> attending such trainings (either inside or outside the cmty) and/or<br /> teaching such trainings, at a rate of up to half time (that is, one<br /> hour of attendance or teaching receives half an hour of dues credit).<br /> The remainder of time may be provided by the cmty or individual. </li> <li>We recognize that people doing their own Personal Growth work<br /> also tends to help them get along better with others. Therefore we will<br /> also allow people to claim dues hours for attending events such as<br /> cocounseling workshops, Landmark seminars, and other activities that<br /> they believe will improve their ability to communicate in a healthy way<br /> with the people around them, at a rate of up to half time, for a total<br /> of up to 20% of a community's dues hours. </li> </ol> <p>In recognition of Acorn's current severe labor shortage and<br /> high need and desire for personal growth work, at this time Acorn is<br /> permitted to claim up to 100% of their FEC dues hours for personal<br /> growth work, at half credit.<br /> <a name="suggested_programs"></a></p> <h2 class="first">SUGGESTED PROGRAMS</h2> <p><a name="communication_skills"></a></p> <h3 class="first">COMMUNICATION SKILLS</h3> <p><b>NonViolent Communication</b><br /> <br /> Center for Nonviolent Communication, 2428 Foothill Boulevard, Suite E, La<br /> Crescenta, CA 91214<br /> <br /> 818-957-9393<br /> <br /> Web: <a href="http://www.cnvc.org/">www.cnvc.org</a><br /> NVC guides us to reframe how we express ourselves, how we hear<br /> others and resolve conflicts by focusing our consciousness on what we<br /> are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting. Founder Marshall<br /> Rosenberg maintains a steady touring schedule of workshops around the<br /> world. You can also hire a certified trainer to come to your community,<br /> or you can attend an International Intensive Training several times a<br /> year in various locations.<br /> <a name="facilitation_training"></a></p> <h3>FACILITATION TRAINING</h3> <p><b>Alpha Institute</b><br /> <br /> Alpha Farm, Deadwood, OR 97430<br /> <br /> 541-964-5102<br /> <br /> <!-- --><!-- -->Email: <a href="mailto:alinst@pioneer.net">alinst@pioneer.net</a><br /> <br /> Web: <a href="http://www.pioneer.net/%7Ealpha/ai-info.html">www.pioneer.net/~alpha/ai-info.html</a>.<br /> Caroline Estes and Lysbeth Borie of Alpha Farm (longtime<br /> intentional community) teach excellent workshops on consensus and<br /> facilitation.<br /> <b>Community at Work</b><br /> <br /> 1 Tubbs St., San Francisco, CA 94107<br /> <br /> 415-641-4840<br /> <br /> <!-- --><!-- -->Email: <a href="mailto:skaner@aol.com">skaner@aol.com</a><br /> <br /> Web: <a href="http://www.communityatwork.com/">www.communityatwork.com</a><br /> Workshops in facilitation skills, building sustainable agreements, organizational development and more.<br /> <b>Dynamic Faciliation</b><br /> <br /> Jim Rough and Associates, 1040 Taylor St., Port Townsend, WA 98368<br /> <br /> 360-385-7118<br /> <br /> <!-- --><!-- -->Email: <a href="mailto:jim@ToBe.net">jim@ToBe.net</a><br /> <br /> Web: <a href="http://www.tobe.net/">www.ToBe.net</a><br /> Great 4-day trainings in a high-energy approach to releasing group creativity for problem-solving.<br /> <b>Institute for Cultural Affairs (ICA)</b><br /> <br /> ICA/Chicago, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60640<br /> <br /> 312-769-6393<br /> <br /> Web: <a href="http://www.icaworld.org/">www.icaworld.org</a><br /> Offers facilitation and group process trainings in US cities and internationally.<br /> <b>Public Conversation Project</b><br /> <br /> 46 Kondazian Street, Watertown, MA 02472<br /> <br /> Phone: 617-923-1216<br /> <br /> <!-- --><!-- -->Email: <a href="mailto:training@publicconversations.org">training@publicconversations.org</a><br /> <br /> Web: <a href="http://www.publicconversations.org/">www.publicconversations.org</a><br /> PCP promotes constructive conversations and relationships among<br /> people who have differing values, world views, and perspectives about<br /> divisive public issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Their<br /> trainings are given in most often in Boston but occasionally elsewhere.<br /> Workshops include: Power of Dialogue - Constructive Conversations on<br /> Divisive Issues and Staying Grounded When on the Spot - A Skill<br /> Building Workshop for Facilitators.<br /> <b>Tools for Change Margo Adair, Bill Aal &amp; Associates</b><br /> Seattle, WA<br /> <br /> Phone: 206-329-2201<br /> <br /> <!-- --><!-- -->Email: <a href="mailto:info@toolsforchange.org">info@toolsforchange.org</a><br /> <br /> Web: <a href="http://www.toolsforchange.org/">www.toolsforchange.org</a> (full of great resources on group process and the creation of just relations)<br /> Offers customized facilitation and group process training around<br /> the world, with facilitators who've lived communally and have a deep<br /> understanding of power and privilege in group process. They provide<br /> training on conflict resolution, consensus, building collective<br /> coherence, inspiring full participation by transforming patterns of<br /> domination and developing vision.<br /> <b>FIC Process Clearinghouse</b><br /> <br /> The website <a href="http://fic.ic.org/process.html">fic.ic.org/process.html</a> has a list of facilitators who do trainings. Two very experienced teachers within our network are:<br /> <br /> <b>Laird Sandhill</b><!-- --><!-- --> - Sandhill Farm, 660-883-5543, <a href="mailto:laird@ic.org">laird@ic.org</a><br /> <br /> <b>Tree Bressen</b><!-- --><!-- --> (ex-Acorn) - Walnut St. Co-op, 541-484-1156, <a href="mailto:tree@ic.org">tree@ic.org</a>.<br /> Tree also maintains an extensive website with free group process resources at <a href="http://www.treegroup.info/">www.treegroup.info</a>.<br /> <a name="mediation_centers_that_offer_trainings"></a></p> <h3>MEDIATION CENTERS THAT OFFER TRAININGS</h3> <p><b>FOCUS</b><br /> <br /> Mediation Center in Charlottesville, VA<br /> <br /> 1508 Grady Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903<br /> <br /> 434-977-2926<br /> <br /> <!-- --><!-- -->Email: <a href="mailto:focusmediation@netscape.net">focusmediation@netscape.net</a><br /> <br /> Web: <a href="http://monticello.avenue.org/focus/Mediationcenter/aboutmediation.html">monticello.avenue.org/focus/Mediationcenter/aboutmediation.html</a><br /> <b>Dispute Resolution Center</b><br /> <br /> Mediation Center in Richmond, VA<br /> <br /> (through the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia)<br /> <br /> 701 East Franklin Street, Suite 712, Richmond, VA 23219<br /> <br /> 804-343-7355<br /> <br /> <!-- --><!-- -->Email: <a href="mailto:dshockley@richmond.bbb.org">dshockley@richmond.bbb.org</a><br /> <br /> Web: <a href="http://www.richmond.bbb.org/complaints/">www.richmond.bbb.org/complaints/</a><br /> <b>King County Dispute Resolution Center</b><br /> <br /> Workshops include 40 Hour Basic Mediation Training (5 days), Conflict<br /> Resolution Skills for Work and Home (2 days), and Advanced Conflict<br /> Resolution Skills.<br /> <br /> P.O. Box 21148, Seattle, WA 98111<br /> <br /> 206-443-9603<br /> <br /> <!-- --><!-- -->Email: <a href="mailto:mstein@kcdrc.org">mstein@kcdrc.org</a><br /> <br /> Web: <a href="http://www.kcdrc.org/">www.kcdrc.org</a><br /> <b>University of Missouri (Columbia), School of Law</b><br /> <br /> Continuing Legal Education Programs include Basic Civil Mediation<br /> Training. This 3-day training offers a foundation in conflict,<br /> negotiation and mediation theory and includes interactive role play and<br /> tips on helping parties prepare for mediation. This program meets the<br /> requirements for Court-maintained lists of approved Mediators in<br /> Missouri State and Federal Courts.<br /> Sandra Kubal, 206 Hulston Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 <br /> 573-882-7251<br /> <br /> <!-- --><!-- -->Email: <a href="mailto:KubalS@missouri.edu">KubalS@missouri.edu</a><br /> <br /> Web: <a href="http://www.law.missouri.edu/cle/upcoming.htm">www.law.missouri.edu/cle/upcoming.htm</a><br /> <a name="links"></a></p> <h2>Links</h2> <p><a href="http://www.campus-adr.org/Training_Complex/adrvideos.html">www.campus-adr.org/Training_Complex/adrvideos.html</a><br /> A list of mediation training videos<br /> <a href="http://www.treegroup.info/">www.treegroup.info/</a><br /> <br /> Tree Bresson's Group Facilitation Site. Has list of books on facilitation.</p> http://www.thefec.org/node/191#comments Projects Thu, 29 Nov 2007 19:48:46 -0600 AngieTupelo 191 at http://www.thefec.org New Communities Support http://www.thefec.org/node/189 <p> The FEC wants to see as many new communities sharing our values<br /> flourish as possible. As resources permit we may donate labor, share<br /> expertise, or provide a loan for a new business. We have found that<br /> moral support goes a long way, and that the most important resource we<br /> can provide may be relationships with people who know the challenges of<br /> building community firsthand. These relationships are most likely to<br /> form based on mutual chemistry and proximity. </p> <p> We have collected documents describing how we structure and operate<br /> our communities. The documents include planning papers, policies,<br /> bylaws, tax documents, etc. While many of these are somewhat outdated,<br /> they may still be helpful, and you can also contact individual<br /> communities to ask about current documents. See <a href="/taxonomy/term/25">Systems &amp; Structures</a>. </p> <p> A new community may want help with group process skills, including<br /> meeting facilitation, how to work with conflict, and choices in<br /> decision-making. The Federation can help by providing skilled teachers. </p> <p> You may also want to visit our communities where you can learn firsthand what we are doing and whether it suits your situation. </p> http://www.thefec.org/node/189#comments Projects Thu, 29 Nov 2007 18:12:16 -0600 AngieTupelo 189 at http://www.thefec.org Community in the Classroom http://www.thefec.org/node/187 <p>Part of our mission is sharing insights about our experiences so that<br /> others may benefit from what we've learned about the day-to-day<br /> challenges of cooperative living. We invite you to look over our<br /> educational resources and to contact us to discuss your specific<br /> situation.</p> <table> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <h2>Face-to-Face Learning</h2> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><b>You visit us:</b></td> <td> <p> <i>Tours: </i><br /> Each community offers tours of about two-three hours, led by<br /> knowledgeable community members. Please call ahead. $5/person. Fees<br /> negotiable.</p> <p> <i>Work-weeks: </i>Sometimes we are able to<br /> host groups of eight or fewer students for multi-day visits if they are<br /> willing to join our work for about five hours a day. A liaison will be<br /> available for tours and discussion sessions. For a suggested fee of<br /> $5/person/day, we will provide simple housing and meals. Exact details<br /> will depend on size of group, season, and class goals.</p> <p> <i>Internships: </i>Some<br /> of our communities make arrangements for students to share our work and<br /> lives for longer periods (usually three to twelve weeks), concentrating<br /> on skills such as organic gardening, alternative construction, and<br /> community organizing. This must be tailored to the student, community,<br /> and season. Please write a letter explaining your interest, or contact <a href="mailto:interns@thefec.org">interns@thefec.org</a><br /> </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><b>We visit you:</b></td> <td> <p> Students<br /> can meet with and ask questions of someone who lives the lifestyle they<br /> have been studying. Our members are happy to give a presentation about<br /> our history, present lifestyle and challenges. Format could be a slide<br /> show, lecture, question and answer, or all of the above! We ask hosts<br /> to cover travel costs, simple meals, lodging and $200/day stipend. If<br /> costs are prohibitive, please contact us to negotiate other<br /> arrangements. Contact the <a href="mailto:secretary@thefec.org">FEC Secretary</a>, or the community nearest you. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <h2>Written Resources</h2> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><b>Books by our members:</b></td> <td><i>Is It Utopia Yet</i>? <i>An Insider’s View of Twin Oaks Community in its 26th Year</i>, by Kat Kinkade, 1994, 322 pp. $18 postpaid. </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="100"><b> Community Bookshelf:</b></td> <td>Free catalog with over 100 titles on community living and alternative<br /> lifestyles available through the mail from FIC. <br /> <a href="mailto:bookshelf@ic.org">bookshelf@ic.org</a> <br /> <a href="http://bookshelf.ic.org/">http://bookshelf.ic.org</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><b>Communities Directory:</b></td> <td> <p> The book <i>Communities Directory: A Guide to Intentional Communities<br /> and Cooperative Living</i> is the essential reference tool for those interested<br /> in finding or creating community. Compiled once every 5 years by the nonprofit<br /> organization Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC). It’s over 400<br /> pages long - contains information on more than 700 intentional communities<br /> from North America and other continents - features 33 articles about community<br /> living - includes community resources, maps, a cross-reference chart,<br /> reading list, and index. </p> <p> To order: order at ic dot org , 800-462-8240,<br /> or <a href="http://directory.ic.org/">http://directory.ic.org</a> </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="100"><b>Communities Magazine:</b></td> <td> <p> Since 1972, the primary resource for information, issues, and ideas about<br /> intentional communities in North America - from urban co-ops to cohousing<br /> groups to ecovillages to rural communes. Published quarterly. Typically<br /> 80 pages long. </p> <p> To subscribe: order at ic dot org, 800-462-8240,<br /> or <a href="http://fic.ic.org/cmag/">http://fic.ic.org/cmag</a> </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="100"><b>Internet:</b></td> <td>Website: <a href="http://www.thefec.org/">http://www.thefec.org</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="100"><b>Newsletters:</b></td> <td> <p> Current news and happenings in our communities, published periodically.<br /> <br /> <i>Leaves of Twin Oaks</i> (Twin Oaks) <i><br /> Windfall</i> (East Wind)<br /> <i>March Hare</i> (Skyhouse/Dancing Rabbit--free via e-mail), <i>Soundings</i><br /> (FEC) </p> <p> &nbsp; </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <h2>Audio-Visual</h2> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><b>Slideshow and Video:</b></td> <td align="left"> <p> Our slideshow offers a view of life at our communities. On the accompanying<br /> 15-minute soundtrack cassette, students will hear members discuss our<br /> core values and practices, including how we raise our children, how we<br /> make a living, and how we make decisions. If you do not have slideshow<br /> capacity, we have a digitized video copy. Both are available for a negotiable<br /> rental fee through the mail or with a presentation by a community member.<br /> Deposit is $50, returned when the slideshow is returned. </p> <p> &nbsp; </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <h2>Other Resources</h2> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><b>Systems and Structures:</b></td> <td align="left">We keep a file of policies and documents that have been crafted<br /> by member communities. For the cost of photocopying and postage, we are<br /> happy to send you copies. Please contact East Wind Community. Most of these<br /> documents are now also available online <a href="http://www.thefec.org/sns/">http://www.thefec.org/sns/</a>. </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><b>Poster:</b></td> <td align="left">Photos and descriptions of our communities. Free </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><b>Brochures:</b></td> <td align="left">A 20-page brochure with photos and full descriptions of each<br /> member community, entitled <i>Sharing the Dream</i>. Free </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><b>Living Routes:</b></td> <td align="left"> <p> Living Routes is a non-profit organization that offers accredited, college-level<br /> programs based in ecovillages around the world. <br /> <a href="http://www.livingroutes.org/">http://www.livingroutes.org</a><br /> <a href="mailto:info@livingroutes.org">info@livingroutes.org</a><br /> Phone toll free at (888) 515-7333. </p> <p> &nbsp; </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <h2>Evaluations from Students</h2> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <p> “I really liked talking<br /> to someone ‘real’ and ‘live’ about their experiences in a community.<br /> It made the whole course come together for me.” </p> <p> “Besides informing me in<br /> detail about communal life, she helped me to think about where I am in<br /> my life right now. Her visit was extremely beneficial to the entire class’s<br /> understanding of utopian life.” </p> <p> “She managed to create an entirely new version<br /> of what contemporary intentional communities are in my head.” </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <h2>FEC Communities</h2> </td> </tr> </table> <p><!--break--></p> http://www.thefec.org/node/187#comments Projects Thu, 29 Nov 2007 18:08:55 -0600 AngieTupelo 187 at http://www.thefec.org