Resources for Residential Intentional Communities

IC-related Podcasts

These podcasts have many current and relevant discussions about intentional communities, bringing in experienced community builders and workshop providers. Resources and funding for intentional communities are mentioned in some interviews.

IC-related Videos

Local Futures. (2021). The economics of happiness [Documentary film]. https://www.localfutures.org/programs/the-economics-of-happiness/

Aside from this must-see documentary noted above, which you can view (free) at the link provided, we’ve put together a growing list of IC-related videos.

IC-related Books and Articles

Below are three short and practical guides from the Foundation for Intentional Community that hosts IC.org (not affiliated with ICmatch). Check out their many affordable offerings at their website.

  • Fellowship for Intentional Communities. (2014). In community, intentionally. In Best of Communities: I. Intentional Community Overview and Starting a Community. Foundation for Intentional Community.
  • Guides to starting a community include a multi-author printed set or a downloadable pdf
  • Ludwig, Y., & Gimnig, K. (2020). The cooperative culture handbook. Foundation for Intentional Community.

ATSDR. (2015a). Models and frameworks for the practice of community engagement. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/communityengagement/pce_models.html

Christian, D. L. (2003). Creating a life together: Practical tools to grow ecovillages and intentional communities. New Society. Available thru the FIC website and often at your favorite online indie booksellers.

Green Mountain College has a master’s program for Resilient and Sustainable Communities. Their Facebook page has many resources.

SEEDS. (2019). Creating community: A conversation with Diana Leafe Christian (Part I). https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=x9ikKRczAxI

Stolz, C. J. (2020). Intentional communities as drivers of societal change towards sustainability? Understanding community advocates’ social representations of change. https://stud.epsilon.slu.se/16332/1/stolz_c_j_201211.pdf

Resources for the Larger IC Movement

Platforms for In-person Intentional Community: describes global or national organizations focused on ic creation, networks that include IC-adjacent projects, temporary community as on-site room & board workstay

Needs of the Intentional Community Movement: Discussion and resource listings

Intentional Community Elders: beginning list of long-term contributors age 50+

The consultants at TheNextBigStep see a variety of possibilities for more coordinated effort among ICs, such as the following:
• Facilitating land access and securing of land in case communities fail (choose a land trust, the nature conservancy, or a non-profit foundation you trust to receive it)
• Grant and loan funds
• Mutual insurance programs
• Access to professionals, mentors, consultants
• Labor exchanges or housing exchanges
• Knowledge sharing among ICs
• Shared outreach to the public
• Accountability processes for IC leadership
• Increased support and participation from ICs in other aligned movements

If you create any of the above coordination services, let us know so we can promote your work.

Share Your Resources

Do you have resources for residential intentional communities that you’d like to share? We would love to hear about it. Send suggestions to ICmatchhelpdesk@gmail.com

ICs as Culture Change Agents

The following links contain lengthy descriptions of current challenges that many intentional community creators and residents are attempting to resolve. There are many links to a variety of authors. These may be a resource for exploring your founders’ team core values as you create your vision and mission statements.