What's an Intentional Community?

An intentional community is a voluntary residential community designed from the start to have a high degree of social cohesion and teamwork.  

“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. The people may live together on a piece of rural land, in a suburban home, or in an urban neighborhood, and they may share a single residence or live in a cluster of dwellings.”
   - G. Kozeny

The members of an intentional community typically hold a common social, political, religious, or spiritual vision, often follow an alternative lifestyle, and typically share responsibilities and property.  Intentional communities can be seen as social experiments or communal experiments.  The multitude of intentional communities includes some of the more well knows types such as; cooperative houses, cohousing communities, ecovillages, Co-Living spaces.  Additionally, these also are part of the intentional community umbrella; monasteries, kibbutzim, Hutterites, and ashrams.

Additional terms referring to an intentional community can be an alternative lifestyle, intentional society, cooperative community, collective settlement, communal society, mutualistic community.

Cooperative (Single-Family) House
Cooperative (Single-Family) House
Cohousing
Ecovillage
Co-Living