Re-Forming Formed: 1996 Established: 1997
This page last updated:4/18/2013
Asheville, North Carolina,
(Urban & rural locations within 3 sq.miles of West Asheville)
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Since 1996 with somewhat 'unintentional' roots, fortunity has been steadily evolving into a working model of an integrated community lifestyle. The vision is physically comprised of urban, suburban and rural properties -- 6 residential structures (18 rooms/apartments), 2 commercial buildings, potential farm & gardens -- all centrally located within a three square mile section of West Asheville, NC just a few minutes / miles from downtown Asheville.
Focalized around a future primary commercial hub in the heart of West Asheville's walkable central business district (called 'The Fortune Building', hence the name FORTune Urban commuNITY), we are seeking/building a core group of interdependent individuals living/working together to finish and promote a family of related businesses/projects.
It is the communication (in many forms) and relationships between the people, businesses, and the structures in which they are housed which forms the essence of our vision. Finding out how people either independently or collectively solve the inherent problems associated with modern urban American life is the challenge. Honesty, productivity, creativity, and fair trade are the primary tools being used to achieve this goal. We also believe that personal integrity and emphasis on a healthy & balanced lifestyle remain the foundation from which mutual trust can be built and financial/emotional/spiritual growth can most easily occur.
We tend towards lengthy and intensive discussions, and usually seek to apply the results in productive fashion. After fifteen years of more private experimental incubation, we are now ready to engage the greater community more publicly. We are currently reorganizing and fundraising, repairing residential housing, renting rooms to non-members, and preparing to engage the businesses/projects more substantially at some point soon. Check out our evolving website for more info, and to schedule a visit or tour. Please note: we are not traditionally pet or substance-use oriented.
This page last updated:4/18/2013
Visitor Process: Email, call, or write first and we'll discuss your particulars. Though we are extremely busy and may not be able to accommodate last-minute inquiries, we are also flexible and open to serendipity.
Fellowship for Intentional Community
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Comment: With multiple structures and membership tiers, we require that prospective tenants read our application and starter package carefully.
Members(adults and children):
(Membership fluctuates from 3-8 people at any given time.)
(We often have curious short & long term tenants who are less actively engaged in fortunity itself.)
Open to new members:
(We've identified 7 tiers or different ways to live here.)
(We are developing a creative hybrid of consensus, sociocracy, and more.)
(...by necessity, not design.)
Leadership Core Group:
(...by design, but we're actively seeking/needing more.)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(Perpetually open/moving towards more income sharing.)
(We are refining a hybrid work-trade model. Ask for details.)
(Not at the moment, however, there will be an initial investment of time during a membership training period..)
(Work, meetings, and other forms of contribution will be involved.)
Land and Buildings
(Urban, suburban, rural mix.)
9 acres (3.6 hectares)
(Split between different nearby locations.)
Land Owned By:
Individual community member(s)
(Discussion and plans include a future community-controlled land trust.)
Number of Residences:
(Comprising +/- 18 private rooms or apartment units.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Hoping to initiate garden projects this year, with 2+ acres waiting.)
Share Community Meals:
(Decade long tradition of weekly potluck dinners.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(We try to eat healthy and local when possible.)
(We welcome all dietary habits.)
(Occassional social drinking allowed, but not to intoxication or inhibiting community functionality.)
(Outside smokers only, and not preferred.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(We are spiritually based, coming from a variety of different approaches.)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(We reflect a broad variety of beliefs.)
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