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Fourth World Cooperative (FWC) is a non-partisan, international not-for-profit cooperative that promotes cultural and political literacy through its quarterly journal and book-length publications. FWC’s mission is to define and occupy spaces in which co-creators who are dedicated to creatively reading and writing the world(s) around us can experiment, transmit their experience, and re-wild Word and World. Just as a true democracy derives its power from its people, so the cooperative derives its power from its readers and writers.

Creative cooperation and  the Fourth World Journal

Creative cooperation and the Fourth World Journal

“...a fourth thing there is carefully to be provided for…the common good (over) private self....”

— "Letter to Pilgrim Planters," J. Robinson (1620)

We are dedicated to creative collaboration and invite all to join.

Our 501(c)3 non-profit organization publishes an international, collaborative creative arts journal each year and supports literary, artistic, philosophic, scientific, religious and musical works.

We also host a wide-variety of musical, performative and artistic events and our Learning Exchanges, Birds of a Feather Day Camps and Repast Project Mealtime Conversations promote a love of books along with a lifelong passion for collaborative, creative expression.

In our busy and often frenetic lives, Fourth World believes we must purposefully make time to engage meaningfully with others and associate creatively.  

We believe it a serious social ill which endangers fundamental democratic principles when reading rates, civil conversations and engagement with the arts and daily creative practices all dwindle. In fact, it is a threat to human civilization itself.

So, Fourth World works, through unique events and cooperative activities, to encourage writers, artists, teachers, students and community leaders to practice creative cooperation.

Our recent activities include a 2017 Learning Exchange for members from Chile, Italy, Mexico and the United States to gather and read, write and talk together while visiting Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks in California.

Ultimately, this group worked collaboratively to publish "Struggle: Old and New," the inaugural issue of The Fourth World Journal in winter of 2018.  A subsequent June 2018 Learning Exchange was held in The Hawaiian Islands and a new group traveled to workshops, book discussions and explorations of natural and cultural wonders of Kauai while also planning the second issue of our collaborative, creative arts journal. 

These members from Afghanistan, Chile, Georgia and California ultimately co-created the second issue of our international journal, “Cives Sum: I Am Citizen.”   

Currently, the 2019 exchange group is preparing for Mount Shasta and the cooperative publication of the third issue of The Fourth World Journal

We encourage literacy, collaborative expression and the mutual pursuit of creativity through our Learning Exchanges, Birds of a Feather Day Camps, Repast Project Mealtime Conversations and our publications, including The Fourth World Journal.

Fourth World Friends and Supporters

Future(s) to come(2016) non-profit EIN # 82-0825630 / CA non-exempt Entity # 3999635

We wish to thank our membership for their tireless efforts to promote and protect the skills shared by all civilizations over the last 6,000 years -our abilities to read, write, listen, reflect and work with others to creatively solve problems.  

 We thank all of the anonymous individuals, local and national businesses, families and other donors who have made our work possible.  

Special gratitude is due the Yosemite Community College District, Camp4, Lola Bistro and the Tuolumne Me Wuk Tribal Council for co-sponsoring recent civic, literary and artistic events.  

Fourth World looks forward to many more literacy and creative arts programs as well as hosting our next Learning Exchanges.

Special thanks to all those members who have dedicated many volunteer hours to make possible the annual publication of The Fourth World Journal.  

Perhaps you too will join us?

“Most of the time we’re co-operators”

- Aldous Huxley, Island