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National Cohousing Open House Day - Saturday, April 29, 2017

Plans are underway for our 2nd annual National Cohousing Open House Day, the last Saturday in April. Such synergy we created last year - as a national movement, within our network of area communities, and within our individual communities! We enjoyed participation from 95 communities across the country who opened their doors and welcomed the public. 2017 should be even bigger!

Ten Tips for Success in Building a Cohousing Community

Ten Tips for Success in Building a Cohousing Community
By Marty Maskall, Founder & Future Resident, Fair Oaks EcoHousing, 12-3-16

1. Join if you can! It’s much easier to join an existing community than to start a new one.

2. Appreciate the efforts of others who start a community – they need our support.

3. Get good help. We hired Chuck Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects and Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions, and that has made a world of difference.

New beginnings from a seasoned cohousing professional

After 16 years of successful collaboration, Laura Fitch and Mary Kraus are choosing to independently focus on our preferred areas of interests. As the sole proprietor of Fitch Architecture and Community Design, Laura Fitch will continue to provide a full range of architectural services to cohousing clients. Mary Kraus will focus on early cohousing group formation and programming. We will continue to collaborate where our interests overlap.

Here is a Happy New Year message from Fitch Architecture & Community Design that celebrates and announces Laura's new firm.

Access to Common Areas in Cohousing

There’s a lot of high-tech, computer-managed, log-keeping, badge-triggered access and security technology available for buildings — but in the US, it’s unusual to find such advanced systems serving moderately-priced residential properties.

Germantown Commons in Nashville Hosting the 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Germantown Commons of Nashville Tennessee is hosting the 2017 National Cohousing Conference in May. And your presence is especially requested!

The National Conference promises an exciting array of educational opportunities, networking and a fun time in Nashville. The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel will be the host location for the conference. It is minutes from the new Germantown Commons.

Rural Cohousing: Being a real neighbor in the old-time country sense

Several months ago there was a blog suggesting that “seniors” should look for cohousing communities in urban areas. While I understand the blogger’s reasons (having lived in cities, suburbs and rural areas), I’d like to offer an alternative for retirement or pre-retirement living.

Reserve Study Webinar Jan 25, 2017

For those interested in the Reserve Study webinar hosted by National Condo
Advisors, please follow these instructions:

Please register for Reserve Study-Why Every Community NEEDS One!! on Jan
25, 2017 2:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4766942937729361410

The Home Buying Decision + The Home Happiness Calculator

David Brooks writes in the NY Times (Jan 6) that buying a home is the most difficult decision in life. We don't choose a house so much as fall in love with it, he writes, and although we may envision a home with exotic things in which we will host large gatherings, most folks really seek privacy and tranquility. Lots of interesting angles here, true to David Brooks, but the real crux of this opinion piece - to me anyway - is his very last and almost lost comment at the end:

Social Permaculture: Applying the Principles

Social Permaculture, Public vs Private is the theme of the winter issue of Communities Magazine, exploring among other issues how "relationships with one another are just as sustainable, regenerative, and resilient as the ecological elements in a land-based permaculture system." Click here for this article profiling how permaculture's principles apply to human groups. And come discuss more about sustainable community at the 2017 National Cohousing Conference.

Permaculture’s 12 principles apply to human groups just as much as to any other ecological system. Here are some ways we can implement them in the social sphere:
1. Observe and interact. No matter how much you’re “starting” something, there’s an existing network of patterns. See what’s already happening. Participate in similar groups or processes, or ones from which you’ll be drawing participants. Write down observations day after day, and take the time to trace out patterns. You want to “nudge” the existing systems, not create new ones from whole cloth!

Power in Cooperative Groups, Part 1: Yourself

Join Laird at the 2017 National Cohousing Conference where he will present several sessions, including Power and Leadership.

I'm starting a blog series spotlighting the concept of power in cooperative culture. In the context of group dynamics—my main arena—power has to do with how people interrelate, but I want to start with the individual before interactions begin.

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