Social capital’s a fairly common buzzword these days, but I especially like the idea of taking stock of our connections. This notion, of a social portfolio, has been on my mind all week. In our age of near-constant digital connectivity, embracing our tangible community circles seems about as important as ever. I say this as a millennial, who's blessed to live in a tight-knit town. Yet this value finds equal footing as we age – and the clip where this concept came from brings this idea home.
Over 50 folks joined us, North Bay Cohousing, on Sept 13th in Novato, CA to learn about two real and now cohousing opportunities in the North Bay: a Novato site for sale and a Cotati site under contract.
“The disappearance of these once-central relationships—between people who are familiar but not close, or friendly but not intimate—lies at the root of America’s economic woes and political gridlock.” - The Vanishing Neighbor, Marc Dunkelman
WOW. I'd wager it's not just me feeling giddy after this weekend's Conference. It's even hard to choose a standout moment.
As a pre-Conference volunteer, I had a chance to see some of those gears cranking in the months leading up to May, and really, just got a small taste of the enormous amount of organizing, passion and many, many, many hands involved.
Joyce Rasmussen of Wolf Creek Lodge Senior Cohousing
When I attended the Cohousing Conference in Oakland in 2012 I was exploring the cohousing concept, attending workshops on finance and Getting-It-Built, as well as visiting retrofitted cohousing communities. I joined a forming group in Sacramento because I wanted to continue to live where I’d been for 40 years.
Have you ever been asked a cohousing-related question and wished you had a few nicely succinct, number-based facts to support your answer? No, stats aren't everything and measuring cohousing’s success certainly has its deepest roots in the community-feel. But numbers don’t hurt, and they certainly can offer a hand when evaluating and presenting on the success of the cohousing movement in the U.S; as with buyers, neighbors, officials and bankers.
If you’ve signed up for the Cohousing Conference, you may have chosen your intensives or mapped out your top picks for sessions. Well, if I could direct your eyes to the Networking Tab on the Conference webpage, there’s another way to connect with specific groups during your downtime. There are many free gatherings offered, ranging from a discussion on housing affordability with Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing to one on Looking to the Future of the well-utilized Cohousing-L email list.