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The Social Portfolio

What a great concept!

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.

Neighborliness

“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

Cohousing as a State of Mind

"Cohousing really helps crack the nut of intentional community. We have plenty of privacy and the benefit of abundant community. It’s a great blend."

“When you have people who’re watching out for you, you know you have them to rely on. That lowers your stress. Sharing activities increases your quality of life.”

“In a typical development, the parking lot is the main feature. That’s where people interact. In cohousing, spontaneous communication and exchanges [in a variety of settings] add to community life.”

Cohousing Returns to the Radio with Alice & Jerry

Last night (June 11), Going Home with Tony welcomed Alice Alexander of Coho/US and Jerry McIntire, founding member of Stone's Throw Ecovillage in Virqua, WI on air. This was a follow-up to the April 12th discussion with Alice, Katie McCamant (of CoHousing Solutions) and Chris Bentley (journalist who wrote Can Boomers Make Cohousing Mainstream?)

Conference Slideshow & Reflection

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.

Free Cohousing Slideshow in Durham

If you’re arriving to Durham early and are looking for a kickoff-worthy start to the Conference (Conference Program Here) consider attending a free presentation on the History of Cohousing with CoHousing Solutions’ Katie McCamant and Chuck Durrett of The Cohousing Company.

WHEN: Thursday, May 28th at 7pm

Then and Now: Two Cohousing Conferences - Each A Different Purpose

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.

Cohousing Research Network (CRN) Intensive

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.

500 Communities Program & Other Great Conference Gatherings

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.

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