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Why Starting with a Proposal is Usually a Bad Idea

Laird's Blog - Why Starting with a Proposal is Usually a Bad Idea

As a process consultant for cooperative groups one of the most common things I'm asked to address is why it's such a slog to solve problems in plenary. While there are number of things that may be in play, I want to focus here on one particular culprit that's a frequent contributor: expecting that topics come to plenary in the form of a proposal.

“Cohousing” & HUD: A Love Story

Talk about moving a mountain … are “Cohousing” and HUD falling in love?
Matchmaker and Cohousing Coach, Raines Cohen, a Cohousing California regional organizer living at Berkeley Cohousing, dished out the ice cream and hot fudge Tuesday night. The assembled were celebrating the end of a petition campaign to have HUD treat cohousing condominiums the same as all other condominiums for purposes of certifying a cohousing project for federally backed mortgage insurance.

Cohousing Forum – San Rafael

Wolf Creek Lodge, an established senior cohousing community in Grass Valley, CA and Phoenix Commons, a cooperative lifestyle community under construction on the Oakland waterfront, will be holding a senior (50+) cohousing forum in San Rafael on Saturday, July 12th.
We will hear from the experts - Charles Durrett will discuss architecture, Kathryn McCamant will talk about the financial considerations for those planning a community. You will also hear from those enjoying the cohousing lifestyle.

So happy you're here!

Thank youI'm so happy you're here, on our new site. Thank you! Tell us what you think - what you love about it, what you hate about it, what you think would be great if only, what's broken... all of that. I'm especially interested in accessibility feedback - if you're using assistive tech to read/listen to this site, please tell me what would make that easier for you.

Neighborhood USA Conference - Cohousing was there!

Nearly 600 participants attended Neighborhood USA's 29th annual conference May 21-25 in Eugene, Oregon, and Oakleigh Meadow, Eugene's first cohousing neighborhood, was there with them. Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing, a 28 unit community being built right on the city's waterfront, is scheduled to begin construction this September. Selected as a conference exhibitor, Oakleigh Meadow promoted cohousing as an exciting, burgeoning model for building strong neighborhoods.

Something Good has Begun

I have the first verse of Cat Steven's "Peace Train" swirling in my noggin. "Now I've been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come. And I believe it could be, something good has begun." The tune is in my head because Coho/US has gotten off to an excellent start this year. In the last few months you may have read or heard about our efforts in bits and pieces. If I may briefly share our recent key accomplishments with you, I believe you will understand why I am feeling happy.

What does it mean to live in community?

What does it mean to “live in community” as we do in cohousing? This sounds wonderful, but the concept is hard to explain. I was struck a couple of Sundays ago, listening to my minister’s sermon (Rev Deborah Cayer, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham, NC), by her exploration of this concept and the alignment with cohousing principles.

Announcing the 2015 National Cohousing Conference

May 29-31, 2015: Durham Convention Center - Durham, North Carolina: Come learn, share and enjoy! The national conference features cohousing and community building experts, and provides amazing networking opportunities. Presentations will offer everything from cohousing basics, designing and building communities, and enhancing life in cohousing. Opportunities will abound to learn from our shared experiences, and how we can contribute to cohousing sustainability and affordability. Gatherings of affiliated groups will add value and benefit.

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