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Cohousing Consortium - Join Us at the Nashville Conference

The Cohousing Consortium is seeking to expand and bring together the best of the best professional resources committed to cohousing, working collaboratively to create vibrant, sustainable intentional communities.

PLEASE JOIN US for an informative and open discussion on the formation of a cohousing consortium.

The idea for a consortium grew out of the following questions:

--> Just as cohousing is a different way of living, is there a different way of working that is inclusive and collaborative?

--> Can we create a work model that helps cohousing grow?

New Sponsor Closetbox Impressed with Cohousing Movement

Closetbox ("Self Storage Without Leaving Your Home") is our latest Community Sponsor of the 2017 National Cohousing Conference. When I asked Outreach Director Mike Williams why the Closetbox was partnering with us, he explained that he learned about cohousing from one of his customers. Here is what he shared:

Great Oak Cohousing in Ann Arbor: Their Work Program

Iowa City Cohousing, aka Prairie Hill, is a sponsor of the National Cohousing Conference. Learn more here: Join Iowa's first cohousing community--Prairie Hill, in Iowa City

The members and prospective members of Prairie Hill Cohousing have been curious about how other cohousing communities get their work done. We're all assuming that we will cooperate in many ways to make our community run well. And we're also assuming that there will be some things that we just hire out.

A Q&A With Eris Weaver About Cohousing And Politics

This is an interview with Eris Weaver, a presenter at the National Cohousing Conference in Nashville May 19-21. Eris will be leading several workshops at the event, including Cohousers in Politics and Let’s Talk About Money. Check out our overview of the event to learn more, and be sure to visit our bookstore if you attend #Coho2017 in person!

In House Architect Position Open with McCamant & Durrett Architects

McCamant & Durrett Architects of Nevada City, CA is seeking to hire an accomplished practitioner of the design trade. An architect, yes, but an artisan really. Someone who loves to make strong, beautiful, high functioning, eco-groovy and economical buildings as much as we do.

Key Qualifications:

More than Cohousing – Cohousing Like and other Alternative Housing Solutions – what’s the difference?

One emerging goal for cohousing is how cohousing can be used as a model for unique needs. There is often debate or confusion about communities that are “Cohousing-like”.

** Cohousing-like takes aspects of cohousing but is not cohousing.
** More-than-cohousing are cohousing-like communities with a social or economic mission.

Storing Community Documents Online

...to all of you cohousers who keep your various official documents, minutes, site map, consensus log, new-member orientation materials, etc. on-line - what software or product are you using, and how well does it work for you?
Muriel at Shadowlake Village, Blacksburg, VA

Balancing Privacy and Community with Design in Cohousing

Reposted from PBS website: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/balancing-privacy-community-design-c...

Architect Laura Fitch describes cohousing communities as “privacy within your home and community at your doorstep.”

Community Renewal: Re-engage, Recommit and Revitalize

Are you observing any of these symptoms of burnout and disengagement in your community:
· Participation at community meetings, in work projects and on teams has decreased
· Difficulty with leadership development: vacant leadership positions or the same people are in leadership roles in perpetuity
· Signs of unresolved conflict such as people going out of their way to avoid specific people in your community
· Gossip about community members is increasing
· Confusion about who to go to within the community about specific concerns and issues
· "Authorities" within or outside of your community are contacted instead of people speaking directly with a community member
· Things have changed in the community, but not for the better: it doesn't look as attractive, more money is going to upkeep, there is less interaction within the community

PBS Interview with Laura Fitch

Nice Article with photos of Mosaic Commons & JP Cohousing! “The design process and the management process are things that actually mix the community together, so that you have to get to know each other in order to make these decisions.” — Architect Laura Fitch

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/balancing-privacy-community-design-c...

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