A Natural Fit: Millennials in Community (Jas Darland and Jenny Godwin)

Presented by Jas Darland and Jenny Godwin

Session Description

Millennials, born in the late 1970’s to the early 2000’s, represent a growing demographic – and are motivated by values that resonate well with cohousing principles. Millennials like to create, grow and Do-It-Themselves, valuing experiences over stuff. Taking pride in being green and practicing conscious consumerism, they’re flexible in their workstyles and familiar with sharing rides, appliances and homes.

Millennials have grown up in a tech-enhanced world, finding news on Twitter, connecting with friends on Instagram and sharing political passions on Facebook. But that doesn’t mean this generation value face-to-face community building any less; in fact, it could be argued they crave it even more.

Are you seeking younger folks, or those with families, to join your community? How does cohousing resonate with millennials, strapped with student loan debt but ever-optimistic about the future? We’d love for you to join us as we explore the values that drive this generation, and challenges that may arise, all through a cohousing lens.

About the Presenters

Jas Darland is a current student of the 500 Communities Program, working to advance cohousing options in the Atlanta area. She is also the founder and director of The Garden School of Marietta, a progressive community of parents and educators who believe in preserving childhood, and providing space for students' highest selves to unfold. Jas is also a member of the Coalition to End Corporal Punishment in GA Public Schools, and the Atlanta-area EcoVillage Initiative. She enjoys gardening, fermentation, painting, and making music, and she holds an MA from Johns Hopkins that gathers dust inside while she goes out to play with her husband and two daughters.

Jenny Godwin is media leader for CoHousing Solutions in Nevada City. She also provides her outreach and writing skills to communities in formation, aiding with their recruitment, publicity and branding. She serves as part-time Outreach Associate for Coho/US, assisting with marketing, social media, blogging, Conference planning, and more. Her passions lie in sustainable communities, renewable energy, and working to meet challenges posed by climate change. She considers herself a cohouser-in-training.