If It Doesn’t Work Socially, Why Bother? (Breakout Session)

Presented by Charles Durrett, The Cohousing Company

Session Description

Dr. Bill Thomas wrote, “If you took twenty seniors, put them on a boat to a desert island, they’d do a better job of taking care of themselves than any institution that we have yet to create.”

Across the globe, new and “innovative” solutions are trying to solve the senior housing challenge, only to fail due to lack of buy-in from the community. Charles Durrett says, “Forget trying to reinvent the wheel. The answers do exist – it’s a matter of addressing our social beliefs and asking if they will bring us happiness.” Durrett will explain the importance of being authentic and listening to the community when addressing senior housing. He will also explain why crafting a well fitting glove in a facilitated process is one of the keys to success.

About the Presenter

Charles Durrett, with his wife Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the U.S. with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves . They coined the word “cohousing” for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Charles recently authored, Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living-The Handbook .

Charles has designed over fifty cohousing communities in the United States, including Muir Commons, the first cohousing community in North America. He has also consulted on many more around the world. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Architecture, and a wide variety of other publications.

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