Building Skills & Community in South Africa: Memel.Global (David Wann & Steven Ablondi)

This two hour pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm) requires an additional fee of $40 (of this fee, $20 will be contributed to Memel.Global). You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by the David Wann and Steven Ablondi

Intensive Description

Memel.Global Cohousing is unique in the cohousing world, not just because of its very rural South African location (three hours south of Johannesburg and Pretoria) but also because it offers an opportunity for active seniors to be of service in the wider community. All the necessary resources are in place:

· Land is already purchased, along with renovated period homes and new buildings of rammed-earth, constructed by locals acquiring new skills.
· A dedicated core group with a strategic plan.
· Unparalleled natural resources including 300 species of birds and wild game such as oribi, hippos and rare nocturnal critters.
· A wonderfully picturesque little town and township in need of economic recovery.
· A sister organization with a strong track record - SheWinS empowers school-girls with acclaimed sports programs.
· Regional government is a strong ally of Memel.Global, creating much-needed jobs, housing, and tillable land for blacks, as well as protection of resilient ecosystems.

Why shouldn't seniors actively help create a better world? Come participate in this exciting discussion about the creation of a cohousing community with a sense of purpose.

About the Presenters

Steven Ablondi - As a founder of Memel.Global, Steven is creating senior cohousing as a promoter and developer in Memel, a town in the Drakensburg mountains of South Africa. He feels much can be done to reduce the amount of time necessary to create cohousing communities and has purchased land, received municipal permits and planted organic gardens and orchards for clusters of homes to be built with natural materials and using alternative energy. Steven has had field assignments with the United Nations in Cambodia, Bosnia and Angola. He is a graduate of the Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Wesleyan University and Vermont Law School. He makes his home with his wife on Lake Champlain in America and in the Memel Drakensburg in South Africa.

David Wann David Wann is an author, filmmaker, and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs. Simple Prosperity is a sequel to the best-selling book he coauthored, Affluenza, which is now in 9 languages. A third book in the “trilogy” about creating a more sensible way of life, The New Normal, presents 33 high-leverage actions that can shift our culture in a more sustainable direction. David produces video and television, including the award-winning documentary Designing a Great Neighborhood, about the Holiday neighborhood in Boulder. David worked more than a decade as a policy analyst for the U.S. EPA and co-designed the cohousing neighborhood where he lives, in Golden, Colorado. David is close to completing a novel, Waiting for Q, which chronicles the lives of eight culture-creating characters from the illustrious Boomer generation, whose convictions and life experience are now urgently needed as a buffer against insanity.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm requires an additional fee of $40 ($20 of this fee will be contributed to Memel.Global). You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

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