How Cohousing can Bridge Socio-Cultural Divides through Personal Change and Better Understanding the Untapped Affordable Housing Marketplace

This full day pre-conference intensive on Friday, May 19 (8:30am -4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $25. 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 Alan O'Hashi

Intensive Description

American society is in upheaval; we're a country divided in many ways. I'll explain why American Social/Cultural Norms restrain the Cohousing Movement and then provide potential solutions for this problem.
In this full day, hands-on seminar which includes a balance of simulation games, interactive exercises, video clips, discussion and lecture we'll cover the following:
1) Is bigger better and why are we driven to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps? I'll explain why cultural norms create roadblocks for the advancement of cohousing communities beyond what is familiar.
2) Are cohousing communities a way to bring diverse people together? I'll teach some ways that individuals can look at their personal histories and make changes so as to become more inclusive.
3) Are there institutional barriers such as city councils and planning boards? I'll demonstrate techniques that can help you create and maintain high-quality conversations and relationships personally, in community, and with city and county planners.
4) Defining ways in which the cohousing movement can become a catalyst for positive change including development of low income and diverse cohousing communities and bridging the gap between the left and right in the U.S. today.

Remember to bring a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer for a couple of the exercises.

About the Presenters

Alan O'Hashi, MPA, resides in Silver Sage Village cohousing in Boulder, CO. He's a seasoned cultural competency/conflict resolution trainer most recently at the "Dealing with Diverse Personalities" retreat in Arizona. He's developing the Lincoln Court Mixed Use Intentional Community in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive on Friday, May 19 (8:30am -4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $25. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Participants should bring with them an internet-accessible smartphone, tablet or laptop for a couple of the exercises. Lunch is not included, but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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