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il cohousing tra ragazze con la sindrome di Asperger e studentesse universitarie - Corriere della Sera

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Corriere della Sera

il cohousing tra ragazze con la sindrome di Asperger e studentesse universitarie
Corriere della Sera
Inquilini disabili: il cohousing tra ragazze con la sindrome di Asperger e studentesse universitarie. È l'esperienza portata avanti da 18 mesi dall'associazione «La Comune». Obiettivo: integrazione e distacco dalla famiglia. La notte c'è sempre ...

Good Neighbors by Faith Barnidge: Walk red carpet for STAND! benefit - Contra Costa Times

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Good Neighbors by Faith Barnidge: Walk red carpet for STAND! benefit
Contra Costa Times
Walk the Red Carpet like a movie star, sip Champagne and nibble on fancy hors d'oeuvres at the Academy Awards benefit for STAND! For Families Free of Violence. The paparazzi will be waiting to snap your photo as you step on the red carpet at 4:30 p.m. ...

Cohousing: vivere insieme nel bosco, alle porte di Torino (FOTO) - greenMe.it

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Cohousing: vivere insieme nel bosco, alle porte di Torino (FOTO)
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Cohousing nel bosco. Condividere vita ed esperienze immersi nella Natura può sembrare un sogno irrealizzabile ma non è così. A due passi da noi, a Torino, è stato presentato un nuovo progetto di cohousing nel bosco, ideato dall'associazione CoAbitare ...
Un progetto di co-housing nel bosco a TorinoQuotidiano Piemontese

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Time to Slow Down

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For the last four decades I've devoted myself to the creation, exploration, and promotion of community living. Over that time, whenever I talked about the "C" word, I've been invariably referring to community. As of yesterday, however, the "C" word immediately in front of me is cancer.

As readers of this blog will know, I've been battling chronic back pain for 16 months, and acute lower back pain since mid-December. As I have been through previous episodes of this since its first occurrence in October 2014, I've been treating it similarly and expecting it to settle down with the help of prescription medicine and bed rest.

But after 6+ weeks of yo-yoing back and forth between almost functional and can-hardly-get-out-of-bed-to-pee, I finally faced the fact that I needed help beyond what my own body could provide, and went to the ER at St Luke's Hospital in downtown Duluth yesterday afternoon. It turned out to be a good thing that I did.

As soon as we got past the admittance dance (how do you spell that last name again?) and I could lie down in a bed (the pain all but disappears when I'm prone but is excruciating when sitting or standing), things started picking up steam. The ER doc, Scott Wolf, quickly had me relate my history and ordered blood work. My blood pressure was 98/56, which is abnormally low for me, and testing revealed that I was down about a quart. Not good. Further, there was gobs of calcium in the blood and everyone agreed it was time to admit me to the hospital. 

Before I had a room assigned I was whisked off to x-ray and the doc who read the film (Nick) noticed that my bones were thinning and showed the characteristic pattern of calcium leaching—hence the elevated levels floating around in my blood. The preliminary diagnosis is multiple myeloma, a form of cancer in which the body produces abnormal plasma cells. Not only does these cells reduce the number of useful red cells, white cells, and platelets (that help with clotting), they also weaken the bones.

The diagnosis was preliminary and there is much testing to follow—even if the cancer diagnosis is confirmed, it comes in different presentations and the doctors need to know how far long it is before prescribing treatment.

Pin cushion Monday
Today, my first full day in the hospital, they've been drawing more blood, giving me all manner of supplements, queuing up some more x-rays, a CT scan, and who knows what all as the they circle around a diagnosis. With all the adhesive, gauze, and tubes, it looks like I'm trying out for the walking wounded drum and fife corps.

They're also flooding my body with intravenous liquids (two units of blood and all the saline solution they can pump into me) as the standard treatment for pepping up my kidneys. 

In exchange I get cable TV and anything I want to eat between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm.

I'm starting to get the picture that I'm facing a serous health threat. While I don't yet know the full dimensions of it, I've been gradually digging myself a hole for quite a while now and it's time to start working my way out of it.

Mixed feelings
I'm experiencing a perplexing range of emotions:

o  Foremost, it's likely that I have cancer. While the docs have been upbeat, cancer kills and at this point I don't know how close to the edge I am. That's scary.

o  Paradoxically, it's also a relief to finally be getting solid diagnostics abut what's causing my recurring pain, and what I can do to fix it.

o  Over the past month I've been going through a roller coaster of feelings as I attempt to puzzle out why I'm in such pain and the right way to think abut getting through it. It's been bewildering and exhausting. Do I push through the pain or listen to my body?

Right now I feel overwhelmed, and at the same time well taken care of. In a day or two the fog will lift and I should be able to get my first glimpses of the road ahead.

Emerging Trends 2016: 18-Hour Cities Reinforce Their Hold on Investors' and Developers' Attention - Urban Land

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Emerging Trends 2016: 18-Hour Cities Reinforce Their Hold on Investors' and Developers' Attention
Urban Land
Change is in the air. Amid a generally rosy outlook—84 percent of respondents in the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2016 report compiled by ULI and PwC believe the market is good to excellent—a perception lingers that it could all change quickly.

Laura Fitch: Thankful for community's rescue by Amherst Water Department staff - GazetteNET

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Laura Fitch: Thankful for community's rescue by Amherst Water Department staff
GazetteNET
It wasn't long before we learned that a water main was broken just south of our 32-unit cohousing neighborhood, but since we are the “end of the line” only one other household in Amherst was affected. Our neighborhood quickly found resources on Pulpit ...

Learn about the road to self-publishing from Ithaca author at Feb. 18 meeting - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (blog)

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Learn about the road to self-publishing from Ithaca author at Feb. 18 meeting
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (blog)
She earned a master's degree in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has lived in a cohousing community in Ithaca for 18 years with her husband and two children. About the book. Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter's ...

Residents of North Amherst neighborhood applaud Water Department employees for restoring service - GazetteNET

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Residents of North Amherst neighborhood applaud Water Department employees for restoring service
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Laura Fitch, a resident of the 32-unit Pulpit Hill Cohousing, said in a telephone interview Thursday that she and other residents are applauding the work of the employees of the town's Water Department for their efforts in quickly restoring water to ...

Shepherd Village

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Website: http://shepherdvillage.net City: Shepherdstown State: West Virginia Zip: 25443 Contact Email: nanbroad@gmail.com Content Phone: Contant Name: Nan Broadhurst

Community Living Boot Camp

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I had a conversation this week with a guy on the West Coast who is interested in putting together a loan program for first-time homeowners who want to live as a group. He thinks he can get mortgage rates at least as good as those available to nuclear families, and it can be set up in a way that if anyone leaves or joins the group before the mortgage is paid off, that refinancing can be avoided. 

In general, intentional communities solve this be forming a separate legal entity (probably a limited liability corporation) in whose name the property is held. That way, changes in the group composition can be handled as an internal matter and don't affect the mortgage. The downside of this is that LLCs will typically be viewed as a commercial loan and will therefore encounter higher interest rates. 

Under this new concept, small groups (say, 10 and under) may be able to get much better interest rates, which is especially attractive in urban areas where the housing market is heating back up to pre-2008 levels.

Assuming all this is doable on the financial end, the creator of this program is (rightfully) concerned with making loans to groups that are likely to succeed, which is where FIC and I come into play. His idea is to require that groups applying for loans under this program attend a condensed training in group living, and come through with a "passing grade," whatever that is.

He realizes that this is not his area of expertise and he wondered if FIC would be interested in developing the curriculum, overseeing the teaching, and making the assessments. He guessed that the training might be accomplished in 1-2 days and FIC could earn fees for running them.

When I responded that I thought it might take closer to 5-7 days to provide a decent overview of what it takes to create a successful group, he was shocked. (How could it be that hard—did I mention already that he's fairly new to the complex world of intentional community living?) Because the financial program is so promising, we are both willing to look another level deeper, to see if there's a way to thread the needle. I gave him leads for starting community workshops in the US, from which he'll gather curricula ideas. Simultaneously I agreed to draft an outline of what I think needs to be covered, and we'll see how creative we can get in delivering it economically.

So here's my first pass at the curriculum, in no particular order:

Cultural Context
o  How Cooperative Culture Differs from Mainstream Culture
o  Common values 
o  What interest do you have in modeling for others what you've created?
o  What qualities do you want in those filling leadership roles?
o  Navigating the transition from start-up to established

Process Agreements
o  Decision-making & governance
o  How will you handle conflict?
o  Record of agreements
o  Will you keep minutes of meetings?
o  Will meetings be facilitated?
o  How to handle non-compliance
o  When to get help 
o  Under what circumstances might a member suffer an involuntary loss of rights & by what process will that be examined?


Social Skills
o  How well can you articulate clearly what you think?o  How well can you articulate clearly what you feel?o  How accurately do you hear what others say (and are able to communicate that to the speaker such that they feel heard)?o  How well can you hear critical feedback without walling up or getting defensive?o  Can you function reasonably well in the presence of non-trivial distress in others?o  How well can you shift perspectives to see an issue through another person's lens?o  How well can you see potential bridges between two people who are at odds with each other?o  Can you see the good intent underneath strident statements?o  Can you distinguish clearly between a person's behavior being out of line and that person being "bad"?o  Can you own your own stuff?o  Can you reach out to others before you have been reached out to yourself?o  Are you sensitive to the ways in which you are privileged?
 
Membership Agreements
o  Member intake process (including Fair Housing Laws)
o  Member exit process
o  Rights and responsibilities 
o  Can sweat equity substitute for dollars? If so, with what limits?
o  Subletting and guests



Defining Level of Engagement
o  How much do you intend living together to mean intertwined lives?
o  Common meals
o  Joint childcare 
o  Limit setting by adults who are not the child's parents
o  Getting the work done
o  The boundaries between public and private
o  What expenses will be shared?
o  What things will be jointly owned? 
o  Acceptable noise levels in common areas
o  Cleanliness standards in common areas
o  Dietary flexibility
o  Pets

Obviously some of these topics won't apply in all cases (for example, when there are no children or pets), but the vast majority are in play. What's more, these are only the headlines. There are subtopics underneath them all and choices to explain. It's hard to imagine covering all of the above in less than five days—especially if we're also to assess how far along the group is in grokking each aspect.

It will be interesting to see where this will lead—whether we're able to cover all (or enough) of the basics to make an appreciable difference in screening out the starry-eyed and the ill-prepared, without making it prohibitively expensive.

Cohousing condo project breaks ground on Belmont - Portland Business Journal (blog)

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Cohousing condo project breaks ground on Belmont
Portland Business Journal (blog)
A long-planned condo cohousing project on Southeast Belmont Street on a lot once home to a popular food cart pod will break ground this weekend. PDX Commons, a four-story, 27-unit building, will rise from the vacant lot at Southeast Belmont Street and ...

State Funding Expected for New London Housing Rehabilitation Project - Patch.com

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State Funding Expected for New London Housing Rehabilitation Project
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$2,600,000 loan to Green Haven, Inc. to assist with construction of the Rocky Corner Cohousing development in Bethany. The project will contain 30 cohousing ownership units, including 13 affordable units. The loan will be provided at zero percent for ...

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Cohousing e auto-recuperi, 1 milione e 500mila euro per Livorno e Collesalvetti - Il Tirreno

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Cohousing e auto-recuperi, 1 milione e 500mila euro per Livorno e Collesalvetti
Il Tirreno
Così il consigliere regionale del Pd Francesco Gazzetti dopo la pubblicazione da parte della Regione dei decreti di assegnazione dei finanziamenti degli interventi di autorecupero e cohousing che per Collesalvetti e Livorno ammontano a circa 1milione e ...
Casa, a Livorno 1,5 milioni per cohousing e autorecuperoRedattore Sociale

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Jourdan Valley

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Website: http://www.jourdanvalley.org City: New Orleans State: Louisiana Zip: 70117 Contact Email: bonnie.garrigan@gmail.com Content Phone: (504)226-2941 Contant Name: Bonnie Garrigan, Lacy Allen, Ann Barnes

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