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The Inner Game of Aging Podcast

The Inner Game of Aging podcast features our own Cindy Turnquist this week! "What is co-housing? Wikipedia defines this as an "intentional community clustered around shared space". But that barely scratches the surface of the possibilities inherent in the concept. Today's guest, Cindy Turnquist, and Lee discuss this intriguing community concept and how it addresses the growing need for seniors to age-in-community.

Breaking the Mold

Mosaic Commons

My neighbour just pointed us to this interview with a social scientist whose new book "How we live now" includes discussion of cohousing. It starts off with a picture of our community, Mosaic Commons (pic by Tim Pierce, article by Jessica Gross)

http://blog.longreads.com/2015/08/27/breaking-the-mold/ - Breaking the Mold: Social scientist Bella DePaulo’s research reveals a broader array of lifestyles—from our relationships to our living spaces—than many of us could dream up.

Not on everyone’s map

Stone's Throw Ecovillage

True story: for three years my wife and I looked for a small town to call home. People thought we were crazy to leave Portland, Oregon where we had met, married, and gave birth to our precious son. The ever-growing popularity, the crowds, the traffic, the ever-escalating prices, the pace in Portland all motivated us.

Problems with the 2015 National Conference

Here’s my take on what went “wrong” at the conference:

1. Overall length of conference — waaay too short.

2. Length of individual presentation times — too short. Sessions went over as attendees continued asking questions I wanted answers to.

3. Food — Gained 1 lb.

4. Too many competing GREAT sessions. Very very frustrating.

5. Too many new people I didn’t get to meet.

6. Too exciting — not enough down time.

The Power of Consensus

I recently gave a tour of FrogSong, my cohousing community, to a group of local university students. During my talk I shared this story about the power of consensus decision-making. Even though this event happened fifteen years ago, I still choke up in the telling.

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