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Coho/US Executive Director - Seeking Applications

Cohousing as an innovative model of sustainable neighborhoods is on the move with new communities under development, new groups forming and cohousing members initiating creative solutions for resiliency and future growth.

This growth in the Association has been led for over three years by Alice Alexander, Executive Director, and the Association’s impact has steadily expanded. Under her direction many of the Association’s goals have been achieved in excellent ways.

National Cohousing Open House Day - Saturday, April 29, 2017

Plans are underway for our 2nd annual National Cohousing Open House Day, the last Saturday in April. Such synergy we created last year - as a national movement, within our network of area communities, and within our individual communities! We enjoyed participation from 95 communities across the country who opened their doors and welcomed the public. 2017 should be even bigger!

Cohousing: Building Community in a Society Largely Removed from Community

I’m really excited for the National Cohousing Conference, May 19 - 21, in Nashville, TN. Cohousing as a model is growing and evolving at a rapid pace, and this is great news for intentional communities and cooperative ventures everywhere. Cohousing communities have long been on the forefront of dealing with financial institutions, zoning officials, and developers, all people who are steeped in practices antithetical to what the community is trying to create.

The Art of Facilitating: Fishing at Deep Water

Join Laird Schaub at the 2017 National Cohousing Conference where he is presenting several sessions, including this intensive: Building a Better Meeting: Facilitation Skills for Everybody

The art of facilitation is analogous to a set of nested Russian dolls: it's as many-layered as an onion..... Good facilitators are expected to work at subtle levels, too.

Congolese Refugee Family Helped by Cohousing Communities

Congolese refugees playing basketball at Rocky Hill Cohousing

Concern about Obama’s decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees coming to America became an issue in the recent Presidential election. Many Republican governors announced: not in my state. In response the Northampton (Massachusetts) City Council unanimously passed a resolution welcoming international refuges. Catholic Charities, under contract as a refugee resettlement agency, came to the City Council and proposed 51 refugees for resettling in Northampton.

Architecture: Concepts that play a role in cohousing design

Reposted from News from The Cohousing Company: McCamant & Durrett Architects. To continue this conversation, please join us in Nashville for the National Cohousing Conference, where Charles Durrett will be presenting several sessions, including: If it Doesn't Work Socially, Why Bother?
Architecture plays a key role in the long-term success of cohousing, once the honeymoon phase is over. The activity around the common house is a key indicator of this. Some common houses, for example, have 100 people-hours (number of collective hours that people spend in a certain place) per week, some have 450. In each case, it cost the group $400K to build it. For a group that hardly spends time in their common house, that is a lot of humanity left on the table and a lot of lost value.

More People Looking for Solutions: National Cohousing Open House Day

For more and more people, the debate is over. Climate change is real. Wealth inequity is a problem. People need to stop killing each other. I grew up in the 80’s, when Reagan was still managing to convince most people that everything was okay. I remember my radical parents being in a state of perpetual consternation while watching the news. How could people not see what was going on?

Danish Model Exposed in Nashville Hotel

In our present time of information overload and violent world conflicts, it seems like the accusations between authentic news and fake news is never ending. So, we decided to join the fray with a salacious headline that we expect will come true this May 19-21 at the 2017 National Cohousing Conference in Nashville! ......
In the last year and a half of living in Germantown Commons, I am surprised at how much I have learned about cohousing. Observing it from the outside is totally different from the living experience on a day to day basis. I am reminded of late one night when ambulance lights began flashing around my room from the lights coming through the blinds, and the first time that I was aware that 'one of us' was at risk. Coming immediately out of sleep, the thought was about 'we' and not me or them...

Addressing Climate Change: Two Generations at Heart-Culture Farm Community

Reprinted from Communities Magazine Spring 2017

“I want to do something about climate change,” my 12-year-old daughter insisted. The immediacy of her feelings, and her earnest belief that she, personally, could do something momentous left me momentarily speechless. I remember that same urgency in myself as a teenager, before I realized the complexity of the problems facing us. Nevertheless, I have not stopped doing my part to solve those problems.

Thoughts on Intergenerational Possibilities at Durham Coho

Note: Durham Central Park Cohousing is a single condo building in downtown Durham. While we do not restrict ourselves to adults or seniors, our current residents are all baby boomers or older. The question of whether and how to recruit families was a recent discussion.

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