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Reflections on Alice Alexander’s tenure from Peter Lazar

As Coho/US launches into a new phase with our new Executive Director, Karin Hoskin, this is a

good time to also reflect on how far the organization has come in recent years. It’s also a good

time to pause and appreciate the work of former Executive Director, Alice Alexander.

Village Hearth in Durham NC Celebrates Approval of Rezone!

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We would like to say a big congratulations to Village Hearth Cohousing on their recent City Council approval!! On June 19th, 2017, the Durham City Council approved (with a 7-0 vote) a rezone and annexation to pave the way for the first LGBT-focused 55+ cohousing community in the United States.

Marketing Your Cohousing Project with a Blog

I love blogs and blogging. Blogs are supposed to be personal and unique. A blog post can be anything from a meeting announcement to a thought piece on "why is it raining again and what to do about it." Being a writer helps but every group must have some writers. If you don’t, find some. I’m serious.

Blogs started as “web logs.” Serious, personal, and frequent posts about many topics. Like a diary. Mommy blogs are huge now. Cooking blogs. But so are blogs about typewriters and antique musical instruments.

1355 Miles and Dozens of New Friendships

What a fantastic week I have had! I was fortunate enough to have visited Eastern Village and Takoma Village in DC (where I enjoyed Bruce’s Cuban Beans). I experienced a ‘near record breaking’ heatwave in the city, ugh. I ate blueberries at Blueberry Village, then enjoyed lunch with Liberty Village. I was educated by Bill on the wastewater filtration system created at Hundredfold Farm. I spent time with Sky at Twin Oaks Intentional Community as they prepared for their 50 year anniversary celebration.

Cohousing Costs After You Move In: Part II Findings of the Study

Part I of this series described how Coho/US and CRN have co-ventured research into the annual budgets of cohousing communities; obtained the annual budgets of 20 communities comprising 611 units; and analyzed these budget materials to help develop some consistent interpretations of community budgeting practices. In this Part II, we present some of the actual numbers.

Twenty-Six Years into our North Carolina Experiment with Cohousing

Arcadia is a vibrant community 26 years into our central North Carolina experiment with the co-housing concept. The mix of woods with the portion that we disturbed to build upon has morphed into a magnificent suburban oasis, nurturing many species of flora and fauna, holding our little village.

Climate Leading Communities: Conference Results

The Cutting Edge Resiliency session I co-led with Bryan of Caddis bloomed into a thriving discussion about what strides we all realistically need to take to seriously combat climate change. We agreed that yes, individual numbers are important, but the power of the collective in community living is where cohousing offers the biggest opportunities.

Do Cohousing Marketing Models Fit the Market?

Ann Zabaldo started this conversation on the cohousing-l email discussion group, and Katie McCamant added comments:

...in the end … it’s all about sales. You can be ultra green, you can be super affordable, you can be cool, cool techy, you can have all kinds of bells and whistles but in the end … if you can’t sell it you will not have a community. This is for ALL real estate not just cohousing.

Aging Successfully, Study Group 1 Online Facilitator Training

BECOME A KEY FACILITATOR IN INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING SENIORS TO:
Age in place successfully.
Understand the economics of senior living choices.
Take charge of co-care, co-healing, and outside assistance.
Strengthen the bond between body and soul, individual and community.
Appreciate the interlocking roles of community life and quality of life.
Work effectively to achieve common goals.
Create a meaningful living legacy that transcends the generations.

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