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A Q&A With Eris Weaver About Cohousing And Politics

This is an interview with Eris Weaver, a presenter at the National Cohousing Conference in Nashville May 19-21. Eris will be leading several workshops at the event, including Cohousers in Politics and Let’s Talk About Money. Check out our overview of the event to learn more, and be sure to visit our bookstore if you attend #Coho2017 in person!

In House Architect Position Open with McCamant & Durrett Architects

McCamant & Durrett Architects of Nevada City, CA is seeking to hire an accomplished practitioner of the design trade. An architect, yes, but an artisan really. Someone who loves to make strong, beautiful, high functioning, eco-groovy and economical buildings as much as we do.

Key Qualifications:

More than Cohousing – Cohousing Like and other Alternative Housing Solutions – what’s the difference?

One emerging goal for cohousing is how cohousing can be used as a model for unique needs. There is often debate or confusion about communities that are “Cohousing-like”.

** Cohousing-like takes aspects of cohousing but is not cohousing.
** More-than-cohousing are cohousing-like communities with a social or economic mission.

Storing Community Documents Online

...to all of you cohousers who keep your various official documents, minutes, site map, consensus log, new-member orientation materials, etc. on-line - what software or product are you using, and how well does it work for you?
Muriel at Shadowlake Village, Blacksburg, VA

Balancing Privacy and Community with Design in Cohousing

Reposted from PBS website: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/balancing-privacy-community-design-c...

Architect Laura Fitch describes cohousing communities as “privacy within your home and community at your doorstep.”

Community Renewal: Re-engage, Recommit and Revitalize

Are you observing any of these symptoms of burnout and disengagement in your community:
· Participation at community meetings, in work projects and on teams has decreased
· Difficulty with leadership development: vacant leadership positions or the same people are in leadership roles in perpetuity
· Signs of unresolved conflict such as people going out of their way to avoid specific people in your community
· Gossip about community members is increasing
· Confusion about who to go to within the community about specific concerns and issues
· "Authorities" within or outside of your community are contacted instead of people speaking directly with a community member
· Things have changed in the community, but not for the better: it doesn't look as attractive, more money is going to upkeep, there is less interaction within the community

PBS Interview with Laura Fitch

Nice Article with photos of Mosaic Commons & JP Cohousing! “The design process and the management process are things that actually mix the community together, so that you have to get to know each other in order to make these decisions.” — Architect Laura Fitch

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/balancing-privacy-community-design-c...

Creating Cohousing in Southern Nevada

It’s not easy building or growing anything in a desert, and southern Nevada is no exception. But what manages to survive here, thrives and outlasts its more ephemeral counterparts. That describes our small but determined group of future cohousers. Just over one-year in existence, we seek like-minded souls who want to build the very first cohousing community in Nevada. Being the first in such a project takes vision, competence, persistence and a burning desire to improve the quality of life for ourselves as well as our immediate and expanded circles of neighbors and fellow citizens.

An Interview With Alice Alexander About The National Cohousing Conference

Reposted from the FIC blog: This is an interview with Alice Alexander, Executive Director of the Cohousing Association of the US and co-founder of the Durham Central Park Cohousing Community in North Carolina. She took some time to answer our questions about the National Cohousing Conference in Nashville May 19-21, which the Fellowship for Intentional Community is co-sponsoring.

R.I.P. Jan Gudmand-Hoyer, a Visionary in Cohousing

The man who started cohousing in Denmark, and therefore the man who started cohousing, died the other day at 81 years old. In 1964 Jan gathered together friends and acquaintances to talk about housing. He asked them to imagine a lifestyle and a place that did not yet exist, a place that could suit the needs of ordinary citizens, an intentional place that was different from what mom and pop, or grandma and grandpa had created for themselves. “What really makes sense for people in late twentieth century, western industrialized societies?” was his query.

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