Intensives: 2017 National Conference

Intensives and tours may require an additional fee.


Friday, May 19, 2017 - Pre-Conference Intensives; Conference Starts at 4:00 pm

8:00am - 11:30am Intensives - 1/2 Day

Conflict Tools for Successful Groups: Joe Cole

Hands-On Participatory Site Design: Mary Kraus

Creating your Community - Marketing and Membership Development: Raines Cohen & Betsy Morris

12:30 - 4:00 pm Intensives - 1/2 Day

Community Renewal: Re-engage, Recommit and Revitalize: Ronnie Rosenbaum & John Rymers

Let's Talk About Money: Eris Weaver

Common House Design: Laura Fitch

8:30 am - 4:00 pm Intensives - Full Day

How Cohousing can Bridge Socio-Cultural Divides through Personal Change and Better Understanding the Untapped Affordable Housing Marketplace: Alan O'Hashi

Cohousing Development: Lessons from 30 Years in the Trenches: Katie McCamant & Jim Leach

Introduction to Sociocracy: Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, Diana Leafe Christian

Senior Cohousing: A Roadmap to Starting a New Community: SAGE and Charles Durrett

Cohousing as Resilient and Sustainable Community: CRN: Cohousing Research Network

1:30pm and 3:00pm Tours of Cohousing Community
Tour of Germantown Commons with Bryan Bowen and Diana Sullivan

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Aging Better Together By Design or Destiny: Janice Blanchard and Ann Zabaldo

This full day pre-conference intensive (Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) requires an additional fee of $125. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Janice Blanchard, President, Aging Better Together
Ann Zabaldo, Mid Atlantic Cohousing

Intensive Description

For most Americans, particularly women, care giving and growing older has become a solo journey. Humans, however, were never meant to travel these roads all alone; caring for one another and companionship throughout the lifespan is a journey meant to be shared. Like most other mammals, our power lies within our collective social intelligence – we are stronger and better when we live, work and play together, from cradle to grave. When thoughtfully planned and coordinated with like-minded others, caring for an elder or someone seriously ill, can be a profoundly spiritual experience that expands our human capacity for love, empathy, compassion, patience and perspective about what’s important. Moreover, it offers individuals and the community alike the opportunity for deeper meaning, purpose and connection.

Whether by design, as in the case of senior cohousing, or by destiny, as residents in intergenerational cohousing communities begin to face the challenges of aging, learning how we can best support one another as we grow older is an increasing topic of concern. This is particularly true when we begin to need assistance beyond the occasional ride to the grocery store or someone to change a light bulb. In today’s political environment in which bedrock programs such as Medicare, Medicaid (the number one funding source for nursing homes and long-term care services and supports) and Social Security are being threatened to be dismantled, how, by whom and where care will be provided becomes even more important.

In this full-day interactive workshop, participants will explore how aging in community principles and strategies can provide the framework for everyone to ask for, receive and give care. Attendees will learn how to get the conversation started in their community as well as gain knowledge about tools, programs and other resources that can expand their capacity to care for themselves and each other. Moreover, they will learn how to expand their circle of care by tapping into supports and services beyond the cohousing community.

About the Presenters

Janice Blanchard, MSPH, is a gerontologist who is passionate about promoting a new paradigm of aging that values elders for their wisdom, experience and as vital members of their community. Distinguished for her seminal work in developing the concept and practice of Aging in Community, Blanchard is a contributing author and editor of the book, Aging in Community (2013) and a nationally sought after speaker, author and consultant on this and other aging issues. Her career in aging has spanned across the country and globe, for such diverse organizations as the University of Western Sydney, the Older Women’s Network, the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy and the National Center for Creative Aging.

Ann Zabaldo is both a pioneer volunteer and a paid professional in the cohousing movement. She specializes in outreach education, marketing, and fueling the fires of burning souls. Past president Coho/US; Board of Directors, Mid Atlantic Cohousing; founding member and resident Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington, DC.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm requires an additional fee of $125. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch is not included but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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Building Skills & Community in South Africa: Memel.Global (David Wann & Steven Ablondi)

This two hour pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm) requires an additional fee of $40 (of this fee, $20 will be contributed to Memel.Global). You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by the David Wann and Steven Ablondi

Intensive Description

Memel.Global Cohousing is unique in the cohousing world, not just because of its very rural South African location (three hours south of Johannesburg and Pretoria) but also because it offers an opportunity for active seniors to be of service in the wider community. All the necessary resources are in place:

· Land is already purchased, along with renovated period homes and new buildings of rammed-earth, constructed by locals acquiring new skills.
· A dedicated core group with a strategic plan.
· Unparalleled natural resources including 300 species of birds and wild game such as oribi, hippos and rare nocturnal critters.
· A wonderfully picturesque little town and township in need of economic recovery.
· A sister organization with a strong track record - SheWinS empowers school-girls with acclaimed sports programs.
· Regional government is a strong ally of Memel.Global, creating much-needed jobs, housing, and tillable land for blacks, as well as protection of resilient ecosystems.

Why shouldn't seniors actively help create a better world? Come participate in this exciting discussion about the creation of a cohousing community with a sense of purpose.

About the Presenters

Steven Ablondi - As a founder of Memel.Global, Steven is creating senior cohousing as a promoter and developer in Memel, a town in the Drakensburg mountains of South Africa. He feels much can be done to reduce the amount of time necessary to create cohousing communities and has purchased land, received municipal permits and planted organic gardens and orchards for clusters of homes to be built with natural materials and using alternative energy. Steven has had field assignments with the United Nations in Cambodia, Bosnia and Angola. He is a graduate of the Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Wesleyan University and Vermont Law School. He makes his home with his wife on Lake Champlain in America and in the Memel Drakensburg in South Africa.

David Wann David Wann is an author, filmmaker, and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs. Simple Prosperity is a sequel to the best-selling book he coauthored, Affluenza, which is now in 9 languages. A third book in the “trilogy” about creating a more sensible way of life, The New Normal, presents 33 high-leverage actions that can shift our culture in a more sustainable direction. David produces video and television, including the award-winning documentary Designing a Great Neighborhood, about the Holiday neighborhood in Boulder. David worked more than a decade as a policy analyst for the U.S. EPA and co-designed the cohousing neighborhood where he lives, in Golden, Colorado. David is close to completing a novel, Waiting for Q, which chronicles the lives of eight culture-creating characters from the illustrious Boomer generation, whose convictions and life experience are now urgently needed as a buffer against insanity.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm requires an additional fee of $40 ($20 of this fee will be contributed to Memel.Global). You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

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Building a Better Meeting: Facilitation Skills for Everybody (Laird Schaub and Joe Cole)

This full day pre-conference intensive (Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) requires an additional fee of $120. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Laird Schaub and Joe Cole

Intensive Description

Have you ever been to a meeting that was efficient, productive, and fun? How can groups create and maintain an environment of deep connection and effective decision-making? What skills, tools, and attitudes can all members (not just facilitators) learn to build better meetings? In this workshop, we will explore several elements of effective group meetings, including: Cooperative Attitudes, Ground Rules, Meeting and Content Management Skills, Tools for Working with Emotional Energy, a variety of Meeting Formats, a Model for Developing Proposals, Delegation Agreements, and Decision-Making Protocols. We’ll spend time practicing techniques for effective meetings, discuss common challenges that cooperative groups face, and explore long-term strategies for improving group decision-making.

About the Presenters

Laird Schaub lived for four decades at Sandhill Farm, an income-sharing community he helped found in 1974. In addition, he served as the main administrator of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, a network organization he helped create, for the period 1987-2015. In addition to being an author and public speaker about various aspects of community, he's become an expert on cooperative group dynamics and has parlayed his passion for effective process into a consulting business. Over the last 30 years he's worked with more than 100 different groups—including 61 cohousing groups—many of them multiple times. His specialty is up-tempo meetings that engage the full range of human input, teaching groups to work creatively with conflict, and at the same time being ruthless about about capturing as much product as possible. In 2003, he pioneered a two-year training in Integrative Facilitation that he's delivered 11 times across the continent.

Joe Cole is a Facilitator and Consultant for communities and non-profit organizations. Joe has trained in Integrative Facilitation with Laird Schaub and Ma'ikwe Ludwig, and in World Work with Arnold and Amy Mindell. Joe has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and is a Visiting Instructor at UNC-Greensboro and N.C. State University. He was one of the original residents of Pacifica Cohousing Community, and is a member of Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, a community forming in Orange County, North Carolina.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm requires an additional fee of $120. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch is not included, but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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Cohousing as Resilient and Sustainable Community: Insights from the Cohousing Research Network (CRN)

This full day pre-conference intensive on Friday, May 19, 2017 (8:30 am - 4:00 pm) is free. Registration is not required, but an RSVP is appreciated by clicking here for CRN's contact page. This will take place during the 2017 National Cohousing Conference at the Millennium Maxwell House hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. You do not need to register for the conference to participate in this CRN intensive. Click here for more info on the 2017 National Cohousing Conference.

Presented by the Cohousing Research Network

Intensive Description

The Cohousing Research Network (CRN) invites researchers from all fields to participate in a full day of research planning and collaboration. The goal of this session is to work together on specific research projects. CRN will suggest topics, providing research questions and datasets. Those in attendance will be asked to form groups and choose a topic, then dig in by analyzing data and determining a possible publication outlet for their work. We hope to develop valuable work and lasting collaborations for rigorous and meaningful cohousing research.

About the Presenters

Multiple presenters from the following possibilities: Angela Sanguinetti, Robert Boyer, Heidi Berggren, Maruja Torres-Antonini, Chuck MacLane.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm is free. Registration is not required, but an RSVP is appreciated by clicking here for CRN's contact page. You can register for this CRN network day without registering for the 2017 National Cohousing Conference.

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Common House Design (Laura Fitch)

This half day pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 12:30-4:00pm) requires an additional fee of $65. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Laura Fitch

Intensive Description

The Common House is the heart of every cohousing community. How can you design your common house to enhance your community? What spaces should you include? What spaces can be combined to achieve economy? What will your kitchen and dining room feel like? How will kids and adults enjoy the building simultaneously?

This workshop will answer these and many other questions. We'll take you on a virtual tour of many successful common houses, and point out what works about them. Most importantly, we will help you with a hands-on exercise that will allow you to start thinking about special relationships and design!

About the Presenters

Laura Fitch, founder of Fitch Architecture and Community Design, is a 24-year resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing. Through good decision-making process, Laura has helped over 2-dozen cohousing communities across the US and Canada build green and sustainable communities.

Fitch received the Boston Architectural College’s “2006 Distinguished Alumni Award”, which states: “because of you, Laura, many people have found more neighborly and sustainable ways to live. Through your work, our world is a better place.”

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 12:30pm - 4:00pm requires an additional fee of $65. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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Community Renewal: Opportunities to re-engage, recommit and revitalize your established community (Ronnie Rosenbaum and John Rymers)

This half day pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Ronnie Rosenbaum and John Rymers

Intensive Description

Just as it is common for a person to experience an identity crisis at different stages in their life, it is normal for more mature co-housing communities to question who they are, their values, and their direction. The presenters will use an interactive approach to identify symptoms of when a community is not functioning as fully as it could, and guide attendees on the steps to take and tools available to revitalize their established communities. The first step is to assess what is needed, and build support for the change process in your community. Renewal will be presented as an opportunity to explore what is working well in your community and how to build on those successes, and how to face challenges, to set a course for on-going change. Participants will learn strategies to help their communities revisit and recommit to their mission and values. How will trust and safety concerns and unresolved issues, be addressed? How do we engage and re-engage those who live in our community, regardless of their age, ability, or length of time as a resident? How will we sustain our community’s culture, leadership, and connectedness over time?

About the Presenters

Ronnie Rosenbaum, MS
Ronnie has lived in a multi-generational cohousing community since 1997 and is a resource for other intentional communities. She consults and facilitates about a variety of topics, such as developing inclusive yet efficient processes, decision-making, managing conflict, and improving communication. In addition, as a mediator, collaborative divorce facilitator, parenting coordinator and conflict coach, Ronnie assists families in the resolution of issues including those related to divorce, parenting, and aging.

John Rymers, MA, LPC
John has been living at Highline Crossing Cohousing Community since its inception in 1995. John has witnessed the good the bad and the ugly of forming and maintaining a cohousing community and has been involved for 20 years in nurturing and supporting the community culture at Highline Crossing, one of the oldest cohousing communities in Colorado. Professionally, John is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a trained mediator providing dispute resolution services in the domestic relations and elder care arenas.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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Conflict Tools for Successful Groups (Joe Cole)

This half day pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Joe Cole

Intensive Description

How can groups navigate conflict and emotional energy more effectively? While conflict is a natural part of group dynamics, it can be difficult and agonizing for many of us. What tools and attitudes can help us get better at addressing conflict? In this workshop, we will discuss some fundamental values and assumptions to help approach conflict more productively. We will learn a multi-step tool for Conflict Resolution, and practice the tool together in pairs and small groups. In addition, we will explore how this tool and other meeting formats can be used in small and large-group settings to aid groups in navigating different types of conflict.

About the Presenter

Joe Cole is a Facilitator and Consultant for communities and non-profit organizations. Joe has trained in Integrative Facilitation with Laird Schaub and Ma'ikwe Ludwig, and in World Work with Arnold and Amy Mindell. Joe has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and is a Visiting Instructor at UNC-Greensboro and N.C. State University. He was one of the original residents of Pacifica Cohousing Community, and is a member of Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, a community forming in Orange County, North Carolina.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:00 am - 11:30 am requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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Creating your Community - Marketing and Membership Development (Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris)

This half day pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris

Intensive Description

This intensive builds on our work over the past dozen years as members, consultants, and interviewers of successful, aspiring, and unsuccessful cohousing groups and seekers of same. We will combine interactive demonstrations, group exercises, and open discussion to help participants create their own community action plans to fill their community with the right people. Partnership-based development practices can cut years off the time from conception to move-in.

We will look at different real estate market and development scenarios, the known characteristics of current cohousers, and ways to build relationships face-to-face, through regional networks, and through social media platforms.

We will provide a framework of best practices and examples and tools for:
**Creating a successful core group: Self assessment of skills and gaps - Winkling out unsaid assumptions in your vision and values
**Key partnerships as part of your core team
**The need and value of a business plan (with examples)
**Building a sense of community while maintaining viability / feasibilty
**Growing a more diverse cohousing movement, both racially and economically
**Transparency and accountability tools: Listening to and engaging stakeholdres
**Staying in front of multiple audiences of potential members at low cost with social media and CRM
**Video, VR, and storytelling: getting beyond the press release
**Cooperation through regional and national networks & making the most of Coho/US
**Messaging and marketing materials: exercises with different audiences and media
**Building trust and shared leadership and collective capacity
**When (and how) to play, inform, commit, let go

Members of Marketing and membership teams in established and forming cohousing groups will be invited to share their experiences.

About the Presenters

Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris are multi-tasking community organizers, a husband-and-wife team who have supported many cohousing neighborhoods at all stages of development. They have lived in two, advised several, and visited over 100 communities. They run the world's largest cohousing MeetUp, East Bay Cohousing, with over 4000 members, and have over 5000 community seekers in their Cohousing California regional network. They have served on Coho/US and FIC national boards and helped with the website and social media.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:00 am - 11:30 am requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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Hands-On Participatory Site Design (Mary Kraus)

This half day pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $65. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Mary Kraus

Intensive Description

This intensive will give you a hands-on experience of the participatory site design process typically used to create cohousing. Participants will work together to create a cohousing site design, using to-scale wooden blocks on a base site plan. We will provide both urban and rural site examples, and participants can bring base drawings of their own sites (scale should be 1"= 20' if possible). The workshop will begin with a slide presentation on cohousing site design features, including examples from many communities. A question and answer session will follow, exploring both design criteria and how the experience of living in cohousing can be supported by a thoughtful site layout. We will then break into teams to collaborate on site design solutions. Each group will present its site plans. We will evaluate the designs together, and discuss what makes for a successful cohousing site design.

About the Presenter

Mary Kraus is a cohousing architect who has been working with communities across North America since 1990. In collaboration with Laura Fitch, she pioneered a distinctive participatory process for cohousing design. She has served on the boards of the Cohousing Network and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Mary lives at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, the first cohousing community completed in the eastern US (in 1994) – lending daily personal insight to her work with cohousing groups.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:00 am - 11:30 am requires an additional fee of $65. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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How Cohousing can Bridge Socio-Cultural Divides through Personal Change and Better Understanding the Untapped Affordable Housing Marketplace

This full day pre-conference intensive on Friday, May 19 (8:30am -4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $25. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Alan O'Hashi

Intensive Description

American society is in upheaval; we're a country divided in many ways. I'll explain why American Social/Cultural Norms restrain the Cohousing Movement and then provide potential solutions for this problem.
In this full day, hands-on seminar which includes a balance of simulation games, interactive exercises, video clips, discussion and lecture we'll cover the following:
1) Is bigger better and why are we driven to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps? I'll explain why cultural norms create roadblocks for the advancement of cohousing communities beyond what is familiar.
2) Are cohousing communities a way to bring diverse people together? I'll teach some ways that individuals can look at their personal histories and make changes so as to become more inclusive.
3) Are there institutional barriers such as city councils and planning boards? I'll demonstrate techniques that can help you create and maintain high-quality conversations and relationships personally, in community, and with city and county planners.
4) Defining ways in which the cohousing movement can become a catalyst for positive change including development of low income and diverse cohousing communities and bridging the gap between the left and right in the U.S. today.

Remember to bring a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer for a couple of the exercises.

About the Presenters

Alan O'Hashi, MPA, resides in Silver Sage Village cohousing in Boulder, CO. He's a seasoned cultural competency/conflict resolution trainer most recently at the "Dealing with Diverse Personalities" retreat in Arizona. He's developing the Lincoln Court Mixed Use Intentional Community in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive on Friday, May 19 (8:30am -4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $25. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Participants should bring with them an internet-accessible smartphone, tablet or laptop for a couple of the exercises. Lunch is not included, but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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How to Make Housing that People Really Want and that EveryTown USA Desperately Needs, and Get the Resources and Buy-In to Do It (Wendy Willbanks Wiesner)

This full day pre-conference intensive (Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) requires an additional fee of $105. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Wendy Willbanks Wiesner, Executive Director, Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing (PFAC)
Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing

Intensive Description

So What Kind of Housing is this? It's affordable, and it's cohousing.

In this intensive we will discuss step-by-step what is required to make this kind of housing a reality in your community.

Housing that is THE most effective use of scarce resources--land, labor, time, and money because it

* Addresses the tough fiscal challenges municipalities are facing
* Provides a solution for a housing affordability crisis
* Deals directly with the health care crisis
* Is sustainable and resilient to the MAX
* Gives non-profits, foundations and impact investors an opportunity to participate in housing that packs a social, economic, and civic punch
* Makes accessible, shared transportation a reality, today
* Creates a neighborhood asset
* Makes leaders who support it look good
* Helps people to get along and help each other, REALLY.
* Shows people that getting old doesn't have to be awful and gives children and teenagers a place to contribute
* Solves all kinds of problems for populations with special needs and challenges.

Housing that is a desirable investment for banks and other investors because the community and residents who are actually going to live in it make the decisions about it--in a inclusive and effective way. Opposition is expensive, and housing where demand is assured and supply is short is profitable.

The agenda is divided into four parts, and will include speakers who have actually spearheaded the design, development and delivery of this kind of housing:

Part 1) The small, practical, scrappy guerilla way to get it done;
Part 2) The larger, more complex institutional way of getting it done;
Part 3) How and where 1 & 2 come together;
Part 4) How you *session attendee* can influence that intersection of 1 & 2 so that you get *what you need/want*

*session attendee*--cohouser, developer, non-profit (housing, development, specific population and/or cause), agency, planner, architect, community organization, policy maker, community bank, money center bank, CDFI, social impact fund, foundation.

*what you need/want*--cohousing, pre-development funding, more (affordable) housing, better (affordable) housing, mixed income housing that works, multi-generational living/cooperation, more (cost effective) housing choices, economically resilient/sustainable communities, health (see CDC criteria) + housing, lower(ed) project risk, lower(ed) cost of capital, new market opportunities, social impact investment opportunity, better/safer blocks and neighborhoods, increased civic "cool" factor.

About the Presenter

Wendy Willbanks Wiesner is Executive Director of Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing (PFAC). After experiencing the development and completion of a large infill development with affordable housing within her neighborhood, she was compelled to find a better social, economic, and environmental solution. Thankfully, she found cohousing. Making cohousing communities more affordable, and making affordable housing more like cohousing--this is her work. Wendy lives in Denver, Colorado. More broadly referred to by locals as the Front Range of Colorado, cohousing development in this area (especially in Denver, Boulder, Longmont, Lakewood, Arvada, and Littleton) is booming.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm requires an additional fee of $105.00. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch is not included but a buffet will be available in the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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Introduction to Sociocracy (Jerry Koch-Gonzalez & Diana Leafe Christian)

This full day pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $105. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Jerry Koch-Gonzalez & Diana Leafe Christian

Intensive Description

Introducing Sociocracy, also called Dynamic Governance — a governance and decision-making method based on effectiveness, transparency and equivalence, which can help cohousing communities function more effectively and harmoniously. Through presentations and demonstrations, small-group discussions, and practice exercises, we will offer an overview of the circles and double links governance structure; measuring and evaluating implemented proposals; vision, mission, and aims of circles; meeting processes; and similarities and differences with consensus. Specific instruction in Sociocracy Elections, an enjoyable process participants can take back and share with their own communities. “A visitor said she’d never seen a community meeting be so effective, efficient, and fun!” —Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, NC. Three-minute video: “Dynamic Governance in Intentional Community.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DAl1f1HFfM

About the Presenters

A certified trainer of Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance and Nonviolent Communication, Jerry specializes in governance, decision-making, communication skills, and conflict resolution (“everyone matters, all needs matter”). He co-founded the nonprofit Sociocracy For All (SoFA), The Sociocracy Consulting Group, and New England NVC. Jerry is a founding member of 22-year old Pioneer Valley Cohousing, which uses Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance.

Diana has taught Sociocracy to intentional communities, including cohousing, since 2012. Author of Creating a Life Together, Diana speaks at conferences and leads workshops internationally on starting successful new communities and on helping existing communities thrive, especially re governance and decision-making. She is currently a Sociocracy consultant for the Board of Global Ecovillage Network.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $105. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch is not included, but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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Let's Talk About Money (Eris Weaver)

This half day pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Eris Weaver

Intensive Description

Many communities find themselves in conflict over financial and budget issues…and the current economic situation doesn’t help! Conflicts about money are really conflicts about values. In this experiential workshop we will discuss how to have useful conversations about our financial values - conversations that lead to greater understanding & connection as well as more effective financial decision-making.

About the Presenters

Little did Eris Weaver know that cohousing would lead to a new career! A founding member of FrogSong (Cotati, CA), Eris is a facilitator, mediator and trainer known for clarity, forthrightness, and humor. Eris has worked for Cohousing Partners and consulted with two dozen cohousing communities in different stages of development. She is past president of the Coho/US board and a popular professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Sonoma State University. She is the author of “The Art of Apology: A Workbook for Resolving Conflict and Improving Relationships” and “Let's Talk About Money: A Conversation Guide for Intentional Communities.” Possessing zero tolerance for boring meetings, unnecessary conflict or wasted time, her motto is “Don’t work at it, play with it!”

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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Senior Cohousing: A Roadmap to Starting a New Community (Charles Durrett & SAGE Cohousing International)

This full day pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $150, which includes lunch. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Charles Durrett & SAGE Cohousing International

Intensive Description

You and perhaps a close-knit group of friends want to start a Senior Cohousing community in your city or town. The first step is understanding that you have the power to create the life your heart desires. The second step is attending this information packed ROADMAP INTENSIVE at the 2017 National Cohousing Conference. You will receive expert guidance and proven techniques to help you navigate your way. We will show you how to build momentum and transform your visions and dreams into actions and reality. We will walk you through this step by step guide to forming a committed group, creating a vision and purpose, overcoming fears, mastering group process, finding suitable property, navigating local government & zoning, avoiding cost overruns…and getting it built.

Your navigational guides include the renowned architect, author and father of Senior Cohousing in the United States, Charles Durrett, and members of the SAGE Cohousing International (SCI) board and advisors.

About SAGE Cohousing International

SCI is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to promoting cohousing that is designed to inspire vibrant living through connected communities of adults age 50+. SCI works with leaders and communities to bring ingenuity, curiosity and on-demand creativity into senior housing, making it possible for elders to age in place successfully.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $150. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch will be included, cohousing style. We will contact participants in May regarding dietary concerns.

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The Cohousing Development Process: Lessons from 30 Years in the Trenches (Katie McCamant & Jim Leach)

This full day pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $150. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Katie McCamant and Jim Leach

Intensive Description

This workshop will introduce participants to roles and responsibilities of various players during the development process: Who does what and when do we need them. How long will it take (walking thru a typical development timeline). Do we need a developer? How to get the highest value out of your consultants. What is the group's most valuable work during this phase. How do we raise the money?

About the Presenters

Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions is a licensed architect and coauthor of the authoritative book on cohousing, Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, which introduced this housing model to North America. Katie co-founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company with her husband, Charles Durrett, in 1987. Since then, Katie has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities in the United States and Canada. Her new company, CoHousing Solutions, provides development and marketing consulting services to cohousing groups all over the country. Her expertise includes setting up project budgets, structuring financing, facilitating planning approvals, finding construction financing, contractor selection, construction management, marketing and membership processes, and community policy creation. She also works with groups to find appropriate development partners, and then assists in structuring those partnerships. Katie was a founding board member of The Cohousing Association, been recognized as a Dwell Leader by Dwell magazine, and in 2008 was named Developer of the Year by The Cohousing Association. Her projects have won numerous awards. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley and completed her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. After living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, California, for 12 years, she now lives at Nevada City Cohousing.

Jim Leach is a professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience in the design, construction, and development of sustainable housing, cohousing, planned neighborhoods, and urban infill development. The overlapping of these talents is what sets Jim apart from many developers. Throughout his career, Jim has led the industry in creating green building strategies and community-based housing that combine high-quality design with maximum value. Jim has been a spokesperson for the solar energy movement since the early 1980s and was active in the writing and review of the Boulder Energy Code. In 1997, Jim was inducted into the "Built Green Hall of Fame" by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Denver. His award-winning neighborhoods have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Association of Home Builders, National Council of the Housing Industry, Urban Land Institute, and The Congress of New Urbanism. Jim holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering and a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in construction engineering from Stanford University.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $150. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch is not included, but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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Tour of Germantown Commons (Bryan Bowen and Diana Sullivan)

This 90 minute tour (two offered, at 1:30 and at 3:00) requires an additional fee of $20. You may register for one of the two tours without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any tour or intensive.

Tour Led by Architect Bryan Bowen or Founder Diana Sullivan

Gemantown Commons

Germantown Common is a cohousing condo development that celebrates community and sustainability. We choose to live lighter on the earth and know our neighbors. Small, energy efficient homes, rain gardens and edible landscaping top the list of sustainable features, and homes are solar-ready. Members enjoy gathering in the shared common house and community courtyard for weekly dinner parties and lots of fun events for the young and not-so-young. A multi-generational development with 25 privately owned homes, Germantown Commons is designed to create a nurturing environment for children as well as balance privacy and community. We’d love to tell you more.

About the Presenters

Bryan Bowen is a Colorado-based architect and principal at Caddis Architecture who designed Germantown Commons in Nashville, and is a leader with Memel.Global, the first cohousing community in Africa. Since 1995, Bryan has been dedicated to the design of neighborhoods and eco-buildings, all with the vision of making baby steps towards a sustainable permaculture planet. Bryan maintains community involvement through layers of volunteerism and sits on the Wild Sage Cohousing HOA board, where he lives with his family. In addition to his niche in cohousing, his work includes single family homes, eco-retrofits, multifamily housing, mixed-use projects, community planning, and commercial work.

Diana Sullivan, a founder of Germantown Commons, is a commercial real estate broker and formerly an award winning marketing and advertising professional in the regional shopping center industry. In 2008 when the real estate market crashed Diana began to search for a more sustainable experience in life and in real estate. In 2010 she attended the U.S Cohousing Association's conference in Boulder to learn about how cohousing gets built. Returning to Nashville she began working with a fledgling group interested in living in a community. As a result of the community's effort, Germantown Commons, a 25 condo development near downtown Nashville, was completed in summer of 2015. Diana is single with three adult sons and has grown to understand the value of a higher functioning community. She is owner of New American Villages, a development company started to assist others interested in building community.

Additional Information

Two 90 minute tours are offered on Friday, May 19, at 1:30 and at 3:00, and require an additional fee of $20. You may register for one of these tours separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this tour.

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