Forming a Cohousing Consortium - A New Way of Working (Linda Herman)

Facilitated by Linda Herman

Gathering Description

The Cohousing Consortium is currently a small group of dedicated professionals committed to creating cohousing communities. We seek to bring together the best of the best professional resources, to establish a national network and work collaboratively to create vibrant, sustainable communities.

The consortium grew out of 2 questions:

** Just as cohousing is a different way of living, is there a different way of working that is inclusive and collaborative? Can we create a work model that helps an industry grow and shares the wealth? We think yes!

** How can we engage the developer community (the right developer community) to help increase the creation of cohousing communities? Can we make it “easier” for those unfamiliar to not be afraid of a new idea?

The intention of this discussion is to openly share our ideas for the consortium, discuss the potential business model and begin to outline how it would work. We confess to not knowing all the answers but are looking to collaborate with other cohousing professionals to create a new and exciting working model that will help grow the creation of cohousing communities and grow our business.

About the Facilitator

Linda is the principal and owner of Linda Herman Consulting, a development consulting firm that provides the expertise to plan and manage the development process for mission-driven organizations, non-profits, and cohousing communities. Unique in the industry, Linda blends a designer’s sensibility with a project manager’s pragmatism. Her responsibilities on projects include client relationships, goal setting and visioning, team selection, development of the master budget and schedule and management of the entire project process. LHC recently completed the 41 unit senior co-housing Phoenix Commons in Oakland and is working on an innovative model for senior cohousing coupled with residential care. Linda is a Certified Senior Cohousing Facilitator, LEED Accredited Professional, and Allied member of the American Institute of Architects.

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