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One of the challenges faced by forming groups is who makes decisions at the outset. When people first come together to explore whether or not it makes sense to form a group, there can be ambiguity about who has a voice in that. Is it everyone in the room? Everyone who was invited to that first...
Views since 5/2014: 1,638
Why? Because relationships are the most important part of community. FEE: $175.00 For more information contact: conference@cohousing.org Participation is limited to 50 people. Sessions will be unique and personal SORRY THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT A Cohousing Retreat at Arcosanti...
Views since 5/2014: 10,780
Sara Zeff Geber, PhD, is a professional group process facilitator, a transition coach, and a gerontologist with a special focus on aging in community. She spoke on the topic of her article at the May 2016 Aging Better Together Cohousing Conference. Aging in Community...for many, it’s an idyllic...
Views since 5/2014: 2,536
In the last week, a colleague sent me the link for a TEDx talk entitled: Conflict: Use it, Don't Defuse It. The two presenters, CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke, are professional facilitators and they do a good job of laying out their main premise: that conflict is inherently neither good nor...
Views since 5/2014: 2,198
When lying awake last night reflecting on various decisions made in cohousing and in my neighborhood community, I explored some questions about what is open and transparent in a world where everyone belongs to several organizations and tries to involve and represent a larger community. What is...
Views since 5/2014: 2,404
This post is on a neighborhood discussion list and will be seemingly off-topic but bear with me. Our neighborhood list, TakomaDC where Takoma Village Cohousing is located, started in the 1990s by 12 neighbors as a way to notify each other of crimes in the neighborhood. In 2003 when ownership...
Views since 5/2014: 3,627
I was recently in a conversation with a friend who had just facilitated a difficult meeting for a neighboring community. Upon reflection, he felt fine when it came to working conflict and emotional distress, but felt sloppy and not well-focused when it came to managing problem solving and issue...
Views since 5/2014: 2,041
When I do minutes, I do not try to provide court transcripts; I don’t have the training or the equipment, and in any event, modern audio recording devices often do that as well or better than a typist. The bigger issue, however, is that in court proceedings, the dialogs and exchanges follow a...
Views since 5/2014: 2,072
[We received these two responses to our inquiry about experiences of those who have sought "tune ups" to enhance their communities.] From Michael Madera, New View Cohousing (Acton, MA) In April 2015, Laird Schaub engaged in a ‘tune-up’ retreat with us over 4 days, 2 of which were in...
Views since 5/2014: 2,279
A woman in the sociocracy discussion group at the cohousing conference asked about people who join being able to change policies. The group has a pet policy but the new person wants it changed. My response was that policies are always open for reconsideration. The answer was too short and I’m...
Views since 5/2014: 2,042

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