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Korkut Onaran will discuss “Sustainable Urbanism.” He will first define sprawl and its negative consequences (inefficient transportation, environmental problems, social and financial problems). He will then discuss the principles of sustainable urbanism, emphasizing the contiguous, dense, compact, integrated, connected, diverse nature of sustainable urbanism. David Barrett will discuss “Learning from Ecotopia: Co-Creating with Values That Inspire Another Way.” He will talk about the value of learning from Ecotopia’s verdant images of interconnecting transit systems, mixed-use neighborhood development, affordable energy-efficient housing, sustainable agriculture, and “people first” public policies and physical community. How can architects, communities, and developers learn from these patterns in order to co-create a more sustainable future?
This workshop is designed to share with participants proven grassroots marketing techniques that will help them recruit the members they need to initiate and grow their communities. Participants will learn how to apply these techniques to acquire the needed results from their marketing events. After completing this workshop, participants will have the tools necessary to increase the number of connections to their future residents and boost membership.
Most of the housing stock that will exist in 50 years has already been built – and most of what’s been built is quite wasteful of energy and water. Thoughtfully planned and executed retrofits can increase comfort and livability, substantially lower fossil fuel use, and extend the useful lifetime of our nation’s housing stock, thereby increasing its value in all senses of the term. Electricity costs three times as much as gas, and saving a given amount of electric energy versus the energy equivalent amount of gas provides five-fold environmental benefits. Saving a kWh of electricity saves a half gallon of water! Doing retrofit work well and cost effectively is rarely achieved. The aim of this session is to describe some principles and practices that can increase the quality of retrofit work while keeping costs under control.
People are increasingly discovering the power of a purpose-oriented life. This power grows dramatically as groups align in a shared purpose. As the limitations of the American Dream become increasingly apparent, we move on to the Human Dream, humanity’s deepest shared dream: to bring forth a world that works for everyone – a healthy, sustainable, loving, and fulfilling world for all. In this workshop, participants will begin the process of aligning their personal and community missions with the Human Dream. Once aligned, participants can co-create the dream intentionally with those who share this dream in their communities and the world.
While founders of the cohousing movement in America have always identified with the community building principles of New Urbanism, many folks struggling to start cohousing groups, design neighborhoods, and navigate the politics of zoning have been working on parallel but disconnected paths. Why reinvent wheels, especially in an environment in which financing and developing any real estate project faces such challenges? Cohousing groups seek developers who get community. New Urbanist developers – committed to the principles of compact, sustainable design – are desperate for customers. We already have a model for cross-pollination in Boulder's Holiday neighborhood. Can we talk?
Cohousing communities spend a great deal of time carefully crafting agreements to govern our lives together, yet we rarely, if ever, build consequences or accountability into these policies. Teachers, parents, and animal trainers know the power of appropriately applied reinforcement (positive or negative), but we shy away from consciously using such reinforcement in our communities. We don’t want to “play cop”; we want everyone to just follow the agreements because they want to. With no official consequences, however, unofficial consequences arise: resentment, avoidance, and a downward spiral of “well-if-he’s-not-doing-it-I-won’t-either.” Come join this interactive conversation about what is and isn’t working!
Would you like to sing more in your cohousing group? Come experience how groups use song to grow community. Combining conversation and singing, Catya Belfer-Shevett will share some great songs that really work well for different cohousing groups. Learn about why "having a good voice" doesn't matter. Learn pitfalls to avoid when selecting songs. Learn about bringing singing into your group's culture. Catya will create space for songs from participants, so bring your favorite. If possible, contact Catya beforehand to teach us your song. (Note: we'll not be sharing explicitly religious songs.)
This session will focus both on the need for establishing reserves (savings) to cover future facilities replacements and on the use of this study to manage facilities. While a general formula could be used to estimate approximate reserves required, a detailed study is essential to managing facilities. How and when are reserves studies done and by whom? What do reserves studies look like? How can the reserves study be used to track facilities-related expenses and plan for replacements? Handouts include a sample reserves study and a reserves study worksheet. Materials fee: $10.
Communities all across the country are finding it difficult to fill their developing communities with members who are ready and willing to commit to their project, invest the required amount, and roll up their sleeves to make it happen. In this session, participants will learn: critical strategies to help them form their core group and keep the community growing until it's full; methods for getting people to commit, even in the face of uncertain times; reasons why not everyone makes a buying decision in the same way; and strategies for appealing to different types of buyers.