The 2009 National Cohousing Conference was a great success! It ran from June 24 to June 28th 2009. Please join us for our next conference!

Serving Your Larger Community: through Video, Photos, and the Web

Half Day Workshop: Wed 1:30 – 5:00

Price: $60

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Mandy and Ryan are on a mission to change the world one sustainable community at a time as they "bike-pack" and network round the United States. Come into their world and learn ways to use video, photography, and the web to drive positive change... or maybe just find new members.
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To grow the Sustainable Communities movement, it is important to do what you love, and share what you know

In this interactive multimedia workshop, we'll share real-world examples of how Sustainable Communities (Cohousing, Co-ops, Ecovillages and Transition Towns) serve as living laboratories for the rapidly emerging worldwide sustainability movement. During our visits to many different communities, we've learned a lot, and look forward to sharing tools you can use, now.

During this participatory workshop, we'll do a case study of "Anywhere Cohousing." You will learn how this group might use FREE tools to organize and promote their workshops and potlucks. Using media including video, audio, photos and the web is a very efficient outreach method. We will discuss ways that you can share information that inspires, as we grow and serve our broader communities.

Topics Covered: Short Film Production, Photography, Website Development and Maintenance, Blogging, “Vlogging” (aka Video Blogging), Sharing, Social Networking, Viral Marketing. Participatory workshop, includes some slides and web, video and photo editing demonstrations.

Click to view video on Mandy and Ryan's Journey

PRESENTERS: Mandy Creighton and and Ryan Mlynarczyk are traveling 12,000 miles around the US by bicycle on a journey to visit and document people living in sustainable communities of all types. One of the main foci of the project is to explore how people live more sustainably in cohousing communities, as this is the fastest growing segment of the entire movement. The journey is currently underway, and a feature-length documentary film is set to be made at the end of 2009 to help advocate for the communities movement and educate viewers on the importance of living more sustainably in community. In addition to a comprehensive website, they give video and slideshow presentations to local communities as they travel. Both Ryan and Mandy have a passion for sustainability and want to bring their skills and knowledge into community life. They plan to move into one of the communities they visit at the end of their journey.