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!

Sunday Closing: Cohousing's Contribution to the Great Transformation

featuring Robert Gilman

Sunday, 10:30am - 12:00pm

In these momentous times, cohousing and cohousers have a powerful opportunity to bring their learnings and experience to bear on some of the core issues facing our society. This presentation will provide a context for understanding this opportunity, a celebration of what cohousers are already doing, and an exploration into the still greater possibilities that open before us now.

Local 2001 show featuring Robert Gilman - don't let long (50 sec.) title-roll stop you - its worth it!


Robert Gilman

After his first career as an Astrophysicist, Robert co-founded the influential In Context magazine, A Quarterly of Humane Sustainable Culture. In 1991, Robert wrote and published the seminal article The Eco-village Challenge, which provided the definitive description of ecovillage.

An Ecovillage is a:

  • human-scale
  • full-featured settlement
  • in which human activities are harmlessly integrated into the natural world
  • in a way that is supportive of healthy human development, and
  • can be successfully continued into the indefinite future

Since that article, he has added that an ecovillage must have multiple centres of initiative. 

Robert and his first wife, Diane, were also instrumental in the founding of the Global Ecovillage Network. They were early members and lived for three years in Winslow Cohousing, one of the first cohousing projects in the US. Since 2004, Robert has served on the City Council of Langley, (a small town on Whidbey Island). In this capacity, he has applied his sustainable community ideas to a larger scale.

Robert also offers consulting, facilitation, and is a sought-after public speaker that we are fortunate to have for the 2009 National Cohousing Conference.

On Sunday, June 28, 2009, Robert Gilman will give the National Cohousing Conference's Closing Address. He is one of three Featured Speakers presenting at this annual National Conference.