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LATEST ARTICLES

Lindy Sexton – Grass Valley, CA

Lindy is a millennial and grew up within a tight-knit community in Minnesota. She is an outreach and business management consultant and enjoys working on community-driven initiatives and environmental causes. Through her work Lindy has had the opportunity to meet hundreds of people who were interested in creating cohousing communities across the globe. Lindy believes… Read More

Raising kids in cohousing

For most of my daughter’s life she has known about cohousing. We moved in when she was 9. But we had been planning it since she was 3. During construction she asked me almost daily whether she was going to (fill in the blank) or tell me what she was going to do when we… Read More

Co-living: A Growing Trend in Affordable Housing

By Trudy Hussmann As a student or young adult, did you ever live in a dorm or shared house to save on costs? Now called co-living, this form of housing is becoming more popular again. And it’s not just because it’s an affordable option, but also because it offers community — a feeling of belonging… Read More

From suburbs to cohousing: How this developer-turned academic decided to deepen their experience in community

Like many people of my age, I grew up in a context that was not particularly community oriented. Living in a flat on the periphery of the suburbs between single family homes and retail outlets, in housing that would be best described as a buffer left much to be desired. I had glimpses of community… Read More

Raising Kids in Community

Sometimes people will ask my kids what it’s like growing up in cohousing and they receive a blank stare. Not because they asked a question of a 15 year old and 17 year old, but because my kids know no other life, except in cohousing. My oldest was two years old when we moved into… Read More

NextGen Cohousing Advocate

By Mariah McKay Cohousing offers families and individuals a greater quality of life through collaboration. It shows that we can live better in community, and that is important in a culture that has gone too far in propping up a myth of invulnerability through individualism. For those who can afford a home in privately developed… Read More

Another Failure . . . UNLESS

A conference reflection: Another failure, unless, of course…   You really ENJOYED having to make choices – choices I tell you! – among 5 bus tours, 24 +/- Pre-Conf. intensives and workshops, 60+ waaay too awesome conference workshops, three plenary speakers plus one closing panel made up of 6 well versed, knowledgeable speakers/resource people.  What… Read More

The Edge of Intentional

In the spectrum of intentional community, cohousing hangs out on the mainstream edge. We have our own homes. We don’t share income. Most of us have traditional mortgages as a way of accumulating wealth.  Compared with the most interdependent communities out there, most cohousing looks fairly conventional, but I wonder if we are inching along… Read More

WebChat #25 Ted Rau on Rounds

Ted Rau joined us Wednesday for an in depth look at rounds, a core element of sociocracy and a useful tool for consensus or any type of small group meeting.  Ted explained that rounds help with equivalence, clarity in structure and saving time.     Ted suggests using rounds for small groups when people can contribute…. Read More

The People You Meet . . .

Two years ago, as Coho Nashville was wrapping up, I posted this to my Facebook feed.  I wonder who I will meet this year in Portland? I love cohousing people. Unique, passionate, life-changing, world changing people. Also peculiar in any number of ways. This week I have met people who:Spend years building hopes and dreams.Do not… Read More

Curiosity-Based Questions

All of us have experienced meetings that bog down, get derailed, or run aground. Sometimes it’s pretty dramatic, and sometimes it’s just a more extreme version of business as usual; but regardless, it is demoralizing and generally makes it hard to accomplish the work you intended to do. This can happen for many reasons, and… Read More

WebChat #24 Cohousing Design

Chuck Durrett, who along with Katie McCamant, brought cohousing to the US, joined us for a WebChat on cohousing design and the process he uses to design a community. The theme of the evening was “If it doesn’t work socially, why bother?” Chuck began by sharing his earliest awareness of cohousing, as a young architect… Read More