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LATEST ARTICLES

New Marketing Ideas

Carolyn Dyer of Iowa City Cohousing, still forming, posted their marketing plan to the Cohousing-L email list a week or two ago. I thought it contained many new ideas and asked her if I could share it here. She said yes so here it is. I particularly liked their use of speakers on related topics,… Read More

Cohousing Brochure Available for Download

Note: The brochure described below has been updated. The new brochure can be found here. Coho/US has created a tri-fold brochure available for download printing. Visit http://www.cohousing.org/brochure The brochure provides an introduction and welcoming to cohousing. We encourage you to use as a recruiting tool for potential members, and an education tool for the general… Read More

Communities Magazine: a Pathway to Community

Yours with Words Ever since working on my high school newspaper (1965-67), I’ve wanted to be a journalist. While that has by no means been the only thing I’ve wanted to be, communication has been one of my enduring passions. Slowly, over the decades, I’ve succeeded. Starting in the 80s I occasionally authored magazine articles… Read More

Sharing Circles and Square Pegs

I attended a workshop recently on The Circle Way, based on the 2010 book of that title by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea. The workshop leaders were very promotional of groups using the Circle format to do deeper, more connected work. While I agreed with much of what they offered, their pitch reminded me of… Read More

Only in Cohousing

If I had an emergency at work and had to go to the hospital, there are 12 homes where my children could stay for 48 hours and be completely comfortable. A single mother by choice with two daughters, ages 3 and 6. Single Mothers by Choice is an organization that provides information and support to… Read More

Tech tip – Amazon

Hey, if you shop at Amazon, you may have been prompted recently to go to smile.amazon.com and contribute part of your dollars to a charity. If you haven’t already done that, consider doing so and picking Coho/US!

Architectural Review Policies: Plan-Implement-Measure

Architectural review policies are generally hard to write, partly because we have very different housing experiences when we move into cohousing and partly because we don’t know how to talk about architecture or colors.. The process touches on understanding how to live in a jointly owned or managed community, legal ramifications, and shared aesthetic or… Read More

Regional Cohousing Conference – Boulder, CO Sept 26-28, 2014

Regional Cohousing Conference – Boulder, Colorado September 26-28, 2014 “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” Register Now ($60) http://cohousing.givezooks.com/events/boulder-colorado-regional-cohousin… Cohousing is an idyllic community concept and housing development strategy, but after the doors open, real life kicks in with real life issues, real life personalities and real life conflicts and their resolution. This conference… Read More

Regional Cohousing Conference – Boulder, CO Sept 26-28, 2014

2016 Update: There was a fabulous conference in 2014! Please consider attending our 2016 Cohousing Conference in Salt Lake City. Visit www.cohousing.org/2016aging There will be a Regional Cohousing Conference in Boulder, Colorado, on the weekend of Sept 26-28, 2014. All cohousers, wanna-be cohousers and anyone else interested are invited. There will be topics of interest… Read More

National Conference: The Next Generation and Our Children Of Cohousing

With cohousing communities taking hold in the early 1990’s, we have produced a generation of “children of cohousing.” These now-young adults benefited greatly from growing up in a cohousing community. We are looking for their stories, their experiences; how they have applied “cohousing lessons” in their 20’s and 30’s. Is there anything profoundly different about… Read More

What should a forming group ….get a good plan for NOW?”

Grace Kim responded to a query on cohousing-l to “cohousing veterans:” “What should we (a forming group) be worried about / work out in advance / get a good plan for NOW?” I’ll preface my advice with the fact that I am an architect, but also a founding member of an urban cohousing group in… Read More

What Should We Be Afraid Of?

On Cohousing-L, a member of a forming group asked a smart question: “What SHOULD we be worried about?” Philip Dowds, an architect living in Cornerstone Cohousing in Cambridge Cohousing replied: Plan on delay. Plan on surprising cost increases. Plan on flogging your way past disappointments. Your group may have to deal one or more of… Read More