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LATEST ARTICLES

WebChat #18 Conflict:Interpersonal or Systemic

Liz Magill offered our 18th WebChat with advice for community support teams who help community members work with conflict. She started off with a list of 8 questions she recommends support teams ask themselves when they receive a request: 1. Is this conflict covered in the committee mandate? 2. Is it an individual or community… Read More

Open House Day 2019:Communities who hosted

63 communities -. These communities opened their doors for National Cohousing Open House Day, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Click on listed address for a map link, but please don’t actually go there without making prior arrangements (don’t make us have to take down this list). Every cohousing neighborhood is independent, and there’s no substitute for… Read More

WebChat #17 Housing Segregation

With forming communities wanting to be as diverse as possible, the topic of Housing Segregation and its Impact on Cohousing couldn’t be more important. Crystal’s recent WebChat describes the history of segregated housing in America, the ways in which federal policy created and maintained segregation, and the ongoing impact of those policies and ongoing racist… Read More

WebChat #16 Karen Gimnig Facilitation

Strong facilitation makes for effective and efficient meetings. One ticky part is the balance between the need for strong leadership and the need to be an equal member of the community. This is where contracting comes into play. A facilitator needs a clear agreement with the community about their roles in the meeting and what… Read More

The Cohousing Movement Needs Professionals

One of the joys of working for the Cohousing Association is supporting the movement that is cohousing. We believe that cohousing is about more than what is achieved by any one community and more than the sum of those individual achievements. The collective potential of cohousing is literally to change the world. As cohousing grows,… Read More

I’m Not a Racist, But Racism is in Me

Below is an excerpt from a Communities Magazine article. Read the full article at https://www.ic.org/im-not-a-racist-but-racism-is-in-me-and-in-my-community/ Author Joe Cole will be presenting at the National Cohousing Conference in Portland this June. A few years ago I attended a film showing at a restaurant in Durham, North Carolina. Seventy people turned out to watch the film, which… Read More

WebChat #15 Acoustics in the Common House

Last week’s webchat with architect Grace Kim was full of useful information. Whether you are already using your common house or are in the design phase, taking time to think about acoustics and learning how to make them work well will add enjoyment and possibly participation to your common meals and other events. Grace offers… Read More

AGOG – Actively Growing Older Gracefully

AGING GRACEFULLY IN MULTI-GENERATIONAL COHOUSING Have you noticed that folks in your cohousing community are getting older? You moved in five, or ten, or fifteen years ago and people who were in their fifties and sixties are now starting to look old and perhaps suffer from the effects of aging. Your community may have begun… Read More

Rubbish to Riches: The Alchemy of Food Waste in Cohousing

I would like to say that mine is a household where celery never goes limp in the crisper. That whenever bread gets stale and milk sours, I miraculously combine them into a delicious bread pudding. Hah. While I may have great aspirations to using every last scrap of food, the plain truth is that in… Read More

Consensus Doesn’t Mean Unanimous

Q: How many communities out there have switched from a unanimous decision-making process to one where there is a real desire for every voice to be heard but if a community becomes stuck and a unanimous decision cannot be reached another method is employed. Response: Firstly, the consensus process is not about reaching unanimous decisions…. Read More

Conflict: Hailstorms and Turtles

In community, and in life, there are many personality types and many ways for those personalities to clash despite everyone’s best intentions to get along. There is a framework from the theory of Imago Relationships that distills this down into two general patterns. I find it useful for understanding a lot of interpersonal conflict and… Read More

WebChat #14 with Alan O’Hashi

Retrofit Cohousing Is there another way to create cohousing? Many of our wonderful cohousing communities have been built on a foundation of member investment with a great deal of support from building professionals. In this week’s WebChat, Alan O’Hashi considers a variety of paths to cohousing. 1. Stout – the most common approach requiring a… Read More