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LATEST ARTICLES

Telling Your Story WebChat

In his recent WebChat Alan O’Hashi walked us through the process of telling your community story. He gave advice for how to craft your story, what needs to go in the “elevator speech” and some tips for managing social media. See the full webchat here.

What is Friday Forum?

Friday Forum (FF) is a group that meets every other Friday for approximately one and a half hours.  Its purpose is to provide members a place to reveal and discuss their personal cares and concerns. To keep it from becoming just any group, where people chitty-chat, interrupt, dominate, tell long narratives that deal with things… Read More

Design Process WebChat

In her recent WebChat, architect Laura Fitch reviewed her Intensive Workshop process for helping future residents design their cohousing communities. The weekend-long workshops (one each for site, common house, units and eco-programming) include information and decision-making about elements of design as well as expertise in consensus or sociocracy.  Community members participate in the design of… Read More

Culture Change and Personal Transformation

Joe Cole’s recent WebChat focused on the challenges in community and the potential they provide for growth and transformation.  Living in community may be the hardest thing we ever do, and also the most rewarding.   The cultural infrastructure of a community guides the transformation from competitive culture to cooperative culture and determines the types of… Read More

How to Help One Another

Connecting Cohousing Communities in a Regional Network Cohousing communities are scattered across this continent now, some in unique, solo locations, others in geographic clusters in and around urban areas, with new ones always in development. In each community the members dive into a new paradigm of relationships and shared responsibilities and begin to figure out… Read More

Common House Design Patterns

One way to think about the design of a common house is to consider design patterns as Grace Kim does in a series of blog posts on the Schemata Workshop blog.  Her description of the series is below:  This series of blog posts is focused on explaining common design patterns in cohousing. Grace Kim, a… Read More

Glossary of Cohousing Terms

Affordable housing: As with any kind of housing development, affordability will vary considerably based on location, design, site requirements, common amenities, and availability of public or private subsidies. Many cohousing communities actively seek ways to make more of their units affordable. Some states or municipalities require developers of multi-family housing, including cohousing developments, to have… Read More

WebChat 29 Laird Schaub on Delegate or Die

Laird Schaub joined us to share his experience and wisdom of how much to delegate and how to do it well.  See below for a summary. View the full WebChat here.     Plenary Worthy Whole group or plenary meetings are expensive, with many people committing precious time to be at the meeting. Many groups haven’t… Read More

WebChat #28 Raines and Betsy

WebChat #28 with Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris covered the topics of buying and selling homes in cohousing.  They looked at what you need to know, or find out, how to connect buyers with communities, and what questions both buyers and sellers should be asking each other.  How is buying and selling cohousing different than… Read More

WebChat #27: Shelly Parks on Great Marketing Events

Last week Shelly Parks presented an informative WebChat on hosting great marketing events.  As a key moment when new members are likely to engage with your forming community, it is essential to pay attention to the details and do these events well.  Shelly walks us through the elements of a great marketing event, from venue… Read More

How Communities Can Better Address Racism and Racial Equity

At the end of May, I facilitated a half-day intensive on Racism and Racial Equity in Portland at the National Cohousing Conference. While cohousing communities are overwhelmingly white, I see more and more people in the communities movement recognizing the need to address racism. In our conference session, we discussed the history of racism in… Read More

WebChat #26 Alan O’Hashi on Introverts

Introverts and extroverts approach community differently.  Our mainstream competitive culture tends to favor extroverts. Perhaps this is why introverts disproportionately choose cohousing – with some measures suggesting that there are nearly twice as many introverts in cohousing as in the general population. Working as a community to adopt practices that work well for introverts will… Read More