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Schedule & Session Descriptions

Session descriptions will be posted here as they are available.


Join us for opening remarks from the Cohousing Association staff and board, including instructions for using technology for this online conference.


Session 1
Adopting Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance in an Established Community
Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

How can an established community transition from consensus decision-making to dynamic governance/sociocracy? What are the potential benefits? What are the potential challenges?

“I love them, but…” Constructively Addressing Values Differences & Conflict in Community
Georgia Handforth

This is a structured discussion designed to explore the experiences and concerns of longtime cohousers, those seeking community, and everyone in between around how to navigate conflicts and values differences in community. We will draw on lived experiences to practice communication and coaching skills that can be brought back to home communities.

Session 2
Sociocracy Tips – Better Governance for Everyone
Ted Rau

Are you using sociocracy (Dynamic Governance) in your community? Interested in adding on a few helpful tweaks? In this session, we will add backlog logistics, agenda templates, continuing education ideas, tweaked selection processes, operational roles, review processes and large group feedback – you might use some but probably not all of them yet! This course is better for people with experience – but also less experienced folks will be able to use these tweaks, even beyond sociocratic groups.

Maintaining for Sustainability: Strategies for Improving your Buildings over Time
Erik Bonnett

Does your heater keep breaking, are the windows drafty, or is the siding worn out? Maintenance projects can seem like a chore, but they are also opportunities to save money over time and to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.

Neurodiversity in Community: How to Make Communities More Inclusive
Erin Roundy, Crystal Byrd Farmer

Living in community means recognizing and accommodating diversity. Neurodiversity covers autistic people and people with ADHD, personality disorders, and others. These people appear typical on the outside but struggle with everyday life in ways that may make living in community difficult. However, they can also be creative, out of the box thinkers and dedicated volunteers. In this workshop, we’ll cover how communities can benefit from and support neurodivergent people.

Session 3
Raines Cohen

As cohousing grows as a national movement, it still varies city by city and regionally across the country. See how different areas are organizing and cooperating between communities, for mutual benefit.

Can Cohousing be Anti-Racist?
Grace H Kim, FAIA

For more than a decade, cohousers have been interested in having conversations about race – maybe even more so now. But cohousers, like many progressive liberals, are often triggered by the naming of White Supremacy, White privilege, Racist behaviors. Confusion about intent and impact often arise.

While many of us have started on a journey towards being anti-racist, what does it mean to make cohousing anti-racist? This session will be a primer – a baby step towards making cohousing anti-racist.

Beyond Compromise: How Wild Sage Reached Consensus on a New Policy
Linda Tate

This session will take attendees through the process of developing a new policy that addresses a contentious issue in the community: participation. Attendees will learn how Wild Sage members worked in a small team to deal with their competing views and to create true consensus, rather than simply compromise.

Changing of the Guard – Success in bringing new community members aboard and in parting with old ones.
Jim Leach (temporary as required field)

In this presentation a panel of three to five Silver Sage residents will present, discuss and answer questions about our 13 year experiences in bringing in new members as active participants in the community, including our experience with over 25% of the community turning over in the past 3 years. The presentation will include details on our current successful program for both aiding departing members and their new buyers with an emphasis on growing a deeper and better community.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Caddis Collaborative

Cohousing Solutions

Schemata Workshop

The Cohousing Company

Urban Development + Partners

Wonderland Hill Development