Charles Durrett, with Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the United States with the seminal book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves. The latest edition is Creating Cohousing, Building Sustainable Communities. He has written several other books on cohousing, including Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living—The Handbook, The Senior Cohousing Primer: Recent Examples and New Projects, Happily Ever Aftering in Cohousing: A Handbook for Community Living, and State-Of-The-Art Cohousing: Lessons Learned from Quimper Village. Durrett and his team at The Cohousing Company have designed more than 50 cohousing communities in the United States and around the world, including Muir Commons in Davis, California, the first cohousing community in North America. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, Architecture, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and many other publications. Charles Durrett has received numerous awards, which include the World Habitat Award presented by the United Nations, the Silver Achievement Award for Active Adult Community by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 50+ Housing Council, the Silver Energy Value Housing Award by NAHB, the Mixed Use/Mixed Income Development Award presented jointly by the American Institute of Architects and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and a recipient of the Global Over 50’s Housing/Healthcare award. He was also recently declared as a “visionary of the Sierras” by the Sierra Business Council, and the International Property Awards. Durrett regularly gives presentations on cohousing to interested citizen groups. He has spoken before the United States Congress twice, has been featured on the Commonwealth Club, and has lectured at scores of universities. He lives in Nevada City, California, where he primarily today consults on model
Crystal Byrd Farmer is an engineer turned educator from Gastonia, North Carolina. She is an organizer and speaker in the intentional communities movement. She serves as a board member with the Foundation for Intentional Communities and is on the Editorial Review Board of Communities Magazine published by the Global Ecovillage Network-United States. She also serves as an organizer for the BIPOC Intentional Community Council. Her book The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization is out now. Crystal is passionate about encouraging people to change their perspectives on diversity, relationships, and the world.
Jerry Koch-Gonzalez has worked for equality and equity all his adult life - as an activist, an organizer, a trainer, a consultant, and a member of nonprofit Boards. In recent years his main concern has been supporting effective egalitarian governance as an alternative to win-lose majority voting and too vague consensus practices. Jerry has been a certified sociocracy consultant since 2012. With Ted Rau, he co-founded Sociocracy for All (SoFA), a member-run nonprofit, in 2016 and published the book Many Voices One Song: Shared Power with Sociocracy in 2018. Jerry is also a certified Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer. Jerry is a founding resident of the 27-year old Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA and enjoys swimming in the pond next door.
Karen is a relationship and process consultant for communities, organizations and teams and co-author of The Cooperative Culture Handbook. She lives in Anacortes WA and connects with clients on Zoom and, when conditions allow, by traveling to clients. Her focus is on relationships and the skills needed to build strong connections.
Sarah Arthurs with Cohousing Connections is a graduate of the 500 Communities Program and an affiliate of CoHousing Solutions. She has lived at Prairie Sky Cohousing Cooperative for 15 years. Sarah is a Psychologist and a community developer. She finds cohousing endlessly fascinating and is always thrilled to join forming and established groups in sinking deeper into the goodness that being neighbours, in the fullest sense of that word, can offer. Recently she has started working with developers and groups regarding setting up Intentional Neighbourhoods which seek to replicate cohousing culture in a rental or housing co-operative context. When she pulls herself away from all things cohousing, she likes walking Rosie ( Havanese Poodle, making soup , going to the mountains, playing Pickleball and hanging out with two lovely adult children.
Shelly Parks is passionate about cohousing and committed to offering more cohousing opportunities for future cohousers. In 2016, she left her Marketing and Sales career in the Senior Living Retirement industry to found Covision Consulting, a firm focused on supporting developing cohousing communities recruit their community members. Most recently, she has expanded her services to include Cohousing PNW, a collective of professional partners and future cohousers committed to developing more cohousing in the Pacific Northwest. Shelly and her partner, Charles, are members of Skagit Cohousing, a community under construction in Anacortes, WA.