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What Is a Block?

Personally I object to the use of the word “block” as synonymous with “objection” and this entry explains some of the reasons why. What is a block? This is not a facetious question. If this is the word people want to use, what does it mean? From the accounts on the Cohousing-L email discussion list… Read More

A Clean Decision-Making Process

One of the ways the principles and methods used by sociocracy speed up decision-making is going directly to objections instead of discussing the proposal. The proposal should state the perceived advantages or reasons why a decision is needed. The presenters will also have presented the issues and options they considered. After clarifying questions, there is… Read More

Designing a Passivhaus Neighborhood in a Blue Ridge Arts Community

At Jubilee Cohousing in Floyd, VA, we are hard at work with our cohousing-savvy builder designing our neighborhood and homes. We are ambitiously building an all Passivhaus neighborhood and Common House (ultra-low energy design/construction) and it feels great, like we’re experiencing our own mini energy revolution! 2014 has been an amazing year of happenings. We’ve… Read More

Beginnings at the 2010 Conference

In 2010, I attended the National Cohousing Conference in Boulder along with two days of training at the Coho University to learn about how to start a cohousing community. I traveled there with a friend and met two other ladies from Nashville while at the conference. We all traveled back to Nashville and started meeting… Read More

Zoning & The Definition of Family

This is the sort of home I lived in before we built our cohousing community. It’s also similar to what Wendy writes about in her recent blog entry (http://www.cohousing.org/node/2743). When we think about the expanding definitions of cohousing, I hope we consider this more and more. If you can find a way to support these… Read More

Many Thanks to These Communities who have Given to Coho/US

Walnut Commons in Santa Cruz sent this delightful note with a gift: “our community is just a few months in our new building and we have many expenses as we settle in….we do see the value of Coho/US and hope that in the future we may do more.” How wonderful! If your community has not… Read More

People first, things second.

Tiny Houses and shared living arrangements are currently hot topics on the COHO-US Listserv, tapping into the consistently popular themes of affordabiity and simplicity. Can these now-trendy models that trade-off square footage and private amenities for more affordable, manageable lives deliver on our high expectations? Since cohousing has already been doing precisely this for over… Read More

Big news today!

The fence went up and the building went down! The countdown clock has started. We are VERY excited to have officially broken ground today. We’ve started a blog page on our website at http://capitolhillurbancohousing.org/blog where you can subscribe to track our progress. There are more photos posted there but below is one to whet your… Read More

Budgeting Time & Considering Gifts

Now is the time of year when many cohousing communities review their budgets. Does your community include a budget for supporting Coho/US with an annual gift? Including an annual gift as a recurring donation allows your community to affirm ongoing support without requiring discussion by the finance committee or the whole community every year. What… Read More

Stocking Kitchen Appliances & Stuff

Off my usual topic of governance but this was a response to a question from a new community that I thought might be helpful to all new communities, and some settled ones. What should we buy of the kitchen? On small appliances: At 14 years we still have donations and have just started buying more… Read More

Leadership for Meal Programs Increases Meals

“It is a strategy I think a community could use to jump start their program, and then talk about how to reduce the centralization after a year or more of successful meals. Since we have quite slowly added new households it is quite clear that our successful meals program is what has helped get more… Read More

This weekend in Colorado

This weekend was a great regional conference in Boulder, Colorado. Zach and I enjoyed both the conference and the beauty of the mountains and the creek immensely. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen, and I’m looking forward to the 2015 National Cohousing Conference – May 29-31, 2015 – Durham, North Carolina!

Creating Community as we Grow Older Event in Salt Lake City

Creating Community as We Grow Older featuring Beth Baker (Salt Lake City, UT) When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:00-4:30pm Where: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, Salt Lake City, UT Contact Information: Cindy Turnquist cindy [at] sagehillcohousing [dot] org For Details: http://sagehillcohousing.com/events/ Beth Baker, author of “With a Little Help from our Friends,”… Read More

Cohousers Part of the NYC People’s Climate March

Cohousers will be part of the NYC People’s Climate March on Sept 21st, showcasing this great banner! Laura Fitch is leading about 20 people from Pioneer Valley Cohousing, and will be joined by other cohousers from NYC Coho, NYC Cohousing Group, Katywil Farm Community, New View Cohousing, and Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm, along with others… Read More

Consensus or Sociocracy?

Question: We are 3 months into starting a co-housing community in western MA. We will soon be discussing how we will make group decisions. I don’t think we have to reinvent the wheel on this one. Consensus and sociocracy seem to be common strategies. Which do you recommend? Sociocracy and consensus are not opposite things…. Read More

Community Size

Question: I would like to know the number of units of the smallest Cohousing communities and people’s opinions about the smallest number of units necessary for a viable Cohousing community. Response: Years ago, somewhere in the literature I saw the results of a survey that the ideal size was 25-35 households. Under 25 could get… Read More

Harvard and AARP say Senior Housing is Next Big Crisis

Harvard and AARP say senior housing is the next big American crisis, according to a new report. From Senior Housing News, “A shortage of caregivers for baby boomers, high cost of senior living products and services and lack of disability-equipped housing reveal a seniors housing crisis as the 50-and-over population is projected to increase about… Read More

Stickers that show what you have to lend

“… Switzerland’s Pumpipumpe is trying to bring a little of that back — forward? — into the information age. Rather than developing a mobile app that assists sharing of goods between neighbors, they’ve gone old-school with stickers that people can apply to their mailboxes to let others know what they have to lend. It’s a… Read More

A Hard Nut to Crack: Intentional Community

I had the pleasure of meeting with Laird Schaub and other members of the FIC (Fellowship for Intentional Community) oversight committee, at Shannon Farm Community in Afton, Virginia. To start, this was affirmation of our beneficial collaborative partnership; as sister organizations, we both seek to build community. I offered that our cohousing model may be… Read More