Tag: Definitions


Insist on Plain English Documents

Several years ago there was a post on Cohousing-L related to the community’s legal documents that were written in “legalese.” I had recently researched Plain English for Lawyers for a neighbor. She was a single parent trying to set up legal guardianship and financial oversight for her daughter in the event of her death or... Read More

“Cohousing”: A Term Whose Definition Should Be Respected

On the bright side, the concept of Cohousing is becoming increasingly entrenched in the American imagination— with every new project, what was once a culturally radical and shot in the dark neighborhood experiment is now an empirically supported investment into well-being and sustainability. Unfortunately, Cohousing’s success has enticed others to appropriate the term for their... Read More

More than Cohousing – Cohousing Like and other Alternative Housing Solutions – what’s the difference?

One emerging goal for cohousing is how cohousing can be used as a model for unique needs. There is often debate or confusion about communities that are “Cohousing-like”. ** Cohousing-like takes aspects of cohousing but is not cohousing. ** More-than-cohousing are cohousing-like communities with a social or economic mission. It is difficult to talk about... Read More

Is it Cohousing? Dorms for Grownups

R. Philip Dowds is commenting on the Atlantic Magazine article: Dorms for Grownups: A Solution for Lonely Millennials? In a new model of living, residents will have their own “microunits” built around a shared living space for cooking, eating and hanging out. The single family home, and the condominium within a professionally managed building, remain... Read More

Cohousing and Intentional Community: Does Terminology Matter?

Cohousing was one of my first introductions to collective living and the world of Intentional Communities. My father helped found Valley Oaks Village, in Chico, CA, in the mid-90’s. He and I moved into his unit in 1996, when I was 16, and I lived there for a year before I moved out on my... Read More

Neighborly Support vs Health Care, Co-Care Agreements

I include below a list of things that neighbors can and should not do for neighbors with who need support or health care. One of our residents put this together when we another resident needed more than we could provide and the family was not stepping in. In another instance, the community stepped up for... Read More

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

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

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