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Most cohousing communities state that they use consensus for making major decisions – but which version? There are numerous variations on the basic model, and it pays to be clear about which one your group is using. Conflict can arise when group members have different understandings, definitions, and interpretations. In this session, Eris Weaver will review the basic consensus model, point out the places in which groups differ, and discuss how to craft a consensus agreement that is as unambiguous as possible.
When making decisions in community, there seems to be tension between ensuring the participation of all members and getting things done. One approach that produces this balance is decision making by consent, an integral part of the Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method. Using consent, we shift our focus from pleasing everyone forever to finding “good enough” solutions everyone can live with for a specified time. When we practice community in this way, we discern much about ourselves, our neighbors, and our culture and process. Who knows? Along the way, we might just discover our good enough keeps getting better and better!
Substantial sums are needed to fund a cohousing community. Some of those funds need to come from your community, and depending on your community model and the type of relationship with your professionals, your community also may need to seek funds from other sources. The presenters will review many of the fundraising needs and possible strategies for raising those funds, particularly in the current financial environment. The presenters will also provide an overview of when the funds are needed.
Community planning for affordable housing is at your fingertips. In this session, you’ll learn how to put together a clear and convincing case for a moderate- and low-income housing plan, including development implementation measures with your community planning office and elected officials. In an environment with declining resources, workforce, housing, and prioritization of local leveraged financing have never mattered more. Resources and case studies will also be highlighted for you to begin work when you return to your own communities.
The Affordable Cohousing Task Group will share its findings about methods for incorporating affordable units into new and built communities. These strategies will be for both individuals as well as communities. The Task Group will share the Goals and Advocacy plan for the 2011 National Cohousing Conference that will take place in Washington, DC. Attendees will be invited to ask questions and volunteer to participate in the planning for the upcoming year.
This session will explore how a cohousing community can be uniquely positioned to push the edge of sustainability. Presenter Laura Fitch will give participants practical information about sustainable practices from site selection to energy conservation construction details. She will try to answer the following questions: Why is eco-programming essential in the creation of cohousing communities? What is inherently sustainable about cohousing, and how can you build upon that? What are some of the most important green design strategies? How do you pay for energy efficiency while maintaining affordability? How can you adjust your lifestyle once you are living in cohousing?
After working as a project manager for at least ten cohousing communities ranging in size from 6 to 34+ homes, as well as managing other project management staff, acting as architect on several others, and giving numerous workshops, Kathryn McCamant has learned a few things about project management for cohousing communities. This session covers some of the most critical lessons learned over the last 20 years both for being a project manager and for working with your community’s project manager. The focus will be on how to get the best value out of your professional team and the community’s efforts.
Good meeting facilitation can make the difference between pain and gain. In this session, Laird Schaub will look at the basic qualities needed to become a full-service facilitator, the process agreements needed to spread your wings, and how to recognize those magic moments when passion can be harnessed to transform binding into bonding. This workshop will give participants a taste of what you could learn if you enrolled in Laird's two-year facilitation training program. (Hint: it's not just about having good meetings; it's also about becoming an effective leader in cooperative groups.)
In this presentation, Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US) board members will describe possible leadership roles within Coho/US as well as opportunities for supporting the cohousing movement. They will lead an open discussion about how session participants might match with these opportunities. The focus will be on discussing board membership, local community contacts and liaisons, and possible creation of regional groups.
This session will examine what senior cohousing has to offer, making it one of the best new choices (as a pre-thought-out solution to the challenges of aging) emerging in the marketplace for seniors as they age. Three residents of senior cohousing will discuss why they chose to age in this way. Each will share his or her unique story. Participants will find out what it takes to manage a senior cohousing community successfully and what the challenges are to keep these communities thriving as residents age together.