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Top Ten Reasons to Attend a Cohousing Conference

Add your own reasons to this list at this April's Regional Cohousing Conference!

10. Get ideas for your community.
Whether you are a brand new community or you’ve been living together for decades, there is more to learn about how to thrive in community. At Conferences you will meet people who have solved the problems your community is currently facing and hear new ideas for green living, social engagement and community life.

Embrace Your Cohousing Resolutions and Mark Your Calendar!

Living in Cohousing is a thriving national trend, and intentional communal living is flourishing as a social movement; from young folks raising families to older folks aging successfully in community.

Want to learn how to create cohousing? Ready to jump-start your cohousing dreams? Want to refine what you have?

Being Thankful for Community

Thankfulness isn't just for Thanksgiving - there are so many reasons to be thankful for community, every day!
(Re-post from Coho Now #108. Not on the list? Sign-up here.).

Day 1 Today I am thankful for my neighbor for letting me borrow her car

Day 2 Today I am thankful for my neighbor who made my family cookies (from a child)

Day 3 Today I am thankful for my neighbor who gave me a ride to the airport (1 ½ hours away)

TIME Magazine on Intentional Communities

We evolved to thrive as social-able creatures, back when tribal cultures thrived or failed based on collective action. The experience of loneliness is plaguing greater populations than ever today, from millennials out on their own for the first time to high-rise big-city dwellers to empty-nesters and those aging alone or isolated. "Cohousing really builds into our daily lives more of the connections that have withered away," a recent TIME magazine piece and related video says.

Six Degrees of Separation...or is it 4.26 degrees?

The six degrees of separation theory was first proposed in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called "Chains." Six degrees of separation is the idea that all living things and everything else in the world are six or fewer steps away from each other so that a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.

Elephant Journal Talks Community and Cohousing with Steven and Bryan

The U.S. Cohousing Association is a national organization but strives to acknowledge relevant happenings in the wider world related to cohousing. Last week, Elephant Journal, a grassroots news organization with a focus on mindful living, interviewed Steven Ablondi and Bryan Bowen about their work with Memel.Global based in South Africa. Of course, cohousing principles radiated throughout the conversation.

Housing That Lessens Lonelines

A recent article on aging investigates cohousing's potential to address the loneliness dilemma many older adults encounter when faced with the prospect of aging in place, isolated. "What if your housing choices in later life could mitigate that isolation? What if loneliness were to be replaced with meaningful connections?" the piece asks.

Climate Leading Communities: Conference Results

The Cutting Edge Resiliency session I co-led with Bryan of Caddis bloomed into a thriving discussion about what strides we all realistically need to take to seriously combat climate change. We agreed that yes, individual numbers are important, but the power of the collective in community living is where cohousing offers the biggest opportunities.

"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.

Climate Leading Communities

Cohousing can be a lab for trying out the latest innovations to help us live lighter on the planet.

The goal of this year’s National Cohousing Conference was ambitious – building resilient, sustainable communities – yet I felt a universal reaching; so many of us wanting desperately to learn how to be even more climate conscious than we already are. Let’s not forget, living in community has inherent savings that decrease our carbon footprints. Owning just one lawnmower, sharing meals together in the common house (studies have shown a 25% or more reduction in whole-community energy use during common meals – the one big room being lit for the occasion), and not shuttling our kids way across town for playdates.

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