My favorite thing about attending conferences is the people that I meet. Don't get me wrong, the information gleaned while attending intensives and sessions is invaluable, but what I really love is the informal conversations with other conference attendees when waiting for the elevator or while sitting in the hotel lobby lounge. This is when you might hear about creative use of an old space, or of someone's challenges with community neighbors that might be similar to an experience you had just a few months ago in your own community, or perhaps you learn of a fun, unique tradition that you can take home to share and implement with your community.
The 500 Communities Program is a year-long training for motivated professionals to acquire the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary for consulting to cohousing groups while expanding career options and collaborating with like-minded entrepreneurs. The program is led by Katie McCamant, cohousing expert who has consulted on, designed, or developed dozens of cohousing communities over the last three decades.