|CoHousing Conference||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Kevin Wolf (kjwolfucdavis.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 12 Aug 94 02:13 CDT|
We just received the call for presentations for the October Co-Housing conference. I help develop conference in my consulting work and think that this conference offers a wonderful opportunity to help all of us co-housers. I would like to put a proposal out to this on-line community for discussion. It may be that the organizers of the October event do not feel it apporpriate to take the result of our discussion into designing the 1994 event. I think our on-line discussion could be useful for the 1995 conference or might spark some other means to advance it. Donno Spreitzer and I think that a gathering of representatives of different co-housing communitys would be a great time to have groups of us tackle some of the more difficult problems we face and see if we can reach a "consensus" on: The problem Its causes Best solutions, preventions etc The results of these "meeting" workshops could be summarized in a page and published - on line certainly and possible in print. Based on some of the discussion in this list, I would offer the following "problems" and ask that others add to the list. - Kids in community meals - sweat equity - getting members to start a new community - how to best do "retrofit" co-housing - financing In the conference groups I work with, we are moving more and more to excellent facilitators moderating a panel of "experts" and/or the workshop participants as a whole. One thing that I am sure the October co-housing conference will have is a lot of experience faciliators. Depending on the depth of the topic, a workshop/meeting could last from as 90 min to 3 or 4 hours. If these types of breakout groups happened in the morning, they could report back to a plenery session of all 100 participants in the afternoon. (Some people would not be interested in certain topics and could do personal visiting when that subject was brought up at the plenery.) One thing I realized from this list (and knowing the Muir and N St communities fairly well) is that we all have many of the same problems. Our collective experience, put together in a good process, could provide summaries that would help the overall movement. Buidling community does not without work and becomes easier with experience. --- Kevin Wolf 724 N St Davis, CA 95616 phone and fax: 916-758-4211
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