|Re: Danish cohousing organizations?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Nitsan Vardi (eminvunidhp.uni-c.dk)|
|Date: Thu, 2 Nov 1995 16:10:56 -0600|
Stuart and Zev, Sorry for taking so long to answer - and for giving you a very short answer now. I am not very knowledgeable - my contact with Danish cohousing is only 8 years old. So take whatever I tell you with caution. I grew up in a kibbutz in Israel - and see a lot of things from a different point of viewthan many Danish cohousers. But here I will try to tell you what I know. The first cohousing group organized in the late 60'ies after reading a magazine article: "Children Should Have a 100 Parents". calling for alternatives to the hedged-in-single-family-house. In '72 they founded Saettedammen, and a short time after that another part of the group founded a sister community 20 km away. >From then on, the word spread to friends, colleagues, relatives and neighbours. I heard about Saettedammen in 1985 because we lived in the neighborhood, and one of their kids met our son in a playground. There were no nationwide, coordinated efforts to promote cohousing, and there is no book; the newsletter is small, scarce, and is mainly read by existing cohousing communities. There was publicity - though not very organized. Magazine and newspaper articles, TV programs. (I even have an article from a 1973 issue of "Bo Bedre" - "Better Homes" about Saettedammen as The House of The Month...). And then, Danmark is a small country. A lot of people know someone who lives in a cohousing community. Government aid - there is a program of financial aid to a certain form of common ownership, but it is not specifically directed towards cohousing communities, and far from all communities use it. If I come by an article of general interest that covers cohousing development in Denmark I'll get it onto the list. I am afraid that there are not so many of them. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- note: new e-mail address! ___ __ Nitsan Vardi \ \ \ \ \ \/ \ \ Saettedammen, Denmark \ \ \ \ _\ __\ e-mail: eminv [at] unidhp.uni-c.dk \
Danish cohousing organizations? Stuart Staniford-Chen, October 17 1995
- Re: Danish cohousing organizations? Nitsan Vardi, November 2 1995
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