|Re: COHOUSING-L digest 178||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Michael Mariner (maikanoidcomm.com)|
|Date: Sun, 8 Jun 1997 02:00:49 -0500|
Deb Behrens asked: >What we are asking now, of all you burning souls out >there, is what you think is important to result from >the Burning Souls day. How will you know if the day >is successful? Making progress toward any of the following ways to broaden/deepen the cohousing movement: by encouraging more cohousing groups to - seek existing urban sites where they can (re)build instead of adding to urban sprawl on the outskirts and causing more commuting; - find ways to include more diversity, especially of income level; - incorporate ways for community members to collaborate on business endeavors and included on site facilities to enable office sharing, telecommuting, maybe light mfg., - whatever makes sense; - plan community-wide energy systems like Bruce Coldham discussed in Coho Mag a few issues ago; - plan wide scale gardens and other food raising on site; - build with local, non polluting, non-toxic, sustainable materials that are appropriate for each particular bioregion.; and, for moved-in coho groups to: - reach out to neighborhoods adjacent to theirs to encourage them to form cohesive communities (eventually adjacent coho sites could form ecovillages as is the plan at Ithaca, NY; - find ways to keep the local news media updated and excited about how cohousing is working; - look for ways to keep improving the sustainability of their communities through things mentioned above -- more food growing, less commuting, more business endeavors on site; - for each moved-in community to maintain a web site that they would update using (modified) versions of their internal newsletters, personal journals, photographs, whatever. These could either be on the existing cohousing server site or at least be linked to it. And for the movement in general: - step up networking worldwide/nationwide to get cohousing/intentional community to permeate the general consciousness. I know, I know -- most of these topics have come up on cohousing-L in the last few months, but I think the Burning Souls could do some brainstorming on how to get one or two implemented. I won't know until a month before the national gathering whether I can go or not, but if I go I'd definitely like to attend the Burning Souls sessions. Michael M
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