|Coho Conference||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Marci Malinowycz (SoDancemsn.com)|
|Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997 10:22:20 -0500|
((Note: The following information is an update to the information that has been previously posted to this list and has gone out in the Cohousing journal. The conference web page linked from the Events page on www.cohousing.org has the earlier information, without updates. A new web site is being set up on www.thefoundry.org/cohousing/conference97, currently under development; watch this new site for further updates.)) North American Cohousing Conference 1997 September 18-21, 1997 Seattle, Washington An event cosponsored by Northwest Intentional Communities Association (501c3) and University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The "burning souls day" is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Cohousing Association (501c3). Location The conference takes place in Gould Hall at the UW in Seattle's University District, with many restaurants and other features nearby. The area is home to several cohousing communities in various stages, and the conference will feature field trips to some sites in the region. The Burning Souls Day event will take place in a cohousing common house in Seattle. Program The program will reflect the interests of the membership. In the first session on Friday, the program for most of the conference will be decided using "Open Space Technology". This form of participatory agenda setting allows all participants to propose discussion topics. The final selection, made by everyone, will allow those activities, presentations, and discussion topics found to be most important to those in attendance to become the agenda. As with cohousing, Open Space Technology requires participation, communication, collaboration, and compromise. The agenda-setting session will be conducted by Zev Paiss. Small group discussions, informal but important as part of the program, will be arranged by the members of the conference during the course of the weekend, using meeting spaces in the building and at local restaurants. Use this feature of the conference to address any topic that you want covered. Watch the conference web page for details about the program. Offer a topic that you'd like to hear or participate in, or a presentation you'd like to make. Schedule Friday: Light breakfast; agenda work; discussions and presentations all day. Discussion groups dine at nearby restaurants. Local tours may occur. Evening, reception and communities slide show. Saturday: Similar to Friday. Evening social. Sunday: Morning tours, discussions. Brunch, summaries, featured talk, closing comments. Afternoon tours, discussions, networking. Burning Souls Day: On Thursday 18 September activists work on ways to promote cohousing. This year's agenda will include formation of a national organization. Sponsored by RMCA, the event will take place in a local common house, and the additional cost is $10. Resource Room This room will offer displays, references, items for sale, and other information, and will be the place to organize a discussion group, meet someone for casual conversation, and find the resources you need to go forward with your interest in cohousing. Groups can use the room to share information about their communities or organizations. Professionals and businesses may offer cohousing-related information in the available space. Contact the conference if there is a specific use you would like to make of the resource room. Cohousing Groups A discount is offered to groups and regional organizations. Cohousing groups can have space in the resource room to promote their projects or organizations. Groups may request space for a meeting or other event. Tell us how the conference could be useful for your group. Accommodations The conference is the weekend before UW orientation, so hotel space will be tight. No on-campus space is available. Reserve early. Two hotels offer a discount. Other hotels, not connected with the conference, are nearby. Limited space is available in local cohousing; tell us if you want this, but have a backup reservation. College Inn is a historic bed and breakfast across the street, at 4000 University Way NE. It is smoke-free, disallows pets, is accessible only by stairs, and has shared bathrooms. Continental breakfast is included. A sitting room is available, good for small groups to meet. Rates start at $53.75 for one and $63.50 for two, with $68.40 for a two-bed suite. To reserve, call (206) 633-4441 (Visa/Mastercard required), and mention the university-sponsored cohousing conference. University Inn is at 4140 Roosevelt Way NE, a few blocks away. It is a full-service hotel, with ADA rooms, free parking and continental breakfast. Rates start at $94.79 for one and $106.35 for two, with kitchen suites starting at $126.00. To reserve, call (800) 733-3855, fax (206) 547-4937, or email UnivINN [at] aol.com, and mention the Architectural and Urban Planning cohousing conference. Child Care Free child care is available to anyone if it is requested in advance. The arrangements will be a combination of professional care and parent and other adult volunteers. The aim is for the conference "village" to make it possible for parents to participate fully, without worry. Tours The Pacific Northwest is rich with cohousing sites available for visits. Field trips to local projects will be offered during the conference. Other projects in WA, OR, and BC have opened their doors to visitors before and after the conference, some with meals and bed space included. Information on these tours is being sent to preregistered members of the conference. Registration The 3-day conference price is $70. Cohousing groups and regional organizations: $65 each for 3 or 4, $60 for 5+. UW students: $60. Burning Souls Day is $10. Includes child care and some meals. For those with schedule or budget constraints, some one-day or no-meals memberships may be available. Inquire, telling us what you need. When you register, you will be sent information about locations and other details. Make checks payable to "Northwest Intentional Communities Association" and send to POB 46665, Seattle WA 98146-0665. Include: - name, address, day & evening phone, email - group, professional, volunteer, other status - interest in burning souls day - food restrictions, other special needs - children's names, ages, sex, special needs - topics, expertise, experiences, interests - volunteer offers of help to the conference - requests for space in resource room - accomodations plans Note: Make hotel reservations directly. Conference coordinator: Marci Malinowycz POB 46665, Seattle WA 98146-0665 (206) 763-2623 sodance [at] msn.com
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