Cohousing Anthology is OUT!
From: Dave Wann (
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2005 09:45:47 -0800 (PST)
I'm pleased to officially announce that "Reinventing Community: Stories from
the Walkways of Cohousing" has been printed, and is now available. (We did
it!) It features 50 stories by 38 cohousing residents -- most of them
original and some reprinted from Cohousing Magazine -- and many photographs
from 25 different cohousing communities.

This will be a good book for current residents of cohousing who want to see
what other communities are up to, and will also be a great way for those
interested in cohousing to try it out vicariously. In a way, this is the
first "report from the field" about North American cohousing,written and
photographed by the people who live there. The stories are about experiences
in designing neighborhoods, moving in, resolving conflict, cooking common
meals, activism in the community, birth and death in cohousing, and many

Here are a few early reactions to the book:

** "David Wann?s book offers valuable insights into why people are not only
drawn to this type of neighborhood but have taken considerable risk and
effort to create cohousing neighborhoods. It shows us both the mundane and
extraordinary aspects of creating and living in community in contemporary
-- Kathryn M. McCamant, cohousing architect and pioneer, co-author of
"Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves".

** ?The folks David Wann profiles in Reinventing Community are the vanguard
for the future -- they're learning today, often by painful and sometimes
humorous trial and error, what it takes to go beyond the solitary and
alienated survival tactics of modern urban life to the full flowering of the
human spirit of tomorrow, in community.?
-- Eric Utne, founder of Utne magazine and editor of "Cosmo Doogood's Urban

** ?Reinventing Community is an accessible and inspiring book, a rich
tapestry of voices and insights from modern pioneers who are creating human
scale villages, friendly to people and the sustainability of life on this
-- Duane Elgin, author of "Voluntary Simplicity".

** "This anthology is also one of the best overviews of community living I?
ve seen yet?the small unexpected pleasures; the ongoing sense of connection;
the steady support of neighbors and friends; the safety, especially for
older people and children; children always having many near-siblings at hand
to play with; the potential clout with local officials?as well as the
inevitable conflicts, challenges, heartbreaks, and innovative community
--Diana Leafe Christian, editor of Communities magazine and author of
"Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and
Intentional Communities".

Visit the (soon to be unveiled as a redesigned site!)and
www.reinventingcommunity (up soon) websites for more details, or contact me

In community,

Dave Wann
Harmony Village Cohousing, Golden, Colorado
coauthor of "Affluenza" and "Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable
davewann [at]
(303) 216-1281

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