|Cohousing Anthology is OUT!||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dave Wann (davewanncomcast.net)|
|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 more. 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 America." -- 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 Almanac". ** ?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 planet. -- 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 solutions." --Diana Leafe Christian, editor of Communities magazine and author of "Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities". Visit the www.cohousing.org (soon to be unveiled as a redesigned site!)and www.reinventingcommunity (up soon) websites for more details, or contact me directly. In community, Dave Wann Harmony Village Cohousing, Golden, Colorado coauthor of "Affluenza" and "Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Communities" davewann [at] comcast.net (303) 216-1281
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