|Cohousing Conference 2008 Bulletin!||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Whitney Schmidt (whitneyschmidtverizon.net)|
|Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 09:45:27 -0800 (PST)|
Hello and Happy New Year! Here is your 2008 Cohousing Conference news! Please email whitneyschmidt [at] verizon.net for more information. *** Starting in February, this bulletin will be in hyperlinked format. For now, please forgive its length; it does require a bit of scrolling. *** Information you will find below: Sponsor the 2008 Cohousing Conference! Pre-registration starts this month! (includes a tentative schedule of events) Presenters raise your hands! Cohousing Olympics and Events suggestions 2008 Conference Sponsors The 2008 Conference will give your company or organization better exposure than ever! Over 250 attendees are expected at Bentley College in June; current and future cohousers who are building, improving, and maintaining their homes, neighborhoods, relationships, and lives every day. There are four ways to sponsor this conference: Platinum Level sponsors - $2000 Buy a spot in conference history. Your company will be featured in conference literature and mentioned appropriately throughout the conference. One exhibit space is yours for the duration of the conference, and you get two free registrations which will include our Saturday night dinner auction. Gold Level sponsors - $1700 Be featured in our conference literature appropriately throughout the conference, and get an exhibit space for the duration of the conference. Join us for the Saturday night dinner auction, too! Silver Level sponsors - $1000 Get a spot in our conference literature without staffing an exhibit table ? but please join us at our dinner auction on Saturday night for dinner, bidding, and dancing! Exhibitor - Options Vary Cohousing Groups: $200 for a whole table, $100 for a half table Non-Group rate: $500 for a whole table, $250.00 for a half table Special Exhibitor-Sponsor Rate for Cohousing Groups in any stage from forming to established: $500 for a whole table plus and ad in our program! To become a sponsor, contact our conference organizer, Whitney Schmidt. - 2008 Conference Early Bird Registration Starts this month! Pre-Registration begins on January 31 at www.cohousing.org. Reserve your spot and get the best deal on limited on-site housing. Early Bird registration is $195 per person for the main conference program, with lodging an unbelievable $30 per person per night on campus. Pre-conference workshops are also available for sign up ($50 per workshop), with offerings including Retooling Cohousing for Aging in Place, Developing Cohousing Communities, The Cohousing Timeline Game, Survey of Legal Issues for Cohousing, Best Practices in Project Management, Nonviolent Communication, The Essentials of Dynamic Facilitation, Antidotes to Five Common Sources of Community Conflict, The Right Site, Common House Workshop, and Agenda for Sustainability. Preconference workshops are $50 each. Lodging on campus is also available for these nights. Don?t miss this year?s bus trips ? an unprecedented 3 trips scheduled for Thursday and Friday! See everything Massachusetts Cohousing has to offer! You may also sign up for extra tickets to Saturday Night?s Dinner Auction, make donations to the auction, reserve exhibit space, or sponsor the event. Stay tuned for exciting developments in this fast-approaching conference event! Conference schedule (subject to changes): Thursday, June 12: Western MA bus tour all day Pre-Conference workshops starting at noon Friday, June 13: Pre-Conference workshops all day Boston Area Bus Tours 2 half day Key note Address Friday evening Saturday, June 14: Regular Conference Presentations, all day Saturday evening Dinner Auction Sunday, June 15: Regular Conference Presentations, half day Conference "Open Forum" self directed discussion time, afternoon Pre-Registration begins on January 31 at www.cohousing.org. Presenters raise your hands! From Steve Hecht, Programming Team Greetings from the Program Team for the 2008 National Cohousing Conference! We are actively putting together our program for the main conference, and we?d love it if you submit your proposal or idea for a conference presentation. The deadline for submission of proposals is March 15, 2008. We can give you feedback if you?re not sure about the content or approach you?d like to take for a presentation. More formal proposals should be around 100 words (or fewer). To help you along we are including descriptions of the topical areas below, as well as suggestions about particular topics we?re interested in. Our presentation areas include Process, Management, Green Design, Development, Professional, General Interest. Here are some suggested topics to spur your imagination: Connecting beyond cohousing to the local community Aging (and Dying) in place Creating communities from a variety of shared interests Under resourced, non traditional cohousing models Making it affordable Early financing: How-tos Children in cohousing Getting everyone involved Developing a Culture of Traditions Diversity Deepening connections after the "romance" is gone Professionals: How to grow the market and keep cohousing on the path to mass adoption What works: best practices for meals, decision making, etc Please send all proposals to the chair of the Program Team, Steve Hecht, at: shecht [at] newview.org. We?re looking forward to hearing from you! Remember that deadline! Calling all team players? To the Cohousing Olympics! We?re exploring the possibility of something new this year at the 2008 Cohousing Conference near Boston . We?re creating downtime for some inter-community bonding and beginning a legacy of Who?s the Best ? at what? That?s up to you! Green cart parking? Tug of War? Who can achieve consensus the fastest while whistling? We need suggestions for some fun activities that will foster friendly competition, entertain the conference masses, and keep you coming back year after year, to see who wins next! Email us your suggestions for any type of fun activity; we?re making a list to see what?s feasible, what works with the schedule, and what will be fun and valuable to our conference experience.
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