Re: The Future of Cohousing
From: Holly McNutt (
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 07:53:23 -0800 (PST)
Maybe me. 
Hey Zev, long time no see.  Regards to Neshama. Are you guys still at Nomad?
 - Holly McNutt

On Feb 5, 2011, at 8:48 AM, Zev Paiss wrote:

> Hello Friends Old and New,
> This thread around rental cohousing is something I believe the  
> cohousing world will need to take very seriously in the coming years.  
> When I became involved in cohousing in 1991 the world was a different  
> place. Back then, there were "only" 5.5 billion people on the planet  
> where today, only 20 years later, there is an estimated 6.9 billion  
> people. Exponential growth is a powerful thing. Populations everywhere  
> are bumping up against the limits of fresh water, food, liquid fuels,  
> and jobs in many parts of the world and right here in America.
> I have had the pleasure and the challenge of been at the forefront of  
> innovation in the cohousing movement since I began. These include  
> helping to create the Rocky Mountain Cohousing Association, the  
> CoHousing Journal, eight regional inserts, a color cover, the first  
> Cohousing website, beginning to accept credit cards, starting an  
> online store, coordinating several regional then the first few  
> National conferences, and creating the Elder Cohousing Network.
> The question before us now is how does cohousing address the  
> monumental transformations in housing now confronting American  
> society. As Kate Ben-Ami stated in her message earlier this week,
>       "I understood that it'll take time for the COHO community to realize  
> the complete
>       paradigm shift that has occurred in this country (with regard to home  
> ownership)."
> This is an unprecedented opportunity for the cohousing model to take  
> its 20+ years of experience and apply it to creating models for  
> affordable, rental and lower income housing that is so urgently needed  
> in this country. Cohousing needs creative leadership who has the  
> experience, leadership and connections to take us in this direction.
> Who is ready to join me in this challenge?
> Zev Paiss
> Nomad Cohousing
> Boulder, Colorado
> zpaiss [at]
> 303-413-8066
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