Re: The Future of Cohousing
From: Wayne Tyson (
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 15:33:59 -0800 (PST)
Hello new friends,

I have no experience, leadership, and certainly no connections to take anybody, much less a "movement" anywhere. However, Zev's post opens up thoughts--at least curiosity--about just what he has in mind . . .


----- Original Message ----- From: "Zev Paiss" <zpaiss [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Saturday, February 05, 2011 7:48 AM
Subject: [C-L]_ The Future of Cohousing

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

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]
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