Re: The Future of Cohousing
From: Harold Shapiro, CRE (
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 10:37:54 -0800 (PST)
The issue you so well articulated goes way beyond just cohousing. The
paradigm shift is so demanding that we each need to look inward and
reevaluate our roles in this unfolding time. I believe you have what it
takes to be a positive contributor to the unfolding dialogue
regarding evolutionary cohousing and the personal growth it demands on all
of our parts. Let me make one suggestion as a beginning however. Instead of
just asking those of us to join you in this challenge, the new paradigm is
demanding us to ask a different question. That is 'with whom can I join'.
Let's talk
Harold Shapiro
ElderFire Communities
Ojai, Ca.

On Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 7:48 AM, Zev Paiss <zpaiss [at]> 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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