|Elevator Speech||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 07:14:29 -0800 (PST)|
This is Raines’ Elevator Speech. Each point will take you up one floor or to the next level of a person’s interest. If it’s a tall building and/or they are still listening, you get to the end. • It’s condos with community: about 20 to 30 homes on average, clustered together • We all have our own private homes, with a large shared area — a common house • We all have our own kitchens, but we do meals together a few times a week • I know my neighbors, we run the community by consensus • We’re basically recreating an old-fashioned village, overcoming the isolation of the last half century • Some are individual homes, some townhouses, some condos [include your own project design/vision and experience here]. In general we live in smaller spaces because of our shared space and resources • It’s a national movement, with 116 cohousing neighborhoods established over the last two decades, with a similar number under development • We start green and get greener — way more than just the “sticks and bricks” of green building, studies show: car-sharing, composting, saving energy way more than the average American • It’s intergenerational and very popular with parents, but we’ve got a lot of interest from boomers in senior cohousing, specifically designed to support the aging process and help them maintain their independence and stay out of nursing homes • It’s great for activists — I can host a meeting in the Common House, without even cleaning house. • I learn a lot from my neighbors and do things with them • Legally it’s a condominium, so we don’t have a guru, we all have our own incomes, our own mortgages, and there’s no wife-swapping [you can apologize here if they look disappointed] • We get professional help with decision-making and conflict prevention and resolution, so we look for mutually optimal solutions. • It’s the fastest-growing sector of the Intentional Communities movement, because we partner with professional developers and leverage the system, so the banks will finance it and cities/counties will approve it • It comes from Denmark, and was brought over to the U.S. by two architects [at this point if someone’s very engaged, I pull out the green-cover book] • We’re having a meeting/orientation/tour/common meal next ___ (or every ___), [hand them your postcard-sized or tri-fold simple flyer] would you like to come learn more and see it for yourself? Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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