Re: Conference intensives registration
From: Bob Leigh (
Date: Wed, 1 May 2019 07:30:41 -0700 (PDT)
Raines, you mentioned:

>> Plus a deep dive on the Squirrel Fund, a newly-emerging financial tool
we can use to prevent displacement among seniors in our cohousing
neighborhoods. <<

At Cornerstone we're beginning to face several flavors of that issue.
Where can I find more information about the Squirrel Fund?

Bob Leigh
Cornerstone Village Cohousing
Cambridge, MA, USA

On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 8:53 AM Raines Cohen <rc3-coho-L [at]> wrote:

> On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 3:25 AM Jerry Koch-Gonzalez <
> jerry [at]> wrote:
> >
> > Raines, could you say more what you are doing (and where) with
> Ecovillagers
> > post cohousing conference? I have a free Monday morning.
> Thanks for asking, Jerry. Look for more to be confirmed in the next week,
> but the short form is:
> Several folks from Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) and the
> Global EcoVillage Network (GEN) will be at the cohousing conference. This
> includes myself, Crystal Farmer, Sky Blue, Yana Ludwig, and more, including
> folks developing cohousing as part of EcoVillages from all over. Others are
> already in the PDX area, or can make it down from British Columbia or up
> from California or the Southwest, and beyond.
> We are getting together after the conference for several days of planning
> meetings to build the GENNA Alliance, the still-emerging North American
> network that integrates US and Canadian networks of communities -- mostly
> internal work, but starting with Monday of more outward, public-facing
> conversations, including some of interest to cohousers, and room for
> extended conversations on topics that the conference could only touch on
> in the brief session slots available, or that didn't fit in the conference
> schedule, such as:
> * Sustainability beyond "Green Building" - our communities' relationship to
> nature and the people who came before us and who will come later
> * Aging in Community: Not just Senior Cohousing, but how even
> intergenerational cohousing can integrate spirit and purpose in later life.
> Plus a deep dive on the Squirrel Fund, a newly-emerging financial tool that
> we can use to prevent displacement among seniors in our cohousing
> neighborhoods.
> * Economic Justice and inclusivity in how we define our movements - what
> are our growing edges?
> * Research: Beyond Academia, what do we need to know about ourselves as a
> movement?
> * Affordable Housing (including perhaps a field trip to a local community
> serving people without homes, built on cohousing principles)
> * Effective Decision-making and group development tools, integrating
> outside perspectives (I bet this one could use some sociocratic
> perspective, hint hint)
> While some topics are being planned, you can think of Monday's gathering as
> a one-day "unconference" with room to pursue what matters to you in greater
> depth.
> We are partnering with the Village Building Convergence (VBC), City
> Repair's linchpin annual event that includes 10 days of neighborhood
> Placemaking activities that starts the Friday night of the conference, to
> help produce a Sunday evening event and other activities.
> We just confirmed a venue for Monday all-day activities that is walking
> distance (or bike or trolley) from the conference hotel, and not too far
> from transit connections to the airport, so easy enough to stop at for a
> while on your way home.
> The VBC website has general background but no details yet - note that while
> it currently lists "cohousing" as the Sunday night topic, really this is
> just a placeholder page (they are, like many headline writers, using the
> term generically for shared housing, not in our specific meaning of an
> intentional neighborhood blending privacy and community), the evening will
> be much more broadly about the intentional communities and EcoVillage
> movements and offer an interactive experience co-designed by some longtime
> community organizers:
> (note that this website will probably not show the Monday activities - stay
> tuned for specifics on that, and write me off-list to get notice of
> updates)
> These days, I speak of all cohousing neighborhoods as "planting the seeds
> of EcoVillages" in terms of the personal and collective transformation we
> bring about, and think that our future survival, relevance, and
> accessibility depends on us finding, building, and expressing the ways that
> living the way we do serves a higher purpose, which is why this matters so
> much to me.
> Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach and Global Ecovillage Network Ambassador
> at Berkeley (CA) Cohousing
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