Re: cohousing and career change
From: Tree Bressen (
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 21:42:19 -0800 (PST)
Hello Andrew,

I am at a point in my life where I am actively pursuing career change.
 Purely coincidently, I am also starting up a new cohousing
development.  My question is whether having been involved in a
cohousing development has afforded you skills, abilities, or even
accreditation(s) that you have been able to effectively use as the
basis for a new career, or a new career path?  I am equally interested
to hear from those using their new skills as employees and as
self-employed professionals, especially those with a technical

Sitting through hundreds of hours of community meetings (and meetings of organizations in the wider communities movement) gave me the skills i now use in my fulltime work as a freelance facilitator and process skills teacher. I have been teaching a facilitation training series in CA and several of the students who attend it are considering group facilitation as a possible future career (which is good, because i think at this point the demand for skilled facilitators exceeds the supply).

I also found that serving on the budget committee for a few years at my first community home provided me with basic financial skills training that has been helpful in running my own business.

Good luck to you,

--Tree Bressen
Walnut St. Co-op


Tree Bressen
1680 Walnut St.
Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 484-1156
tree [at]

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