Resources to start a community or how to start a cohousing (and learn all about it)

I have started a list on where to go to get information. I will keep trying to update it. Remember to subscribe and keep reading my blog (If you find it interesting of course) and listen to the podcast with the same name since I interview many people and places there (and that’s more positive than my diary style blog here!)

1.

cohousing-l@cohousing.org

The list serv above has lots of people forming one and living one and they ask questions and answer a lot. It is an old technology but it’s been around since 1993. You can look up in the archives anything. This is a must for learning from cohousers how they built it and how they keep going!

To subscribe, unsubscribe, change from digest to individual emails:

https://lists.cohousing.org/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l

2.

I think it is somewhat linked to the list serv but here is where everyone and anyone could go to learn all about cohousing.  It lists where some are being built and where some are already. It has ads for homes for sale/rent and people looking for homes.  Read their blog entries for all sorts of ideas and issues.  They also post webinars on there.

3. 

Foundation for Intentional Communities

This is for cohousing and coliving (I assume) and communes.  It has books, workshops, lists of mediators (but not by how effective they are).

If you join you get the archives of Communities magazine – I’m only on issue 4 but they are from mostly communes in late 70s/80s and then goes into others like cohousing. Lots of topics.  Their classes and workshops are wonderful and have affordable options for these.

4. Diana Leafe Christian

You can get links  on there at FIC for Diana Leafe Christian’s books (also on Amazon)

She runs workshops on Sociocracy which is the favorite way to govern and helps with conflict management these days. She lives at an Ecovillage but most are run like cohousing and all of them, even communes, have similar getting along issues!

Diana interviewed successful and failed intentional communities to find out what worked best for one of the books but both are great.

Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community

Creating a LIfe Together

5.

Other books like by the architects who brought it to US and talk about ones in US and Denmark

Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities Paperback – Illustrated, February 1, 2011

by Charles Durrett (Author), Kathryn McCamant (Author)

(the people who brought cohousing from Denmark to USA)

A new one by a Senior Group from 2020 – State-Of-The-Art Cohousing: Lessons Learned from Quimper Village Paperback – March 9, 2020

The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living, 2nd Edition Paperback – May 1, 2009

by Charles Durrett (Author), William H. Thomas (Preface), Patch Adams (Foreword) 

The Cooperative Culture Handbook: A social Change Manual to Dismantle Toxic Culture and Build Connection by Yan a Ludwig and Karen Gimnig.

6.

Other books  on Pocket Neighborhoods are similar. Pocket Neighborhood website also talks about building community where you are right now.

7. Podcasts – there aren’t many and most are interviewed by people learning about cohousing or wanting to start one. But a great one that is ongoing (besides mine) is Houston Cohousing.  They are forming a community and give information about cohousing and different aspects. I want to move to Texas now (and that is not my preferred state – just for the heat, not the people mind you)

8. Facebook/Reddit, etc

There are groups now on Facebook and other social media that discuss forming and being in cohousing

Here are more that FIC gives out as resources:

Ecovillage.org – Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

GaiaEducation.org – Gaia Education for ecovillage-based learning experiences

Ecobasa.org – Directory for community work-trade, mostly in Europe

Sagecohoadvocates.orgSAGE Senior Cohousing Advocates 

Seniorcoops.org – Senior Cooperative Foundation (SCF)

Centersnetwork.org – Holistic Centers Network

NuMundo.org – NuMundo is a network of impact centers

TheFEC.orgFederation for Egalitarian Communities (FEC), income-sharing 

Coophousing.org – National Association of Housing Co-ops (NAHC)

Nasco.coop – North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO)

Coliving.com“book affordable and hassle-free coliving spaces”

Agrihoodliving.com – “Farm-to-Table neighborhoods”

Transitionus.org – Transition Town US

Transitionnetwork.org – Transition Town Network, global

Searchtinyhousevillages.com – Directory of tiny house villages

Diggersanddreamers.org.uk – UK network of intentional communities

Cohousing.ca – Canadian Cohousing NetworkCohousing.org.uk – UK Cohousing Network

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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