Join the nation’s experts on cohousing, Katie McCamant & Chuck Durrett for a Cohousing Presentation in Tulsa. RSVP here on Eventbrite.
California is the birthplace of U.S. Cohousing. In 1991, residents moved into Muir Commons in Davis – the first cohousing in North America. There are now over 160 communities across the U.S., with 32 in California. Take this opportunity to visit one near you, or plan a trip out of town! Learn about participating communities here.
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Katie was recently invited by the Institute for Creative Sustainability (a Berlin-based non-profit organization which has been active since 2003 to study and promote cultures of sustainable urban development) to make a statement for their new publication.
Their project, CoHousing Cultures (also the title of another book by the author, Michael LaFond) is publishing CoHousing Inclusive, to be printed in both English and German. They’ve invited 26 international cooperative and community-led housing experts and activists to publish a statement in the book. Katie’s contributory statement:
“In cohousing neighborhoods, we build relationships with our neighbors by working together on practical matters, whether that is a landscape workday or making dinner. As we work together, we build trust. Over time, we find our own edges softening, gaining greater empathy for each other, and this empathy accompanies us in the rest of our lives, opening our hearts to others. Living in community teaches us to listen more carefully to what others have to share. When our communities are truly successful, they give us energy and support to engage actively in the larger civil society to empathetically and respectfully address the challenges of the human condition.”
– Katie McCamant, CoHousing Solutions
As we near the end of 2016, we who are so lucky to live in community have much to be grateful for; most importantly: good, caring neighbors who are willing to actively engage in the process of creating great neighborhoods to grow up in, and to age in.
How can we best work together to meet our diverse needs? How can I be better at truly hearing you? By sharing my own vulnerabilities, can I help to create a “safe” place for others? When I see you take action, I too am inspired to do my part to create a fairer world.
In our communities, we practice and refine our communication skills, our ability to work collaboratively, and most importantly, to always treat all people with respect. We model a world we dream of for our children, and our children take it forth into the world in so many different ways.
May the holiday season bring you opportunities to appreciate what we have created together, and may the new year bring you and your family and community even more opportunities to practice these skills as we seek to build a more respectful and sustainable world.
With Much Gratitude,