Reinventing Community

Overview

''Human beings are not meant to live alone, or in isolated nuclear family arrangements. We do best in community. But in a few short generations, we've lost many of the social skills necessary for successful community living. The folks ... in Reinventing Community are the vanguard for the future - they're learning today ... what it takes to go beyond the solitary and aliented survival tactics of modern urban life to the full flowering of the human spirit of tomorrow.'' --- Eric Utne, founder of Utne magazine and editor of Cosmo Doogood's Urban
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Overview

''Human beings are not meant to live alone, or in isolated nuclear family arrangements. We do best in community. But in a few short generations, we've lost many of the social skills necessary for successful community living. The folks ... in Reinventing Community are the vanguard for the future - they're learning today ... what it takes to go beyond the solitary and aliented survival tactics of modern urban life to the full flowering of the human spirit of tomorrow.'' --- Eric Utne, founder of Utne magazine and editor of Cosmo Doogood's Urban Almanac.....Cohousing began in Scandinavia in the 1960s as a response to a feeling of isolation within typical suburban communities, where you don't know your neighbor, nor can you rely on their assistance - not even for a cup of sugar. Cohousing spread to the United States in the 1980s, and there are now several hundred such communities throughout the country in more than thirty states. Reinventing Community is the first cohousing anthology that tells real-world stories from the perspectives of the unique people who live in these communities, whether they be in urban, suburban, or rural settings. Unlike the few ''how-to'' guides in the marketplace today, this book details the lives of these close-knit groups of caring and active neighbors who enjoy their own privacy, yet also share a wonderful sense of camaraderie and connection. Exploring everything from planning a cohousing community to moving in to the joys and challenges of daily life, Reinventing Community shares with its readers a sense of what it takes to build a true community in our often detached and disengaged modern world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458763341
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/7/2010
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Laboratories of social change of "yuppie communes?" 3
"Bofaellesskaber?" : an interview with the pioneer couple of American cohousing 13
Guiding a community home 24
Ten great reasons to live in cohousing 32
Sharingwood stories 34
How sixty-seven tons of brick connected a community 36
What I learned from children about giving and receiving 41
Looking back - but only for an instant 42
A recipe for saving the world, one bagel at a time 49
How does cohousing create sustainability? 52
If not us, who? 59
Preserving open space - and my sense of humor 69
Money, homes, and trust : economic diversity at Wild Sage 76
Have conscience, will build : a developer reflects on cohousing 82
The journey to 90 percent recycling at Quayside Village 93
The landscape of cohousing and other reflections 99
Growing pains, trials, and triumphs 105
Reflections of a cohousing elder 114
Learning from the land 118
With a little help from my friends 124
Heroes, villains, and hopeless hams : kid theater at new view cohousing 132
Divorce unites a community 137
My less-than-perfect community 139
Bringing life back to an urban neighborhood 144
A different kind of fixer-upper : retrofit cohousing 154
Building community - in more ways than one 161
Sage-ing, not aging, at Silver Sage : the birth of an elder community 165
Reaching beyond ourselves : foster parenting in cohousing 169
The sewing lessons 173
John's offer 174
Burning souls, founders, and maintainers : the evolution of Muir Commons 176
Through the looking glass 189
How can we forget move-in? 201
Stairway common meals, cohousing-style 204
Fearless John Mackey's last days 206
Half-man, a styrofoam mannequin, disappears at the Harmony Village garage sale 209
Cooking for fifty : crisis or opportunity? 212
Art at Rosewind : joy and ruckus 220
Growing a garden, growing a community 226
How the work gets done 234
Let cohousing put you in the driver's seat 239
It takes a village to raise a mother 240
The annual retreat is here! 250
Celebrating a wedding at Greyrock Commons 252
Winter solstice : warm and cold 255
Dancing our story 259
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