Workshops

Photo by PLACEMATTERS.

Photo by PLACEMATTERS.

We can assist the group move through the decision process to commitment and focus on moving forward.  This is typically conducted through a series of workshops to build consensus among group members.  Workshops include:

  1. Introduction, Orientation & Helping to Spread the Word.  We run brief sessions in communities to build interest and awareness of the new community being planned.  People tend to self-select into cohousing – the community will attract like-minded people.  We help spread the word about the planned community and build a critical mass of supporters.
  2. Feasibility.  We can quickly assess the feasibility and risks facing a new community….before significant money is invested in land and design planning.  We analyze the key assumptions surrounding a target site for acquisition and build everyone’s comfort level with plans.  This helps build support among the broader group.
  3. Getting It Built.  This how-to workshop covers all the key elements of the development business and your project – including land acquisition strategies, financing, budgeting, project management and community building.
  4. Study Groups.  We can run study group workshops on site layout, common house design and individual unit design.  Our partners have a vast depth of experience in this area gained through working on projects across North America.  We don’t have to reinvent the wheel on much of this work – we can share the lessons learned on many other projects.
  5. Community Building.  We can help you continue to grow your group and attract members, and also work on effective decision-making.