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Connect, learn, celebrate! Community Gone Viral Unconference (5th&Mission)

Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 5th with area cohousers, community seekers, and allies. Learn from the shared wisdom of experts, founders, organizers and members. Co-create new models and tools for permanent affordability and community re-investment.

Discover and share what intentional communities such as cohousing, coops, coworking spaces, and ecovillages offer the world and to our Bay Area housing crisis. What will it take grow more sustainable, affordable, prosperous, inclusive, and creative intentional communities? 

Experts on Tap - Meet experienced founders, seekers, entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals. Find your allies and kindred spirits. 

What will it take for Community to Go Viral? We need replicable solutions and systems that serve more than one community at a time.  This unconference will explore financing and ownership options to help more communities to secure land and housing for the long term. 

By the end of the day, you'll have a clearer map for you and your companions in the journey ahead. 

Click on for more information about our sponsor and cohosts. 

Cost is $49 for advance registration, including lunch dinner and snacks onsite; $65 or more at the door. RSVP here, but to register and pay, go to eventbrite. 

Get in touch with Raines and Betsy, event hosts, about childcare and  work/trade rebate options.  


8:30 Open doors at the San Francisco Impact Hub, 1 block from Powell Street BART. 

9-12 Morning -  Plenary, welcome, introductions, opening talks; gathering questions for the day. Rapid responses from teams of specially invited guests. 

Unconference Marketplace: Select your priority breakout sessions; Propose your own as well as select from ones curated to serve special topics.  


1-6pm Afternoon: 

Opening Plenary; Several rounds of breakouts. Formats may include more presentations, panels, open discussion, and hands on coding or research  intensives. The last part of the afternoon is time for putting pieces together in small groups who will bring their best thinking to the whole group for Harvesting, reflections, and planning next steps. 

(There will be time and place for breaks during the afternoon!)


6-10pm Evening - After sharing dinner, participants can meet and mingle to discuss their experience, followed by music and dancing.  Come for all or part of the day!

Topics and speakers confirmed and suggested: (Updates can be found at the CGV website.)

Case Studies and Current Communities Roundup

Existing community founders and experts will look at Housing cooperatives, cohousing, and eco-villages, and new coliving households.  Cooperative Roots/Fort Awesom, Mariposa Grove (Oakland), Los Angeles Eco-village, Dancing Rabbit, Cooperative  Fair Hope, and urban neighborhood reclamation such as the Dudley Street Initiative (Roxbury, Boston) . 

Native Americans, single tax colonies and cooperative cities, permaculture, regenerative enterprise,  Islamic housing finance coops, interest-free-banking, and turning social capital into income and ownership. 

Current and new communities and forming groups will have an opportunity to share openings or plans -- bring your banner! 

Ownership structures and financing

Founders, lawyers, Investors, and planners specializing in cooperative and affordable community formation will be on hand to provide more details on ownership models, community land trust, condo, leaseholds and rental sharing models. We'll share examples of partnerships that increase affordability through access to public financing options. 

Representatives from Cutting Edge Capital and Sustainable Economies Law Center will outline the legalities of  real estate financing and investment systems, including new crowdsourcing options.  Other experts can speak on current public financing programs, and potential for-profit sources from social impact investers, nonprofit revolving loan funds, and interest free financing cooperatives. 

Allies and Political Change

ICs have allies; we can support each other to make change.  Affordable housing organizers, developers and advocates are invited.  CA-Evolve, the Prop 13 property tax reform campaign will be represented. 

Skills for a Cooperative Culture- Creating intentional communities is more than finance and legalities. Sustainability requires social equity.  Breakouts will include decision-making, governance, and communication structures for shared leadership, equity, radical inclusion, getting the work done, and remediating power and conflict patterns.  John Schinnerer will convene a session on consent-based governance through sociocracy.  Group Works, a pattern language for learning the essentials of great meetings and gatherings will be shared. 

Systems Design for Growing Intentional Communities - How can we use these legal, financing, and cultural options to rapidly prototype and replicate more intentional communities? What's needed to rapidly replicate the most successful models? 

See you there! 

Thanks to the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation for underwriting this event. 

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  • Raines C.

    We've now added morning-only, PM-only and evening options in case you can only make it for part of the day or need a more affordable option to be able to participate. Check it out: - today is your last chance to avoid at-the-door prices.

    July 4, 2014

  • Raines C.

    Hey folks, the next 24 hours is your last chance to register online. Prices will be higher at the door. RSVPing here is NOT enough to save your seat and lock in your discount. Get your butt over to EventBrite today:

    July 2, 2014

  • Dan K.

    I was part of an aspiring San Francisco cohousing group for more than a year. We had visioning meetings and learned Dynamic Governance. It fell apart when we started talking about money. Important lesson! But sooner or later cohousing WILL happen in SF. It has to. There are so many of us that want it! Who else is on board?

    1 · June 29, 2014

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