We're cross-listing this non-EBCOHO event tonight at our SF clubhouse at The Hub coworking space in the SF Chronicle building because we have had several interesting conversations with the speaker (who, like me, was a Geography major) and believe that cohousing will be a key tool in creating abundance districts - and they will be ideal places for us to locate communities. -- Raines Ever wonder why we can never seem to have enough resources to get good things done in the world? Wolfgang Hoeschele says it's because our present economy values only scarce resources at the cost of freedom, social equity, and environmental sustainability. But there's another way - An economy of abundance would instead seek ways to make it possible for everyone to live abundantly, now and in the future, while consuming less natural resources. This workshop will present a strategy for creating better conditions for abundance by founding "abundance districts," where community members network and support each other to build an economy of abundance. This discussion will focus on where in San Francisco or the Bay Area a first abundance district could be established, who all could be involved, and how it might be financed. For more see the Shareable Magazine article on the concept: http://www.shareable.net/blog/event-can-we-make-place-for-abundance-in-the-bay-area Come to this free gathering and enjoy food, drinks, meaningful conversation, and Kombucha provided by www.HouseKombucha.com In other EBCOHO News:
- Tix are Now on Sale for the Spring Bus Tour - Grab Your Seat Today. EBCOHO Members save $5, and our Supporting Members save over 10% on the East Bay Cohousing Bus Tour on Saturday, April 9. Also that weekend, we'll be participating in a communities fair in South Berkeley, linked to two conferences related to cooperatives and cooperation. And there's the Green Fest in San Francisco, where we are not planning a booth but instead an informal get-together for cohousers.
- We'll be tabling on Thursday evening, March 17th, at the EarthDance Short-Attention-Span Film Collection showing at the Brower Center in downtown Berkeley.
- Set aside Saturday, March 19th for not one but two events highlighting new opportunities to buy in community in North Oakland: Triple Point Cohousing, now an EBCOHO Supporting Group Member, will host a discussion about life in their small retrofit community, which has a rare opening, and EBCOHO Supporting Member Spring Friedlander at Prudence Crandall House will host a gathering to discuss a home for sale across the street, which could be the next building block in the Fairview Park EcoVillage. And don't forget the Eastlake Cohousing games potluck in Alameda that evening. And we're organizing some cohousing-related movies in Berkeley that night, and again on Thursday evening March 24th.
- We've just confirmed that the Facilitation Intensive Workshop Series, with master facilitator/trainer Laird Schaub, is a go for April 21-24 at Golden Gate Cohousing. This 2-year series of quarterly gatherings, hosted in communities around Northern California. You'll be hearing a lot about this from us in the next little bit, as we recommend it as the best tool to become a better cohouser, gaining skills and practice hands-on facilitating different groups' meetings, and creating a community of practice.
- We'll be joined the last weekend in March by Tom and Carol Braford, founders of Metro Cohousing at Culver Way Ecovillage in St. Louis (MO), who are pioneering green-built affordable urban sustainable community, with innovative financing. On Saturday the 26th we'll be taking a field trip to Santa Rosa to visit Yulupa Cohousing and other sustainable communities in the area.
- And don't forget regular community tours, next coming up this Saturday, March 12 for Supporting Group Member Folsom EcoHousing and April 3 for Pleasant Hill Cohousing.
Connect to all these opportunities, and more, via the East Bay Cohousing website: http://www.ebcoho.org/