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Connect, learn, celebrate! Community Gone Viral Unconference (SF)

Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 5th with this Intentional Communities  Unconference organized by EBCOHO and partners.  As an unconference, all participants can propose sessions.  

An intentional community is a place planned by its future members around some set of social, environmental, politicalreligious, or spiritual values that are best supported by living together on a daily  basis.  Long-term communities most often share ownershp of the land and some or all of the buildings on it. 

Find allies and kindred spirits.  Members of local housing cooperatives, co-op houses, cohousing, and ecovillages, can represent and share. 

How do we secure land and money to start new intentional communities? How did they grow the trust to make decisions, share ownership and day to day lives.  These are essential questions every aspiring group will be thinking about at some point. 

Experts on Tap - Meet experienced community organizers, members, entrepreneurs, cooperative housing investors, developers, group facilitators, and other experts in the legal and financial aspects of cohousing and cooperative housing development. 

Dream, design, deliver ---  Learn the ways IC's have economically, socially, and ecologically made their communities sustainable - and avoid mistakes they've made. Bring your team or join one for the day and pitch your plans, Get feedback from future members and social investors in our friendly "Shark Tank." 

Building Support Systems - We're part of a movement of movements, growing, and diverse. In the 20th Century, visionaries, unions, federal agencies, social investors, and everyday people financed and built cooperatively owned towns, cities, and neighborhoods! Many are still chugging along, providing affordable housing, stable neighborhoods, and community services like schools, parks, and business districts, and jobs. 

Yes, we could do this again!  It's happening around the world.  Why not here? 

July 5 Community Gone Viral will be a time to build relationships to help us in creating intentional communities -- including the financing systems and public policies that would produce more of them. 

The Arc of the Day (meals provided on-site; options abound on (Market and Powell)

The morning - welcome with short talks and discussion to spark your imagination -with time to learn who's in the room and why. Propose sessions for the afternoon. 

After lunch are "unconference sessions"  Before lunch, anyone can propose to convene a session on the topic of your choice; Report backs from the formal sessions are "harvested" in the late afternoon.  

There is a special Pitch event for teams who are designing a particular kind of community project, and are looking for feedback from potential members and financial backers. 

After DINNER, there's more informal breakouts, social time, and Community Movies,  hosted Within Reach's co-star and producer, Amanda Kay, formerly of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in MO, now of Golden Gate Cohousing in Oakland.  Bring your own favorites! 

By the end of the day, we'll all have a better idea of the systems that to secure land and finance new intentional communities. You'll have a clearer map for your journey. 

For a more detailed Program, click here

Click here to find out who's coming

Click here to learn more about Open Space/Unconferences.    

Earlybird tickets are $49  including 3 meals onsite. Tickets go up to $75 at the door. RSVP at EBCOHO, but to register and pay, go to eventbrite

Get in touch here with EBCOHO organizers for info about childcare and  work/trade volunteer discounts or rebate options.  


A few of the participants:   

Sarah Kaplan, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Ian Winters, Northern California Land Trust, Fairview House
Rick Lewis, Bay Area Community Land Trust, Ninth Street Coop
Mike Curtis, Arden (NJ) Land Trust
Carla Mays - California Technology Investment Fund
Thomas Perry, Seed Stock Complementary Currencies
Karl Fitzgerald, Permaculture Design, Earthsharing.AU
Jay Standish, Open Door LLC, Embassy Network
John Schinnerer, Sociocracy Consulting Group, Dynamic Governance 
Rana Chang (House Kombucha), Prop 13 Reform Coalition, Henry George Foundaiton
Yavette Holt, Cowrie Village (People's Grocery), TBC

Likely Topics

Legal Ownership and Financing Structures for startup and operating economies, and alternatives:  CrowdfundingComplementary Currencies, Social Capital to Cash for Renters, Time Banks, and Interest Free Housing Financing institutions.  Dudley Street Initiative and urban land banks, Belgium's Unmonastery communities for youth can be discussed. 

Political Change - Anti-displacement organizers are invited.  CA-Evolve, the Prop 13 property tax reform campaign will be represented.  

Skills for a Cooperative Culture-  Communication and decision-making for shared leadership, equity, radical inclusion, getting the work done, and remediating power and conflict patterns. Voice Dialog, NVC),Sociocracy, Group Works Card Decks to grow and share understanding of the patterns underlying successful cooperative groups and communities. .  


Community Gone Viral  is the brainchild of Jacob Shwartz-Lucas of EARTHSHARING.ORG, a NYC-based project inspired by the ideas of 19th century radical economist and SF journalist, Henry George.  Understanding land as a public commons and the source of all wealth and poverty, George's ideas led to many initiatives to create intentional communities, including community land trusts. 

Thanks to the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation for underwriting this event.   

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  • Nora

    Great people, great sharing and info. The day flowed well and the food was good.

    July 7, 2014

  • George

    Enthusiasm abounds. Networks enriched. Wonderful time.

    July 7, 2014

  • Betsy M.

    As host, I couldn't have been happier; this is Raines and my 3rd time hosting this kind of event. Last time we partnered with our 25th anniversary board meeting of the Fellowship for Intentional Community in Durham, NC. This time Jake from the Schalkenbach Fdtn and Council of Georgist Organizations found us. Who's next?!!! I've got a ton of ideas for followup - but let me know where you all go from here.

    2 · July 6, 2014

  • Freya

    I was impressed, and glad to have participated.

    3 · July 6, 2014

  • Kate H.

    Thanks for the great day of sharing information, communing with like-minded people! It was invigorating, fun, playful, and well organized! Great overall experience!

    3 · July 6, 2014

  • Loni G.

    Well shaped program, with breathing spaces and great facilitation that kept it congenial and productive. Excellent food to nourish us as we worked. Flexible where it needed to be. Well planned and well-done!

    3 · July 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I want to register for the regular price, but on eventbrite it said that registration is closed. Is there anyway I could still register without paying the at-the-door price?

    1 · July 5, 2014

    • Raines C.

      The Ebcoho discount works at the door and we are keeping prices the same, less now for the remains of the day. Come on down

      1 · July 5, 2014

  • Cinna

    Is there anyone driving in? I would be happy to share the cost(s) involved.

    1 · July 4, 2014

    • Raines C.

      we're driving super-early to set up, but the location is half a block from BART.

      July 5, 2014

  • Nora

    How do I get my advance discount ticket at $49? Is there a promo code? When I click on Eventbrite they say it is $75 booked and $100 at the door. Not sure what to do now. Don't want to pay $75.

    1 · July 4, 2014

    • Raines C.

      promo code EBCOHO will get you the discount rate, Laura. We've updated it so the same price will be available at the door for you, but if possible please do register online, it will save time. See you bright and early.

      July 5, 2014

  • ariana

    Hey Raines, do you know if it's possible to go for half day (and pay for half day only)? i.e. the afternoon.

    July 2, 2014

    • Raines C.

      We can do that if you can't make the morning. But if the price is the only reason to split the day, send a message, we have some volunteer opportunities

      July 2, 2014

    • Raines C.

      Here's a follow-up answer to your question, Ariana: we've just added morning, PM, and evening-only options to the registration page. We still recommend advance registration for fast entry: http://CommunityGoneV...­

      July 4, 2014

  • Raines C.

    Hey folks, the next 24 hours is your last chance to register and get the earlybird price with the EBCOHO discount code. 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

  • Raines C.

    Use discount code EBCOHO for the early bird rate

    June 29, 2014

  • Luke

    Very excited about this. Technical question- do I need to print tickets out from Eventbrite? I was having a tough time finding where to print them out? I clicked "print tickets" but all that came up was a summary of my info I entered when registering. Is there just a guest list instead? See you all soon!

    1 · June 16, 2014

    • Raines C.

      Luke, nope, no printing required, we tried to disable that EventBrite option. We'll have you on a list at the door.

      June 20, 2014

102 went

  • Raines C. +20
    Cohousing Coach and Aging In Community Author, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Betsy M. +20
    Cohousing Coach, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Natalie
    Parker Street Coop member/EBCOHO supporting group
  • SeanC
    Golden Gate Coho member; EBCOHO Group Member through 4/30/14
  • Martha-Lou­ W.
    Supporting Member through Dec 31, 2015 and Voice Dialogue coach
  • Spring F.
    Prudence Crandall house - Supporting Group member
  • Amanda Kay C.
    Within Reach movie bicycling communitarian/co-creator at GG coho
  • Josephine W.
    EBCOHO Supporting Member through August 1, 2014
  • Keith +1
    EBCOHO Supporting Member through 8/23/15
  • Dan K.
    San Francisco Cohousing co-organizer & Active Organizing Member
  • Dan K.
    EBCOHO Supporting member through 5/11/2012
  • Luke
    Supporting EBCOHO Member through 9/15/2015
  • Rachel
    Supporting EBCOHO Member through 8/8/2011
  • Chris T.
    Sustainable Economies Law Center
  • Nora
    Supporting Member through June 30,2015
  • George
    EBCOHO Supporting Member through 2/1/16
  • Loni G.
    Toad Hall co-founder and space planner
  • Freya
    Supporting EBCOHO Member through 3/20/2011 & Parker Street Co-op
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
    +20 guests
  • A former member

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