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Join us and Cooperation Eugene online to envision the world After, when the urgent need for our goals -- microdwelling, compact development, reducing commuting and consumption, and overall more sustainable living -- should be that much more apparent. In a new feature on Meetup, the Zoom link to click at the designated time now appears in the right column ===> We will have introductions and check-in at the beginning to see how everyone is doing, and then hear from Sarai Johnson, Lane Countys newly hired Joint Shelter and Housing Strategist, and have Q&A. You can read about her here: https://www.registerguard.com/news/20200223/meet-sarai-johnson-first-joint-housing-strategist-for-eugene-and-lane-county After Sarais chat, we can chat among ourselves in small groups about common interests (via Zooms Break Rooms feature). Or perhaps we will have one big chat. The social hour may move along faster than our in-person social hours, and end in an actual hour ... or go on longer if folks have a lot to discuss/process/share/ask. We have set the length for this first one at an hour and a half, but lets be flexible as we reinvent. Note: Sarai is one of the front-line workers in the coronavirus response. We assume and hope it will be sufficiently managed by April 8 for her to join us as planned. But if not, we will still convene. Beginning next month (May), we will return to our regular First Tuesday time. ============================ For those new to Zoom, a primer (others can skip this): Zoom is free and easy to use - no extra equipment needed, just the camera and microphone that are almost certainly part of your computer, and an app you can quickly download. Here is a very short (1-minute) video tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting- If you would rather listen only and not be on video, Zoom will give you that option when you join the gathering. Info on privacy issues, as more and more meetings move to videoconferencing platforms: https://www.consumerreports.org/video-conferencing-services/zoom-teleconferencing-privacy-concerns ============================ Past topics of small-group conversation, after the speaker(s), have included: * Finding affordable lodgings * Tiny houses * Downsizing, consumption, sustainability * Group houses, co-ops, villages w/multiple dwellings * People w/land + people seeking land - often to park a tiny house or RV on * Housing policy, land use, building code (wonks!) * Tips on building an inexpensive backyard cottage (ADU), or converting an attached garage or basement to a livable space (not considered an ADU): bit.ly/cheap-ADU If you have specific questions on small-scale living, let us know in the Comments so we can have resources available that can help. _____________________ More MicroDwellers: You can now follow us (@microdwellers) on Instagram and Facebook, and Sherri blogs at RedefiningHome.org.
Note: Presumably this is happening online via Zoom or not at all - we will post the link in the right column if we receive it. ===> ===================== The NLC HHS* hosts Sarai Johnson, the recently hired Lane County Joint Shelter and Housing Strategist (and a fan of microdwelling). She is also the speaker at our April 8 social hour. If you miss that, here is another opportunity. In May, I believe the NLC HHS will host Marissa Cade, director of the new statewide program Home Share Oregon, as their speaker, so stay tuned for that! __________________________________ About the NLC HHS *The Neighborhood Leaders Council Housing and Homelessness Subcommittee is open to all. It offers great educational presentations + networking for people concerned about and working on housing/homelessness. You dont have to be involved with your neighborhood association to attend -- although please consider it. Eugene needs pro-housing voices on the boards of all neighborhood associations. You can receive notices of each NLC HHC meeting by signing up at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/nlc-hhs. Website: https://eugeneneighborhoods.wordpress.com/committees _____________________ More MicroDwellers: You can now follow us (@microdwellers) on Instagram and Facebook, and Sherri blogs at RedefiningHome.org.
We are currently planning a May event (online via Zoom) on housing co-operatives, with Cooperation Eugene, as part of the run-up to their broader summit, currently projected for December, on what a cooperative/regenerative economy would look like. The summit will address many aspects of life, including food, education, and workplaces. Our May event will focus specifically on housing. We will have several featured speakers, who will address questions like: * How can we create more housing co-ops in Eugene? * What can we learn from those we have*? * Would it help to establish an incubator -- a central place to go for information and advice -- for people who want to create housing co-ops? * What are different models for financing the acquisition of property? * (How) can a Community Land Trust be helpful? * What are the obstacles to creating more housing co-ops in Eugene, and how can we address those asap? There will be time for discussion w/speakers and individual chatting on this and other topics afterward. Feel free to share with/invite others who may be interested. We need all hands on deck as we move forward to create housing solutions in Eugene. Contact one of us if interested in contributing your skills, time, energy, knowledge, connections, or other resources! =============================== Optional background for those who want to learn more Housing co-ops in Eugene: * East Blair Housing Cooperative [c. 1982] * Walnut Street Co-op [c. 2000] * Emerald Village Eugene [c. 2018] * the three student co-ops [c. 1935, 1981, 1990] * two Christian student co-ops - Alpha-Omega House (men), Trinity House (women) * and perhaps others Podcast by Jan Spencer on local urban housing co-ops, including East Blair Housing Cooperative - about two dozen households in adjacent/nearby dwellings; many children, gardens + orchards, sauna, tool shed + more: https://player.whooshkaa.com/creating-a-resilient-future?episode=392633
Central Presbyterian Church
[Rescheduled from March 11.] __________________ THIS MONTH ONLY: In May, we will be combining our social hour with this excellent event, since it is much like our social hours in theme(s) and format. It will be at Central Presbyterian Church, on 15th near the UO. The theme of the evening is Moving Toward a One-Earth Lifestyle, Economy and Culture.* It is organized by River Road permaculturist and home-sharer Jan Spencer. There will be some mingling/conversation/browsing time at the outset, a presentation on One-Earth Living by Jan, and then hosted small-group conversations. Public transit options to the venue: LTD route #28, 82, EmX LTD Trip Planner: https://www.ltd.org Hummingbird Wholesale [thank you very much] is supporting the event and also doing social media. ================================================ * More from Jan on the theme of the event: Question - How can we address many of the deepening social, economic and environmental challenges of our time? A critical part of the answer - By reducing our eco logical footprints and building community culture. The concept of One Earth Lifestyle is a very useful approach for making meaningful changes in our lifestyles, homes, economy and culture. Measuring our ecological footprints is the starting point that can lead to taking action for a broad spectrum paradigm shift. Human eco logical footprints impact our climate, public health, the natural world and our quality of life. A one earth lifestyle is a lifestyle that everyone on planet earth could enjoy and that planet earth could sustain for both humans and the natural world. A one earth lifestyle would be very different from what most Americans experience. A core ideal - private sufficiency, community enhancement. The presentation, by Jan Spencer of Eugene, will show and tell what a one earth lifestyle, culture and economy might look like in terms of home, transportation, food choices, recreation, urban design and how we make a living. There will be a variety of community groups and individuals participating in the event, including MicroDwellers, car-free for 30 years, Sharing Economy Community, 350 Eugene, Cooperation Eugene, Eugene Permaculture Meetup, Suburban Permaculture and others. Topical conversations will include microdwelling, permaculture, cooperative living, cooperative economics, transforming a suburban property, plant-based diet, 30 years car-free, neighborhood associations, faith-based mutual assistance groups, various community campaigns and others. For more event information, go to www.suburbanpermaculture.org ============================================================== Some resources for further learning/involvement: * Microdwelling: http://www.bit.ly/EugeneMicro ADUs: https://www.wecaneugene.org Homesharing: https://www.homeshareoregon.org * Some local housing co-ops http://dumacommunity.blogspot.com http://www.eastblairhousingcooperative.org https://walnutstcoop.wordpress.com Communication/group process for living cooperatively: https://treegroup.info * Car-free living facebook.com/groups/[masked]/ * Sharing economy Cooperation Eugene + Lane Service-Sharing Network (online bartering platform): https://cooperationeugene.org =========================== Future MicroDwellers social hours: We are moving! We enjoyed Viking Braggot, but given our low-consumption patterns, we must move on to another space where up to 40 people can hear speakers and chat in small groups. Check this Meetup page each month, or watch for our event notices, as we try out a few possibilities. Days may vary slightly to accommodate the schedules of the venues.