From consensus to sociocracy“We’re run by consensus. How can we switch to sociocracy (Dynamic Governance)?” Sociocracy is used by dozens of communities (82 are listed on ic.org with “sociocracy” as their governance system) – for good reasons: Communities have egalitarian roots – everyone’s voice...
Why building age-friendlier communities is more important than ever – Globe and Mail
As recently as January, the Economist noted that 2020 marks the ‘decade of the old,’ acknowledging that the impact of the baby boom — those born between 1946 and 1965 — is finally being felt around the world, as healthcare professionals, policy makers and marketing practitioners alike come to grips with the long-awaited ‘grey tsunami.’
How can I make coffee better? Perhaps add some Nonviolent Communication
Better Humans Make Coffee Better and Humans become better when we are aware of how we are communicating with ourselves and each other. Most of what this blog is adapted from Marshall Rosenberg’s book titled, Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life, which is also highly recommend reading.
Designing the cohousing common house – Free online e-book by Grace Kim, AIA
Grace Kim’s cohousing research in Denmark reinforced her belief that the most significant architectural difference between cohousing and other forms of multifamily housing is the social coherence afforded by the Common House and the common spaces that link to private dwellings. Read here in-depth analysis, insights and recommendations online for free!
“How can cohousing make us happier (and live longer)?” Grace Kim: TED Talk 2017
Loneliness doesn’t always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us — and it’s often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation: cohousing, a way of living where people choose to share space with their neighbors, get to know them, and look after them. Rethink your home and how you live in it with this eye-opening talk.