Cohousing and Coworking

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

Check out Indy Halls K-housing
http://house.indyhall.org/

5-Mile Post has a great model as well.http://milepost5.net/

Peace,

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On Jan 9, 2014, at 4:46 PM, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner [email protected] wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

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Thanks for the mention, Chad!

It’s worth mentioning that although the K’House website looks abandoned (and it is), the project absolutely is still alive. In fact, I’ll be moving into one of our houses next weekend.

The short version of the story is this: after about 12 months of community building and raising the funds to build our first home, things got caught in zoning (which we expected, it was just worse than we thought it would be). After close to 2 years of talking about what we were going to do, we decided to shut up and make some progress so we could talk about what we’ve done…and then about what comes next.

Which, I’m happy to say, is where we are right about now :slight_smile:

My #1 takeaway so far is that cohousing done right - as a process, as an experience, and as a business - moves a lot slower than coworking. Having this project force us to go back to the drawing board a few times, and think hard about what’s really important to make the project succeed, I’ve learned a TON about the community building side (similarities and differences to coworking), as well as the business side of building homes. I’ll have a lot more to share over the course of this year.

My #2 takeaway is that the coworking and cohousing communities are barely aware of each other, if at all, which is a shame because there’s a lot they can learn from each other!

So it’s awesome to meet you here, Wendy, and would really like to find out more about your experiences. Where are you based out of?

-Alex

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On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM, Chad Ballantyne [email protected] wrote:

Check out Indy Halls K-housing
http://house.indyhall.org/

5-Mile Post has a great model as well.http://milepost5.net/

Peace,

Chad

Please consider supporting our Indiegogo Campaign

Chad Ballantyne

705.812.0689

ch…@thecreativespace.ca

Barrie’s Coworking Community

Perfect for small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs.

12 Dunlop St E, Barrie Ontario, L4M 1A3

Memberships start at $25/mth

www.thecreativespace.ca

705-812-0689

On Jan 9, 2014, at 4:46 PM, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner [email protected] wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

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Hi,

I have lived in a cohousing community in The Netherlands for a few years and loved it, and have always been on the lookout for a cohousing community now I have a family and moved to Southern California. But there is nothing ready for move in yet in Southern California. I run a coworking space for almost 6 years now in downtown Fullerton (Orange County).

There are currently 2 cohousing initiatives in the planning phase in the Pasadena/LA area, and one in the North County San Diego area. I hope to meet both groups soon and see if there is a collaboration possible.

Here is the link to the cohousing website for the LA area: http://www.imstudio.us/inhabitla/

Not much info yet, but do contact Olivia who is running it if you are interested. They are currently working with a developer to get this off the ground.

:slight_smile:

Marieke

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On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:46 PM, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner [email protected] wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

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hi
here is a link http://www.sostrecivic.org/es/home.

prestan servicio para el desarrollo de viviendas no especulativa, bajo formato cooperativa de derecho de uso.

seguro te interesara si es que no conoces este metodo. es muy conocido y usadon e dinamarca

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El jueves, 9 de enero de 2014 18:46:57 UTC-3, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner escribió:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

Wendy,

I have lived in, and started, co-op housing communities, and I have to agree with Alex in that coworking and cohousing are largely unaware of each other. They’re both based on similar principles (sharing resources, enabling collaboration, building community) but address pretty different lifestyle preferences, so I would anticipate that uniting the two would require effort and imagination.

Coworking is on the rise but I don’t know that cohousing is. When it comes to living arrangements, I think your average person is still resistant to the concept of sharing with non-family. That said, this may be changing, given the state of the economy plus the popularity of the sharing economy and the normalization of once-novel concepts like coworking.

Best of luck!

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On Thursday, January 9, 2014 4:46:57 PM UTC-5, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

Late addition to this thread but one of the interesting things about cohousing is that about 70% of cohousers are introverts - i.e. they feel energized doing things alone.

Most of the folks I know in cohousing love being around other people but want to escape to their home.

The equivalent coworking space would need to be structured with private offices facing into the workplace with a shared common area that allowed for interactions and occasional collaborations.

Finally, getting coworkers into cohousing would seem a lot easier than getting coworkers into cohousing.

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On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 6:47:43 PM UTC-7, Melissa Mesku wrote:

Wendy,

I have lived in, and started, co-op housing communities, and I have to agree with Alex in that coworking and cohousing are largely unaware of each other. They’re both based on similar principles (sharing resources, enabling collaboration, building community) but address pretty different lifestyle preferences, so I would anticipate that uniting the two would require effort and imagination.

Coworking is on the rise but I don’t know that cohousing is. When it comes to living arrangements, I think your average person is still resistant to the concept of sharing with non-family. That said, this may be changing, given the state of the economy plus the popularity of the sharing economy and the normalization of once-novel concepts like coworking.

Best of luck!

On Thursday, January 9, 2014 4:46:57 PM UTC-5, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

Alex,

Cohousing goes a lot faster (though still more slowly than coworking which you can ostensibly do anywhere) when you have a developer like Jim Leach (of Wonderland Hill) backing you.

He’s been doing cohousing (mostly in the Western USA) for a long time and has created NUMEROUS communities.

As a general rule coworking is a lot less risky proposition and requires a lot less capital than cohousing - though there are exceptions.

The other piece of it is that while coworking tends to serve a specific demographic that is rapidly growing, cohousing is pretty generalized and doesn’t have a core market that’s growing.

Last is that cohousing forms a much more binary and strong community. You can’t just pop in once a month, so you get a lot more exposure and people have a bigger interest in the community since they purchased a house there instead of just a monthly membership.

Also I think personality types would be pretty different in cohousing than coworking. Coworking might have more in common with a co-op.

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On Friday, January 10, 2014 8:01:53 AM UTC-7, Alex Hillman wrote:

Thanks for the mention, Chad!

It’s worth mentioning that although the K’House website looks abandoned (and it is), the project absolutely is still alive. In fact, I’ll be moving into one of our houses next weekend.

The short version of the story is this: after about 12 months of community building and raising the funds to build our first home, things got caught in zoning (which we expected, it was just worse than we thought it would be). After close to 2 years of talking about what we were going to do, we decided to shut up and make some progress so we could talk about what we’ve done…and then about what comes next.

Which, I’m happy to say, is where we are right about now :slight_smile:

My #1 takeaway so far is that cohousing done right - as a process, as an experience, and as a business - moves a lot slower than coworking. Having this project force us to go back to the drawing board a few times, and think hard about what’s really important to make the project succeed, I’ve learned a TON about the community building side (similarities and differences to coworking), as well as the business side of building homes. I’ll have a lot more to share over the course of this year.

My #2 takeaway is that the coworking and cohousing communities are barely aware of each other, if at all, which is a shame because there’s a lot they can learn from each other!

So it’s awesome to meet you here, Wendy, and would really like to find out more about your experiences. Where are you based out of?

-Alex

/ah
indyhall.org
coworking in philadelphia

On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM, Chad Ballantyne [email protected] wrote:

Check out Indy Halls K-housing
http://house.indyhall.org/

5-Mile Post has a great model as well.http://milepost5.net/

Peace,

Chad

Please consider supporting our Indiegogo Campaign

Chad Ballantyne

705.812.0689

ch…@thecreativespace.ca

Barrie’s Coworking Community

Perfect for small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs.

12 Dunlop St E, Barrie Ontario, L4M 1A3

Memberships start at $25/mth

www.thecreativespace.ca

705-812-0689

On Jan 9, 2014, at 4:46 PM, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner [email protected] wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

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Wendy,

Before establishing our coworking space (Fuse) in Boulder I attempted something on a smaller scale at Wild Sage Cohousing.

We had a big office in our common house that was essentially being used for storage and the finance team’s needs. I repurposed it and got it set up with a few desks, etc, but found that no one took advantage of it except for me.

This is by no means a valid test, but I do want to share that of 32 units, only two (including myself) are represented in a local coworking space.

It’s not that it can’t work. I just don’t think it’s as much of a natural fit as it may at first seem.

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On Thursday, January 9, 2014 2:46:57 PM UTC-7, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

Hi Wendy,

Noble work you are doing. You might like to know of the work of Jack Tomkinson, founder of Urban Sparks and Service House. Here is the link to learn more: http://urbansparks.org/service-house/

You might also like Chapter 14: The World of Work Has Changed, in my book, “The Experience Design BLUEPRINT: Recipes for Creating Happier Customers and Healthier Organizations.”

Connect with me on LinkedIn, Facebook, About, Twitter, Circles, etc. as you wish.

Most of that can be found on my profile at http://www.about.me/olsong

Kind Regards,

Greg Olson

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On Thursday, January 9, 2014 1:46:57 PM UTC-8, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

I agree completely.

I would like to discuss this with you if you are still interested.

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On Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 1:46:57 PM UTC-8, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

I’m super psyched to finally have some updates on K’House. This is one of them :wink: https://twitter.com/hybridconstruct/status/576440318133972993

More soon!

-Alex

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On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:22 PM, David Kamnitzer [email protected] wrote:

I agree completely.

I would like to discuss this with you if you are still interested.

On Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 1:46:57 PM UTC-8, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

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The #1 mistake in community building is doing it by yourself.

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Alex, congrats!

What a great idea.

I’ve been playing with a similar idea, but more within a campus in Florida. Let me know if there is anything we can help with.

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On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:26 PM, Alex Hillman [email protected] wrote:

I’m super psyched to finally have some updates on K’House. This is one of them :wink: https://twitter.com/hybridconstruct/status/576440318133972993

More soon!

-Alex

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On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:22 PM, David Kamnitzer [email protected] wrote:

I agree completely.

I would like to discuss this with you if you are still interested.

On Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 1:46:57 PM UTC-8, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

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We started with a “campus” like idea back in 2010, see idea #3 here: http://dangerouslyawesome.com/2010/10/a-few-modest-proposals-for-the-knight-arts-challenge-philadelphia/

The thin that I’ve learned over the last 5 years of exploring this idea before we ever put a shovel to the ground is how the “campus” mentality is fundamentally broken, how it unintentionally creates barriers, and how the campus will result in in uncanny, artificial feeling community.

Our new approach has had SO many new influences - both in what we’re doing and what we’re NOT doing. I’ve very intentionally been quiet about things because I’d told too many people what we were going to do before we’d cleared the hurdles that slowed us down along the way.

Now, as spring rolls around, we have a clear path forward and I couldn’t be more excited!

-Alex

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On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 4:13 PM, Ky Ekinci [email protected] wrote:

Alex, congrats!

What a great idea.

I’ve been playing with a similar idea, but more within a campus in Florida. Let me know if there is anything we can help with.

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On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:26 PM, Alex Hillman [email protected] wrote:

I’m super psyched to finally have some updates on K’House. This is one of them :wink: https://twitter.com/hybridconstruct/status/576440318133972993

More soon!

-Alex

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On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:22 PM, David Kamnitzer [email protected] wrote:

I agree completely.

I would like to discuss this with you if you are still interested.

On Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 1:46:57 PM UTC-8, Wendy Willbanks Wiesner wrote:

Hello–I interface with existing, expanding and forming cohousing communities all over the country, working to make them more affordable, accessible and attainable. I have come to believe that coworking and cohousing go together like almond butter and honey. What immediately comes to mind is that most cohousing communities have common houses where coworking would make a lot of sense. Has anyone else explored this intersection of community-oriented living and community-style working?

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