Updated April 21, 2012
The Future of Community - Intentional, Cooperative, Sustainable!
Join us today! We have room for you. Come early to get the full experience and get your topic covered. Get a community-made meal midday. Stay late for a special treat. Read the FAQ.
Many of us are rediscovering and reinventing community and its power to create more choices for the ways we live and work Join in this lively convergence of local community seekers, pioneers and activists and visiting counterparts from the Fellowship for intentional Community and Cohousing Association of the US. We'll honor the past, share what we're doing now, and call out the next steps for growing all aspects of our many community movements.
What: A gathering of community-oriented seekers, organizers, citizens, and activists
When and Where: 404 Alexander Avenue, Durham, NC, 27705 (Durham Friends Meeting House), Saturday, April 21, 9:30-5PM
Why: We're celebrating Earth Day, the International UN Year of the Cooperative, the 25th Anniversary of the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), and the birth of North Carolina's newest cohousing communities, Durham Central Park and Elderberry, in Rougemont.
How: Using open space facilitation (think unconferences/BarCamps/general assembly), everyone will have a chance to name, choose, lead, and learn, with sessions built from the experience and interests of those attending. (Check the schedule and program pages for more details.) You can declare an intention for a session when you register, or wait and see what inspires you on April 21.
Come for plenaries, panels, and participant-led sessions with on-the-ground discussions and mini-trainings such as:
- Ecovillages: Natural building and Permaculture Design
- Planning for Climate Change
- Aging in Community
- History of Quaker Coops (from Celo to Atlanta)
- AVP and Occupy; Social Permaculture and Transition Towns
- Capitalizing Community
- Consensus and Conflict-Resolution
- Sociocracy and more!
Costs: The event is supported only by your contributions. We invite you to give $25 to $45 to keep this work going, but only give what you can. All are welcome.
Films on sustainable communities and related topics will be showing throughout the day. Bookstore with exemplary videos, books, magazines available for purchase.
Bring your experience, plans, and visions!
Community-Made Lunch available to buy; or bring your own
Your hosts: Betsy Morris and Raines Cohen are organizers of Cohousing California and East Bay Cohousing, the largest intentional communities meetup group in the world! We are organizers, facilitators, networkers,evangelists, journalists, consultants and coaches, who have been active with both Coho/US and FIC for more than 10 years.We are fortunate to know so many pioneers in the cutting edge of cooperative community and economic practice in the Bay Area and where-ever we travel. Who knew we'd find anarcho--syndicalists, permaculturists, artists, suburban cohousers, and new urbanist developers at our last gathering in Dallas,Texas this March?
Having visited Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill (and other parts of North Carolina) since 2006, we know how rich you are in people, history, and passion for sustainable community. So we are working hard to connect folks we know and folks like you to make the most of this convergence in Durham, April 21st.
Nonprofit Fiscal Sponsor: Fellowship for Intentional Community (publisher of the International Directory of Communities and Communities Magazine). Now celebrating 25 years.
Join us April 21st. Whatever the problem, more community just might be part of the answer!
Let us know your interests:
This event is supported wholly its participants and organizers.