Cohousing articles

Mar
31
2019
Paul Chatterton

Community-led housing – what’s different about mutual home ownership societies (MHOS): interview with Paul Chatterton of LILAC

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Today we’re talking with Paul Chatterton, of LILAC community in Leeds about community-led housing and mutual home ownership societies.

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Mar
10
2019
Pat Conaty

How do we grow the ‘co-operative commonwealth’? Interview with Pat Conaty

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This is the second part of an interview with Pat Conaty, senior research fellow at NEF and Co-operatives UK and author of the Resilience Imperative, with Michael Lewis. We’re talking about building a co-operative commonwealth. Part 1 is here.

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Nov
21
2018
Monica King

Big news for Bridport Cohousing CLT as a planning decision is reached

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We share exciting news from Bridport Cohousing CLT in Dorset, as they celebrate a landmark step in their work to build a neighbourhood with a difference. Over to them to tell us more from here. Read more …

Sep
9
2018
Peter Burke

Living together 5: commonhold for cohousing projects – interview with Peter Burke of A Fairer Society

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This week we’re talking with Peter Burke of A Fairer Society, a consultancy for people thinking about setting up some sort of cohousing project, from housing co-ops to community land trusts. Read more …

Aug
12
2018
Rick Watson

Living together 4: how to turn a row of terraced houses into a housing co-op

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This week we’re talking with Rick Watson, who has been a member of Fireside Housing Co-op in Sheffield since 2010. They’ve purchased and co-operativised 5 adjoining houses on a terraced street. Read more …

Aug
5
2018
Martin Prosser

Living together 3: company limited by shares – Martin Prosser of Sunflower Cohousing

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This article is the result of a discussion with Martin Prosser of Sunflower Cohousing in France. It’s the third in a series of articles about setting up alternative, co-operative living arrangements – cohousing, community land trusts, housing co-ops, intentional communities etc. Read more …

Jul
22
2018
Monica King

Living together 2: community land trust – interview with Monica King of Bridport Cohousing

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This is the first in a series of interviews with people involved in setting up alternative, co-operative living arrangements – cohousing, community land trusts, housing co-ops, intentional communities etc. A group of us in London hope to gather information to help us start our own project. Read more …

Jul
5
2018
Dave Darby

Living together 1: exploring the options for starting a cohousing project

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My partner and I have decided that we want to sell our house and come together with other people to create some sort of cohousing / community living project. But how many other people? And where will it be? Will it be a new-build project, or will it involve converting or combining an existing propery or properties? What will the ownership / legal structure look like? Read more …

May
6
2018
Joe Duirwyn

Free natural building internship on offer from Hartwyn this summer

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Natural building company Hartwyn are pleased to announce their summer 2018 free natural building internship programme is now open to applications. It’s over to Joe Duirwyn from here to tell us more. Read more …

Apr
10
2018
Grandfather Michael

Life in an intentional community – a healthier and more sustainable way to live

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If I hadn’t fired up my vision to form and live in an intentional community some 45 years ago I wouldn’t have learnt cheese making, selected and planted an orchard of rare species of fruit trees, co-organized arts festivals, learnt and practiced conflict resolution and given my three sons an opportunity to broaden their horizons. Read more …

Mar
6
2018
Martin Prosser

Sunflower Cohousing community looking for members

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Our journey into community living started one evening in the Summer of 2009 when we were grouped around a campfire with friends discussing possible future lifestyle alternatives. Read more …

Feb
20
2018
Adrian Leaman

How you can gain natural building skills for your own build for free, and help put up affordable, natural, community buildings

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Some great ideas from Adrian at Wholewoods. Below are several ways that you can get your hands dirty and gain natural building skills for free, whilst helping to erect beautiful, affordable, natural buildings for schools, charities or educational organisations. Read more …

Jan
9
2018
David Thorpe

Urban one-planet development: how can cities reduce their ecological footprint?

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The last post in this series looked at the vital role of ecological footprinting in ensuring that our individual actions are truly sustainable – i.e. within the limits of what the Earth’s resources can provide. This is called ‘one planet’ development. Read more …

Jul
9
2017
Robin

Crabapple community is looking for new members

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Crabapple Community is a thriving housing co-op of 10 adults and 4 children (mainly teenagers) aiming to live as sustainably as possible in our large Georgian house and 20 acres of land, 5 miles south-east of Shrewsbury. Crabapple Community was founded in 1975 Read more …

Apr
27
2017
Dave Darby

Why an economy that’s not dominated by the corporate sector would be much better for individuals, communities and nature

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Lowimpact.org is an organisation that was founded by two people in 2001 because of concerns about ecological damage and what that might mean for the future of humanity. The focus has always been on individual lifestyle change Read more …

Apr
24
2017
Dave Darby

Let’s build a sustainable, non-corporate world; but what exactly does ‘non-corporate’ mean?

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This is the first of two articles examining the non-corporate sector, and its advantages for ecology, democracy, communities and individuals. Here’s a checklist of the benefits of reducing the reach of the corporate sector, but first, let’s work out what kind of organisations comprise the non-corporate sector. Read more …

Feb
21
2017
Paul Battye

Want to join a new Midlands co-op with plans for self-build homes for its members?

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A growing Northamptonshire based business is looking for individuals who wish to become part of an ethically based worker’s collective. The current business owners, Paul Battye and Melanie Cutler, are looking to turn their business into the new collective to share with like minded individuals Read more …

Dec
26
2016
Sigi Koko

Building a small home has a big payback

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Let’s get one thing straight right away…When I say “small”, I don’t mean living in a shoe box.   What I mean by “small” is living in a space that is designed…well designed…for your needs…and no more.  A small space doesn’t mean cramped. Read more …

Nov
11
2016
Ruth Phillips

Rent first to see if a self-build home in a cohousing project at an eco-chateau in France is for you

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An cohousing eco-hamlet around a chateau in the Dordogne region of France is being formed. You can rent a plot to see if the project is for you, before deciding whether to become a co-owner. Read more …

Jun
4
2016
John-Paul Patton

Want to be part of a pioneering eco-village project in Northern Ireland?

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The Cauldron Community Educational Eco Village project is working to set up the first Eco Village in Northern Ireland and is currently open for Aspiring Residents and Investors. We are registered and constituted as a not-for-profit ‘Community Interest Company.’ Read more …

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