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Saturday, June 1 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cohousing as a Social Enterprise

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Considering cohousing as social enterprise provides a framework for greater long-term sustainability. This session will review strategies cohousing communities use to increase economic diversity, build equity, and reduce living expenses for members while serving the wider community.

Mark Musick will introduce the concept of cohousing as a social enterprise and provide examples from decades of experience at Vashon Cohousing.

Raines Cohen has visited 113 cohousing communities over the past 20 years. Formerly with Swan’s Market Cohousing, he is currently a member of Berkeley Cohousing. Based on his interest is in the crossover between cohousing and ecovillages, he will highlight examples around the country.

Tom Smyth is a member of Touchstone Cohousing in Ann Arbor. He will introduce “Gather,” an online platform designed to facilitate the sharing of meals, work, and other resources to make communities more fun and effective.

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Mark Musick

Vashon Island Cohousing
Mark grew up in a small town on the shores of Puget Sound. He co-founded the regional Tilth Association in 1974 and for ten years he was a member of a pioneer Community Land Trust farm. Forced to quit farming by the late effects of childhood polio, in the mid-1980s he moved to Seattle... Read More →
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Raines Cohen

Cohousing Coach, Cohousing Californina
Raines Cohen is a Northern California Regional Organizer with Cohousing California, a regional umbrella group fostering the creation of green intentional neighborhoods (ecovillages) throughout the state.He has spent a quarter century launching grassroots nonprofit organizations and... Read More →
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Tom Smyth

Gather, Touchstone Cohousing
Tom Smyth is the creator of Gather, "The App for Community". He is also a founder and worker-owner at Sassafras Tech Collective, a worker cooperative tech consulting firm specializing in work for non-profit and social justice clients. He holds a Ph.D in computer science from Georgia... Read More →

Saturday June 1, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm