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Probably fewer subjects in the world engender as many heart palpitations, flop sweats and as much downright dread as does the subject of money. People would rather talk about intimate details about their sex lives than money.
It's hard enough trying to talk with your partner, your children or your spouse. But what happens when you have to talk to your whole cohousing community? Whether your are just forming a new cohousing group or living in a well-established community ... at some point you will find you need to talk about money. Can you successfully navigate the many eddies, whitewater and rapids that frequently accompanies a conversation about money?
Eris Weaver has written a guide that will surely make these conversations so much easier.
From her website:
Many communities find themselves in conflict over financial and budget issues… and the current economic situation doesn’t help! Conflicts about money are really conflicts about values. This workbook is designed to help your community have useful conversations about your financial values - conversations that lead to greater understanding and connection as well as more effective financial decision- making.
The book is an INQUIRY into values.
Once firmly on the path of seeking to understand values much of the tension can fall away as the individual and group seek to understand which values they SHARE and on which values they DIFFER. Focusing on values obviates the stereotyping around labels such as miser or spendthrift. Focusing on values reduces conflict.
Through a series of exercises, case studies and tools, Weaver converts what could be tense talks into pathways for gaining insight. These practices ferret out information about money and values we hold as individuals and as a group.
Who would have thought, In this slim, little book, Weaver could make talking about money ... FUN?
Whether you are involved in a forming group trying to figure out how much money the group can manifest to buy that piece of property or a well-established group wrangling over hiring work done vs. the good ol' DIY ... you will find this book a very handy guide to knotty conversations.
This book unknots the knots!
You can learn a lot about yourself, your neighbors and your community ... and have fun doing it!
Let's Talk About Money
$10.00 plus S&H
Eris Weaver is a facilitator, consultant, trainer, and public speaker known for her clarity, forthrightness, and humor.Contact Eris Phone: 707-338-8589
The Cohousing Toolbox
Sometimes you just need TOOLS to help you on your way. Whether you are a newly forming group or a well established community, here's some stuff designed to grease the skids of cohousing.
Talking About Money
The Money Talk You and Your Partner Can't Avoid.
How Should I talk to My Spouse About Our Different Financial Habits?
How to Talk About Money With Your Aging Parents
How to Talk To Your Children About Money
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March 28, 2016-November 18, 2016 The Age of Disruption Tour
"Dr. Bill Thomas has given up practicing in favor of proselytizing. For the past two years, he has traveled the country on a mission to raise public consciousness — strumming a guitar and presenting a stage show that touts a “post-adulthood” period when age and experience are associated with enrichment rather than decrepitude."
Saturday, April 16, 2016 the Living Well, Aging Well Summit will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center from 9am-3pm. The mission of the summit is to collaborate, present knowledge and provide a forum for individuals, family members, general community members and industry professionals to explore multiple aspects of living and aging well.
The Summit will feature multiple opportunities to learn and grow:
Please stay tuned for more information about how to register!
Heathcote Community, a 50-year old intentional community and permaculture demonstration farm, is seeking proposals from families or groups who would like to be Associate Members of Heathcote and rent Heathcote’s farmhouse for a year.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Have you registered for the unique opportunity to promote your community along with others around the country through the National Cohousing Open House Day ?
This will be a great way to strengthen the bonds within and between communities while lengthening your waiting lists and filling openings. It will help generate new interest nationwide as well, thus more communities can emerge over time. Sign up using this form.
Aging Better Together: May 20-21, 2016 Salt Lake City, UtahDiscover how you can live a powerful purposeful life in cohousing!The conference holds the keys to creating a highly functioning senior friendly cohousing community. You will learn how to get started, meet the people who can help make it happen, and discover best practices from others who have already made the journey.
There is something for everyone - those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities with aging members.
Do you have an announcement? Send your
"Solar cells aren’t just big dark panels any more. Professor Richard Lunt, of Michigan State University, has developed transparent solar cells, which could allow the windows in buildings to be turned into a solar harvesting surface.
These transparent solar cells can be integrated during the window manufacturing process, but older buildings can also be retrofitted by placing a laminate version of the cell on existing windows.
The cells work by guiding the light it receives to the edge of the glass, where it meets thin strips of solar cells, that then convert the energy into electricity.
The goal is to have skyscrapers covered in the cells, essentially turning them into solar farms, allowing enough energy to be captured to power the entire building."
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Ann Zabaldo is a passionate promoter of cohousing. She was on the develoment team for Eastern Village in Silver Spring, MD and Takoma Village in Washington, DC where she lives. She serves on the Board for MAC.
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