This workshop will introduce ways in which people are building and living in Community. We will discuss common reasons that people choose to live together – not only in close proximity, but doing so intentionally, cooperatively, often with explicit shared values. We will also cover the myriad ways that people create housing collectives and intentional communities, sharing some of the tools and
communication methods that help communities make good decisions together, while living a more sustainable and rewarding lifestyle. We’ll cite examples of local communities, and explore how groups form legal and financial agreements to buy property together, a definite growing trend. Due to the cost of buying homes, some people have turned to the concept of co-buying with other unrelated adults. This can be a win-win for people seeking a more affordable way to live, and reap other benefits of sharing a household – such as having access to locations or amenities they otherwise would not. Co-living is ecological, economical, with personal growth and social options to support increased health benefits and safety. If done well, it can be highly rewarding! The chances of success increase greatly with the right preparation and support.
Syd's history of living in groups and intentional communities began in 1983. She trained to be a facilitator in the context of living in an egalitarian community, initially with Caroline Estes, later with Laird Schaub, and more recently with friend and mentor, Diana Leafe Christian, author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities. She has helped other communities with values clarification, vision articulation, conflict navigation, and member recruitment. Syd enjoys seeing communities be connected to other communities, to realize there are many others seeking to expand cooperative and regenerative culture. Thus, she is enthusiastic about maintaining local and regional networks of intentional communities. She has long term affiliations with the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC), the Northwest Intentional Communities Association (NICA), and has been a coordinator of West Coast Communities Conference. In 2019, Syd founded the service, Under 1 Roof, a resource for cooperative households, intentional communities, and homeowners contemplating the addition of one or more housemates.
Eva Otto is the Owner and Broker at Infiniti Real Estate & Development, providing residential and commercial real estate services in the Greater Seattle area. Eva is a LEED Accredited Professional and an Ecobroker specializing in the green housing market. She earned her Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College. Eva works with a diverse group of clients including traditional homebuyers & sellers, land buyers, green builders, developers, and commercial tenants. In addition to her passion for real estate, Eva runs a development company that envisions restoring the balance between human communities and the natural world.