Earthaven Ecovillage Asheville, NC
Diana is author of Creating a Life Together and Finding Community and Ecovillages newsletter. She offers consultations and insightful workshops on creating ecovillages, cohousing, and intentional communities, as well as community governance, decision-making & conflict resolution. Diana travels extensively and can be seen at ecovillage and cohousing conferences internationally.
Karen, Louise & Jean
Karen Bush, Louise Machinist and Jean McQuillin, are co-authors of My House, Our House; Living Far Better for Far Less in a Cooperative Household (St. Lynn's Press, 2013). This book describes the journey of three women and one cat as they purchased, created, and live in their shared household. They share their insights and "how-to's" about what makes it work.
Life Song Commons
Marilyn is a long-time resident of Songaia Cohousing Community and co-founder of Life Song Commons, a cohousehold which is immediately adjacent to Songaia. She is a retired librarian and the former office manager of the Cohousing Association of the United States.,
Rebecca is the Executive Director of the Cohousing Association of the United States. She was also one of the founding Board members and first owner/builders in the Lopez Community Land Trust. Rebecca holds a MA in Whole Systems Design and Community Development and has fulfilled a variety of leadership roles in the non-profit sector.
Boulder Creek Community
Greg founded Boulder Creek Community (BCC) in 2007, as a unique, more affordable, rent-to-buy, cohousing "implant" into an existing condo subdivision. Greg, along with his life partner, Chris Elkins, enjoy an active community life. He has over 30 years of experience in real estate sales and property management, starting the first REMAX franchise in Aspen, Colorado.
Dave is an author, filmmaker, and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs. Simple Prosperity is a sequel to the best-selling book he coauthored, Affluenza, which is now in 9 languages. Dave is president of the Sustainable Futures Society and a Fellow of the National Simplicity Forum. He co-designed the cohousing neighborhood where he lives.
Janelle's law and mediation practice is focused on helping individuals and organizations share resources and create more sustainable communities. Janelle co-authored The Sharing Solution and authored Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy. In addition to her private practice, Janelle is co-founder and director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center.
Bracebridge, ON Canada
Shelley is president of Solterra Co-housing, LTD.- Soterra is both developing and providing services to purpose-built shared households for seniors. Residents share ownership of the homes, with each occupying a private suite (bedroom, sitting room, & private bath) and sharing common areas. Each house is staffed by a "house mom" who shops, cooks, cleans and supports residents in other ways on an as-needed basis.
Berkeley Student Cooperative
Since 2003, Alfred has been part of the Berkeley Student Cooperative and presently works for the Cooperative and in the architecture industry. Alfred is involved with the "Spaghetti Night" association of East Bay shared households, does community design and is working with Sarah Brady to document the design and layout of communities in the East Bay at itsacoop.com. Alfred's artistic and graphic design can be viewed at firstcultural.com
Co-founder of Ravenna Kibbutz, a cluster of shared households with
collective amenities, governance, and mission, that operated in Seattle from 2007 to 2012. Joel continues his advocacy for shared households as integral to
larger community ecosystems through his leadership of a new effort to build an urban ecovillage in Washington, DC.
Silver Sage Cohousing
Jim is founder/president of Wonderland Hill Development Company. For over 40 years, Jim has developed sustainable housing and planned neighborhoods, including more than 20 cohousing communities. He has led the industry in creating green building strategies and community-based housing that combine high-quality design with maximum value.
Raines is founder of Cohousing California. He has served on the boards of Coho/US, the Fellowship for Intentional Community, and the Bay Area Community Land Trust. Raines is a Cohousing Coach, assoc. producer of the shared living documentary, Within Reach, and founder of East Bay Cohousing, a large online meetup for community seekers.
Marianne is recognized as a national expert on the Golden Girls shared home model and lives in a house with four other adults. She founded the Women for Living in Community Network and co-created the Women Living in Community conferences. Marianne is a consultant, conference planner, group facilitator, and “The Grand Nudge” that helps individuals and groups to live and age in community.
Betsy is founding partner of Planning for Sustainable Communities, providing applied research services to non-profit, social enterprise & public sector clients. She is on the Fellowship for Intentional Community board and a member of the Cohousing Researchers Network. She has a PhD in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley.
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
Tony is co-founder of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and Skyhouse, a shared household located within that larger community. Skyhouse is a 6-bedroom, solar-powered building owned and built by Skyhouse members Tony is also an active community networker and has worked with the Fellowship for Intentional Community as a Board member and managing the Intentional Communities Website.
Wild Sage Cohousing
Bryan Bowen has been a practicing architect since 1995, dedicated to the design of neighborhoods and sexy eco-buildings, all with the vision of making baby steps towards a sustainable permaculture planet. He leads Bryan Bowen Architects, P.C.