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December 2017

Vision Circle member Brian PaStarr's challenges us

Advancing cohousing in the Twin Cities--
Please consider an end-of-year gift

Cohousing--is it in the mix of things you envision in a good future? 

It is for Brian PaStarr, a Twin Cities Cohousing Network's board member who puts in a lot of time with the organization. Brian also stepped up and made a financial contribution, challenging us each to do the same.
"I'd move in today if I could. I really want to see more cohousing communities forming, and the best way for me to support that is to support TCCN."

Please consider a year-end gift to Twin Cities Cohousing Network. TCCN is now officially a 501c3 nonprofit organization!

One time or recurring, amounts large or small--all gifts are appreciated and help to provide the operating funds for our all-volunteer organization.

Please give now with PayPal. 

Thank you for your belief in a better world and your support!

--the Twin Cities Cohousing Network board of directors and Vision Circle.

Give now with PayPal.

Or, if you'd prefer to send a check, please mail to:
   Twin Cities Cohousing Network
   c/o Lynn Englund
   2650 University Ave W, Apt 315
   Saint Paul, MN 55114

Making TCCN better for people who are exploring cohousing:

Last chance to respond to the survey

Have you taken the survey yet? If not, there's another week to respond.

Your feedback will help our organization grow and improve. Board members have attempted by phone to reach as many people as possible who have attended one of our events. If we have only an email address for you, you should have received an email with a link to the online survey.

If somehow we missed you, there is still time to  complete the survey. Please respond by January 4th. We value your opinions and ideas for making TCCN more welcoming, relevant and informative.     

Next steps toward cohousing:

New meeting concepts, new cozier venue for 2018:

Based on survey feedback so far (if you'd still like to respond, please do so by Jan, 4), we've decided to add basic intro to cohousing sessions around the metro area while reducing the frequency of potluck dinner meetings to quarterly.

Quarterly potluck meetings will each feature an informational presentation. Also, because the space we've been using has felt cavernous to many people, we're in the final stages of securing a new and cozier venue; details soon!

Anyone who's interested in getting together more frequently than quarterly is encouraged to associate with a core group. There are several core groups currently meeting, which are listed on the Twin Cities Cohousing Network website (scroll down for the list).

If none of the exisitng core groups is quite what you're looking for, you can propose your own core group. Just let us know where and when your meetings are, and we can help publicize them.

Special meeting:

Roll out of the new meeting plans

The board is planning a special meeting for our VIPs (that's YOU if you're reading this) at a local restaurant to review and celebrate all that we have accomplished together with Twin Cities Cohousing Network in the past year, and to roll out the new slate of activities and new meeting venues. We hope to make this an annual event.

Details are still being finalized. More information will follow soon.

Saint Paul Cohousing looks beyond the Ford Plant Site redevelopment; next meeting Jan 7th

The Saint Paul cohouising core group has met a few times and they've broadened their outlook to include the possibility of other sites. Originally aimed at looking at developing a proposal for cohousing as part of the Ford Plant Site redevelopment, they decided not to wait for that process, as it might take five years or more.

The next meeting to organize a core group to develop cohousing on the Ford plant site or nearby will be held at Highland Park Library, 1974 FordParkway, Saint Paul, in the Teen Meeting Room, 2 to 4 PM on Sun., Jan. 7, 2018. This effort is in the preliminary stages, and new participants are welcome. Contact Bob Lynn at for further information or if you plan to attend.

Skill building:

Sociocracy - a.k.a. Dynamic Governance...

As you may know, sociocracy is a governance process that is used in many cohousing communities and in other community-based organizations. We're excited to hear about an upcoming opportunity to learn sociocractic principles. 

Lynn Englund will be offering a six-session Introduction to Sociocracy class on Sunday afternoons starting Jan. 14. (The dates are: Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 18, 25, Mar. 18, 25 from 1 - 3 pm.) Cost is $50, which includes the textbook. Please contact Lynn at 612-710-7287 for the details or watch for a post on our Facebook  page. 

Bassett Creek Cohousing - next potluck meeting Jan. 17th

by Becca Brackett
   Because the site that we have been focused on may have soil issues making it less than buildable, Bassett Creek Cohousing is back in site-search mode. At the next meeting on Wed., Jan. 17 at 6 pm, we will be revising site criteria and inviting in new people. What is it that you're seeking in a cohousing location?

  • Close to downtown
  • Close to nature
  • Walkable to coffeeshop
  • Good schools nearby
  • Freeway access  
  • Bikeway access

   Come discuss these features and others, as well as hear about the status of our effort toward a group vision for a vibrant neighborhood.

Recent Bassett Creek Cohousing publicity:

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Deadline for next TCCN News

If you have an idea for TCCN News, or are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please contact us at Deadline for the next issue is January 12. At this time, only editorial content is published. Ads are not accepted.

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