Feb. 21: Sociocracy basics--consent, circles & rounds. Register now! | Feature: a visit to Jamaica Plain Cohousing with photos
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February 2019

on Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019 [register]

Socoiocracy: a one-night mini-workshop ($8)
Self-governance for cooperative groups

Sociocracy is an interlinking system useful for any organization that needs to self-govern. More and more cohousing communities in the U.S. use sociocracy for self-management, as do other types of organizations. Get an intro to this powerful tool in Twin Cities Cohousing Network's first quarterly presentation of 2019. Info and registration

Lynn Englund has been studying sociocracy, practicing it and teaching it to others for several years. Learn about three basic elements of sociocracy: circles, rounds and the consent process, and get introduced to how you can put them into practice in your cohousing core group or organization.

"I would love meetings if they didn't have people..."

Does your group have lofty ambitions but struggle with making and following through on decisions? Learn the basics of Sociocracy, a system that helps groups optimize their meeting time. This form of decision making and governance also allows all voices to be heard. 

Cost to attend the program is $8. The PayPal link and details about other payment options are on the registration page.

Thaw out from winter's chill in the company of others exploring housing alternatives. If you'd like to attend the optional potluck and social beforehand, please bring a dish to pass. An ingredient list would be helpful.
Here is the schedule for the Twin Cities Cohousing Network's quarterly presentation (and optional potluck) to be held on Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019. 

  • Doors open 5:30 pm
  • Optional potluck begins 6:00 pm
  • Program starts at 6:45 pm 
  • There will be time for Q & A

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church - lower level (there is an elevator), 420 Cedar Lake Rd., Minneapolis.

Register at this link 
or go to (Events page)
You can reach us via email at twincities [at] cohousing [dot] org.

Twin Cities Cohousing Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating about the cohousing development form and providing related networking opportunities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Presenter: Lynn England is an educator and trainer in the areas of group process and governance  

Lynn Englund, sociocracy educator and trainer.

Quarterly meeting schedule 2019

Save the other dates--upcoming:

May 2 (Thursday)
September 19 (Thursday)
November 21 (Thursday)

Feature: A visit to Jamaica Plain Cohousing (Boston)

By Becca Brackett and Fred Olson

Photos courtesy Jamaica Plain Cohousing

Jamaica Plain Cohousing, in Boston, is set in a very urban area on just under an acre of land. In November, we had a chance to spend three days there on the way to visit relatives out East. 

Our timing was fortunate in that we were able to observe a member meeting, and then the next night, participate in a common meal that was also a birthday party for two of the children that live there.

Because of connections made through the national Cohousing-L online discussion group, we actually had visited Jamaica Plain Cohousing briefly on two other trips, but spending several days there allowed us to settle in a bit and get a much better feel for the community.

One morning, over breakfast at a nearby cafe with some members who were involved with starting the community, they shared insights from their long development process. They had to overcome the challenge of dealing with significant pollution on the site, which at some point had been the site of a rubber factory. But they never gave up. The community moved in in 2005.

The cohousing community, as built, has 30 units on three levels. For each level, there is a walkway connecting those units.

The walkways overlook a courtyard that leads to the common house. Besides there being a stairway at each end of the courtyard, the common house has an elevator that provides accessibility for every level. 

Between the two buildings is a utility corridor on a slice of land that could not be built upon. Skyways illuminate this corridor, which also serves as the main entrance to the community.

A spacious patio adjoining the common house offers lots of opportunities for socializing.

A number of factors, including

  • walkability of their urban neighborhood
  • proximity to transit (a five-minute walk to the “T”)
  • group-subsidized transit passes
  • a system of automobile ride-sharing, and
  • a bevvy of community bicycles

allow six of the member households to not own cars. There is surface parking behind the common house; the lot is managed closely, since parking is tight in the neighborhood, as it is everywhere in Boston.

The gallery page on their website has even more photos.

We would love to live there...if only it were in Minneapolis!
Becca Brackett and Fred Olson are a long-time couple, cohousing proponents and residents of North Minneapolis. Becca and Fred are among the principal organizers of Bassett Creek Cohousing, an urban cohousing core group in development here in the Twin Cities. You can connect with them about Bassett Creek Cohousing at

If you would like to get on the national Cohousing-L online discussion group list, a text-based old-school online chat room, please send a request via email to Fred at
fholson [at] cohousing [dot] org.


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