Transformative potential of intentional communities
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TCCN News from Twin Cities Cohousing Network

November 2020

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The Transformative Impact of Intentional Community

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
7:00-8:00 pm Central Standard Time

Free, but preregistration is required to receive your personal Zoom link

The next in our series bringing you quality national content, plus a chance to mingle and discuss virtually with other local cohousing folks.

Join us on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 7-8:00 PM to view a webchat discussion from Coho USA with Sky Blue and Avi Kruley:  The Transformative Impact of Intentional Community.

Humanity is in crisis. The feedback loop between larger society, the communities we live in, and our personal experiences reinforces systems of privilege and oppression that create harm--harm for people and the planet. 

Are intentional communities part of the problem or part of the solution? What makes something an intentional community, anyway? How can we do better? This conversation will delve into these multifaceted experiments known as intentional communities and their potential to help transform our lives and our world.

Register now  to obtain your personal Zoom link.



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Despite the pandemic, our work continues both via Zoom content and behind-the-scenes activity.

We on the board appreciate any and all support from you, the advocates and supporters of this innovative and local-control oriented means of housing ourselves. Our collective visions can expand if more resources are available.

Please consider participating in Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 19th to support nonprofits whose missions you believe in, including Twin Cities Cohousing Network, so we can continue our work to maintain and build relationships here locally.

Even a minimal donation can open up the chance for bonus contributions to our organization. Please consider a gift to support our work. Thank you.

Use this link to go to the TCCN page.

Whether or not you give a financial gift, please consider the gift of time by getting active by volunteering. More info about opportunities are on our website.


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Visit the Cedar Cohousing (formerly Bassett Creek) website for info about recent events and to connect with them

A community in formation

In the media:
Get a peek at Monterey Cohousing in St Louis Park, and hear Becca Brackett talking about Cedar Cohousing (formerly Bassett Creek Cohousing) in this report that Channel 5 News did. View now.


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Monterey Cohousing Community - expansion talks continue

Currently the only built cohousing community in the Twin Cities, Monterey Cohousing is responding to recent interest by more people to join their community by moving toward an expansion that will add a number of newly constructed housing units in this multi-generational community.
Members and prospective members are deeply involved in this process. There is room for another hew households. Now would be a great time to get involved so that your preferences are considered.

Located in St Louis Park, Monterey hosts occasional virtual & social-distanced information sessions. Reach them via the contact form on their website, Facebook, or call and talk to a real person at 952-479-0660.

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TCCN Board statement on confronting white supremacy

We, the board of Twin Cities Cohousing Network, have been meeting to talk about and process what the killing of George Floyd and the world-wide anger and opportunity for global change means to us and to Twin Cities Cohousing Network. We want to listen, respond, and be part of the solution.

The mission of TCCN is to conduct education, outreach and engagement with individuals, families and organizations in order to advance the development of high quality, sustainable cohousing communities in the Greater Twin Cities area.

We recognize that this mission has been primarily accessible to middle-class white people, and needs to be reconsidered and become accessible to all.

As a start, we--as individuals and as a board--are committed to educating ourselves about racism and white supremacy. Here are some resources that we have looked at lately.

With gratitude and hope,
Becca Brackett
Brian PaStarr
Brooke Dierkhising
Kathy Ahlers
Lynn Englund

You can donate through our Twin Cities Cohousing Network page on Go to and search for "Twin Cities Cohousing Network" with the magnifying-glass search tool, or use this link. Every contribution is used to the utmost and very much appreciated. Please consider a gift to TCCN. Thank you.

Deadline for next TCCN News--November 17

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 November 17, 2020. At this time, only editorial content is published. Ads are not accepted.

Items are selected according to Twin Cities Cohousing Network's mission and the communication circle's guidelines, and may be refused or edited. Ideally, an item would be 50-80 words in length, and include an image for which you have copyright ownership or written permission (license) to use.

Please include a contact name, email and/or phone number for us to reach you with questions, and also let us know if those or other contact means (e.g., Twitter handle) can be published with your piece in case a reader wishes to get more information.

Core group contact page

What plans are you making for your life during the pandemic? There's lots you can be developing while we're holed up this winter. Core groups have formed, and more are forming. See a list of core groups with contact information on our website,

Cohousing in the media

A hearty welcome to all of our recent subscribers. Here’s a link to an MPR News story about cohousing (4:32) .

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